Letters for Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

• Swimmers apologized; give them credit for breaking record • Dairy won’t work on Kauai

Swimmers apologized; give them credit for breaking record

After reading the letter about Kauai High Swim team I have a few concerns.

I am a swim instructor here and have taught some of those boys and I know without even being at the swim meet that their intent would never be to throw superiority in the face of their competition. While it may have seemed that way, once their actions were pointed out they apologized to the other team, and all seemed to be rectified with the swimmers.

Maybe instead of criticizing the outcome of one race in one meet, we can celebrate the accomplishments of these swimmers, one, which was to break a record that had stood for more than 30 years.

Maybe as a community we can cultivate programs that can will help build up our lesser known sports and not threaten the cancellation of these sports and the suspension of the students who made a choice without thinking about how there actions could be conceived.

Kailee Tucker, Kauai High Swim Team 86-87

Dairy won’t work on Kauai

After reading Derek Kawakami’s letter and the front page article of the Garden Island, Feb. 9, I couldn’t help feel it was time for someone from the Farmers Union to speak up.

As the organizer and founding president of the Hawaii Farmers Union, now a resident of Kapaa, it is important for the public to understand the difference between HDF’s industrial dairy, with a large herd on limited acreage, and a sustainable dairy with sufficient acreage.

The National Farmers Union has a long and distinguished history in the United States, supporting and recognizing the importance and value of sustainable farming. It predates the formation of the Farm Bureau, advocating for the protection and preservation of the environment to achieve sustainable food production.

The approval and establishment of an industrial scale dairy operation at Maha’ulepu would not only imperil Kauai’s drinking water and wreak ecological havoc, it is clearly contrary to the policy of the National Farmers Union.

The goal of NFU for 115 years has been “to protect and enhance economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers, fisherman, and our local communities.”

Specifically, NFU dairy policy states that a comprehensive dairy program should “Encourage and enable producers to use sustainable environmental practices” and “Assist new farmers entering into farming.”

The proposed HDF dairy accomplishes neither of these goals and in fact would regressively take us in a diametrically opposite direction from the food sovereignty that Hawaii and the world require for a livable future.

Eden Marie Peart, organizer and founding president, Hawaii Farmers Union

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