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Letters for Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Subscribers might qualify for discounts

I recently found out about a discount available on Spectrum’s bill of up to $30, called Affordable Connectivity Program or ACP.

This program is federally funded to help low-income households who receive at least one federal-assistance benefit such as Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grant, SSI, HUD or other federal public-housing assistance, veteran’s or survivor’s pension, WIC, federally provided cell phone, free or reduced school meals, or enrollment in a CEP school, or up to a $75 discount if a resident of Hawaiian homestead lands which the government recognizes as tribal lands.

There are other communication companies beside Spectrum that participate in ACP. You need to call your provider to inquire whether or not it participates. For more info on ACP you can go online to where, besides info, you can create a new account and have an application mailed to you. Another email address for questions is: ACPSupport@

If you prefer, you can telephone 877-384-2575. The support center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. EST.

I received an application and mailed it about a week ago. Am waiting patiently for their response.

If you know of anyone who might qualify, who may not read TGI, or even someone who lives elsewhere, please share this info if you think it may benefit them. Good luck to all.

Judy Xenofos, Lihu‘e

Yasuoka’s assessment spot on

The “Other Voices” letter from Robin Yasuoka on May 31 was a breath of fresh air.

I don’t know what pronoun Robin chooses in today’s environment, and have no preference in that regard.

The discussion that Robin presented was perhaps the best overall analysis of our Kaua‘i political/social environment that I have seen in recent years.

Robin clearly addressed that our county government has repeatedly increased the property-tax burden on local residents and business owners.

We have not seen any benefit from those increases, and it is unlikely that more increases to TVR or homestay tax rates will have any effect. The most-current proposed increases are simply a grandstand play by councilmembers with conflicting ties to the real estate business.

If Robin Yasuoka should choose to run for Kaua‘i County office, I would provide my 100% support.

Steve Hansen, Kekaha/Kalaheo

NYC doctors, nurses learn Trancendental Medication to combat burnout

New York City doctors and nurses are being taught Transcendental Meditation (TM) for relieving trauma, burnout and stress from the COVID pandemic, and for saving hospitals money (like preventing health professionals from quitting from being too burned out).

New nurses are getting TM for free.

Studies by Harvard, etc., are being made for this new approach for 1,200 NYC health care professionals, so far, to document TM’s effectiveness at creating a culture of wellness from a culture of burnout.

Already there are over 400 peer-review studies on TM.

The David Lynch Foundation is teaching TM to USA medical physicians and nurses. Medical doctors who got burned out from the COVID pandemic have been rejuvenated by only 20 minutes TM twice a day, on the job, and are organizing expanding TM to hopefully all NYC hospitals along with scrutinizing research to document the effectiveness of TM against stress from COVID overwhelming their hospitals.

TM has “been offered in hospitals and clinics nationally, including most recently at Weill Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, with significant reductions in physician burnout, insomnia and symptoms of post-traumatic stress over a three-month period in those practicing the TM technique,” notes one study.

Dr. Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience and director of the Friedman Brain Institute and dean for academic and scientific affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, says, “I found TM easy to learn and practice, and it provides a wonderful sense of well-being. TM has tremendous potential for health care providers to reduce burnout and increase job satisfaction and productivity.” See

The David Lynch Foundation also teaches TM (Quiet Time) to veterans, entire stressed inner-city schools including teachers, students, special-education students and police forces. TM effortlessly raises GPA, intelligence and IQ scores, as well as improves health and longevity, and overcomes addictions.

Some 20 peer-review studies confirm only 1% of a city practicing TM reduces the violent crime rate in the rest of the city.

Will M. Davis, Lihu‘e

You need a computer to get a KIUC account?

Is it because of the pandemic (COVID) these past couple of years? Is it the reason for someone new applying for electric hook up for the first time needs to apply using a computer? What happens if the person knows nothing of operating a computer? Such as myself!

My understanding is that there is no one in the big KIUC building to assist a computer-illiterate person. What is a person such as that need to do to get their electric power hooked up to their home?

KIUC, please advise!

Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
Source: The Garden Island

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