Letters for Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

Attention, hunters and gathersStop whining about lawsuitPractice good ecologyCoal conference not welcome here

Attention, hunters and gathers

The filing on behalf of all hunters and gatherers of all races in the state of Hawaii has a hearing on Jan. 22, 2014, at 8:30 a.m., at the 3rd Circuit Court in Hilo with Judge Hara. This hearing is about the fencing of thousands of acres in the Kau Forest Reserve. The fencing project is part of an ongoing project by DLNR, which has taken millions of acres of public lands for science and the killing of subsistence animals, which has been part of generation subsistence lifestyle from Hawaiians to citizens present in the state of Hawaii. This case will affect all islands statewide because of its claims that has impacted everyone. The Pele Defense Fund and all the support statewide by hunters and gatherers will have their voice heard about the concerns for years that have been ignored. Hunters and gatherers should co-exist.

Terri Napeahi


Stop whining about lawsuit

It cracks me up to see people complaining about the biotech companies filing a lawsuit to stop Ordinance 960 or “the bill.” Did you not see this coming? You are the same screwballs that put Hoosier in office in the first place. I guess you slept through your poly sci class? The county does not have the authority to supersede the state, which is subservient to the federal government and the feds are the ones in charge of engineered genetics regarding all carbon-based life forms.

Think back now to stem cell research. There are ways to proceed if you want to change things but this is not it. Now all taxpayers get their dollars spent to confront a team of corporations with a budget that makes Kauai’s look like pocket change. Instead of having our parks and beaches taken care of our money goes in huge amounts towards a lost cause, and even if there was a remote chance to win, the corporations have the money to drag it out for years.

All of you that pushed for the bill just basically took money away from our schools, our infrastructure and our everyday way of life. If you want to participate in government, learn how it works.

Joseph Lavery


Practice good ecology

Regular people do not know very much science, certainly not the basic chemistry of transgenic agriculture. It could be said, as well, that regular people do not know very much about multi-national corporations, primarily those that procure and manufacture chemicals for herb-killing and bug-killing products.

Also, regular people do not know very much about our system of laws and how they are used and abused in the United States.

Regular people know about their families, their homes and their livelihoods. Regular people are concerned about how they are going to make life work everyday. Regular people have a sense of right and wrong and most all regular people have a religious viewpoint about their life and the spirit in all life in the world around them.

Every religion has laws that guide us along in life. One of these laws is being violated by the practice of growing transgenic crops. The law is tens of thousands of years old, found in every holy book and is tried and true — it never doesn’t work. As you sow, so shall you reap.

Build your home and have a place to live. Build a bomb, live with the fear that it may explode close by you and your family. Fill the lands and waters surrounding Kauai with chemicals and lose the life of that land. It may take 50 years, or about three generations. It reminds us of our state motto: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ‘Aina I Ka Pono.

To take another viewpoint is helpful: The definition of ecology is; 1. that branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. 2 the political movement that seeks to protect the environment, esp. from pollution.

If we change the relationships of basic organisms with one another and to their physical surroundings, that is not good ecology. Good ecology respects the cyclical nature of all life. This includes the lives of us humans and every other life form on the Earth.

How do you know when you are practicing good ecology? If you can lie face down on the ground where you are working and spend a few minutes looking and breathing and you feel OK about how your little bit of Earth is getting along, then you are probably practicing good ecology. “Sovereignty of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.”

Mark Jeffers


Coal conference not welcome here

This Feb. 24-26, the Pacific Basin Coal Conference 2014 is coming to town. The people of Kauai should show their outrage at the coal industry that is driving ocean acidification, global warming and that is largely responsible for Kauai having some of the highest electricity rates in the U.S.

Burning coal to produce electricity means releasing air pollutants that are actually increasing the ocean’s acidity and preventing shell formation for marine animals like corals, plankton and shellfish. As usual, governments are not stepping up to save these marine foundations of our food chain, so it is up to concerned people to raise their voices and demand solutions and alternatives. Why should we care about global warming? Of course rising sea levels and increased extreme weather events like hurricanes have very real consequences for our little island. Plus worldwide water shortages could easily end in the exportation of water where it exists, such as on Kauai. Global warming is a global problem, and Kauaiians must raise their voices and demand alternatives to coal and fossil fuels. Kauai, the U.S., and the world does not need to depend on and heavily subsidized, costly fossil fuels for energy.

There are endless solutions and sources of clean, cheap, alternative energy, but they depend on everyday people demanding them.

Margaret Maupin



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