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• Can we get another day of contra-flow?
• See you at the park
•Let them do their jobs
• Sacred state of mind
• Don’t buy corporate propaganda
Can we get another day of contra-flow?
Wow, that Saturday morning traffic southbound through Kapa‘a to Lihu‘e is awful! No wonder everybody is complaining.
Why don’t we just add another day of contra-flow? They have all the equipment and “know how” to do the job, and only need to adjust the hours to later than on regular weekdays.
This would ease up the snarl of vehicles and increase the access to commerce and the airport for everyone north of Lihu‘e. Why not? How about it, County Council, Chamber of Commerce, Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau?
Diane Forsyth, Lihu‘e
See you at the park
Just wanted to send a thank you out to those responsible for getting the sidewalks in at our nearby park.
The whole neighborhood is taking advantage; people are out every morning and evening getting their exercise. Walking, running, strollers and kids on bikes; it’s a beautiful sight.
And just so you all know, we measured the distance: two and a quarter laps = one mile. See you at the park!
Jesica Matsuoka, ‘Ele‘ele
Let them do their jobs
We clearly need some clarification on how the Council agenda is to be set (“Following the rules,” The Garden Island, June 4).
My question is: How is it in the interest of the public to give any one person the power to obstruct the discussion of the issues that are of public importance?
I, for one, want all of the council members that we elected to be able to put the concerns of the public on the council’s agenda for input and consideration. That is the job that we elected them to do.
Diane de Vries, Kalaheo
Sacred state of mind
Thank you so much for the Island History article regarding the Ke‘e archaeological ruins (The Garden Island, June 5). I very much enjoy the Island History feature of The Garden Island newspaper.
We live part-time on Kaua‘i and every year I made a point of visiting the Kaulu o Paoa heiau as well as Lohiau’s Ke‘ahu o Laka Halau Hula.
It is truly inspirational, a beautiful and sacred reminder of Kaua‘i heritage.
Unfortunately, the last two years, I have been forbidden to visit the sacred heiau, once by a resident who yelled at me, threatening me, calling me a “haole.” This year, I was forbidden to go by a lifeguard, who was slightly less insulting, but equally unfriendly.
This same lifeguard allowed a resident to go up the rocks on his way to walk on the reef to fish — another activity (rightly so) forbidden due to damage to the reef. Apparently, residents know how to walk as to not damage the coral.
If any of these people come to my Mainland home, they are absolutely welcome to visit our sacred places. The spirit of aloha lives inside of us, not just in Kaua‘i. In fact, at times one must search for it on Kaua‘i.
Sadly, I may not visit the Ke‘e sites anymore, but I am thankful that I had the opportunity to visit in years past. I treasure the memories.
Joseph Cools, Princeville, Hawai‘i; , Woodstock, Ill.
Don’t buy corporate propaganda
I feel I must respond to Paul Olson’s letter “GMOs enhance our lives” (Letters, June 3).
I do not know if he is an employee of a GMO company or merely misinformed.
Unfortunately, the propaganda spewing from the GMO companies paints a picture that is much rosier than the real truth.
Having a degree in biochemistry, being a physician on Kaua‘i and raising a young family here, I have paid particular attention to the GMO issue.
Recently, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, a physician’s group, called for a moratorium on GMO food stating “GMO foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.”
There have been massive recent GMO crop failures in South Africa and India. Many hundreds of Indian farmers have committed suicide after their genetically modified crop failed.
Legislation to regulate all home gardens and farmers markets is making its way through Congress.
Small and organic farmers are being targeted by the GMO power structure. Monsanto even protested Michelle Obama’s organic White House garden saying it “gives the wrong message.”
GMO agriculture is about profits and power. No doubt some good people working in the industry do not realize this, but thorough research leads one to this inescapable conclusion.
Kaua‘i should rally behind our independent, non-GMO and organic farmers. And from a global perspective caring people should take the time to do real research and not buy corporate propaganda.
Rick Goding, Kekaha
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