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Letters for Thursday, October 29, 2020

Traveler numbers don’t add up

For the first week of re-opened travel the State said there were 66,644 visitors to the Islands.

Of those, 41,783 tested negative for the virus. One would assume that 25,000 would be in the 2 week quarantine then? The State says 7,500 are in quarantine. What happened to the other 17,500? The State did also say that some visitors arrived with the wrong test.

So did 17,500 visitors take the next flight out?

Mark Perry, Lihue

Vote Green

The reality is that there are fifty separate elections held in November for POTUS. In the United States’ electoral system, we do not choose our POTUS via the popular vote, however by the Electoral College. In the close to forty States which are not competitive, the outcome is already known! This includes Hawai’i; the Democrat candidate will receive 60+% of the votes. In the last three elections, the Democrat candidate received 61%, 70% and 71%; thus with our winner-take-all system they were awarded all four electoral votes. When one votes for who they want, rather than only against who they do not want, the outcome is not changed.

The Green Party of Hawai’i [GPH] is built on ten Key Values and the four Pillars of Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Peace and Ecology. While many people in this upcoming POTUS election are guided by fear in voting against the current incumbent, the GPH also strongly advocates standing up and voting with courage by voting Green. Climate change is the most important issue in this election. Future generations depend on big bold policies; plus by being brave and standing up to the corporate stranglehold of our nation and the limiting two party system.

Without a truly progressive candidate also on the ballot, which we are fortunate to have here in Hawai’i, the alternative to the current POTUS is pushed toward more conservative policy positions. This means less available for education, housing, healthcare, social programs, employment, and worse, the environment.

Do not throw away nor waste your vote and just vote against a candidate. Vote your ideals, vote your truth, vote for the future of our Country. Make a strategic, positive vote for our future and for the future generations of your children and your childrens’ children. Make a positive vote. Vote Green.

Nick Nikhilananda, Maui
Source: The Garden Island

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