Letters for Monday, June 24, 2019

Letter on pesticides was spot on

I want to praise Mr. Will Davis for one of the most powerful letters yet (TGI Forum, June 14) regarding the dangers of the genetic engineering of our foods and the use of restricted-use pesticides. I have been trying to communicate this information for over 20 years. You, Mr. Davis, communicated the problems beautifully. This problem is black and white. Poison harms living things, humans included. There is no Plan B. Once a child’s brain is damaged, it’s a life sentence for the child as well as the family. Let’s keep this conversation going and maybe our politicians will hear it and actually do something about it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Linda Bothe, Kalaheo

Speeders endanger themselves, others

A few decades ago, the San Francisco Aquarium installed a new tank designed to please both its finny denizens and the humans who watched them. This tank comprised a torus with glass panels on the inner side, through which visitors could observe the fish. A pump created a 2-knot current against which the fish swam.

All I could think was how much they reminded me of the ways people drive on a freeway. Most went steadily on, but occasionally an impatient individual would weave and speed through the mass. Would they be less aggressive, I wondered, if they knew that they were just racing around in a circle?

The difference between those fish and Kauai drivers, of course, is that one cannot drive in a circle around this island. One cannot even drive very far in one direction. Why, then, do so many of our people, as several recent letters have asked, need to speed?

Perhaps these individuals are too busy rushing around to read the newspaper. If any of them find the time, however, I hope they will consider real speed, such as that of light at about 186,000 miles per second. Even this sluggard earth whirls around at about 1000 miles an hour. By comparison, does moving at 10 mph faster than another car matter enough to risk a possibly fatal accident?

Mary Baker Eddy, a wise observer of human nature, once remarked, “Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much.” I would suggest that rushing around stupidly, as some of our drivers do, is proof positive of accomplishing nothing at all. Slow down, Kauai. This is not the Mainland!

H. M. Wyeth, Anahola

  1. Justmyopinion June 24, 2019 8:22 am Reply

    H. M. Wyeth asks “… why do people speed?”
    Well, why do people say “I need a drink”. Or “I need a joint”. Or “I need a fix”. Or even just, “I need some ice cream”.
    Sometimes people feel that they NEED something that may not necessarily be good for them and, in fact, may be very harmful to themselves and to others around them.
    I have been driving for over 60 years. While I learned to drive on this island as a very young boy, I have driven on roads and highways in many places around the world that most people will never ever see.
    Even though I have been driving longer than most people behind the wheel these days, and I have seen some terrible tragic vehicle accidents, I like to drive fast. I enjoy it. Just like others who enjoy a “joint” or “fix” or a drink every so often.
    And unlike most drivers these days, when I am driving a vehicle, I am in control and I am alert. It’s easy to spot the “ white knuckle “ drivers that should not be behind the wheel in the first place.
    My advise to you and to other drivers that think you’re such safe drivers…. just stay out of the way of the more experienced drivers. Move over and let them by. “SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT”. Don’t try to make others be like you. Be considerate! That person that’s speeding may have a good reason to be in a hurry. Or, he may just enjoy driving fast.

  2. Pete Antonson June 24, 2019 3:05 pm Reply

    Are you kidding? Will Davis, in the comments, is basing something on the withdrawn 2014 Séralini french rat study? Do you even know who Séralini is? This scandal was nearly as big as the vaccine causes autism hoax we still haven’t recovered from! DO NOT HONOR SERALINI. It is, however, perfect proof that someone doesn’t know what they are talking about!
    Once again, even a big handful of studies does not overturn the Existing Scientific Consensus.

  3. Tooindependent June 24, 2019 8:28 pm Reply

    Good letter, but falls on deaf ears. There is plenty of people who think like JMO. Because he has been driving since he was a young boy, that makes him a better driver than anyone else, so let’s get out of his way by all means. It’s really sad that we must have speed limit signs. I’m sure that they were introduced so that drivers like JMO can be constantly reminded of the consequences to deal with the stupidity of endangering peoples lives when driving faster than what has been posted as a safe speed. Pay backs will be a real bitch for you someday sir.

  4. ruthann jones July 2, 2019 5:25 am Reply

    Justmyopinion….your self-centered opinion is a contributor to many traffic and pedestrian deaths.
    Congratulations, you entitled buffoon.

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