Time for common sense in government
Hawaii’s legislators are turning our state more toward a totalitarian government. They are already robbing its people with unnecessary high taxes. Now they want to dictate to parents how we should raise our own children.
They want to pass a law against corporal punishment. They already got it wrong. It’s not punishment, it’s discipline. For us to get our government back into the people’s hands again, we need to vote every single person out, and get some common sense representatives who really care about people and families.
More Republicans won’t hurt, we already see the horrible affects of Democratic rule.
Ramon Garza, Kekaha
Kauai’s streams and ocean protected
The recent announcement by Ulupono Initiative that it will no longer pursue building a 2,000-cow dairy farm at Mahaʻulēpu was no surprise as both Hawaii State and Kauai County governments found the farm’s unpermitted activities and planned operation would never meet established environmental standards.
The cow manure and urine produced by 2,000 cows on a relatively small parcel of land draining directly into Waiopili stream and the beach at Maha’ulepu would constitute an unsurmountable waste management problem.
We are still awaiting the Hawaii Department of Health’s final Sanitary Survey with recommendations for cleanup of the area, while the DOH’s pollution warning signs at the stream and Gillin’s beach remain posted to educate and protect the public.
Surfrider has been monitoring bacterial levels at Waiopili Stream for nearly five years and continues to do so on a monthly basis. The stream is orders of magnitude more polluted with bacteria than any other waters we tested on Kauaʻi. Surfrider urges the land owner, Grove Farm, to identify the source of the contamination, and then take every step possible to stop it from polluting the stream and coastal waters of Poʻipū.
Plant agriculture is ideally suited for Mahaʻulēpu, and Surfrider supports its development there, but only with stringent controls to prevent fertilizer and pesticide runoff into the stream and ocean.
Locally-based organic food production on this site would be ideal for the people of Kauai and the environment.
Carl J. Berg, Senior scientist of the Kauai Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation