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Letters for Monday, April 11, 2022

3 white cats missing same week in March

On a short road in Kapahi, a road with only 16 houses, three white cats went missing. All were spayed or neutered and two wore collars. Coincidence?

For a couple of months I’ve passed a flyer on Kawaihau Road reporting a missing white cat.

I don’t know what to do with this observation other than share with the community to see if this is not a coincidence but something lecherous.

Pam Woolway, Anahola

Kaua‘i COVID numbers still newsworthy

It’s my opinion that this paper is doing a disservice to our community by having stopped reporting the numbers of new infections, hospitalized COVID patients, and (hopefully not) new deaths.

Whoever made the decision to stop, whether it was your editor, the Department of Health or a politician, I think it is encouraging our community to believe that everything is hunky-dory, and that it is OK to throw caution to the wind. If people don’t see the numbers, if and when they spike, they tend to think the problem no longer exists, and that the threat to our health is over. But the fat lady has not yet sung!

Judy Xenofos, Lihu‘e

Right on, Kaua‘i High softballers

I would like to publicly recognize the outstanding group of coaches and players of the Kaua‘i High girls softball team.

A few Saturdays ago, the Senior Softball League was scheduled to play four games at Isenberg Park. We arrived to find coach Shana and her team cleaning, painting the lines and dragging the infield dirt smooth. They had come for their practice but instead went to work making the field perfect for our games.

Apparently, some other thoughtless and selfish team played on the field the day before, despite the fact that the hard-working county groundskeepers had already made it perfect for us Saturday. These folks trashed the field and left it in horrible condition.

Our thanks from all in the Senior League to coach Shana and her outstanding team of young ladies!

J.C. Crouch, Vice president, Kaua‘i Senior Softball Association

COVID masks and going commando

We can now go into retail stores, restaurants and even banks for the first time in well over two years without wearing masks. Noticing folks without their masks is almost like seeing someone in their birthday suit.

I actually want to turn my head in embarrassment when I run into friends inside business establishments without their masks. I actually saw my bank teller’s face for the first time in 26 months. I told her I must have hit the jackpot!

I try leaving my home without my mask and upon leaving get that uneasy feeling like one does when embarking on a trip and you know you forgot something and can’t quite put your finger on what it is and nine out of 10 times it’s usually your toothbrush. However, this time it’s your COVID mask.

COVID masks have become our security blankets. They are the teddy bears for adults. They bring us security and the feeling of comfort, justified or not. The mask has become the underwear for the face.

Masks have become part of everyday attire, and like anybody’s undergarments, some will choose to use them and others will prefer to go commando, and presto the masks are off!

Why go commando? “Going commando” used to be a way of saying that you’re not wearing underwear. The term referred to elite soldiers who were ready to fight at a moment’s notice.

Going commando to me in the new post-COVID era means not wearing a mask.

The old debate for guys used to be boxers or jockeys? The lack of face masks is like the face going commando! Sure, it feels great, but at the same time it feels like I’m doing something inappropriate.

The mask mandate may have been lifted. However, like it or not, masks are here to stay. No matter which way you go the fashion industry has a new product to profit from.

What do you call the president when he is not wearing his COVID mask?

The commando in chief. LOL!

The one thing I like is the government letting us make up our own minds.

It’s our call!

I like to look at the pandemic with the old adage, “heads we win, tails you lose.”

The “you” is COVID, and at least for now, it looks like we won!

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapa‘a
Source: The Garden Island

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