Letters for June 5, 2016

• Looking for proof in wrong places • Development a travesty for Kauai • Crazier things ahead with Trump

Looking for proof in wrong places

Regarding the JFF report on Big Ag use of pesticides, it does not ultimately matter whether agricultural toxins were or can be found in the environment, whether or not higher rates of sickness are noted from the Westside, whether stacks of scientific papers were read, whether or not Kauai agricultural practices are similar to practices elsewhere, etc.

What would matter is if Westside peoples’ blood contain higher levels of agricultural toxins than blood from other places on Kauai. And if those toxins are known from laboratory studies to be health detrimental, that would be reason enough to look into reducing exposure to them.

The JFF seemed to be looking for proof of harm — though science does not prove; it can only disprove.

Dave Au, PhD, San Diego

Development a travesty for Kauai

We have been visiting beautiful Kauai for the last 11 years. We love the people and the respect for the land and all living things. I read with outrage the plans for the 10 acres on Aleka Loop. The beautiful field with the sidewalk to the beach that we walked for sunrises and peaceful evenings listening to the waves and watching the fishermen.

The birds and Ironwood trees made it a heavenly walk each time. Instead, there is a fence up and construction is slated to begin when we come in September. Makes me sick to my soul that this area isn’t appreciated as it is, untouched by “progress.”

I truly hope the Department of Public Works sees reason and doesn’t issue the permits to let this travesty proceed. If things like this development continue, our beloved Kauai will become paradise lost.

Deb Van Horne Pastorik, Des Moines, Iowa

Crazier things ahead with Trump

Like many sane Americans, I have lately have been pondering where to relocate if that ego-maniac Trump actually gets elected. I wish to live and not get nuked.

Darn it. I just got my house almost done and my business surviving. Then, it came to me. Why leave? Secede! The only two states in the U.S. that retained the right of succession are Hawaii and my native state of Texas.

Texas could put a big ole hole in senior Trump’s wall straight through to the Panama Canal via the Pan-American highway. South American oil and gas, Hawaii ports to Asia, well, aloha y’all!

Crazier things have happened and I think they just might ponder it.

Carla Harringer, Kapaa


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