Process of cane burning is antiquated, unhealthy

After waking up to a nasty odor and black ash everywhere and looking out toward Haleakala through a dingy brown cloud, I decided to once again comment on this unhealthy polluting practice of cane burning.

A June 17 letter writer’s comments tried to justify the practice by a misguided comment about Maui’s clean air based off one recording device located on the side of Haleakala, which is rarely in the path of the pollution. I challenge the writer to stand in the cloud and take a deep breath and make that statement with a straight face.

I do support the cane crop and think it is good for the environment and Maui’s economy, but the burning process is antiquated, a health and environmental concern, and we should join the rest of the world in modern-day harvesting practices.

Rick Marts