If the land could tell us

I wish the “land fill” in Kekaha could talk for a few hours in an interview with Dickie Chang. I’m sure she would tell us in no uncertain terms to “stop and desist” the dumping of rubbish and plastic crap from every community on this island. She would tell us she is full, OK, F U L L. We cannot keep dumping all of our island waste in the same place. Enough already, let the healing begin.

I wish all large businesses on Kauai to begin to plan for limitation. More is not always better. The visitor industry, real estate, automobile sales and service, chemical agriculture, organic agriculture, cattle and dairy, educational institutions, government, and the US military, need to build themselves, by working up model plans that “limit’s the growth” on this island.

Kauai is telling us she wants us to become a sovereign economic-political island. Not a place that is being restricted or held back by “law precedents” set on other islands or ones that have been established in other places on the US Mainland unless we truly think they will work. She cannot withstand such an onslaught as Oahu has accepted.

One way of limiting our future change is for our new Kauai County Council to create and adopt a “one car on/one car off” traffic growth policy over the next five years. No new or used cars brought to Kauai without one Kauai car being de-commissioned and removed from active use before our populace begins shouting, “four lanes, six lanes, eight lanes a dollar” all for new highways stand up and hollar! And they are and will continue to whimper and groan about traffic until bigger roads are built. Innovative solutions must appear now.

“Aloha Aina” has become a guiding heartfelt concept for people on Kauai who truly love this land. This is what makes us differ from other places in this nation, that is, we can change Kauai and keep her as beautiful as she is now instead of creating our own reflections in the latest pandering and franchising that goes on here in the name of job creation or economic growth. If we practice Aloha Aina we do not create mini L.A.’s and Honolulu’s here.

Slow down people, slow motion cures commotion, love this place, treat her with abundant respect and aloha and she will live, she will be.

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Mark Jeffers is a Hanapepe resident.

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