Letters for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Do your bestWell done, Bynum, Hooser • Smart meters OK • Kalalau still special • Who is responsible?

Do your best

I implore the Kauai Mayor and the Kauai County Council to do all that is possible to save what is left, rebuild what has been destroyed, restore confidence in the people, and start acting responsibly as we look toward the future.

This cleaning up situations and messes that never should have been permitted is getting old.

I am getting old, too, and would prefer to have something else to do than to spend my time off trying to convince those in power to correct what is obviously a huge mistake … again! (Superferry)

Hindsight is when there was no foresight. This is very basic. Everything matters. I’ll do the best at my job. Please do the best at yours.

This has been a huge wake up call for the Kauai government and the people of Kauai. Stop sleeping and dreaming on your watch so we can put all the positive energy into moving forward and improving life on Kauai.

Noreen Dougherty


Well done, Bynum, Hooser

I fully support council members Hooser and Bynum with regard to Bill 2491. These exhausting meetings serve to prove they understand the issues, have given the issues in-depth thought and research. They respect the opinions of both the yay and nay sides of our aina.

They ask intelligent and respectful questions of proven, respected scientists and experts. They show up prepared. They have the courage to ask revealing questions of the “seed” companies, and they don’t back off. They don’t waste time with grandstanding. These two men demonstrate they care about the health, well-being and safety of our island and all who live and breathe here. They are the best representatives we have in council. Aloha Aina.

Mahalo nui loa to Tim Bynum and Gary Hooser.

Suzanne Peters


Smart meters OK

I like my smart meter. With the free monitor that KIUC provided, I know exactly how much energy I’m using (or making since I have a solar installation) at any given minute. When the monitor glows red, I find the appliance using all the power and turn it off.

I have no more concern about the RF energy emitted by the smart meter than that emitted by my WI-FI network or my cordless phone. I’m more concerned about sunburn.

I have always had good interactions with the people at KIUC and appreciate their hard work.

John Zwiebel


Kalalau still special

Regarding TGI’s article “Problems on Na Pali,” Each year I kayak to Kalalau and camp five nights in June, July and August with the correct permits, I might add. In addition I boat the Na Pali coast several times during the summer months passing by Kalalau beach. The statements made by the Ontario visitor are a joke. I have never seen more than four or five boats anchored in front of Kalalau at one time, ever.

As for his estimate of up to 150 unpermitted campers on the beach, I have never experienced that either and it has always been easy for me to find peace and solitude at Kalalau. Besides, how would he know? Was he checking for permits? I’m also curious how he got a permit on a spontaneous decision to fly from Maui to hike Kalalau, as we all know how far in advance you have to apply for a permit in the summer months.

Was he one of the “unpermitted?” Hmm, here’s a thought, if there are 500,000 day-use visitors a year and we charge a $5 fee that would be an extra $2.5 million. It is “The Kalalau Trail” after all and why should the 20,000 who hike the full 11 miles foot the entire bill.

Don Hoyt


Who is responsible?

I have heard people say they feel the County Council is overstepping its responsibility with Bill 2491. I disagree.

The federal government has done a very poor job of protecting the health of our citizens. The U.S. government’s own Accountability Office stated in a June 13 report that the Environmental Protection Agency is never given enough resources to thoroughly test or put adequate protections in place regarding pesticide use.

Our federal government allowed cigarettes to be mass marketed for 20 years and allowed asbestos- based building materials to be put in schools and other public buildings without understanding the health consequences.

Tens of thousands of Americans died from asbestos-related cancer before studies were conducted that ultimately led to government regulations against asbestos in public places.

During the public testimony for Bill 2491, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture admitted they only have one employee to process reports of pesticide use and when violations do occur, they contact only the pesticide applicator. The public never knows.

How long do we want to wait for the state or federal government to protect us from highly toxic restricted use pesticides being sprayed on our island? Our county has the power to protect us now through Bill 2491.

Kauai has more agrochemical industry that any other Hawaiian island, so we are the trailblazers. Bill 2491 is a common sense approach to protecting our land and our people.

Pat Gegen



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