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Letters for Friday, January 1, 2021

Time to get rid of safety checks

Approximately a year ago, there was talk in the state government of eliminating the safety check process for our vehicles. Also, many licensed mechanics who do the safety checks find it that it’s not worth their time and profit isn’t worth a darn (most of the fee goes to the state). Also, our vehicle-registration fee has doubled in the past couple of years.

Now with this pandemic (COVID-19) we were all relieved for almost all of this year (2020) from not to have our vehicle(s) safety-checked.

My point is, brand new vehicles don’t have to be safety-checked for several years after purchase. Even these brand-new vehicles may burn out a headlight, turn signals, brakes, etc., which causes a safety issue.

So with that said, “why not be fair and get rid of the safety-check process?” It would relieve us from one more fee and it will give mechanics more time to work on a vehicle to run safely.

Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele

Let’s not rush things, mayor

In a statement regarding the new rule 24, Mayor Kawakami said, “Now that our community has been able to enjoy the holiday season without a major surge in cases, we feel we are in a good position to loosen inter-island travel restrictions….”

While I have applauded our mayor’s actions up until now, I find this to be a major case of jumping the gun. Christmas was less than a week ago. The holiday season includes New Year’s Eve and Day — both occasions for large gatherings. Given the current recommendation for 10 days of quarantine, this rule should not be considered or take effect prior to Jan. 11 or 12 — time enough to actually assess the number of cases resulting from holiday celebrations.

Mr. mayor, I am asking that you reconsider the effective date of this new rule.

Donna Gould Carsten, Kapa‘a
Source: The Garden Island

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