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• Who are the real terrorists? • Perhaps a dairy is not end goal • Protecting our aina in poem
Who are the real terrorists?
Terrorism. Excellent column, Bryon York. How to define a terrorist? Anyone can be labeled a terrorist.
What does he or she look like? One of the problems I see is the reticence to use a religious term. We have religious terrorists. Here and abroad. We have political terrorists here and abroad. We have homegrown terrorists. I think of the KKK as a Christian organization. Germany was a Christian nation. Italy, too.
I think the answer for the religious terrorist confusion is to have those who are religious — but not religious terrorists — to recognize and define their own. I think most Christians are in denial we have any.
A response might be, “Reverend Jones, an Episcopalian minister, despairs about terrorists who belong to ‘Christian churches and organizations and use their beliefs, their God, to allow them to murder doctors who perform abortions or hang black people because they are not white.”
Let’s be honest.
Perhaps a dairy is not end goal
Thirty years ago our family was invited to a tour of the Koloa Mill by the manager John Hoxey. We met John at the mill offices. On the wall was a map of the entire area. The map showed all the area under cultivation for sugar from Koloa to Mahaulepu and the amount of rain that each section had annually. What was really interesting was all the roads that were on the map. Mr. Hoxey explained that it was Grove Farm’s 50-year plan for development of Mahaulepu. The map was about 10 to 15 years old at that time.
Now why would a man (Pierre Omidyar), who is a developer of high-end resorts, Hanalai Plantation Resort, want a dairy? Is the long-term goal really a dairy?
Protecting our aina in poem
What are they thinking?
To be the cause
of Poipu’s stinking.
And when it really rains
Will the ocean be as pure?
For there may be some runoff
With the urine and the manure.
I can think of many good projects,
If you’re a billionaire
Why would you want to take a chance
On polluting Kauai’s air?
Singer Joni Mitchell
Would say it clear and loud
That the idea of a huge dairy farm
Would not make her very proud.
Kauai is a paradise
Made with God’s hands
Why would anybody
Want to change His plans?
If you follow your conscience
And listen to your heart
I would like to think
this project would never start
People who love this island
Would gladly not complain,
If the price of milk goes up
But the beauty remains the same.
I am really having trouble
Finishing off this letter.
But if you stop the project
We will all feel better.
There is no way we can tell you,
Just what you can do,
But if you were to change your mind,
We will all thank you.
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