Letters to the Editor

Letter from Monsanto official prompts response

On April 18, the opinions of five judges who presided over the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague released its findings. After taking six months to review the testimony of 28 witnesses the judges decision is as follows:

“Monsanto has engaged in practices that have violated the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food, the right to health, and the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research.”

The judges also called on international lawmakers to hold corporations like Monsanto accountable, to place human rights above the rights of corporations, and to “clearly assert the protection of the environment and establish the crime of ecocide.”

Pressure is mounting for Congress to investigate alleged collusion between former EPA officials and Monsanto to bury the truth about the health risks of Roundup.

By her own admission, an April 21 letter writer represents Monsanto. She “encourages” us to “look beyond memes and catchy headlines for reliable and accurate information.” I quite agree.

You can watch the tribunal’s press conference reporting their results by going to monsanto-tribunal.org and decide for yourself.

Nancy Gilgoff

Makawao

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Repeal 24-hour liquor sales in Maui County

I am writing in hopes to repeal 24-hour liquor sales because I believe increasing the available times where liquor can be bought and sold may increase the potential to have more drunk drivers on the road.

The Maui Police Department set up DUI checkpoints in 2016. On May 5-8 they arrested 15 impaired drivers, on Aug. 19 through Sept. 5 MPD arrested 52 intoxicated drivers, and during the holiday season from Dec. 15 through Jan. 1 43 intoxicated drivers were arrested. In just 37 days, MPD made 110 intoxicated arrests and that does not include any other DUI-related arrest made throughout 2016.

If people are willing to put themselves and the general public at risk for car crashes, and DUI fatalities under the current law, then how would softening the rules decrease this dangerous behavior?

My son was killed by a drunken driver in 2009, and the event and his loss has been devastating for me and my family. I have made it a point to share my son’s story and my experiences so that it will shed some light on the aftermath of drunk driving in hopes that one day it may save someone’s life.

The liquor commissioners are set to hear our voices of opposition on May 9. Maui County liquor commissioners, will all of you take to heart and hear each and everyone’s fear and concern and repeal 24-hour liquor sales on Maui?

Andrea Maniago

Wailuku

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When does Lahaina get a four-lane highway?

An April 25 letter writer compares the current Oahu rail construction to the dire need of a four-lane highway between Lahaina and Maalaea. The writer appears to live in Kahului. He rails about the cost overruns and additional taxes needed to finish the Oahu rail system but fails to offer any evidence why our much-needed four-lane highway shouldn’t be built.

Living, and probably working in the Kahului area, the writer has never had the opportunity to experience the daily, soul-destroying drive to and from Lahaina that can take 1.5 to 2 hours every day, twice a day. I’ve done it once and will avoid commute times like the plague.

I implore anyone who does the daily drive to Lahaina to write the governor. You have a voice. Use it and let the governor know your thoughts. Government only listens to those that raise their voices.

Central Maui has multiple four-lane highways. Kihei has multiple four-lane highways and is getting another one. Upcountry has a four-lane highway. When does Lahaina get a four-lane highway?

Mike Sowers

Kaanapali

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Unless there’s change, culture will be lost

Unless there’s change, we’ll never have truly affordable housing and Hawaiian culture will be lost to Western ways.

Land thefts, water issues, homelessness, impaired reefs and historical sites destroyed are the result of greed.

Plantation closures left thousands of acres fallow with questionable prospects. Quiet title/quit-claims legally plunder that land for development.

Charitable and community organizations endorse and partner with developers. They rationalize wrongdoing, believing the end justifies the means.

Other injustices include disrespect for Hawaiian history. A Lahaina example is Stanford Carr’s Kahoma Village Project aided by Goodfellow Bros. building on David Malo’s homestead, gifted to him by Kamehameha III, and a historic battleground.

The Front Street adjacent property’s “Jesus Coming Soon” sign promises hope and forewarning. “See, I am coming soon to repay everyone according to their deeds.” — Jesus

“Look, a righteous King (Jesus) is coming with honest rulers. . . . In those days the ungodly will not be heroes! Wealthy cheaters will not be spoken of as generous, outstanding men! Everyone will recognize an evil man when he sees him, and hypocrites will fool no one at all. The smooth tricks of evil men will be exposed, as will all the lies they use to oppress the poor in the courts. But good men will be generous to others and will be blessed of God for all they do.” — Isaiah

Do what’s right! Be generous with what you have. Practice honesty, integrity and contentment. “Turn to God and away from sin.” — John the Baptist

Michele Lincoln

Lahaina

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