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• The dawn is on • Chemicals affecting many lives on Kauai • Gun pictures not news • Who gave boy toy gun?
The dawn is on
On the outside chance that John Glover (TGI Forum June 30: GMO Bill Would Put People Out of Work) is merely confused and frustrated, or perhaps in just a bad mood; I would like to help set him straight on a number of issues.
As for the governor and the councilman being buddies, and despite the recent arrival of civil unions, I have a feeling according to recent events that Neil and Gary are not sleeping with one another.
Calling the opponents of the Superferry “nut cases” is mean spirited and is the same disrespect you show the earth. We teach our children better sandbox behavior.
I wonder in embarrassed amazement how some of these chemical company guys masquerading as seedsmen, and their supporters, climb up on their air conditioned soapboxes, wave their toy flags trumpeting the future, while striking an at-one-with-the-community pose. Yet, never mention or much less apologize, for Atrazine found in school water, children and their teachers poisoned in their classrooms and the official conclusion that stinks more than the plant they blame. Where’s the warm and fuzzy? Real seedsmen don’t design terminator genes.
You defend yourself by lamely protesting: “We’re only doing what everyone else is doing.” Even after nearly 2,000 water systems serving 43 million people won a class action settlement for the same birth defect causing Atrazine in their water. (Greenville, Ill. vs. Syngenta 10/23/12 US Fed. Court, Southern Section} All from farming there the same way as the petro chemicals farm here. The Nazis when advising us to lie told us to tell “Big Lies,” not stupid ones.
Do you think denial will cause these issues to evaporate and turn to ash? Count me out of your collective death wish and start counting the cancers in Waimea. I and many many others see clearly why you are petrified at a little morning sun.
Chemicals affecting many lives on Kauai
Corn is a heavy nitrogen feeder. To keep the soil healthy over the long run, corn requires a cover crop (plowed in) that is a nitrogen fixer and also adds vegetable matter.
With two to three corn crops per year, the soil is necessarily depleted. The grower is also on the chemical fertilizer treadmill.
Monocultures (large areas of the same crop) tend to be more insect prone. Planting large monocultures puts the grower on the pesticide treadmill.
Throw in gene splicing, which is highly controversial, and you have a real big problem.
Go over to the Westside and look at the soil, then smell the chemical runoff from the creeks that go straight into the ocean, particularly after a heavy rain. The same goes for Eastside soil and chemical runoff.
Go to the Mainland, for that matter, and observe algae bloom problems from chemical fertilizers. Figure out for yourself whether the farming practices are correct.
Add 600 people who depend on the biotech companies for their income, and you have to be very skillful in solving the long-term health situation of the island, while protecting people from unemployment.
Gun pictures not news
The lead article in The Garden Island’s Sunday (July 7) edition features a photo of a 7-year-old child sternly pointing a laser-guided assault rifle at the camera.
This is not only not news, it’s repellent. We are supposed to be teaching our kids to be mindful about weapons, and here’s this.
This keiki-crime-porn image is not what your Kauai subscribers read the newspaper for. I suggest you wake up and focus more on serving the real community’s real needs.
Who gave boy toy gun?
While I applaud the KPD for so wholeheartedly fulfilling little Kytin Sukehira’s Make-A-Wish dream, I was horrified by the photos of that small child holding a weapon.
He could easily have participated in the day’s events without being given “a laser- equipped sidearm and operations weapon.” Really? The photo of him pointing the weapon at an apprehended suspect was unconscionable and irresponsible.
I have no doubt it was a memorable day for this brave little boy, but who was in charge?
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