Letters for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Tourists scared awayWaiting to see what happens nextThere is a grand scheme‘Operation’ a successConcerning Coco Palms

Tourists scared away

I applaud Hooser and Bynum for setting the stage with Bill 2491 and recruiting all of the mob squads against the GMO companies. Also, I applaud the mayor for vetoing the Bill 2491.

They were all impressive that our island tourists (regulars and also some who bought condos and timeshares) are all voicing their opinions on TGI’s letter to the editor. Most of them decided they will stop coming here, which means fewer tourist dollars to be spent on our island.

If all of you against GMO (Mr. Hooser, Mr. Bynum, and the mob squads) had common sense to know that these companies, if they would not comply with federal and state regulations on the use of pesticides, would have to pay an outrageous fee.

Thanks to all mentioned above for scaring our tourists away and one of our main source of income.

Why ask for an encore? Let the bill be dead already!

Howard Tolbe


Waiting to see what happens next

Now that the final act has been played in the passage of 2491, I was very heartened to hear that Mayor Carvalho is determined to hold the state and the industry to the voluntary actions that had been negotiated. This should aid in community healing during the nine-month implementation period.

I also commend the council member’s Rapozo and Kagawa for their personal commitments to seeing the voluntary measures move forward. They both gave honest speeches expressing their concern for our island’s health and safety while we host this industry. How could they not after hearing the testimonies on Thursday? It should prove interesting if the chemical/seed industry balks on their commitment to voluntary measures now that veto override is the final outcome of this drama.

One must assume that the scientists and managers who have transplanted here would want this to happen, as they are now members of our community. Corporate bosses in far away places may have different notions. They hate when a mouse roars, or in our case, when a manini makes waves.

Robert Brower


There is a grand scheme

Well, I guess the pro-Bill 2491 “lemmings” are overjoyed with their victory, for now. They have followed the half-truths and debunked facts to have a new law that will cost us all more taxes to implement and staff. I see a grand scheme in this all. This bill, now law, was part of the takeover of Kauai by “newbies.”

 Follow this: Non-native born folks come to Kauai and pay more than the asking price for land, thus pricing out the locals trying for their parcel. They claim to love the island but cheer the coming of Walmart, Kmart and the likes of Home Depot that bring jobs that the residents don’t care to fill. More outsiders come to fill those jobs and more population is added to Kauai. The rural/agricultural nature is changed to suburban with more housing demanded, which looks good to county government because of more property taxes. Slowly, over the years, we get to today and this new law will require funding from someplace or someone and the old-timers who are just making do will be hit with more property taxes and may sell and move away — perfect for the moneybags who will buy and rent out the displaced locals’ land. A perfect example was an earlier idea put forth by a Northside resident to make ag lots on the Westside that locals can’t afford so more moneybags can take over the land from locals. They are the ones who can afford the higher property taxes that’ll fund the new law.  

I’m just venting and folks will cut this rant to pieces, but it’ll give some locals ideas of what is happening because of “newbies” like Hooser and Bynum. The County Council should be only for longtime residents of Kauai, like third generation.

Masa Shirai


‘Operation’ a success

I just wanted to write in to say thank you Kauai. There was a packing party at Breath of Life Christian Ministries in Lihue. It was for Operation Christmas Child, a yearly worldwide event sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. So far, over 600 shoe boxes have been packed and are ready to be shipped to needy children worldwide. Many have never received a present in their short lives.

There were people there who were for the GMO bill and there were people against it.

Yet, we all put our differences aside and in love reached out to the children.

That is Kauai aloha! Many other churches and businesses are a part of the effort to reach 2,500 shoe boxes this year. I can’t wait to thank them all in a future letter. We just received confirmation that a good percentage of your presents will go to the Philippines.

National Collection Week ends Nov. 25. There are three collection centers, Breath of Life Christian Ministries, Lihue Lutheran and Crossroads Christian Fellowship to drop off your shoe boxes.

Info: www.operationchhristmas.org or Contact Mike & Christina Ensman, 651-4371.

Mike and Christina Ensman


Concerning Coco Palms

It is interesting that the county would even consider allowing the developers of Coco Palms to move ahead without requiring them to meet current building and fire codes.

Codes are revised and updated to improve building safety. It seems that they are taking a step backward and exposing the county to some unforeseen liability by not requiring the developers to meet current code standards.

Richard Perry



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