Letters for Monday, April 23, 2012

• Kudos to Garden Island Disposal • On racism, DemocratsGMO and Kaua‘iDangerous intersection

Kudos to Garden Island Disposal

I have made every effort to recycle and have often found the Kapa‘a bins so full, not another paper could be stuffed in.

Recently I was there when the Garden Island Disposal employee was exchanging the bins and inquired as to which days the bins are switched so I could better time my trips to recycle.

He said (with pride) that now an employee checks every morning, and the bins are switched when they are anticipated to be full.

 I thanked him and the disposal company for that wonderful improvement because the week before, the bins were so full when I got there that boxes of items were piled high around the outside of the bins.

This weekend when I went on Saturday, there were double bins to accept the weekend recycling.

 I was so appreciative of their attention to this that it drove me to write my very first letter to The Garden Island newspaper.

Thank you to our Garden Island Disposal for their attention to this great need.

In the past I “felt” they only recycled with reluctance, but I now feel a genuine effort is apparent, and I applaud their extra effort to make recycling work well on our beautiful Kaua‘i.

Connie Inch, Kapa‘a

On racism, Democrats

In the past the charge of racism has been effective in intimidating and silencing the most mundane critiques of Democrat legislative endeavors.

However, like the boy who too often cried wolf, the racist invective has become anemic.

And for some on the receiving end, the curse is evolving into a badge of honor, akin to Nixon’s enemy’s list.

Early on:  Establishing, justifying, and defending the notion of slavery: Were they not there, the Democrats?

During the Civil War, shedding blood to defend slavery: Were they not there, the Democrats?

Combating reconstruction, establishing the KKK, legislating Jim Crow laws, arranging lynchings: Were they not there, the Democrats? Were not voter rights legislation during the ‘60s stymied by the Democrats? Did it not take Republican support to enable passage?

And today, are not racist policies a substantive part of Democrat political activity?

 Are not perverse racial policies that result in reassigning blacks from the cotton plantation to the welfare plantation merely a continuation of Democrat bigotry?

Those who charge racism could be neatly defining themselves.

Russell Boyer, Hanalei

GMO and Kaua‘i

Why do our leaders favor Monsanto over the people of this island? Why is Monsanto allowed to continue contaminating our island?

The people of Nepal are rioting in the streets because their government decided to let Monsanto in.

Other countries have banned GMO companies altogether. According to new reports easily found on the Web, GMO crops have failed.

They have failed to produce the yields they were intended to produce.

They have also been directly linked to organ failure.

Who makes the pesticides? Corporations like Monsanto. We have children getting sick on the Westside, strange odors in the school. Monsanto is making us sick.

Other places on the globe have banned GMO companies altogether.

Why? Because through all the propaganda, the people can see the true nature of the GMO companies.

Watch “The World According to Monsanto,” and then ask yourself, “Why are our leaders allowing this to happen on our island?”

Or maybe a better question is: “How much money did Monsanto have to contribute to our local political system in order to openly poison our environment?”

Why are our leaders so apathetic when it comes time for real action?

Ten minutes of research on the Internet will reveal the truth of Monsanto.

Maybe we should take Joann’s advice and bake Monsanto some cookies and ask them nicely to stop poisoning our children and environment.

Yea. That’ll work.

Robert Realm, Lihu‘e

Dangerous intersection

Thank you Sky Roversi Deal for your letter (Letters: April 12) citing the very dangerous corner of Kuhio Highway and Kahili Makai Street in Kilauea.

We desperately need a turn-off lane at this intersection and sooner rather than later.

Cars speed around others waiting to turn onto Kahili Makai, onto a small piece of land not suitable for passing — which is extremely risky.

More than once cars have been rear-ended here.

Also, the trees on the highway need trimming for more visibility at this area.

 Turn-off lanes seem to be happening everywhere here on the North Shore except this intersection where it is so badly needed.

Please State Highway Department, look into this.

Michelle Carroll, Kilauea

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