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• ‘Working’ is a must see • We want GMO labeling • Mahalo for the tribute • Giving aloha on the Westside • Seed company propaganda
‘Working’ is a must see
I want the people of Kauai to know that this past Saturday I was just totally entertained by the Kauai Community Players’ production of the musical “Working” currently playing at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.
My friends and I are still talking about it. Sold out every night, luckily it has been extended through this weekend, and is not to be missed.
It is authentic, direct, witty and poignant, and staged in a raw, fast paced presentation that kept me on the edge of my seat as each new character is introduced.
The show is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel’s novel “Working” and tells of the everyday, working American from an office worker, a retired person, to a mill worker and waitress and everything in between.
The music is written by such artists as Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor and Liz Manuel Miranda. It features some extraordinary local talent who will make you laugh one moment (my cheeks were hurting from the joy that arose) and tear up the next.
Go see this show!
We want GMO labeling
I am a mother who has found it unacceptable to accept what Monsanto, Syngenta, and the other seed and chemicals are doing to our food and water sources.
I need to know that my daughter will be able to be healthy and her world will allow her to thrive. I am one of the organizers of the Rally Against Monsanto and GMO, part of the worldwide marches and rallies held Saturday.
We want all to stand together for our rights to know, for our rights to be healthy. We want GMO labeling and we want atrazine to be banned. Why is it banned in Switzerland, Syngenta’s home country, but being used here?
We are also going to be collecting signatures to make the seed companies disclose exactly what they are spraying in Hawaii. We can not deny there is something not right. You can eat organic all you want but if your water is contaminated and the wind allows cross-contamination, what are you going to do? We want Agent Orange to be banned, not used in our food. We don’t want pesticides In our food. We want RoundUp gone.
We want people to be educated and empowered. How many of us know people with cancer? One out of 50 children in the U.S. are autistic — what is going on? It is time to stand up together. This is not about politics. This is about not being bullied by greedy companies who act as they only care about their bottom line and not about us.
Some people think this is controversial. It is very black and white. You either do something that is good for the people or you are hurting them. In the case of these companies, it has become very clear.
Mahalo for the tribute
Thank you for publishing the tribute I wrote in honor of Sgt. Mjr. Barchers.
I received several phone calls and electronic communications about the tribute.
Some people on Kauai were not aware Bill had passed away until reading the tribute in TGI.
There is a nice guest book in the naplesnews.com obituary for Bill.
He certainly left a lasting impression.
Again, thank you for your consideration.
Giving aloha on the Westside
The Visitors Center in Waimea has been a local and tourist haven. It puts smiles on everyone’s faces who enter its doors. I dropped by to use the computer and saw a big family with three kids from Northern California coming out with leis. I said, “Wow you sure scored,” and they went on to say that was the most fun they have had here. The Visitors Center has lei-making classes on Fridays and it has been a great success. My hat is off to all of the hard workers who spread our Aloha.
Locals also make this their fun spot to pop in and talk story.
Jill Faye Papworth
Seed company propaganda
In at least three recent issues of The Garden Island, there has been a one page tract called “Kauai Seed Farmers Bust Myths.” Is such a page a paid advertisement?
If it is an ad, it does not say so. If it is an ad, who paid for it? Regardless of whether it is or is not an ad, who is the author? There is no documentation for the various “facts” put forth. So, no author, no documentation and no identification of sources makes me disbelieve anything that is written, aside from the fact that I have read much information to the contrary of what is claimed.
The politics and practices of Monsanto and other “seed” companies include: Threatening to sue states who try to pass GMO labeling laws; putting themselves above the courts by getting a bill passed that allows agribusiness to ignore court orders blocking the sale of GE seeds (The Monsanto Protection Act); participating in revolving doors between the companies and the government in order to help get favorable approval of untested GE products; suing farmers for patent infringement when GE crops pollute and contaminate nearby conventional and organic farms; introducing GE seeds to poor countries like India where farmers go bankrupt because they cannot save their own seeds and must buy the “seed” companies products of patented seeds and herbicides.
They have spent millions to defeat GMO labeling laws (favored by 70 to 90 percent of the American people). If their product is so safe and good for the world why are they against labeling?
The “seed” companies are chemical companies first and foremost. I believe that they care only for their bottom line. They do not care about Kauai, the aina, the people or feeding the world. Their goal seems to be to control the world food supply in order to sell their seeds and especially their chemicals. I believe that they are about greed and power. And unfortunately, through their lobbying, they have huge influence on the EPA, FDA, USDA, various other government agencies, and the U.S. Senate. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently found in Monsanto’s favor against the farmers whom they have sued for patent infringement.
People of Kauai, do not be taken in by “seed” companies’ propaganda — keep protesting!
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