February 21, 2008
BRAGG SAYS NOSUBDIVISION!
(The following is in response to Rob Parson's Nov. 22, 2007 story "Ag Lands and the 'M' Word")
I am the attorney for Patricia Bragg and Living Waters Land Foundation, LLC and have worked with Patricia Bragg since 2002 in her efforts to protect and preserve agricultural lands and farming in Waiehu, Ahikuli, Hananui and Kou in the District of Wailuku. These lands consist of twenty five historic lots of record that, for the sake of convenience, were all designated as one tax map parcel number during the time that these lands were owned by Wailuku Agribusiness Co., Inc. and its predecessors in title.
There is possibility that agricultural water rights may be lost or compromised if the twenty five historic lots of record lost their historic separate identity and became legally consolidated into one lot. As much of the agricultural water in this area was being diverted by plantation era irrigation systems, it was essential to ensure that the appurtenant water rights that were part of the title to some of these lots were reserved. As such, the County of Maui was requested to formally recognize the twenty five historic lots of record as separate lots and to "undo" the plantation era informal consolidation.
As part of Ms. Bragg's purchase of these lands, there was an agreement to create a ten (10) acre organic farm in the middle of a much larger parcel and an agreement to create another 10 acre parcel for agricultural purposes in the Kou portion of the land. There was never any intention by Patricia Bragg and Living Waters Land Foundation, LLC to create any more "new" parcels than the two 10 acre farm lots that were part of the purchase agreements.
Ms. Bragg expressly purchased these lands to protect and preserve them from the type of development that has been the fate of other lands formally owned by Wailuku Agribusiness Co., Inc. and to continue farming on the lands. The rumors of massive development that were published due to the request for County recognition of the 25 historic lots are not true and in direct contradiction of Ms. Bragg's intentions and wishes.
-Brian R. Jenkins,Brumbaugh & Jenkins
CORNY, BUT GOOD
(The following is in response to Parson's Feb. 14, 2008 story "Corn-ucopia")
Mahalo, Rob. Great work with your in depth look and review as to what is collectively being forced upon us compromising our collective well being. It's timely that Chuck Walters will be speaking at the event in that he is and has been an advocate for diverse small ecological family farms.
-Vincent Mina, via Mauitime.com
STORY YOU'LL DIE FOR
(The following letters are in response to Rob Parson's Feb. 7, 2008 story "Doorway into Light")
A very real, touching and educational commentary. Thank you for raising our awareness about death and dying.
-Katharine S. Ayers, via Mauitime.com
Hooray another great article by former Environmental Coordinator Rob Parsons, one of the first guys to stop a major development—golf course and luxury homes from being built at Sprecklesville. Although the new bulldog mayor has taken Rob from his post of watching over environmental issues on Maui, he continues to persevere doing what he can to malama'aina through his insightful articles every week.
Once the dazed and confused mayor and her lost environmental coordinator are out of the picture maybe the next mayor can beg Rob to come back to his position then we will really see some environmental coordination moving forward.
-Dean Hamada, via Mauitime.com
In the Feb. 14, 2008 story "Corn-ucopia," the number of U.S. acres planted with corn should have read 80 million. And we mispelled the name of artist Erin Dieguez in our Feb. 14, 2008 story "Catalyst of Love."
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