[Editor’s note: the following letters on our Oct. 30, 2014 Election Issue recommendation to vote no on the Maui GMO Initiative are just those that were sent to us directly–we received many more comments on our Mauifeed.com blog and Facebook page.]
As a retired high school administrator, I am aghast at your paper and its stance on the GMO battle to save this island from further years of corporate greed and corruption. Your paper’s “progressive stance” on cultural issues and attack on family values is a disgrace… furthered by more filth displayed on your cover this month.
-Tim Silver, via email
I’m shocked -no, horrified- by your recommendation on the GMO Moratorium. The ballot measure has nothing to do with whether GM organisms “are safe for human consumption!” Where did you get this idea? Neither is it a “ban” on ANYTHING. It is simply a temporary moratorium on GM production until long overdue safety studies can determine the safety of GMO growing practices in Maui – which are unique in all the world.
Not even the EPA knows what happens when Monsanto and Mycogen’s chemical pesticides mix with each other and enter our environment. The copious quantities and frequency of their spraying is well-documented; they admitted before the Maui County Council that they spray this stuff more than 300 times a year on seed crops adjacent to our neighborhoods.
Who in their right mind would vote NO to study the safety of this? Someone who has been thoroughly confused by Monsanto’s $8 million confusion campaign, that’s who. I can see their executives now, straightening their ties, smiling and thinking, “Well, now. That was money well spent!”
What a shame. Another glaring mistake is when you say that the “ballot measure [is] based on junk science and ignorance.”
Auwe, brah! This phrase sounds like it’s straight from the Monsanto confusion campaign.
The reality is that there is NO science behind it! THAT IS THE PROBLEM. The moratorium calls for comprehensive, scientific, third-party safety studies to be conducted on practices that are highly questionable. That is all.
I’ll say it again: There have been no comprehensive, third-party safety studies on the effects of their combinations of pesticides here in Maui. No science. We want science.
-R. Warren Chakraborty, via email
LOL… good job tones [sic]… look at how your public adores you. Maybe now would be a good time to consider a candidacy since you’re so popular and you clearly have a talent for sucking corporate cock… it might be a good fit.
[C]ongrats on the article that might sink the credibility of your “paper” for good. [R]ock star!!!
-Jeff Bazzini, via Facebook message
Shame Shame on you Maui Time Weekly. I won’t be reading anything you are printing. You are a HUGE Disappointment and a Disgrace to the small island in the Pacific. Aloha to you!
-Sandi Imberi Ioakimi, via Facebook message
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OH, AND THIS GUY HATES NPR
Aloha! In response to your article about NPR and its shortfall of funds for operation, I would say that Mr. Titterton and his smug, condescending attitude gets almost as tiring as the continuous politically correct crap you refer to as “alternative news”. My question is have you listened to Manao @ 91.7 for a little hit of the competition? and they don’t wine [sic] about making pledges for continuing the good music. I used to listen to NPR, years ago but now we have the internet and gee,why bother with antiquated radio just to hear Garrison Keeler on Saturday night. I might say that your idea of “alternative news” is almost as antiquated, but thanks for expressing it.
-Lloyd Buell, via Facebook message