Letter for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Please, think outside the box just once

I’m so blown away by (Wednesday’s) council meeting and the message that is meant to be taken away that I wrote this piece for your consideration:

The County Council meeting this morning sounded a lot like an abusive husband. “If you don’t shut up and let me beat you, I won’t pay the bills. You will have nothing and nowhere to go.”

Give me a break.

Think outside the box.

There are absolutely ways that the Kekaha Agriculture Association, the state, the county and the farmers that rent these areas can come up with a solution to keep the ditches maintained and the irrigation flowing (in a more sustainable way) to keep, expand, farming in this area.

It’s critical that we expand farming and keep infrastructure alive, especially in this area.

The reality is by counting on multinational corporations who likely will pack up and leave (as they use our land like assets in liquidation) when conditions no longer suit them, we are setting ourselves up for a worse situation when they do.

At some point we are going to need a real, sustainable plan for supporting these systems that don’t rely on multinational chemical corporations who are dumping excess pesticides and nutrients into our environment and exposing our children to it. We don’t have to suck up the abuse because they are paying the bills, and we won’t.

Those statements sounded like hearings about why we needed slavery to keep farming alive and there was no way we could farm without slaves It’s another way we so clearly say to our people, there is no other way then for you to accept this, or farming will die and your homes will flood.

There are other solutions.

We don’t have to stay in the abusive relationship because they are paying all the bills!

We can have healthy systems and sustainable solutions that expand agriculture on the Westside without putting all our eggs in a basket that is quickly going to fall apart (just like plantation) when conditions are more favorable overseas. Delaying the inevitable will leave us less prepared to adapt when we need to.

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.” — Michelle Obama.

Fern Anuenue Holland, Kapahi

  1. manawai November 17, 2019 2:15 pm Reply

    I love how non-farmers tell farmers what to do. Extraordinarily ignorant.

  2. Rev Dr. Malama November 17, 2019 2:20 pm Reply

    E’kalamai to the writer, but you are certainly BARKING up the wrong tree by expecting any more than what you expressed from the unlawful occupation of the Hawai’ian Kingdom….
    Now that you are awake, please use much more discretion in your activism.

  3. Debra Kekaualua November 17, 2019 5:14 pm Reply

    EXcellent Insight Fern. The thing with “abusive” is they are NOT paying the bills, the taxes that is sucked from our pockets is what pays the bills and in the case of COK, monies are spent in the courtroom trying to continue the ruse and judiciary having zero jurisdiction yet they make criminals out of law abiding citizens. My example is a stolen puppy that was ours and a facebook account that tried to sell our puppy and we end up arrested, tro’d, and courted until the true story was revealed and charges on me and son pohaku were dropped! Little things like this is how we have been trapped into continuing “abusive” regime politics, lies, maneuvers manipulations and Corruption so vast, We worry for kauai. The YWCA partay friday shows the Is what it is factors. GtfoOm!

  4. Charlie Chimknee November 19, 2019 9:47 pm Reply

    Mahalo Fern you need to keep pushing ahead.

    The air, waters, land, and foods cannot speak up for themselves or for us…93% of Americans Test positive for the toxic Ag Chemical Cancer causing poison Glyphosate in their blood streams and bodies, literally altering their genes and making the people themselves GMO’d. And WORSE.

    The World Health Organization has declared Glyphosate, saturated into our
    Westside of Kaua’i causes cancer. You’re DEAD…!

    Thailand’s scientists have gotten their government to recently ban the Toxic Ag Chemicals, petrochemicals, Glyphosate and Chlorpyrifos, etc., Immediately and have outlawed their possession of same, IMMEDIATELY…!

    Corporate America and Europe holding out for more money while jeopardizing whole populations…of what some call nations of sheep…and with these genetic altering of the people who knows what they may turn into.

    It’s not possible to Save the Earth, without Saving the People first who then can save our planet.

    Reckless satanic fake scientists are pushing human and environmental destruction for profit, thus controlling these lab freaks in white coats is necessary.

    Clearly it is profit over children…despicable. Damage to our food and environment are War Crimes Against Humanity. When does the trial start…?

    What Punishment fits the Crime…?

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