Letters for Sept. 6, 2014

• Anti-ag doesn’t really make sense • Return of phone good news to share • Spending increase shows why county needs new leadership

Anti-ag doesn’t really make sense

You hear a lot lately about folks who are “anti-ag.” I wonder who is really saying that and who believes it. Who in their right mind would truly be anti-ag? No food is devoid of any agricultural ingredient unless it is wild caught or gathered. I don’t know any Kauai livestock ranchers who believe people dislike what they are doing. We all support Kauai Coffee. The Haraguchi taro patches in Hanalei are a thing of beauty. Organic farmers are heroic. I don’t know any farmers at the market who believe people think they should get a different job. Saying that a group of people are anti-ag is kind of like calling them anti-mom; so maybe herein lies the clue. Maybe this is a cleverly thought out tactic to turn public opinion against a certain segment of our population.

Ever since the agrochemical industry has come under scrutiny, it has chosen to duck and weave rather than go eye to eye with their host community. Cooperate with disclosure and buffer zone regulations and ante up a few more tax dollars? No, easier to cozy up to the Farm Bureau so they can say, “we’re just a bunch of good ol’ farmers doing good ol’ farming just like your grandpappies did.”

Take off the protective gear, put on some jeans, boots, and a brimmed hat. Hang out at the new headquarters they paid for and pretty soon the real ranchers and farmers are their buddies and feeling pity for their plight. Sit on the tailgate, knock down a few cold ones and curse all those anti-ag activists while their bosses in the far away corporate offices hoot and applaud the show.

Robert Brower


Return of phone good news to share

Six months ago, my son lost his cell phone. Shortly afterwards I received a phone call asking me if I knew the person that had this phone number.

I replied, “Yes, that’s my son’s cell phone number.” The young man stated that he’d found my son’s cell phone at Salt Pond pavilion.

“Pauly” was in Wailua and I was able to meet him and retrieve my son’s cell phone.

Pauly Udarbe (from Hanapepe), is a most honest, respectful (he always called me “Aunty”), upstanding and humble young man. For over six months, he made an effort to connect with me to return an electronic device.

Pauly helps to restore my faith in humanity, especially in these days and times! When I told him that, his reply: “It’s not right to keep someone’s stuff.”

“To try to find whose belongings and return it” was Pauly’s response to my thankfulness.

I want to Mahalo Pauly through our newspaper, TGI – since this news is “good news,” to share da story of a beautiful phenomenon; particularly in these times.

Mahalo plenty!

Bonnie P. Bator


Spending increase shows why county needs new leadership

As mayor, Bernard Carvalho’s budget for the county of Kauai spiraled out of control, increasing the size of government. Carvalho made no attempt to cut costs. To pay for the spending spree, the county increased property taxes and vehicle taxes.

Anyone can spend, spend and spend and then raise taxes to pay for the excessive spending.

Four more years of Bernard Carvalho as mayor and your property taxes and vehicle taxes will likely increase again.

Do what Peter Finch did in “Network.” Stick your head out the window and shout, “I’m mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore.”

For mayor of Kauai, vote for Dustin Barca.

Jerry Sokuga



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