Letters for Friday, March 13, 2015

• Thoughts from a common-sense visitor

Thoughts from a common-sense visitor

I love Kauai, having visited here many times over the past 20 years. It is a special gift to all of us because it has been created “as a paradise on Earth.” I have traveled extensively and have seen no other place that can compare to Kauai’s beauty with it’s wonderful people. We must carry the responsibility to care for this paradise.

Compromise by definition represents giving up something on both sides. There are those saying you can have a dairy side by side with paradise. There are so many places on Earth suited to dairy operations (and maybe nothing else). There are so few places, created as Kauai is, suited to rank as a paradise location. Compromise will eat into both (dairy and paradise) chances of survival. You will not have the best dairy or paradise as we know it today.

It is beyond any reasoning to plan a dairy operation of the scale planned for Mahaulepu considering what will happen to our paradise. “Paradise lost” is something no one should take lightly. There isn’t a single reason to build the dairy here other than financial motivations for a few individuals. This will be at the expense of everyone else. More than the expense is the compromising of our most precious asset — Kauai’s paradise. Why turn beautiful Mahaulepu into a manure farm? Because the grass grows there faster than somewhere else? Money! Money! Money! Follow the trail and you will find who is ready to sell you out to feather their own nests.

It is time for those responsible for “our” protection to stop this madness. Grove Farm may own the land, but what does that really mean other than they have responsibility for caring for it during their tenure. The land does not belong to anyone, it belongs to everyone.

On another note: Congratulations to the Kauai planning board for taking a responsible stand on the new Coco Palms Resort project. This $135 million dollar project will celebrate paradise while employing thousands of locals.

David Boruta, Poipu


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