Letters for Oct. 21, 2016

• Control growth to save paradise • Mahaulepu’s mama cows are not potty trained

Control growth to save paradise

Like many local people, we usually don’t want to complain, fuss, or cause trouble … unless trouble comes to us. If our life is seemingly good from day to day, no pilikia. We go about our lives working, playing, paying our bills, raising our children, here on our Garden Isle.

We have seen countless fields of pineapple and green fields of sugarcane which are now gone. Recently, we have heard complaints and concerns about pollution to the environment from larger farms. Unfortunately, this has segregated our community.

I ask you now to look forward to see what changes are coming if we do not support agriculture.

First, beware of our politicians’ viewpoints, for they are motivated by money first. What will come next, a stampede of development since lands are laying fallow. Development without concern for locals.

Look across Hawaii to what has destroyed the true paradise (tourism,hotels, housing for the rich) … and then pray for Kauai. We should be enacting growth control measures now, to save what we can. Growth will pollute much, much more (sewage, cars, crowding, invasive species, etc.) than any agricultural enterprise.

My father told me years ago that “Kauai should be looking for routes for a rail system, the sooner the better.” I replied, “Auwe Dad, what are you talking about?” His reply, “Kauai is getting busy, someday it will be like Oahu or Maui.”

Auwe indeed!! This is not progress!! Speak out for controlling growth now.

Sherwood Conant, Kapaa

Mahaulepu’s mama cows are not potty trained

The simplistic and childish article by Bettejo Dux (TGI, Oct. 13) shows just how uniformed some Kauai residents are regarding the consequences of a dairy being located on the beautiful, sacred and legendary site, Mahaulepu.

Dux insults the intelligence of TGI readers and completely dismisses the negative environment impact of a dairy located on the shores of Mahaulepu. Instead she invokes images of two imaginary bovines, Belle and Boss (their hygiene, living conditions, longevity and the fate of the gamboling bovine offspring), two cartoonish (Japanese animes) trams, Nani and Hoohaku and the beautiful people of Kauai leading tours.

The author is completely out of touch with the reality of life on Kauai, if she thinks the alternative to not having a dairy is to “pave paradise and put up a parking lot” (“Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell, 1970). The author needs to wake up and smell the cow dung.

Michael Diamant, Koloa

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