Kauai is getting so, well, weird.
Or as a friend aptly described the creepy vibe:
The level of hysteria that buzzes like EMF around this rock.
Take the folks in Wailua Rise, who are already convinced a heinous neighbor is deliberately poisoning pets although Penny Cistaro, the Kauai Humane Society director, says:
“The thing with antifreeze is it doesn’t need to be intentional,” she said.
Vehicles leaking antifreeze are as deadly to pets as someone leaving it out in bowls to kill unwanted animals. Older vehicles that haven’t flushed the cooling systems are especially dangerous, she said.
Sure hope they don't string up a neighbor only to discover it's one of their own cars doing the deadly leak.
But that's Kauai. Jump to the worst possible conclusions first, then maybe ask questions and possibly even gather some evidence way later, after everybody is all freaked out.
And be sure to blame someone else, rather than take any personal responsibility, like keeping an eye on your cats, instead of letting them just roam.
Another example is the dairy at Mahaulepu, with a fear-frenzy fueled by Chris D'Angelo's lazy reporting and a steady stream of misinformation that opponents shovel out like the manure that has them terrified. Meanwhile, they continue to gobble dairy products produced elsewhere. Hello!
If you believe the increasingly frantic letters to the editor, the manure is now not only going to "destroy the reef" and "poison the groundwater," but contaminate food for miles around with E.coli — even food eaten from containers, because a toxic fly might land on it, ya know — and sicken the children.
Which leads us to the laughable quote of the week, written by Beverly Ellu, who is currently living in San Jose and about to grace us with her fulltime presence in a Poipu condo, which she and her husband bought because they believe Kauai is still the “true Hawaii:”
Everyone needs to push to stop this and keep the Poipu area pristine and ensure an ongoing economy in tourism.
I hate to break the news, Bev, but Poipu is not pristine, even compared to a shit hole like San Jose. And "pristine" and "tourism" are contradictory terms.
But agriculture is the new bogeyman and your neighbor is for sure out to get you and your pets and especially your kids, whether it's with fireplace smoke or Roundup or antifreeze or stink eye.
So be afraid. Be very afraid.