Letters to the Editor

Expert reviews confirm safety of glyphosate

An April 13 letter about glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, contained some fearful but false information.

We live in an age of constant news cycles and mountains of information — good, bad and otherwise. It takes tremendous effort to wade through it all, but ultimately, I believe we all want to make good decisions based on good information.

My background is in agriculture and science, and I’ve spent more than 15 years reviewing data and studies on weed control and biotech products. For 40 years, glyphosate has and continues to be evaluated by regulatory authorities around the world, including the EPA, European Union, World Health Organization and United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

These expert reviews have confirmed and reconfirmed the safety of glyphosate and concluded it’s “not likely to be a carcinogen.” Roundup is safe and effective when used according to its label. It has helped control weeds along roadways, farms, homes and gardens for decades.

Unfortunately, scientific reports are often overshadowed by more sensational news events, and I encourage anyone with questions to look beyond memes and catchy headlines for reliable and accurate information.

The minutes and final report of the SAP held for EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate can be found at www.epa.gov/sap/fifra-scientific-advisory-panel-meetings. A review of the scientific basis of the EU assessment is available at rd.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00204-017-1962-5/fulltext.html, and a summary of the EFSA conclusion at www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/corporate_publications/files/efsaexplainsglyphosate151112en.pdf.

Michelle Starke

Science and Environmental

Outreach Lead

Monsanto Hawaii


Huge preponderance of liberals in the media

Some time ago (Feb. 21) you wrote an editorial responding to letters regarding The Associated Press. You stated there is nothing in the AP’s board members that reflect a shared bias and there are well-know conservative companies represented. I would like to know who those companies are.

Having attended the University of Iowa in the ’60s, I witnessed the liberal influences in journalism classes. Iowa was called the Berkeley of the Midwest. There is a huge preponderance of liberals in the media. This is why Fox News has been such a huge success. People have been starved for information that questions the mainline media.

You are naive if you think there isn’t a bias, just look at the front page of the New York Times. The headline of almost every article could be an editorial page headline and the article content is full of opinion.

I enjoy The Maui News and will continue to do so, but please don’t try to convince us the AP reporters present their articles in a fair way.

Judy Meyer



Title IX prohibits all sex discrimination in schools

Our own Patsy Mink was the force behind Title IX. Title IX is about more than sports for girls — it prohibits all sex discrimination in U.S. schools. For example, there have been high-profile Title IX cases about preventing sexual harassment and violence.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found that some of the most egregious and harmful Title IX violations occur when schools fail to designate a Title IX coordinator or when a Title IX coordinator does not have the training or authority to oversee compliance with Title IX.

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) Maui encourages parents, students and community members to learn more about Title IX and to contact their schools to ensure that Title IX coordinators are identified and have the resources they need to address sex discrimination.

Nai’a Newlight


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