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Letter for Thursday, September 9, 2021

We need to stand up for everyone’s rights

I’m sure most of us think of ourselves as “good” people. I’d like to ask all good people to consider how we can be good to each other. Regardless of where you stand on vaccines or testing, we all know asymptomatic people can still transmit the coronavirus to others.

Since the only purpose of the vaccines is to reduce the severity of symptoms, those who have been vaccinated (whether through choice or coercion) are now more likely to be asymptomatic than an unvaccinated person. Therefore, the testing and quarantine expectations for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated should be the same.

Otherwise, vaccinated individuals are more likely to be spreading the coronavirus than anyone who is unvaccinated. If we are trying to catch infection at the earliest possible time, which would be the only valid reason for the governor’s mandate, then testing should be required for everyone.

A good person doesn’t do something because he/she is told to but because it’s right. So if you are a good person then you either test because you believe it’s important to do since all people can still become infected and transmit the coronavirus, or you speak out against discriminatory practices such as the mandate’s requirement for only unvaccinated people to test weekly.

As a good person, how are you standing up for everyone’s rights (not just those you agree with)?

Crystal Gauna, Kalaheo
Source: The Garden Island

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