Nothing frightens an anti-ag activist more than farmers discussing farming:
Why? Because it points out just how stinking intolerant and ignorant the activists are:
Oh, yeah. These local boys be raking in millions and billions. What a fricking joke. Meanwhile, I'm quite sure Marghee ain't working for free, and her hubby, Pat Gegen, hasn't turned back his pay from KIUC, either. It seems profits are only bad when earned by others.
These people are so ignorant they don't even recognize the difference between conventional hybrids and genetically engineered crops. But then, they're Hooser people, so what do you expect?
Yo, Zelkovsky. You've got all that Surfrider money. Go ahead and organize your own presentation. Nobody's stopping you.
And what does Shannon, or any of these jokers, know about "real farmers?" None of them have farmed a day in their lives.
As for Andy, I've seen the future, too. It's crowded with hungry people — people that you and your deluded cohorts want to deprive of technology and choice.
It seems the only thing worse than farmers talking about farming is the prospect of yet another horrid ag byproduct:
Oh, yeah. They scream for diversified farming. They yell for local food and green energy. But when it comes right down to it, they're against all forms of modern agriculture because it's too "dirty" and "industrial."
Of course, that doesn't stop their "leaders," people like Ashley Lukens and the supposedly breathing-impaired Terez Amato Lyndsey, from sucking up the clean dust at Burning Man:
I recently saw a letter to the editor from David Dinner, bemoaning "gridlock in Kapaa, overuse of Hanalei, Haena and Ke’e Beach, the development of the dairy, waste management and the poisoning of our coral reefs by pesticides and other chemicals. We must vote with intelligence. We must elect those who will help to unite us."
Ironically, Dinner supports Hooser, the most divisive and polarizing politician I've encountered in my 28 years of covering Kauai politics. So his "vote with intelligence" exhortation is pretty much out the window. Still, Dinner does make a good point:
Beyond the voting issue, we need to get our neighborhoods talking with one another. We must discuss our needs and commonality. This island is in the middle of a weaponless war that is painful to witness and unless we start to listen to one another, no election will solve our problems."
So why are the antis so afraid to let people who actually know what they're talking about, talk?
Because there's an awful lot of dough, drama, egoism and narcissism involved in letting the war continue.