Letters for Friday, December 1, 2017

State should take strong stand on plastic bags

I am currently a first-year student at Hawaii Pacific University here on Oahu.

While I am new to island life, I certainly recognize the the value of conservation and protecting the beautiful environment we have been gifted with. That is precisely why the plastic bag ban here in Hawaii puzzles me.

Has the ban really been proven successful? As a consumer, and someone who makes regular trips to popular grocery stores such as Walmart and Safeway, I have not noticed a decline in plastic whatsoever. In fact, these stores have found a loophole in the act by creating thicker plastic bags and deeming them “reusable.”

This plastic is still recycled right back into our environment, and the act that had so much potential to be revolutionary and a model for other states, has essentially backfired.

While I realize that these thicker plastic bags are projected to be banned beginning Jan. 1 of 2020, that is still two long years away. Four out of five grocery bags in the United States are plastic, and 100 billion plastic shopping bags are disposed annually in the US. How much more of this can our planet take? Should not Hawaii lead on this issue?

Maddisun Cashman, Oahu student

Women are strong, will lead the way

Thank you editors for three wonderful Forum pages. The first that captured my attention was a column by Kathryn Lopez, not my favorite columnist, on Nov. 19. I read it all the way through and keep a copy as reference.

What I loved was the quote, from Paul VI, “…Women of the entire universe, whether Christian or non-believing, you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment in history, it is for you to save the peace of the world.”

Love this guy and agree a thousand percent.

What Kathryn brought forward was a column by Gary Hooser. He asked, “Where are the women?”

Right here and by the score, Gary. You brought to mind JoAnne who cannot run for office— but still has a voice and speaks clearly with irrefutable wisdom—and her column on Oct. 19 popped up. She wrote, “Kauai must manage resort development” Her words sweetened that page like honey on a bun.

Here’s what I know about women:

1. We don’t goosestep. It’s not our style.

2. We’ll never be caught wrapped in a sheet. Two empty holes at the top. Two muddy boots sticking out at the bottom.

3. Kittens with claws on the other side of the fence? Watch your backs. Sooner than you might expect you’re going to meet some very fierce and angry mother tigers defending their cubs in a manner becoming their feline fashion.

I hope I’m there to watch the fur fly.

Bettejo Dux, Kalaheo

  1. Charlie Chimkne December 1, 2017 7:29 am Reply

    Plastic and plastic bags are made From Oil, petroleum, and are a petrochemical and are carcinogenic. So don’t eat them or let their molecules rub off the bag and get into your body. Carcinogenic meant IT gives you cancer.

    Worse Than that IS All Your POLYESTER clothing, which More and More So seems To be So…is also Made From Oil.

    MORE WORSE THAN THAT The chemicals In Your Food and listed in The Food ingredients ON The label are Made From Oil and are carcinogenic. Be Sure NOT To let THESE carcinogenic chemicals get into Your body.

    Worser than that and More toxic and poisonous are The petrochemicals called Pesticides (for rats and mice, etc.), and Insecticides ( rhymes wíth SUICIDE) (for All Kind bugs), are Also carcinogenic and Made From Oil. THESE are applied directly To our Food As Agricultural chemicals and are distributed into The Air, Land, WATER, rivers, Ocean, and reefs.

    Don’t let THESE cancer causing chemicals get ONto or into Your body or Your Land or sea Food.

    Apologies for capital letters malfunctions. Maybe I spilled petrochemicals ON that Key..



  2. Sunrise_blue December 1, 2017 9:00 am Reply

    Exceptional writing skills, Maddisun. You are one of many students in Hawai’i having a say on environmental issues. I for one do recognize the need to express our ideas coherently and in proper form. By doing so, we set ourselves up to being a more effective person or leader in the community. Thanks for your input.

  3. David Murray December 1, 2017 5:16 pm Reply

    I don’t read much of what Bettejo Dux submits but one part of a recent letter about women caught my attention “We don’t goosestep. It’s not our style.”

    Actually, you do. Check out this video of North Korean soldiers – all women. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=north+korea+military%2C+women%2C+goose+step&atb=v44-3as&ia=videos&iax=videos&iai=fyYQ2VaSflc

    They look to be having a great time!

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