Letters for Friday, March 24, 2017

• Questions remain on development • Dairy project shows no respect

Questions remain on development

Despite being a busy developer, Jeff Stone had time to pen an opinion piece explaining his plan for developing the land above Hanalei. While he is at it, he should provide answers to a couple of questions regarding the “sensitive” nature of his project.

1) Where on this site will you place the sewage treatment facility that will deal with the increased need presented by the project.

2) How will you avoid the runoff of a months (maybe years?) long construction site and prevent its pollution of the watershed and, ultimately, the river and bay? (I’ll leave the queries about increased traffic and where workers servicing the hotel will live to other persons.)

Suzan Brooks, West Des Moines, IA

Dairy project shows no respect

Most Kauai ranchers and farmers respect the environmental impact their operations have on their local neighbors. Hawaii Dairy Farms industrial dairy upwind of Poipu could have terrible negative impact on the Poipu/Koloa community drinking water, local jobs, and the ocean environment.

HDF hasn’t shown any respect for the locals. That is the difference, Amy Hennessey. Derek Kawakami should realize that as well, protecting his local constituents (Kauai residents) from clearly dangerous developments such as the proposed HDF dairy, created by primarily wealthy organizations led by people who don’t (care to) live on Kauai.

Both a Kauai and Honolulu federal judge have ruled against HDF due to concerns about this proposed dairy. The intelligent people at Ulupono Initiative should spend the time as they do on many other worthy projects to direct their focus to projects that can help but not hurt the people of Kauai.

We love Kauai for its beauty, charm and lovely people, and must do all we can to protect this very special place!

Tom Bartlett, Koloa

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