Letters for April 3, 2016
Let’s focus on local issues
TGI Forum, April 1, just ran a quarter-page rant on West Virginia coal versus the Environmental Protection Agency, in response to a prior article, on the same topic. Our politicians travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to rant on industrial pesticide in a Syngenta/Monsanto versus Merck Pharmaceuticals corporate feud. My hometown, Flint, Michigan, has demonstrated the lead poisoning from our domestic water pipes. “Global warming” is the current rage, rightfully so.
What about Kauai issues: Air, water and land? Kauai has local issues that demand our attention.
Recent study shows pesticide abuse occurs in our homes, much more than on agricultural fields. Yet our “leaders” are requesting more Department of Health and EPA oversight. These agencies have banned non-water soluble chemicals over the past several years, making great strides in protecting our lands. Home pest control practices should be explored, educated and improved. Our homes!
We cannot locate the “point source” of Mahaulepu stream contamination, yet we send our visitors to enjoy this South Shore treasure. The recent statewide ban on cesspools is still flying under the radar, and should be heralded as a major accomplishment toward clean water.
The recent KPD meth bust was the largest in the whole state of Hawaii. That got one day of press! Our Kauai Police Department should be paraded on the front page. Where is the outrage over these drug poisons that are contaminating our society?
Is your home water provided through lead pipes? Our Department of Water is raising the cost of new water meters to address this, and other transmission issues. Yet we are complaining about the cost of infrastructure.
What is poisoning our children more? Household pesticides? Water pollution? Street drugs? Or is it our self-righteous concern over West Virginia coal, Flint water and GMO world food supply? Now, I ask, who is the April Fool? Think global, act local.
Michael C. Curtis
‘South Pacific’ an island gem
On Wednesday night, a group of us celebrated a birthday by going to see “South Pacific” at Kauai Beach Resort. It is a marvelous production and I was most impressed by the profession performances of the cast and the wonderful music.
If you have not treated yourself to this opportunity, you have missed a wonderful, entertaining evening. Of particular note is the cast who are local talent that just dazzled the audience with their spectacular performances. There is a rich and beautiful message in the show about diversity and acceptance of those different races and cultures.
Treat yourself to this valuable and worthwhile production that is definitely worth your investment.