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Letters for Thursday, November 26, 2020

Most famous loser on earth

Donald Trump and the spineless minions around him are trying to engineer a coup to overturn the results of a free and fair election.

His scheme is failing (surprise!) in part because he deployed the trademark Trump level of incompetence to the effort. His legal team is now headed up by Rudolph Giuliani, a worldwide laughing stock and embarrassment to the bar who has failed to provide any evidence whatever of the election fraud Trump spews out.

At the recent news conference, Giuliani was typically incoherent, but at least he provided the entertaining physical meltdown reminiscent of Maj. Arnold Toht at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Association with Trump has provided a steady stream of acid over any remaining veneer of legal competence Giuliani enjoyed. Borat helped too.

This disgraceful effort by Trump validates the fact that he has no bottom. When his level of depravity seems already impossibly low, he descends further into cartoonish super-villainy. It can’t get lower than trying to overturn an American election.

When Trump supporters are asked about Trump’s coup attempt, they claim that Democrats never accepted Trump’s election victory in 2016. That’s a lie, of course, since Secretary Clinton quickly conceded, and President Obama immediately began the transition process.

But lying is what they do best and, to be fair, it’s essentially all they have left. By Trump’s own proclamation, President-elect Biden won by a landslide, and he will be sworn in on Jan. 20.

Trump is not permitting a reasonable transition despite the fact that about 2,000 Americans are dying every day of COVID-19, and getting a head start on management of the pandemic is the right thing to do. Of course, Trump now wants credit for the Pfizer vaccine, despite playing absolutely no part in its development. A malignant narcissist.

With an unbroken string of legal defeats and state election officers denying Trump’s conspiracy theories, he has become the most famous loser on earth. Trump is choosing to continue the humiliation. He’s incapable of doing the right thing.

Kurt Last, Anahola

Health tips to improve immunity

Here are some health tips for maintaining immunity in the throat and nasal passages:

1. Antibacterial nosedrops. Kiiko Matsumoto (famous acupuncturist) states that there is a small-but-significant area of infection in the back of the throat in many people. Right where the nose and throat connect. The way to eliminate this problem is to use antibacterial nose drops several times a week. Use a dropper to run nose drops up each nostril and out the mouth, then spit it out. The mildest is salt water. You can also use diluted hydrogen peroxide. Garlic water nose drops are the most powerful. Put minced garlic in water for about 20 minutes, then strain out the little pieces of garlic. You will need to dilute these nose drops so that you don’t burn the nasal passages. Don’t burn yourself. If you work this area on a routine basis you have greater immunity to infections.

2. Gargle several times a week with antibacterial solutions. See above for ideas on what to gargle with.

3. I use a copper tool in my nasal passages to ward off the first indication of infection. This tool can be bought at

4. On occasion I get intravenous ozone to clear up an infection in my lungs. I have never had COVID-19, but this has worked on difficult lung infections. It is a very powerful treatment, available from qualified naturopaths.

5. If the diet is faulty it is difficult to ward off infection. Do whatever you can to correct your diet. The correct diet is an individual matter, but in general avoid processed, sprayed food. We could talk all day about diet, but if you eat the mainstream diet as advertised on TV you will be a lot less able to ward off infection. Eat as clean and healthy as you can. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs.

6. Vaccinations disturb the energetic integrity of the body. I personally do not think it is optimal to vaccinate, but again this should be an individual matter.

Molly Jones, Kealia

The costs of closure are irreparable

The state of Hawai‘i is nearly $100 billion in debt (almost $10 billion just from the last eight months!), so what does the state do?

It sends out $500 credit cards to the unemployed to spend at restaurants and pretend to stimulate the economy. Sure, the restaurants may see a little bump in their COVID flatline, but it’s a false positive. The state is just throwing them a bone, and it’s not a very meaty one.

For people like myself, who had the rug pulled out from under them, going out to dinner a couple times is like putting a bandaid on a severed artery. Are we supposed to feel better because the state is going more in debt so we can go out to dinner? Well, I don’t. What would make me feel better would be if the state opened up for business and let everyone go back to life as usual. Yes, people will get sick.

Yes, some people may even die. But most will recover. Life is not without risks. How long can we hide from a virus? And what happens when the next one comes along? Do it all over again? This is insanity.

If people are fearful of getting sick they can stay home, but the rest of us need to get on with our lives. The true cost of the shutdown — bankruptcy, foreclosures, shuttered businesses and shattered dreams, substance abuse and depression, domestic violence and broken families — these costs are irreparable.

But no sweat off the governor’s back. He can just write his own paychecks.

Janet Eisenbach, Kilauea
Source: The Garden Island

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