Letter for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

• Don’t let politics, money influence protections for people, environment

Don’t let politics, money influence protections for people, environment

We can thank our representatives for this ill-conceived idea of spreading 10 tons of pesticide on Lehua Island. You can’t be surprised that pellet-shaped poison was going to roll and be blown by the wind to the ocean. Did anyone really think the pellets would only be killing the rats? How many tax dollars were spent on this insane idea?

Now Scott Enright, head of the Department of Agriculture, is going to try and convince us that the poison pellets covering the island and shoreline are not the cause of dead fish and birds. This will be an insult to our intelligence. We can see with our own eyes what caused these deaths.

Did any of the representatives bother to listen to our local people? They have lived through rat infestations before and they know how to deal with it in a safer and better way. One longtime resident of Kauai told me, “rats are smart, that’s why they are used in lab experiments. When they see the other rats dying from these pellets they will stop eating them.”

I don’t know about everybody else but I am sick of these pesticide companies ruining our beautiful islands. This is in our face, like the Westside communities being sprayed with pesticide and having to battle cancer and other ailments due to the poison.

The research is in if anyone is interested in taking a look at it. Pesticides harm people and other living things. Pesticides do damage to babies’ brains in the womb, and children, the ill and elderly are particularly susceptible to these chemicals.

Why you might ask isn’t anyone doing anything about this problem? It’s plain and clear the almighty dollar is making the rules. Our representatives are way more concerned about the money and their political futures than they are about the people who voted them into office. No one will dare go against these companies with their political future at stake. The pesticide lobbyists will run them out of town.

So what can we as mere citizens do to protect ourselves? Vote these career politicians out of office. Nothing will change if we don’t get fresh blood in the government.

If we keep doing the same thing nothing will change. You know the saying, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” We need to be smart and protect not only ourselves but our future generations.

Linda Bothe, Kalaheo

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