Letters for Monday, June 11, 2012

• Wake up and smell the farming • A real role model in Tulsi Gabbard • Mahalo to the Kaua‘i Bus • Of brides and beaches

Wake up and smell the farming

Closing the Hanalei farmer’s market makes no sense. Whoever threatened the suit is simply not thinking properly.

Sustainability is not a catch phrase or a trend; it is an immediate and urgent necessity. Without a vibrant local market, farmers cannot continue farming. The same can be said for complaints about the Kekaha Community Garden. They make no sense.

Going to the store with plenty of money in your pocket and having lots of choices readily available and shipped in from all over the world is a failing paradigm. People need to stop taking that paradigm for granted. We are well and truly in the middle of an ongoing global crisis, which is worsening.

Seriously, look at Europe. They are worried in Greece that 50 percent of the power grid might be shut down. They have run out of food for their prisoners. The pharmacies are nearly empty. The Spanish prime minister went on the radio begging for a bailout. Great Britain is in very dire financial straits.

Guess what? So is the U.S. Stop watching American Idol. Go read zerohedge.com. Pay attention. This is for real. We need to grow our food here. And we need to wake up. We are in the eye of the storm and the back side is going to make 2008 look like a cakewalk. We need to come together and grow food, and get ready.

Sorry if it sounds scary, but if the ocean went out and you were gathering shells I would scream, “Run mauka!”

Rick Goding, Kekaha

A real role model in Tulsi Gabbard

 It seems that all young girls idolize someone. They look to someone to emulate. Unfortunatley, in American culture it appears to be the fantastical, self-serving female pop star or reckless young celebrity.

What a happy day it was for me recently when my 8-year-old daughter met a real role model named Tulsi Gabbard, who is a Democrat running for U.S. Congress here in Hawai‘i. My daughter was immediately captivated by her warmth and intelligence. After learning about all the things that Tulsi has already accomplished in her life to help people, like serving her country in the Middle East twice and fighting for GMO labeling, my daughter now thinks Tulsi is the coolest woman she’s ever met. And she’s “very pretty too,” my daughter adds.

I am so grateful to know my daughter has Tulsi to look up to. Tulsi possesses all the qualities of a role model that I would want to see cultivated in my own daughter. In Tulsi you find a person who has already lived a full life of service and leadership to her community and her country. She is beauty and brains. She is a compassionate leader and environmental activist. She is a warrior and hero, not only in my daughter’s eyes but mine too. She is someone who I trust to fight for us in Congress. She’s got our vote. And lucky for all of us, my daughter wants to be just like her when she grows up.


Jennifer Henderson, Hanalei

Mahalo to the Kaua‘i Bus

I recently started using the Kaua‘i Bus paratransit service to assist my mother in getting around to different appointments. This is a great service and is so convenient. Getting door-to-door transportation is so helpful, and the drivers are always friendly and accommodating.

I want to personally thank drivers Gary Miguel and Chase Aranio, and Celia Mahikoa — who runs the Kaua‘i Bus — for their friendly and reliable customer service.

Also, a big mahalo to Mayor Carvalho for supporting the expansion of the Kaua‘i Bus and making paratransit available. This is a great benefit for the people of Kaua‘i that I would never have known about until our family needed it.

Great job, Kaua‘i Bus.

Jerome “The Shadow” Freitas, Kapa‘a

Of brides and beaches

At the risk of “beating a dead horse” I wanted to send you a letter about the wedding on the beach Rev. Kube wote about last Monday and which has been commented on repeatedly by others.

 I was personally at the wedding as a member of the bridal party and am a part of the bridal community as an editor of an international bridal magazine, Destination I Do. On the magazine’s blog, I gave an accurate recount of the happenings and how Rev. Kube actually behaved. If you’d like to share the blog post, you can find it here: www.destinationidomagblog.com. There is also an interesting story on USA Today about permits for weddings on the beach in Hawai‘i: travel.usatoday.com/destinations/dispatches/post/2012/ 06/court-rules-hawaii-can-regulate-weddings-on-public- beaches/711435/1. Looks like this subject is getting quite heated.

Aloha and mahalo for your honest reporting.


 Jennifer Stein, Phoenix, Ariz.


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