Letters for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

• Don’t confuse propaganda for opinion • Nice to have two fields • Bus service could be better

Don’t confuse propaganda for opinion

I read the lead TGI Forum column in the June 22 Garden Island, that was written by Dr. Joseph Perrone of the Center for Accountability in Science. The column supports glyphosate (Roundup) use, and makes accusations about those who use it.

It didn’t ring true to me, so I Googled the Center for Accountability in Science, and found it is one of many parts of the Center for Consumer Freedom. This innocuous sounding organization was founded by Richard Berman with seed money from Philip Morris, Inc. The TV program “60 Minutes” has done an expose of this organization, and him. It is paid by companies (like Monsanto) to attack responsible organizations like the Humane Society, MADD, and the IARC, among many others. It is an attack dog type of organization. I encourage everyone to look up the Center for Consumer Freedom and read about them.

There’s a lot more than what I’ve mentioned here. What I haven’t been able to find out is why a newspaper like The Garden Island would publish propaganda like this. Even though I had never heard of Richard Berman or the Center for Consumer Freedom, it only took me a few minutes on the computer to find out.

Is this what free speech is about? What about the truth? Shouldn’t newspapers consider the source of what is being written? I don’t understand the mechanism for how things like this get published. The Forum should have opinions, but not propaganda.

Charles Herbert, Kilauea

Nice to have two fields

After many years of playing gateball at the various fields on the Westside (thanks to John Martin of the county Department ofParks and Recreation for the scheduling), the Kauai Gateball Club was rewarded with not one, but two fields located in theHanapepe Stadium sports complex.

A very big mahalo goes out to Dominic (Butchie) Agu and his crew for their hard work in helping us prepare the fields. Withouttheir help, having a permanent area to practice and meet would not have been possible.

Ron Aceret, President, Kauai Gateball Club

Bus service could be better

How in the world can The Kauai Bus not stop at Wilcox?

And why not have service to the airport on the half hour?

Michael Varnell, Hanalei


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