Carroll and guest Tom Berg start the show with a discussion about the decline in fish populations and the many issues with fishing in Hawaii. Carroll points out a lot of the problems lie with our agencies and elected officials. There is not enough regulatory enforcement of violators, or acknowledgement of some of the causes, such as runoff
from land laced with chemicals, and streams clogged up with garbage. There are many broken pieces contributing to the decline in the fish population, and they all need to be addressed.
A caller mentions that Monsato (as in GMOs) showed up at a teacher's conference to hand out logo bags with information about grants and funding. This is nothing but politics and propaganda, and should not have been part of the conference. Per the caller, most attendees were offended, and were not happy about carrying around
the bags. This leads to more information about the GMO issue from Tom Berg.
Another topic is the release of an audit of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's statement that any money that was over-collected from water users should be kept by BWS to fix things. Does this make sense? The audit also did not address a former BWS worker directing a contract to himself. Carroll first brought this
up, and discussed the issues on many of his previous shows (see 7/7/13 and 7/14/13).
Tom Berg also brings up his request to make Hawaii the first state to ban the sale of fur products, similar to what we did to ban shark finning. A caller asks Berg about the possibility of Congress reversing the Citizens United rule allowing corporations to fund political candates. Callers debate whether the rule is good or bad for the smaller
Carroll asks, do we really know what our government is doing? Are they accountable? Can we effectively protest?
What is racism? Carroll reads part of an email he received from a state game warden that is particularly racist in its content, while portending not to be. Carroll explains why, and wonders why a state worker is distributing this kind of nonsense. Please
Special note: On Thursday, September 11, HawaiiNewsNow reported a story about an oil spill at Keehi Lagoon. Carroll worked with reporters on the story and now tells us more about the over 3000 gallons of oil released into the ground.
Link to Carroll's story and pictures here.
Link to KGMB story here.
FYI: Another caller announces a free family fitness event at the Atkinson YMCA on Wednesday, September 17, at 9:30 a.m., and again at 5:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate in muve dancing games. Call 941-3344 for more information.
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