Letters for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

•  Questions remain on dairy planChickens don’t spread disease • Restrictions on vehicles would help roadsWomen in Iraq deserve betterToo many executive sessions on auditor

Questions remain on dairy plan

Regarding the proposed dairy’s kikuyu grass, that species has been on Kauai for 60-plus years. It does well where rainfall is ample, especially the north side, where it was the important pasture grass for the Princeville Ranch. It is also found in Kalaheo and at Kokee.

The claim it would be the forage for the cows at semi-arid Mahaulepu surprises me, as does the claim that flies would be controlled by wasp (hymenopteran) parasites. Few bio controls are successful, even when the predators are prey specific. This is well-documented in the scientific literature.

All this, and the many other problems claimed, makes me wonder if there are ulterior motives to the dairy project. Could it be not really the dairy, but other objectives, like maybe leveraging for water and land use rights? Just wondering.

Dave Au

San Diego

Chickens don’t spread disease

A brief CDC update for Mr. Joseph Lavery (TGI, April 7) on animals and diseases:

Cat, toxoplasamois; dog, rabies, lyme disease; mosquito, malaria human and avian, pox human and avian, dengue fever; wild chicken, none. They lay eggs, kill small rodents, eat mosquitoes, cockroaches and centipedes.


Mika Ashley-Hollinger


Restrictions on vehicles would help roads

With the bleak outlook on funds for our islands roads, maybe it’s time to control the amount of vehicles that come in. Let’s not allow the island to be overrun with cars until the roads we have now can be repaired for the vehicles already here.

Adam Kaye


Women in Iraq deserve better

Iraq recently passed a law making it legal to rape women, to prohibit women leaving home without the permission of their husband, and to legalize marriage for 9-year-old girls. These, as well as other mind-numbing provisions are right out of Sharia Law! You remember… that peace loving religion of Islam? Think about that. A country, a nation, has legalized savagery. Made it legal for the strong to brutalize the weak.

And yet our illustrious leader, the mainstream media and most feminists have been eerily silent on this matter. I realize there are still a lot of words out there that need to be banned and coathanger pennants to sell, but where is their uproar about this? There isn’t even a squeak! It makes you wonder what their true agenda is really about.

At the risk of being called “bossy,” I ask that you please contact your representatives in Congress about this human-rights violation! With their influence, maybe someone will put it on Obama’s teleprompter!

This is the real war on women and we need to stand up against this atrocity! These women need to know the world is not turning its back on them, that we love them, are praying for them and fighting for them and, most importantly, want to protect them!

Let’s give them hope! Pick up your pen or phone and contact all your representatives today!

Kelly Sato


Too many executive sessions on auditor

This council has held 24 executive sessions regarding our auditor, Ernie Pasion’s audit of fuel cost consumptions and related matters. Three more on a recent agenda will bring this total to an unprecedented 27.

There is something very wrong with our system when those in power must go behind closed doors to decide a matter that should never have been started in the first place.

From the beginning, seven council members unanimously hired Ernie Pasion to be our county auditor — a position mandated by our charter. His qualifications were impeccable and superior to those of the other three candidates vying for the job.

Mr. Pasion put together a group of people who successfully did seven audits and did them so efficiently that the results of all but one was agreed to by the auditee.

Regretfully, or should I say “gratefully,” his fuel cost consumption audit uncovered an irregularity in the alleged misuse of a county gas card by our mayor. Once this audit came to light, our auditor’s budget was cut by 32 percent.

How terribly regrettable that Mr. Pasion must now be in a legal battle for his job and financial well being when he did his job, a job that was lauded by the National Associations of Auditors.

May justice prevail and may Ernie continue as our auditor, saving taxpayers untold money.

Glenn Mickens



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