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Setting the record straight on GMO rules

I write in response to Holualoa resident Brian Lievens’ June 27 letter to the editor — “Reasoning of anti-GMO activists highly debatable” — regarding my leadership in the Hawaii Island effort to limit the cultivation of genetically modified crops. First, I wish to remind Mr. Lievens that this legislation (Bill 113, now Ordinance 13-121), was supported by a majority of the council members and was signed into law by Mayor Billy Kenoi.

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Kupuna knew taking of fish kills coral

The underwater scuffle between Rene Umberger and the aquarium fish collector printed in your May 16 West Hawaii Today paper implies that maybe the environmentalists are taking more aggressive steps in obtaining their goals. On the other side, the fish collector considers this a job that feeds his family. The long-term consequences of this occupation is yet to be determined.