Letters for Friday, October 4, 2013

• No need to close lighthouse • Pasion deserves support of people • A life was saved • Studies show links to disease • Do the right thing

No need to close lighthouse

In the early years of my visits to Kauai the lighthouse was not fenced off nor was a fee charged. But, like everything in which the federal government is involved, time creates increased bureaucracy.

There is no reasonable reason in the world why the gates of the lighthouse grounds couldn’t simply be opened during the day and let people do a walk of the grounds as in years gone by.  But no, that would upset some furloughed federal employee to make the effort to open and close the gate each day, even though he or she is still living in his or her government provided on-site house. A giant national park being closed I can understand, but slamming shut the gates of the lighthouse? Give me a break.

Or, how about some willing volunteers to provide a minimal way that would put the people ahead of another entrenched bureaucracy.

We all are captives of an overbearing, out of control, indifferent federal government.

Wally Roberts, San Clemente

Pasion deserves support of people

I am writing in behalf of our auditor and good friend, Mr. Ernie Pasion.

I have known Ernie for about 10 years and since that time, I have come to know Ernie as a true friend, being at the same time an honest and straight-forward person who takes his job as the auditor of the County of Kauai very seriously.

Making Mr. Pasion the auditor was not an overnight decision. It took a lot of know-how to make such a decision. As voters, we also must be wise in making decision when voting and/or electing our county officials.

As you may know, Mr. Pasion’s job as the county auditor is to ensure that the dollars spent in taxes are spent wisely. So far, Ernie has done a tremendous job. What a handful of others are trying to do to Mr. Pasion is seriously wrong.

Mr. Pasion, in my judgment, has done nothing to deserve this. There are times that people forget the Golden Rule — that when you do unto others, that also may happen to each and everyone of us.

Jerome Freitas, Kealia

A life was saved

Aloha dear medical professionals at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. You saved my life! How do I ever express my gratitude? Monday, Sept. 16, at the ER , Dr. Scarborough, respiratory tech Barry Burgin, nurse Corey “Avenger” Rita, and my beautiful and amazing wife Koko brought me back from the brink and I will be forever grateful.

Barry stayed with us until we left the emergency room. We know you didn’t have to do that, but are so very appreciative that you did.

Then third floor SE nurse Zeny and aides Tess and Aileen took over and soothed and gently saw us royally through the trauma of that day. Wonderful nurse Jessie took over for the nights and now adopted family members nurse Brigette and aide Clarita, as well as lab tech Clementia, brought me back to “going home” health. Each of you ladies is totally gorgeous in who you are and what you do.

We thank you.

We promise to more truly treasure every day and hold your wonderful spirits in our hearts. I am truly one very lucky man. In Greek, we say “Efharisto para polli.”

Loukas Fytros, Lihue

Studies show links to disease

Contrary to a previous letter against Maine’s Bill 1041 that the highly toxic pesticide used by these experimental seed companies and makers of weed killer “RoundUp” are not linked to cancer and numerous other diseases, independent studies here in the United States (rather than their so-called “study” from Canada) have found their pesticide and herbicide glyphosate to be linked to not only cancer, but Parkinson’s Disease, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, ADHD and other developmental abnormalities.

These, as well as other diseases of children and adults, have been cited in the peer-reviewed studies by authors Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist and consultant, and Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT, who give us scientific evidence against the corporate claims that their high-profit herbicide glyphosate is non-toxic or safe for humans — Similar to the claims of Monsanto for years about their other infamous product, “Agent Orange.”

Samsel and Seneff found that the herbicide “enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins” and is a “textbook example” of “the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.”                                                                                           

The herbicide’s “negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

Make no mistake, our Garden Island, children, future, are being affected and we are being used as guinea pigs, especially the workers, who work most closely with these poisons in our food. A much safer alternative are farmer cooperatives using normal, natural, safe seeds.

Carol Dudney, Retired medical technologist, Lihue

Do the right thing

I am very interested in learning how an operation where they spray horribly toxic pesticides about 240 days out of the year (6 days average on the Mainland) was allowed to sit right next to Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

When I gave birth to my baby I had no idea that that was taking place. After nine months of tending to my diet, eating organic foods, I had an emergency C-section and spent three days in a wonderful hospital, sadly next to those horrible fields. Who allowed that to happen? Disclosure? Sure! But those companies’ directors should have the decency to do their thing no where close to hospitals or schools.

Why is their business more important than our health? Many of their poisons have been banned in other countries. Doctors around the world are sounding the alarm about what they are learning on the effects of pesticides on human health, especially on children. Eighteen tons of restricted use pesticide, drenching this island each year.

For what? They are not feeding us. Forbes’ excellent article talks about how their failed experiment means more herbicides not less. http://www.forbes.com/fdc/ welcome_mjx.shtml.

These companies have record profits, but hunger on Earth has soared.

Time to do the right thing and take care of people.

Joanna Wheeler, Kapaa


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