While I also highly value the concepts of local control and home rule, and wholeheartedly agree that "Kauai should have a say on local matters," I think we need to stop for a moment and define exactly what that means.
Does "local control" include people like Sun City resident Sandy Calhoun Scanlan and possible prospective resident Ronald John, who published a letter and guest commentary, respectively, trashing the new dairy?
Does it include the Los Angeles transplant Biotech Babe who threatened to launch an impeachment drive against our mayor when he vetoed Bill 2491? Paid political activist Jennifer Ruggles, who cast nasty, unfounded aspersions on county officials before jetting back to the mainland? Brent Norris, a rabidly anti-GMO Big Islander who participated in a meeting setting rules for the implementation of our Ordinance 960?
Does it include the Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network, Earthjustice and the other mainland-based organizations that played a big role in drafting Bill 2491 and financing its passage?
Does it include all the mainland signatures in support of Bill 2491 collected by Food Democracy Now and other unverifiable internet petitions and email drives? The mainland signatures in opposition to 2491 collected by the chem corps?
Does it include Maui attorney Lance Collins, who is now protesting our pro bono procurement process and interpretation of the County Charter, as it pertains to defending Bill 2491?
Should all of these non-Kauai people continue to have power and influence over what happens on our island? Or is it just the Legislature we want to exclude?