Letters for March 8, 2015

• What’s best for Kauai?  • Reduce traveling expenses • Dairy plan missing logic, respect

What’s best for Kauai?

The money behind Hawaii Dairy Farms is Pierre Omidyar, who along with his wife, Pam “represent the personal and professional interests” of the Omidyar Group. To paraphrase them, “We believe that people are essentially good … people can be trusted, and generally have good intentions. We believe in the power of people and their ability to take action and bring about extraordinary change.”

The Ulupono Initiative is a philanthropic project of the Omidyar Group, involved in both for-profit and non-profit adventures “… that strives to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii …”

As an aside, the Omidyar Group would also like to purchase Cloverleaf Dairy on the Big Island as reported in the Honolulu Civil Beat, the CEO and publisher of which is Pierre Omidyar.

As one hears the sentiment of the “good, trusted” folks of Kauai, and then listens to the focus of the Omidyar Group, one gets the distinct impression that the Omidyar Group knows what’s best for Kauai. If the Omidyar Group wishes to invest $17.5 (or more) of its money into the future of Kauai, I’m certain that, within minutes, a list of meaningful projects which coincide with the areas of focus of the Omidyar Group would be forthcoming.

Go ahead, Mr. Omidyar, ask Kauai what they want.

Michael Diamant


Reduce traveling expenses

TGI front page story, “Cuts and consequences” on Feb. 28, 2015. Kauai Police Department could have a cut/reduction in federal grants if they should lose six officers positions.

The mayor is proposing that we take from the general fund to make up for the lost of federal grants for KPD. Does this mean more taxes paid by the taxpayers?

How about we cut from the traveling expense of the mayor and others? This way they can be present when voting on important county issues.

Howard Tolbe


Dairy plan missing logic, respect

A $17 million dairy farm vs. billions of dollars in infrastructure (hotels, jobs, real estate values, families’ dreams, tax revenues) is mere “soda change” to a billionaire. Let’s get real: Who’s really going to suffer by adding more pollution and hazardous waste, plus “cow stink” and biting flies, into an already potentially illegally contaminated private landfill?

Try this for starters: our community’s families, businesses and visitors to our island! Are they worth more than one dairy farm?

Also, our children’s health, their futures, along with Kauai’s reputation and economy. Pierre, wake up and smell the “manure and urine” as you swat the biting flies. Move the farm to another area that will not crush community dreams, to an area known for certain not to have a history of certified illegal solid waste management practices involving construction and demolition debris and possible hazardous asbestos and red lead waste issues.

One last question: How does each council member stand on this issue? Residents deserve to know! Let’s ask them.

John Hoff



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