Letter for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

• Keep up the good fight against 

Dr. Evslin’s column on health issues introduced in the Forum (Dec. 28), is an excellent addition to TGI. His article was well-written, reasoned and spot-on. I look forward to future submissions.

As a side note to his column titled “State taking right approach toward pesticides,” I hope people are aware, in particular our current County Council, that this new state policy would not have happened without the leadership here on Kauai of Gary Hooser and Tim Bynum and the many others who tried to get Syngenta, Dupont, Monsanto, Agrigentrics and other “Big Seed, Big Chemical” companies to use common sense in the use of pesticides.

Kauai can be proud that even though the state Supreme Court ruled that regulation was a state, not a county issue, many provisions of the original Kauai County ordinance are included in the state’s plan of action.

Thank you, Gary Hooser, Tim Bynum, Kauai’s Joint Fact Finding Task Force, and the hundreds of people who testified, marched, agitated, took action to influence actions by the state. Ironically, Gary Hooser’s actions in behalf of the health of Kauai citizens butted heads with others who felt their jobs with Big Seed were threatened. The rancor by some, the knee-jerk opposition and non-responsiveness by Big Seed, and the unfortunate but necessary upheaval of that conflict was likely a factor in Gary’s recent loss in his bid for re-election to the council.

But one of his successes, recognized or not, is the state action Dr. Evslin writes about. Gentlemen, keep up the good work!

Wil Welsh, Lihue

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