Letters for Jan. 16, 2015

• Yay for salary cap hike rejection • Put the blame on the soil


Yay for salary cap hike rejection 

Hooray for Gary Hooser and the County Council’s rejection of the salary cap hike! As usual, Mr. Hooser was right on with his rationale that raises should wait until we have a balanced budget, which has not happened for six years. If people think they are going to make as much money in the government as in the private sector, they are wrong. Working for the government has always been about service, not money. And relative to JoAnn Yukimura’s comment about being able to attract better people, I say in Kauai most government employees get their positions not because of qualifications, but who they know and are related to.

Gail Rosen



Put the blame on the soil

 Instead of blaming HDF, blame the soil. The soil at their Mahaulepu farm site is mostly poorly draining clay. According to HDF data, it has a Ksat level of 0.00 to 0.20. That type of soil can’t, even if it has some magical affinity for billionaires, take in more moisture than 0.00 to 1/5 an inch per hour. 

Excess rain or overhead spray irrigation has to go somewhere, so it runs off. That’s it — if it pools, it stagnates and smells, if it doesn’t, it pollutes the streams running to the ocean. Characteristics of soils and climate are critical. Soils must be permeable enough to allow filtration or water movement (including vertical drainage) yet hold water long enough to allow interaction of waste constituents. The proposed industrial dairy site isn’t a match, but don’t blame HDF — blame the soil.

Jan Muller



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