Letters for Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

• Unhappy with pesticide ruling • Use free ‘Kauai Beach Guide’ app to help save lives

Unhappy with pesticide ruling

Not happy at all with the court ruling for the pesticide companies. What a sad day for the health of our people, island and ocean. Our own elected representatives are not willing to take a stand and protect this sacred paradise we live in. Even to the point of gloating about it, “See, I told you the law says we cannot protect ourselves as a county from harm done by these pesticide companies.”

So everyone stop grumbling and take your poison. Yes, we know it wreaks havoc on the health of our children, adults, the aged, our land and sea, but the law says we do not have the right to protect ourselves. These ag companies can spray their poison near our schools, hospitals and our homes, anywhere they feel like it. We cannot complain because the law says so. Well, you know what I think of that law? Sorry, I cannot express that here.

Why do I feel like I am in the Jim Jones Cult? Just drink your Kool-Aid and everything will be fine. Are we really that gullible? This scares me to death.

Let me give you some statistics for thought. Did you know this year alone, 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer? A quarter of a million women this year! Dear God help us! The deaths this year from breast cancer will be 40,450 in the United States. As of 2016 there are 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer. Don’t you think this is unacceptable? I do!

We can’t blame every case on pesticides. But reducing exposure and consumption of poison would be a start toward better health. Buy organic and non-GMO whenever possible. There are studies showing pesticides cause tumors in rats, isn’t that something that should be looked into? No, all we hear is there is no correlation between pesticides and cancer. Well my friends, words are cheap and I don’t buy it for one minute and neither should you.

We have to protect ourselves; unfortunately, our local representatives have a case of lobbyists in their pockets. Let’s go over their heads. We need to write, call, communicate however we can and let our state, federal and even Mr. Trump know we refuse to be poisoned for profit.

Linda Bothe, Kalaheo

Use free ‘Kauai Beach Guide’ app to help save lives

Thanks for the excellent article regarding ocean safety. In order to help save lives, our daughter, Vicki Sterne, created an app, “Kauai Beach Guide,” which is free and uses colored pins to show which beaches are lifeguarded; which are OK but use caution; and which are dangerous. It also gives daily weather and ocean reports (the Ocean Report, thanks to Kauaiexplorer.com).

There’s much more to the app, including GPS and beach facilities. Vicki had great input from Dr. Monty Downs and Kalani Vierra of the Kauai Lifeguard association. She used her own money for the iPhone version and got donations for the Android version. We’re very proud of her.

Peter Sterne, Koloa

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