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Letters for Friday, May 8, 2020

Visitors not following rules

Yesterday while walking at Lydgate and hoping to see some clean water for a swim, I instead saw the open water on the wave side was still dirty with a shore break right onto the big wood along the sand.

I continued toward the pond which still has POLLUTED WATER signs up for last 2 months or so since the 2 sewer spills. As I walked past the pond a vehicle pulled up and 6 men jumped out with in beach attire with a few boogie boards running to the pond. One jumped in and was still in it later as I walked back by. The others were hanging out under the tree at the closest table to the pond, with no social distancing and were speaking possibly Japanese. They didn’t have any social distancing in their vehicle either. They all looked to be about the same age, not a family unit.

It is possible they have been here long enough to complete their 14 day quarantine, but since they were clueless about no social distancing and swimming in the polluted pond, I have my doubts.

This is a problem for all of us when visitors do not understand the rules or care to follow them. Our COVID cases will not stay at zero with this kind of visitor response.

Paulo Tambolo, Wailua Homesteads

Make unemployment easier

Dear Governor Ige,

Please waive the requirement during this pandemic for unemployed people having to certify each week or every two weeks (whichever their UI category) online that they had no wages. You did similarly to waive the need to look for 3 jobs a week to collect.

See, I like countless others, can’t get through online daily from early morning to later night, the online portal is crashed! But currently, we then must get through to certify no work and get our benefits. It’s a horrible catch 22.

Alternately buy more bandwidth to take more incoming client sessions etc.

This needs a fix, and your Governor’s rule to waive this source of bottlenecking standstill temporarily will save thousands of residents their sanity, now spent on speed dialing with odds worse than the lottery it seems. Thank you.

Jenn Tyler, Kapaa
Source: The Garden Island

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