Letters for Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pray for no more GMOMake-A-WishRespect the ocean commandsA chanceKauaians Unite

Pray for no more GMO

Hi, I am offering a prayer to all the men, women and our beautiful children who live on Kauai. I pray for the day when these GMO corporations are thrown off our land. I pray for the day when we have people in government who serve the people and not big money corporations who come here and poison our food we grow, the water we drink and the very air we breath.

I hope every person speaks out against these gangster GMO corporations, and let them know not to put money and business over the people’s health.

God bless us all.

Harris Goldman



Wow. I bet myself 20 bucks that someone would write a sourpuss letter about young Kytin holding a replica firearm in his Make-A-Wish dream. There was not only one, but two, in Monday’s paper.

People, seriously, get a life. It’s obvious you’re anti-gun but what’s worse is your lack of knowledge on firearms. One guy even described it as keiki-crime-porn. What the heck is that? That’s not even mentioning that there’s no such thing as a laser-guided assault rifle.

Too bad. Some people hate guns so much that they cannot see past the hate or fear and would blindly throw a wet towel on what was obviously a generous gesture on the part of KPD. I am also happy for Kytin having had his dream come true.

Well, on the bright side I just made 20 bucks.

Stephen Shioi


Respect the ocean commands

On July 3, while visiting your beautiful island, my family and I decided to stop at the beach and cool off on our way home from visiting Limahuli Botanic Gardens. Had we done our research, we would have realized that we stopped at one of the more dangerous beaches called Lumahai.  

While playing in the Lumahai river, my 12-year-old son with Down syndrome got swept out to sea in a split second, and all I could do was scream and frantically wave my hands.  

Out of nowhere, a boogie boarder appeared and risked his own life and got him back on shore. I know without a doubt my son would have drowned if it weren’t for this stranger who didn’t hesitate to risk his own life.  

We had no business being there and I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart that the ocean didn’t take my son. It’s a humbling reminder of the power and respect the ocean commands. There are so many great beaches on Kauai. Hopefully, this letter can serve as a reminder to know the beach you’re visiting.

I’m sorry that my ignorance risked both the life of my son and the gentleman who saved him.

A deep thank you to this gentleman who saved my son. He showed true aloha spirit.

Becky Hersch

Salida, Colo.

A chance

As a native Hawaiian, fisherman, rancher and taro farmer on Kauai, I had many concerns about the proposed Hanalei Plantation Resort. But after sitting down with a member of the developer’s team, I know that Ohana Real Estate Investors is not like others who came to our community before.  They have a lot of respect for our Hawaiian culture, the kupuna in the community and the aina.

Their plans to include educational opportunities for the visitors, new residents and community are what all businesses who come to Kauai should do. They deserve a chance. Hanalei Plantation Resort deserves a chance.

Kelii Alapai


Kauaians Unite

In Andrea Brower’s commentary in The Garden Island (Tuesday, July 8), she clarifies that Bill 2491 “is not about whether you are for or against the science and technology of GMOs — it is about our right to know how highly-dangerous pesticides are impacting us.”

As the sign says in our county parks, “One Island, Many Peoples, All Kauaians.”

Let’s unite simply to find out what the impact of the pesticides has on all Kauaians.

Hope to see you Wednesday, July 31 at 1:30 at location TBA. 


Katherine Stack



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