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Letters for Friday, November 19, 2021

Vaccinate, quarantine, test, avoid cluster sites

I am so disappointed in Kaua‘i right now. There is no reason that we should have the most COVID cases in the state, nor the number of hospitalizations — which is 12 as of 11/17/21. What this tells me is that our residents simply do not malama Kaua‘i.

I realize that we have a contingent of 40 to 50 years old and under who want to be rebels and don’t want to be told what to do. I was a child of the ’70s so I do get this! But I was a well-educated child of the ’70s who vaccinated my children while feeding them healthy food and supplements and have continued to do my research while working in health and fitness for 30+ years.

I for one didn’t always get the flu vaccine until I felt I needed it while caring for older family members who were in ill health. Now that I’m a kupuna I plan to get it regularly. Why? Because it makes sense to me.

Of my eight grandchildren who are over the age of 5, most of them will be receiving the COVID vaccine — these are choices being made by their parents who are health-care professionals. One is a nurse in Washington state, the other works in physical therapy here on Kaua‘i — both of them have done their research.

I am happy for my grandchildren to be vaccinated for several reasons: I want them to be protected; I am also happy that they are protecting their community and that by doing this they can safely and more fully enjoy life, including attending events such as traveling to theme parks on the mainland that now require vaccine passports for children and as well as traveling safely in general, including traveling abroad.

You can all continue to complain and protest, but ultimately it will not do you any good.

At the very least, if you do not want to vaccinate yourself or your children, can you please at least quarantine and test three to five days after traveling, and stop attending known cluster locales and then mixing in with the community?

Just please do the minimum to show Kaua‘i that you care. Is that too much to ask?

Petrina Blakely, Kapa‘a

If you’re printing money, I’ll take a billion

Rather than print trillions of dollars willy nilly, why not just print up one billion and give it to each citizen of the USA?

This would be a lot cheaper (about $300 billion) than the trillions advocated by Democrats (who seem to have gone bonkers). Except for the risk of hyperinflation, everyone would be set for life! Also, no more complaining would be allowed anymore by anybody after getting their one billion.

Molly Jones, Kealia

Problems exist beyond virus itself

Just when I thought I was done writing COVID-19 letters to the editor, it occurred to me that some people must not care.

On our island, each day 25% to 30% of the daily cases have been children. However, on Friday, Nov. 12, the count for children was 50%.

As usual, it was community spread due to contact with previously documented cases. So it would appear that some people with COVID-19 don’t quarantine, don’t tell others to stay away and or don’t give a damn about others.

Then there are the ones who can’t be bothered to return calls to the Department of Health (wow, that’s a hardship — make a phone call so close contacts can be advised).

And then there are the ones who refuse to give any information. And yet no consequence for that type of betrayal. Naw, let all get sick, and their kids, too.

And forget about the “super-secret” CLUSTERS, who cannot be named because… Wait, why can’t we know about clusters? A restaurant? A place of worship? A store?

But we’re all having such a great time with COVID-19 while Kaua‘i has the lowest vaccination rate in the state.

Lawrence Hornbeck, Kilauea

We want our morning newspaper

We noted your announcement of delivery disruption a few days ago. We are of a generation who for decades enjoyed reading a hard-copy newspaper over our morning coffee.

We realize that this service is no longer a priority for newspapers. Profits are to be made elsewhere, and we are no longer relevant to your business plan even though we pay our subscription fees. We nevertheless need to express our sadness and disappointment in this “new normal.”

Monty and Elaine Downs, Kapa‘a

Carbon pricing a vital tool

The AP article in “The Garden Island” on Thursday, Nov. 11, on the sale of oil and gas leases by the U.S., is disturbing for those of us worried about the climate catastrophe.

There would be a much-greater impact from a carbon price as opposed to trying to come up with a policy about leasing.

Carbon pricing is a cost-effective, efficient way to reduce emissions and with cash back to residents, as supported by Senators Schatz, Deutsh and Whitehouse. The policy helps low- and middle-income families.

It will create jobs and save lives with cleaner air and water. Rep. Kai Kahele agrees, along with many economists and Janet Yellen. Rep. Ed Case is for carbon pricing, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, concerned with climate change, is a champion for economic justice. Carbon pricing is a vital tool we hope gains enough traction to prevail.

Bobbie Best, Wailuku

Enough with all hatred

Really? Violence over mask-wearing and other COVID restrictions in our libraries?

Growing up, libraries were a safe place where we showed respect for the people and for the things we were allowed to explore.

I say enough with the hatred in our society. If you don’t like the restrictions a business puts in place to protect ALL AMERICANS, then stay out of them. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us.

Christine Dorland, Kapa‘a
Source: The Garden Island

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