It's Monday, and I've been mulling a few odds and ends....
Like how sad it is that Kauai's community radio station, KKCR, has degenerated to the point where I heard a local reference it the other day as "Kauai Caucasian Crank Radio."
And then there was this email from a faithful reader:
In the past month, I don't think I have ever in my life felt the disgust toward our county officials and what our island has become. Just trying to get to the beach to go fishing nowadays is so hard to do. I can only imagine how my grandfather feels trying to go fishing. Seeing the immense changes and total loss of local culture to the rich and "entitled” disturbs daily. Then to think, I'll never ever be able to afford a mortgage in today's market. In a sick way, I hope for a hurricane every year in the hopes that it'll chase a good lot of these "kama-ee-na" folk back to where they came from. Have you noticed the influx in out of state plates on Kauai recently??
Yes, friends in the construction industry say business is picking up as the recently arrived wealthy tear down perfectly good houses to replace them with something far more grand and erect brand new places along the coast.
But don't worry. The luxury Realtors at Hawaii Life believe in the trickle down theory. Why, Neal Norman and Matt Beall contributed $450 between them to send Ohana O Kauai members Dustin Barca, Fern “Anuenue” Rosenstiel and other unregistered anti-GMO lobbyists to testify on anti-ag legislation at the state Capitol. Matt even added this quote to his contribution:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Mmm, you mean like the way Ohana O Kauai stands by doing nothing as Neal occupies the public beach with sandbags to armor his multi-million-dollar house in Haena? Yup, they're still there, washing into the ocean, impeding access, though they were authorized under an emergency temporary permit for one-year's use — way back in 1997.
As further “proof” that the anti-GMO movement is a local, grassroots gig —NOT! — an organizer with the Connecticut-based Citizens For GMO Labeling just happened to be cruising the Big Island last week, peddling his services to help sway a Hawaii County Council vote that allowed two mainland-based advocacy groups, Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice, to assume control of its anti-GMO litigation.
The Kauai County Council, meanwhile, has been cleaning house, formally filing items that have been deferred so long they're now obsolete. Perusing the agenda items the past couple weeks has been a trip down political memory lane: former Mayor Maryanne Kusaka's new car, conflict of interest among Councilmembers, Lihue airport runway extension, an old dog barking ordinance, adolescent treatment center in Hanapepe. And this one:
12.W 2002-18 (*) Communication (11/15/2002) from Council Chair Ron Kouchi, submitting a resolution supporting labeling efforts for genetically modified foods. (See also CR-EDIR 2015-02; the Economic Development & Intergovernmental Relations Committee recommended W 2002-1 8 be received for the record.)
My, how things change....
Also on Wednesday's Council agenda is a public hearing on Councilman Gary Hooser's anti-fireplace/anti-burning bill, which would allow folks to hassle people when they make imu, smoke meat, hibachi, etc. It's titled “relating to declaring a public nuisance,” which is a pretty accurate description of Gary, too. It's actually kind of good this BS bill has gone to a public hearing. That way, Gary will get an earful from unhappy locals, which hopefully will show him just how out of touch he is with the community he purports to represent.
Meanwhile, Council Chair Mel Rapozo has introduced a bill that authorizes the Office of the County Auditor to execute a four-year contract with a CPA to audit county funds and accounts. As I reported last week, the auditor's office has been dead in the water for two years now, what with its only CPA, Ron Rawls, driven out by retaliatory management practices and Auditor Ernie Pasion out on medical leave the past seven months while he sues the county.
Yet just like clockwork, Glenn Mickens has one of his regular letters to the editor inexplicably praising Ernie and actually using the dysfunctional auditor's office to justify his oft-repeated call for a county manager system. As the old saying goes, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”
And Mike “never say die” Sheehan continues to bleed the county fighting the court-upheld condemnation of his Hanalei boatyard property, with the County Attorney's office seeking another $25,000 to defend against his unceasing litigation. Come on, Mike. Can't you think of something better to do with your bucks than burn the taxpayers?