Letters for Sept. 7, 2014

• The real cost of the Superferry • A very grateful and heartfelt thank you • Continue the fight to protect

The real cost of the Superferry

I suspect if people run the numbers, it will not be less expensive to take a Superferry to Oahu with one’s vehicle than to fly and rent a car (or better yet take the bus or let the relatives pick you up).

I managed to go to Oahu, buy a grand piano there, and have the piano brought to my home here on Kauai all for the price of the piano (the dealer paid the expenses). I cannot imagine bringing that piano back in my car or even a sofa. Further, if anyone has ever driven in Honolulu, I cannot imagine anyone wanting to take their car over there and risk the traffic.

Yet, the big problem is the cost that everyone on Kauai will bear if the Superferry begins service here.

According to the article in The Garden Island by Tom LaVenture, the survey in Oahu had 1,586 votes to support the ferry against 230 no votes, and the vote on Kauai was 64 percent voting “no” and 25 percent allowing it. Further, there are many more residents in crowded Honolulu than there are on all of Kauai. Hence, more people will come from Oahu than will go there. It is not a surprise that they would like to come here with their car and spend a weekend or week’s vacation, perhaps camping, but not adding to the economy of our island since they will bring everything they need with them and they will not be coming here to shop.

If for no other reason than the extra numbers of people crowding our highways, crowding our campgrounds and beaches and contaminating our air and lands, I oppose the Superferry. Besides the inconvenience, our police, lifeguards, firemen, and sanitation service people will have more to take care of. It will be the people of the county of Kauai who bear the economic burden.

Further, as I understand, the cost to install the Superferry service is not negligible and will have to be borne by our county government. We have enough taxes to pay already; where would they get the money?

Marjorie Gifford


A very grateful and heartfelt thank you

To all those who planned, attended and contributed to my celebration dinner honoring me on Friday, Aug. 22, my heartfelt thank you for such a momentous occasion.

To the planning committee, chaired by Malcolm Doi, it was an event that surpassed my expectations in attendance and in the program that followed an excellent dinner. And to those who attended the affair, my sincerest thank you for coming. Also, those who could not attend but contributed to the party, thank you for remembering me.

It was so nice to feel so many people from near and far, many I haven’t seen for many years and even forgot their names, but fortunately got introduced again.

Thank you again for making this celebration dinner an event that I will cherish and remember as one of the greatest events of my life.

Champ S Ono


Continue the fight to protect

I applaud the county’s efforts at protecting our people from the potential effects of the numerous restricted use pesticides being released into our air and water by an unsympathetic and uncooperative conglomerate of multi-billion dollar foreign and international corporations. In spite of our efforts being stricken down by a federal judge, we must continue our struggle to protect our island from toxins known and unknown.

One avenue is to appeal Judge Kurren’s decision. Another approach would be to revise 2491 by concentrating on the pesticide issues and putting the GMO regulations on hold. The dispersal of numerous pesticides into our air and water with unknown consequences, and with multiple untested by-products is a more imminent threat to our health and safety than the GMOs. The preponderance of evidence is that GMO issues center around limiting food diversity, lack of product transparency and the abject prostitution of patent law in contrast with the purported carcinogenic and teratogenic efforts of the pesticides.

Such an approach would show the mayor and the county that we are willing to compromise and could be posited as a health and safety rather than an ag regulation measure. This would make it less vulnerable to legal challenge by the foreign chemical conglomerates. If sustained evidence of GMO health issues arise, they can be regulated later, but for now the county would be taking a major step in promoting our health and well-being.

John Patt



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