Letters for Feb. 2, 2015

• Parents deserve more information from schools • Moratorium on burning needed until matter can be decided

Parents deserve more information from schools

This is an open letter to Lisa McDonald and Erik Burkman, principals of Hanalei and Kalaheo Elementary Schools.

Are parents given the chance to give informed consent in regards to their children eating tuna served in schools that has mercury risks? Risk means there will be an incidence of disease. What about risks (incidence) due to constant exposure from WiFi, or risks of some foods in cafeterias that may meet FDA or USDA certification, but other doctors and nations are warning against or banning? What about vaccinations? A quick web search says there certainly are risks, even admitted by CDC. Are parents given any of this information so they can give informed consent? Or are the schools, a place supposedly for education, actively keeping people dumb by obstinately remaining silent? By schools, I mean administrators.

I await a response, please. I am a parent and the schools brag how they communicate with parents. If a school principal signs a notice to all parents that the school is healthy, and the emergency card says the school is dedicated to the children’s health, is that principal liable if the school is shown to have health risks and they refused to disclose these to parents?

Will you lose your job if you go the extra mile and give parents the chance to have informed choice? Will the community rally behind you if you are threatened? Are you on the side of informed consent or remaining silent to not rock the boat, even if the boat is shown to be risky?

Ray Songtree

Hanalei

Moratorium on burning needed until matter can be decided

It is wonderful that the authorities are finally listening to the citizens who are being poisoned by the smoke being unleashed from fireplaces. But in the meantime, while this problem is being debated, the burning still goes on. It is apparent these people are not just burning wood, but trash. The smell of the smoke denotes that there are other items being burned besides just wood.

Two of these people who burn have been offered, by neighbors, to buy them gas fireplaces to replace the wood but have been turned down.

I am the grandmother of five small children who have been affected by this. I believe you have testimonials from physicians who deem this very serious. Remember, this has been going on for years and these children will suffer for years to come because of it.

So, I am asking that you consider, during the interim, a moratorium on burning in fireplaces until this matter can be decided.

Carol MacDonald

Redding, Calif.

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