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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:20 pm, Mon Jan 6, 2014.

Meter fee not fair

John Patterson ( TGI, Dec. 27) writes, “anyone who refuses to use a smart meter should pay the extra expense required to read their meter each month.”

And exactly what extra expense would that be, Mr. Patterson?

The fact is, when we all had analog meters, everyone had their electricity usage recorded manually; thus, those who have opted out of having smart meters are incurring no extra expense. In fact, now that the meter readers have 90 percent fewer homes to stop at, their fuel costs and exhaust emissions are also 90 percent less. I can see giving those with smart meters a refund of this savings, but in no way is it justified to charge $10 a month more to people who have opted out. KIUC’s attempt to impose such a penalty seems nothing short of retaliatory.

Greg Shepherd


GMOs a form of control of people

To those who believe genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are good things, consider that these seeds will soon be producing your primary food in stores and the companies are primarily owned by less than 2 percent, who already control much of our economy and resources!

Many of the unlabeled GMO foods are already on your grocery shelves. GMO-created food with the pesticides inside the plants’ DNA, becoming long-term carcinogens, plus, all pesticides are poisons.

The possibilities of their food control over us are endless.

How much of your wages might it soon take to buy food, when most natural seeds are overrun or made sterile, even for home gardens?

GMOs are forms of birth control and a death sentence for as many as one-third.

Are these who you want in control of your food supply, or want to work for?

For some you may think you have no choice, but never doubt there is a power of the people. Those willing to help create a better world, yes, all things are possible with aloha.

Carol Dudney


Ask more residents about top priorities

What would be much more useful and interesting than your poll question with three “big picture” options  (TGI, Dec. 27, “What should be the County of Kauai’s top priority for 2014?”), would be an open invitation to submit readers’ ideas on top priorities. That would broaden the discussion and raise awareness about emerging issues that didn’t make the three-option cut. Call it an “islandwide brainstorm.”

Forest Shomer


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  • parsingparsingyo posted at 9:58 am on Fri, Jan 3, 2014.

    parsingparsingyo Posts: 61

    Kauai Kanaka-Where on Kekaha road specifically do you live? Define the "heart" of Kekaha. Maybe you're smelling yourself dude. You gotta bo-cha regularly, put some deodorant on, spray some fee-breeze, and take your candy okole back to the Homesteads n suck it.

  • DINKYDAO posted at 10:50 am on Thu, Jan 2, 2014.

    DINKYDAO Posts: 181

    Carol Dudney, what GMO product you have been smoking? I fail to see the logic in your letter. My wise high school teacher gave us a very sage advice, "He who knows not that he knows not is a fool. He who knows that he knows not is a child, teach him. He who knows but knows not that he knows is asleep, awaken him. He who knows that he knows is an intelligent leader, follow him." Apparently, you fall in the first category.

  • manongindashadow posted at 10:09 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    manongindashadow Posts: 319

    Carol Dudney. I believe when our Heavenly Father created the earth and created plants on the earth. He knew that his plan wasn't going to always be the Garden of Eden. Especiially when men was created and could not follow his(HF) plan. He(HF)made it so these plants could filter out these poisonous pesticides so man could eat it.

  • manongindashadow posted at 9:42 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    manongindashadow Posts: 319

    Oh sorry Kauai Kanaka not Kekaha Kanaka.

  • manongindashadow posted at 9:37 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    manongindashadow Posts: 319

    Kekaha Kanaka. If you don't like the smell on the westside. Feel free to move back to the Homesteds. I's not as bad as you make it sound! I know cause I drive through the area every morning.

  • Tiki808 posted at 7:11 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Tiki808 Posts: 926

    Kekaha's landfill may be more of a hazard to health for anyone going there to dump garbage. GMO claims no contest we set the tone of the bill and not the public. I think the public more or less are aware of what is best for their health. People just want change. This bill makes people more aware of the chemicals in plants and coffee. It's a good idea to go over the facts.

