Letters for August 23, 2016

Letters for Aug. 23, 2016

Enjoyed the laugh, but voting is serious

So here’s my voting/ballot question: If I vote for the “American Shopping Party,” do I get an automatic discount on the QVC Shopping channel?

In all the years I’ve been filling in boxes on election ballots, this is the first time I’ve ever gotten a chuckle out of it.

Mahalo to whoever came up with this, but our national election is anything but a joke!

Luana Ruggiero

Lawai

More than dairy to worry about on pollution

Michael Coon (TGI, Aug. 21 letter) accused “an industrial dairy operation” of closing down the beaches on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Floridians however, blame sugar. The causes are many. The algae bloom is being fed by phosphorus-laden water that comes from Lake Okeechobee.

It is true that dairies contribute to that phosphorus, but it is also true that 29 percent of it comes from humans. Dairies only cover 1 percent of the Okeechobee watershed, humans 12 percent. Lake Okeechobee pollution was a problem when I lived in Florida in 1978.

The dairies there have developed closed systems that monitor the inflow and outflow of phosphorus. Hotels … not so much. Mr. Coon’s letter may have some valid points. The coral health has greatly declined all around the Kauai since I moved here 10 years ago.

But this has happened without the dairy. I find it difficult to be against the dairy when they have worked so hard to control their pollution sources while homeowners still insist they need not install a septic system and the tourist industry pretends that tourists don’t cause environmental degradation.

I like fresh dairy products. Tourists crowding our roads, not so much. It costs money to fix these problems. I support a raise in taxes.

John Zwiebel

Kalaheo

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