Letters for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

• Many issues not addressed in EIS • Benjamin Franklin was a very wise man, way before his time

Many issues not addressed in EIS

I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to write countless letters to TGI concerning the nightmare of allowing the Hawaii Dairy Farm to be approved for the Grove Farm property in the Mahaulepu area. Just about all the negative issues have been explained again and again except for my concerns.

According to the “alternative facts” EIS, presented by the HDF, it claims that every issue has been significantly addressed — not true.

The following are quotes from Volume 1 of the EIS.

1) To address spikes in pest populations, i.e. flies, insecticides and herbicides along with dung beetles, will be applied. Nothing is mentioned what chemicals will be used or how they are applied, or how they might affect the pasture grasses eaten by the cows. Will there not be some poisonous chemicals produced in the milk? Also, since they state that the chemicals to be used are non-discriminatory and kill beneficial as well as pest insects, how will bees in the total Poipu/Koloa areas be affected? (pages 4-41,42)

2) Pages 3-19 to 3-37 outline the death rate of cows in a herd of 699 to be 2 percent or 14 a year and 40 cows in the projected herd of 2,000. New calves at any one time will total 500 for a herd of 2,000, with a death rate of 5 percent. You do the math. Outrageous!

The many dead animals will need to be buried in the 5,000-square-feet burial section located on the north end of the acreage. According to the maps, this site is uphill of the buildings, pasture, milking parlors and holding ponds. Will any chemicals be used to decompose the carcasses on a regular basis and will these chemicals eventually seep into the existing wells on the property?

3) Although not addressed anywhere in the EIS, I assume artificial insemination will be used to impregnate the cows probably within 55 days of calving. Where will this occur, by whom and what state agencies will monitor this process?

In my opinion, the nine volumes and 2,600 pages of the EIS are incomplete with deceptive information. Please do not be fooled and misled, including you, Rep. Dee Morikawa and Councilman Derek Kawakami, by these unscrupulous invaders (HDF) of our beloved Kauai.

Marj Dente, Kapaa

Benjamin Franklin was a very wise man, way before his time

Again wintering on Kauai, I’m currently reading a biography of Benjamin Franklin (“Benjamin Franklin, An American Life.”Author: Walter Isaacson, 590 pages). Not yet half way through, many of his words are very 2017 current.

On page 66: Franklin, at about age 25, referring to an adversary, wrote, “… that when men differ, both sides ought equally tohave the advantage of being heard by the public; and that when Truth and Error have fair play, the former is always anovermatch for the latter.”

On page 250: In 1771 at age 65, Franklin wrote to a friend, dealing with the character of a political appointee, one he foundgreatly lacking in matters of politics and abilities (“such as they are”), described the subject as, “… (F)ond of everyone that canstoop to flatter him, and inimical to all that dare to tell him disagreeable truths.”

The only reason he remained in power, Franklin surmised, was that the other ministers had … “(D)ifficulty of knowing how todispose of or what to do with a man of his wrong-headed bustling energy.”

Did Benjamin Franklin portend the future?

Jim Herst, Poipu


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