  • realitychick posted at 3:45 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    realitychick Posts: 221

    Based on the comments here today, it seems that the top priority for the island would be for everybody to get a good night's rest. This means that we must do something about the dog and rooster issue. Seriously, people won't be so cranky if they were allowed to get a good night's sleep on a regular basis. Then we could tackle some of the more pressing issues like the roads. Who can think clearly when they are tired and angry? I can't.

  • ZeroSeven posted at 1:45 pm on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    ZeroSeven Posts: 70

    Yes...........Kekaha stinks, but not as much as our politicians and bureaucrats that allowed these companies from creeping onto the island.

  • DaTruthHurts posted at 11:41 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    DaTruthHurts Posts: 75

    @Kauai Kanaka can you stop making up stories and spreading more lies

  • onegeaeme posted at 11:39 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5742

    Kauai Kenaka, I'm holding my breath waiting for the most powerful voices on this line to pop in and explain that either your olfactory perception is out of whack, you have a vivid imagination, you're lying, you don't know what you're talking about, you're an emotional woman. or you're reacting to proganda-a 'fear campaign' -promoted by 'my mob.'

    "See a doctor or a shrink. They've got a pill. Shut up," is their message.

    These guys are always worth a giggle and a half. Ask them to tell you how many pills they take a day? What diseases are they suffering from? Bet you won't get an answer.

    Carol Dudney, Neither I, nor 'my mob, know if genetically modified foods are as deadly as you claim. For me-the leader of 'the mob'-the answer is simple: I value my good health and prefer real food. Franken foods are not my style, I try to avoid them.

    Real fruits and veggies may cost a little more, but I think the health benefits are worth it. Also, I eat less because I'm nourished-my body isn't screaming 'feed me feed me'. Actually consuming real food costs me less.

    So odd. Seems like eating real food, these days, is an acquired taste.

    I was born with it. Thank goodness.

    Bettejo Dux

  • AnonyMouse posted at 9:36 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    AnonyMouse Posts: 826

    Thank you, Carol Dudney, for your informative and fact-based letter. LOL! Maybe you and the so-called “Kauai Kanaka” with his smell-o-meter nose is all we need to end this scourge threatening our way of life. Oh wait, but this has been happening for over 170 years when sugar cane and pineapple began to be commercially grown here with its pesticide use and genetic engineering. Well, I guess it will take many centuries for this inevitable problem to finally reveal itself for all to see. In the meantime, thank you for your clairvoyant observations. At least you’ve solved the causes of cancer, asthma, COPD, ADD, and every other human affliction. Funny how we didn't rail against these afflictions when we didn't have a known GM adversary to blame as the cause. Weird how that works. I guess us kama’aina have to thank all those mainlanders who have come here and shown us how ignorant we’ve been all this time. Mahalo!

  • LMat posted at 8:50 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    LMat Posts: 70

    Kauai Kanaka, you for real?! I see why you signed off as anonomous, (smart idea on your part).
    Your last paragraph is so pathetic, it doesn't even warrant a response.
    -Loretta Mattos
    Kekaha Resident

    Carol D, those are some of the most ignorant statements I have ever heard. Do your research before you start spouting nonsense on a public forum.

  • Coconut wireless posted at 6:36 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Coconut wireless Posts: 34

    Back to the conspiracy theories on the LTE's today I see. Garden Island why are you printing letters from people who wont even submit their real name? "Kauai" could say anything they want, truth or fiction and not have to be accountable to the community at all. Is this the new standard? Let's at lease keep the letters from real people and even better if we could have the letters be just from folks on Kauai instead of all of the mainland influence that is just trying to stir up trouble on our island.

  • Jassbrown posted at 6:19 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    Jassbrown Posts: 78

    The easiest solution was for KIUC to go in for a rate increase then discount those having smart meters. Perhaps that might have sold those on Analog Meter to consider smart meters.

  • PeteAntonson posted at 12:40 am on Tue, Dec 31, 2013.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2450

    Carol Dudley's LTE has got to be the most amusing one on the GMO subject so far.
    I'm sure she thinks GMO began a couple years ago instead of a couple of decades; with trillions of servings so far.
    As far as the breathless warning goes; her name is half right!


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