Economic growth, not safety, driving pesticide regulation

The science is clear that biocides pose threats to people and our environment. Every year we learn more about the impacts of exposure to pesticides and herbicides, and we find that there are substantial risks especially for exposure for children and pregnant mothers.

Transcendental meditation could benefit Kauai, world

Multiple peer-review research studies confirm transcendental meditation (TM) can create peace in the Mideast and TM is the most effective cure to suicidal PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) for military personnel and veterans.

The top 5 reasons not to vote

1. Exercising the right and opportunity to help select those who control natural resource protection, social justice protections, and taxing authority would be irresponsible and only further empower the bad guys. #nottrue

Built into endings: New beginnings

“The island’s beaches are very different now from when I was growing up in Anahola,” said the older gentleman we met walking the coastal path in the Lydgate Park area on the sunny morn of New Year’s Day. “The sea is changing the coastlines.”

Cherish all your memories of Christmas

As we were preparing for the holidays, we drove around the island and saw windows showcasing various Christmas trees. Some were flocked, some tall, some short, some had multi-colored lights, while others had lights of only one color. All were beautiful.

Coulter wrong in blaming immigrants

Ann Coulter, the mouth(?)piece for the president’s 2020 campaign, has made it clear what Trumpism is about, and the stark choice presented in 2020 (TGI Forum, Dec. 14, A National View).

Youth offer vision for Westside

As most Kauai residents know, the West Kauai Community Plan has been made, reviewed, and will hopefully be put into place during the year 2020.

Tulsi doesn’t represent Hawaii

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called for censure instead of impeachment. Dec. 18 she was absent on the floor of the House until vote time when she voted “present” on the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. These things, along with her behavior of the last few years, show that she clearly is not trying to represent the constituents of Hawaii. I believe she is now disqualified for any statewide or federal elected position.

The Gift of the Shepherds

This Christmas I was looking at our Crèche, and realized that our American culture gives a lot of attention to the gifts of the Magi, and adopted the idea of giving gifts of form as our model for gift giving to our loved ones and friends at Christmas time.

Ho-ho-ho and merry-merry-ing island style

Here we carreen toward the last week of a rollercoaster year, a cluster of holy days (“holidays”). Some folks are up, some down. Some have trees up and decked, lights lit, planning and shopping done, finalized their creative gifts, made their last mail deadlines for sending packages and cards out, and have planned their holiday family and special-occasion meals apples to nuts.

‘Present’ was the right response

Aloha Rep. Ms. Gabbard, My name is Steve Yoder, one of your constituents on Kauai, and I just watched Sen. Mitch McConnell addressing the U.S. Senate live on TV.

Many reasons why Gabbard’s ‘present’ vote wrong

As much as I like and admire TGI Editor Bill Buley, I have to strongly disagree with his editorial of December 20 defending the decision of U.S. Representative and sometime Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard to vote “present” on the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

My public policy wish for the holidays

My wish for the holidays is that public policy advocates, individuals and organizations from across the state join together in requesting that the Hawaii state legislature, upon the opening of the 2020 legislative session — reconvene the conference committee for HB1191 SD2, and promptly pass a strong minimum wage bill.

Councilmembers explain property-tax bill

We recently introduced Bill No. 2767 to ensure that all vacation rentals and hotels/resorts are paying the appropriate property tax rate to provide adequate and equitable funding for our island’s infrastructure needs.

Fewer, not more, barriers needed to operate TVRs

Aloha Kauai residents, I’m not sure you had a chance to watch coverage of the council meeting held on Dec. 4 or aware of the proposed bill that was placed on the agenda for this week just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.