Letters for Thursday, April 18, 2013

• We are Boston • Do we want GMO companies as neighbors? • Whose freedom is it about?

We are Boston

Boston could be anywhere. We are Boston.

Suicide bombers are a common denominator in the Middle East. You never know when you get on a bus if it’s going to be blown up by someone thinking they are doing God’s work.

I believe America is in store for a reality check from our reality show mentality to reality itself.

What happens if you go to your favorite restaurant or shopping mall and it is bombed? What happens when the reality of real life is bombings and mass shootings.

What happens now?

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapa‘a  

Do we want GMO companies as neighbors?

The Garden Island had an interesting article this month regarding  GMO companies: “Atrazine pollutant concerns draw DOW response.” Anyone that wants to embrace GMO should read it.

I don’t know if genetically modified organisms are going to cause health problems years from now. We do know the pesticides and herbicides used to experiment on these new hybrid foods can and do cause health problems.

If Syngenta chemical company would invest in organic farming practices that are good for the environment and living things, I would embrace them with open arms. How about developing a super food without the use of pesticides and herbicides that helps prevent diseases such as cancer?

We wouldn’t have to worry about the air we breath or the runoff of toxic chemicals into the ocean. Well that’s probably not going to happen. There’s not as much money to make doing things without the use of chemicals for them. The chemical companies make a lot of their money by developing poisons.

Some of their poisons make humans sick.

When we get sick, we go to the doctors and get prescribed drugs made by the same company that got us sick in the first place.

What a racket! Unfortunately for us our representatives have no backbone. They will not stand up to the powerful pharmaceutical companies, even if they know these companies are causing sickness and death.

Greed is a terrible thing.

How do we go about getting an initiative on the ballot so we can vote if we want these companies for our neighbors.

We, the tax paying citizens, are going to have to protect ourselves.

Let’s move forward with this in a sensible non-violent way.

Linda Bothe, Kalaheo

Whose freedom is it about?

The information provided by the writer of letter “Freedom isn’t free” (TGI March 25) is quite disturbing.

According to his letter foreigners come to us to learn our defense tactics and return to America to kill and destroy.

So, coming back to destroy the Twin Towers etc. was the application of the defense tactics the hijackers learned here?

Is destruction and murder our defense tactics?

Is this what the U.S. troops and their allies have been practicing the past 12 years in Iraq and Afghanistan?

 It appears so, because they have successfully created carnage and destruction for the region. The biggest problem for America is that the rest of the world doesn’t see it as defense but rather as an invasion and illegal occupation.

And offering to help us rebuild what they have destroyed?

 The government’s version of the 9/11 events is that the hijackers were Saudi citizens, but the U.S. never filed a claim against Saudi Arabia or any other country, instead invaded Iraq and Afghanistan.

As for the damages done there the U.S. has paid for less than 1 percent of the damages.

The writer seems to believe that the young men and women in the U.S. military are fighting for our freedom. That’s the sales pitch of the recruiters.

Most of the U.S. military men are mercenaries and while many of them exhibit personal courage, they are fighting for money and not for the defense of their homeland.

The letter writer should remember that we live in Hawai’i, but Hawai’i is not America, and it never will be.

So the slogan “Freedom isn’t free” may sound patriotic, but is totally misleading.

Janos Keoni Samu, Kalaheo


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