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Your Views for July 9

Nibbling at freedom

If there’s one thing government is good at, it’s banning things. And if banning is out of the question, politicians simply impose more regulations (or better yet, fees/taxes) in an effort to change the behavior of people or businesses “for the good of all.”

Unfortunately, these bans, regulations or tax/fee increases usually nibble at individual freedom. The proposed GMO ban is a good example of this.

Instead of banning GMO, why not require every GMO grower (they know who they are) to label their produce and let the consumer decide at the counter? People who don’t like GMO can simply choose not to buy it. If enough people say no to GMO with their pocketbook, farmers will stop growing it.

However, freedom is a double-edged sword. With it comes accountability. If a GMO crop contaminates a non-GMO crop, the non-GMO grower deserves compensation for his or her loss.

If I want to eat GMO, it’s my kuleana. It sure would be nice if government stopped nibbling at our freedoms while espousing the mantra that it is for my own good.

Fred Fogel


Aerial hunts

The federally mandated aerial slaughter of sheep and goats is ordered to continue. The squads open fire on young, old, mothers and babies. Some are left half dead and suffering. Some babies are left to cry for their dead mothers.

After, the demoralized hunters are allowed to scavenge the shot-up carcasses. In these large areas of public land, this brings an end to an era when proud hunters provided meat for their families.

Ironically, the years of wasteful aerial shooting have not helped the native palila and mamane. Their population has continued to steadily decline. Perhaps the helicopters flushing out the sheep from their hiding place … with loud horns and ferocious winds cause the palila to suffer trauma and abandon their nests. Maybe it is because the palila no longer can gather sheep hair to line their nests and warm their young. Or, could the persistent drought be causing the decline?

The government so eloquently proclaims, “The Rain Follows the Forest,” in their campaign. It should be, “The Rain Follows the Sheep.” The drought has turned these “protected habitats” to dead shrub and dust.

If karma is real, this is a classic case. Yet the brutal hunt goes on! The days when mamane, palila, sheep and goats lived in harmony on the mountains are gone. When hunters maintained the herds with accurate and merciful hunting skills to feed their families, God blessed the mountains with rain.

Nani Pogline



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