Letters for Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gabbard has done little for Hawai‘i

Exactly what has Tulsi Gabbard done for Hawai‘i? It feels like we have been taken for a ride while our other representatives have been working their ‘okole off for us.

Thomas McCall, Anahola

Not much choice but to buy plastics

In response to Dr. Luis F. Diaz’s column about solid-waste solutions, I beg to disagree, at least in part. Consumers have very little control over buying stuff with packaging. More and more, it all comes with packaging that you can’t avoid if you want to eat. And, more and more of it is packaged with plastic. The consumer is forced into a narrow choice on how to buy stuff. Costco slowly drove out of business the neighborhood stores which had somewhat less packaging. I used to like Cost u Less because it was close to my house and smaller. But, alas, no more Cost u Less in Kapa‘a. You can buy some food at weekly farmers’ markets with minimal packaging, but you can’t rely on getting all your supplies that way.

In Los Angeles, recycling is required, and you are fined if you don’t recycle. That would work, but on Kaua‘i who knows if a law like that would ever get passed? I like the idea of a plant that burns trash, creates energy and scrubs exhaust from the operation so there is no pollution.

When I lived in Kyoto, Japan, it was really pleasant to shop. There were farmers and other vendors who had permanent booths along a shopping street. You could walk over (unbelievable; no cars), buy whatever you needed, put it in your basket and walk home. Every neighborhood had one of these permanent farmers’ markets. And there was minimal packaging. I could hold my breath for a long time before this happens on Kaua‘i, but I am ever-hopeful.

Molly Jones, Kealia

  1. curious dog March 14, 2020 9:52 am Reply

    As we’re finally awakening to, nearly ALL of our products come from China. They got us hooked on plastic packaging so they could buy it back from us & recycle it to re-sell it back to us. Remember when you couldn’t buy a screwdriver that wasn’t packaged in that plastic that was impossible to remove?? Hmmm, wonder why that was…..lol

    Guess what…..China no longer buys our trash or recycling. So now we’re pushing it onto Bangladesh, who simply tosses it into a landfill. When are American’s going to become responsible for our own trash? Probably when H#!! freezes over….which as climate change is proving, will never happen.

    Now is the time to re-think our grand experiment & begin making products again, which includes waste products, by responsibly creating, recycling & removing our own trash from the landfills instead of expecting other countries to take it. Denim jeans were created by Levi Strauss in San Francisco. Why can’t we start w/simple t-shirts & jeans & go from there?

    If Kauai was smart, we’d start using the old vacant K-mart & other buildings as starting points to begin MAKING something for a change rather than relying on Macy’s to ship it all in from who knows where. KI & the State need alternatives to tourism as today’s coronavirus situation is showing. It’s time to start thinking outside the box.

  2. curious dog March 14, 2020 10:04 am Reply

    PS: To clarify: China wasn’t buying our trash/recycles…..we were paying them to take it back. Sorry…had to clarify. We buy our goods from them, we open the package & we pay them to buy the packaging back from us. How did we ever get caught in that trap? Oh, American’s don’t do the dirty work, which is why we pay the Mexican’s to pick our lettuce.

    On that note: what IS Tulsi Gabbard doing for Hawaii?? She doesn’t vote much. Anyone know this answer?

    1. Steven McMacken March 16, 2020 3:31 am Reply

      What is Tulsi doing for Hawaii? She surfs, brah, she surfs. Isn’t that enough?

  3. behappy March 15, 2020 2:53 am Reply

    Concerning Tulsi, she is is a veteran combat pilot. Seems to me she’s done a lot more to protect and honor our state and country than others from Hawaii in Congress or Senate. She is bright and has common sense while listening to both sides of issues. In contrast Hirono is bitter, prejudice in her decisions and chooses to convict others before they are tried or listened to. I would much rather work with a reasonable person than one who is mean and not open to listen to another opinion.

  4. ruthann jones March 15, 2020 5:15 am Reply

    Tulsi….public interview for a hostess on Fox News!

  5. therealhawaiian March 15, 2020 6:14 am Reply

    It’s hard to accomplish anything in Hawaii unless one is a flaming liberal. Fact is, Tulsi was by far the best candidate the Democrats had on the – no American Flag in sight – stage during their circus clown debates. Tulsi is a patriot, a strong woman, with a lot more common sense than the run of the mill Socialists offering the people’s money for “free” everything for the most lazy, unproductive among us. So now the two OLD WHITE MEN super clowns are fighting it out for the Democrat souls. It’s sad really.

  6. rk669 March 15, 2020 8:58 am Reply

    Outlaw Plastics? Now What? Think it Through!

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