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Letters for Friday, December 11, 2020

Lots of COVID questions

Current actions by state and local executive branches both here and in other states bring up some interesting legal questions:

Can an executive order due to a public-health emergency without any legislative approval supersede constitutional guaranties such as freedom of assembly?

Does shutting down some businesses while leaving others open constitute unequal application of the law?

Is shutting down some small businesses a “taking” under the fourth amendment?

These and other questions are sure to be asked by astute lawyers eventually. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but extremely fine.

If anyone would like the other side of Covid story, go to

Michael Wells, Moloa‘a

Pandemic pop quiz #3

Vaccinations may contain small amounts of:

1. MSG

2. Formaldehyde

3. Aluminum salts

4. Antibiotics

5. Egg and yeast protein

6. All of the above

RNA-altering agents in COVID-19 vaccines are:

1. A good idea

2. A really bad idea

3. A new agent in vaccines which are untested over the long term

4. I don’t want to think about this

Children are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get:

1. Nine vaccinations with multiple injections

2. One vaccination with a single injection

3. I don’t know and I don’t want to know either, just leave me alone

Adults are recommended by the CDC to get:

1. Twelve vaccinations with multiple injections

2. One vaccination with a single injection

3. Just give me a drink so I don’t have to think about this

I think vaccinations are:

1. Great because they have reduced illness and death

2. A horrible idea; my child has never been the same since being vaccinated

3. I want a sticky bun to eat right now

Pharmaceutical companies:

1. Give many millions of dollars to the CDC every year

2. Stay out of funding the CDC because it would be a conflict of interest

3. I would like a whole pint of ice cream

Here are the correct answers: Well, it is clearly the last answer for each question.

Molly Jones, Kealia

Vaccine rollout plan in question

I am an 84-year-old male with COPD (chonic obstructive pulmonary disease) and a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted, and I am willing to bet that “LaBaby” James and all the NBA and all the NFL players, plus the Hollywood elites, will get their shots before I do.

The groundwork has already been laid out by the powers that be when they said the first to get vaccinated will be the first responders, the elderly in rest homes, and, the Black and Latinia communities because they were impacted in greater numbers.

We’ll see.

Curt Cooper, Princeville

Don’t forget about the pesticides

Aloha. We need to get the poison factories here in the Hawaiian Islands back in the spotlight.

Really quiet on the Westside, don’t you think? Why is our mayor allowing them to stay? I don’t want to believe it’s a money grab, BUT?

They keep doing expensive studies to figure out why our reefs aren’t flourishing like reefs in South America. Well, South America didn’t let these pesticide companies in because they wanted to mess with their mother food (corn).

We tax-paying citizens don’t benefit from our elected officials’ bribes. They say “go ahead, go ahead, poison our ocean, our land, our people, as long as I get my money.”

Man, I hope I’m wrong.

Linda Bothe, Kalaheo

Media creating division, disrespect

Aloha. Inquiring minds want to know. What was the purpose of obviously approving the Kurt Last rant? Do you think it even closely could be considered publishable by the reading of your policies that you mandate to us? I don’t understand the use of selective enforcement.

By promoting and agreeing to stand behind and print letters or columns of this nature is the reason why media is the direct connection to creating the never-ending division, violence, disrespect, creating continuous news and stories to “fuel” all of our ongoing tough situations that life is handing us.

On the other hand, if everything was portrayed as good, the media would have nothing to sell, would it?

Steve Martin, Wailua

Time for our islands to become sustainable again

Mahalo to the people of Kaua‘i for standing up to the HoKua Place project in Kapa‘a.

It’s time to make it pono for Hawaiians and all of us who call all of Hawai‘i our home. The land where this proposed, high-density, multi-family project is is crown lands of the Hawaiian kingdom monarchy.

When Prince Kuhio first proposed what became the federal Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, he included crown lands like the ahupua‘a of Kapa‘a to be used for homesteading for Hawaiians who lived in the islands prior to January 17, 1893. At that time, being Hawaiian was a nationality, not an ethnic identity. In fact, Prince Kuhio wanted Hawaiians to be able to homestead throughout the Hawaiian Islands on the more-than-900,000 acres of primo agricultural lands.

Sadly, the process Prince Kuhio started to help Hawaiians was highjacked by the “Big Five,” supported by the large sugar plantations, and less than 200,000 acres were set aside for Hawaiians. A U.S. congressman during the process of creating the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act questioned the governor at the time, “Why give Hawaiian lands a goat could not live on?” The governor replied “We don’t want to see Hawaiians sit on their lanai, strum their ukuleles while the Japanese do the work in their fields; that’s not rehabilitation.”

Fast forward — since 1920, less than 10,000 awards have been made to Native Hawaiians, and currently there are more than 47,000 individual Native Hawaiians waiting in line for a scrap of leasehold lands.

Perhaps it’s time to make things pono for Hawaiians and all of us who love these islands, instead of focusing of rebuilding an unsustainable economy importing people to our islands, namely tourism, building a more-sustainable economy should focus on making these islands Hawaiian again. There are tens of thousands of acres throughout our islands that are rich in history and culture, yet while the state of Hawai‘i has control and kuleana to malama, that are being neglected and lying in waste. See

The HoKua Place project is on sugar land once leased by Makee Sugar Company, which was formed in 1877. Makee Sugar was a partnership with King Kalakaua and others. The intention was to use the revenues from the sugar plantation to reforest the adjoining ahupua‘a of Anahola.

Instead of losing important agriculture lands to more development, it’s time for our islands to become sustainable again. It’s a choice.

Ron Cawthon, Kona, Hawaii Island
Source: The Garden Island

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