Letters for Friday, April 17, 2105

• Goodbye Kauai, hello Maui • Case wrong choice, too, to lead DLNR

Goodbye Kauai, hello Maui

I just finished changing all of our summer vacation reservations from Kauai to Maui. Our family has stayed for eight years at our favorite B&B on Kauai and planned each year in the future to return. But without warning, the county closed the B&B so we will take our vacation money to Maui. The $12,000 we budgeted for our vacation doing boat tours, zip lining and eating at restaurants will now be spent on Maui. There will be $12,000 less going into jobs on Kauai  and instead going into jobs on Maui. This sort of action makes us wonder if the Kauai council really cares about jobs on Kauai.

Dave Ventura, Tucson, Arizona

Case wrong choice, too, to lead DLNR

There was such big controversy about Carlton Ching being nominated to head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The gripe was that he had a conflict due to being an advocate for development and development companies. 

When environmentalist groups put pressure on the House and Senate about appointing Ching, the governor then withdrew Ching’s nomination. He now sways in the opposite direction and nominates Suzanne Case, the head of The Nature Conservancy for the last 27 years.

Was this a political move to get the environmentalist groups back on his side, so he may continue to get his Sierra Club endorsement for his next campaign? What can be more of a conflict than her? We, as locals that depend on gathering to subsidize with game mammals, are doomed if she is appointed. Gov. Ige during campaigning said that he would be of balance and would protect the management of our forest, which we depend on in our lifestyles of gathering.

The appointing of Suzanne Case has no balance and only contradicts what he had promised us during his campaign. Management of our forest should be balanced with game management and not eradication of our food source below sustainable levels. The Nature Conservancy goal is to fence all forest areas and total eradication of all pigs, goats and deer that we used to subsidize our way of living.

Suzanne Case’s connection with the Nature Conservancy is the most conflict that can be. We, as locals, better wake up with the fight for what we are losing and speak during elections with our votes.

Robert Cremer, Jr., Kapaa

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