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Letters for Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Thanks for celebrating nurses

We wanted to thank you for running the Nurses Week insert (TGI May 3, 2020), and add an additional round of thanks from us.

For over 2 years we have been treated with the utmost care, respect and love from the nurses and Staff at the Oncology Dept at Wilcox, and especially by Rene and her excellent group at the Infusion Center. We can’t express how fortunate we are on Kaua’i to have access to the first rate, professional and always friendly experts taking care of so many critically ill kupuna and tourists every day.

Mahalo to Mickey, Darcy, Kathy, Carrie, Christina, Anne, Marlene and Tina – true heroes all!

Lucy Dickson and J.C. Crouch, Lihue

Great service with a masked smile

ONLY ON KAUAI. I recently purchased a car from a private party and filled out the paperwork supplied by First Hawaiian Bank to have the title transferred to me, the vehicle registered, and mailed the request to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Lihue. While in Lihue I received a cell call and pulled over into a parking lot to safely reply and a extremely nice female from the DMV advised me that I had not provided a check for the processing.

The clerk instructed me to drive to the DMV where she would meet me by the sidewalk near the entrance and with me in my vehicle and the employee on the opposite side of the vehicle the exchange took place. Good public service with a masked smile!

John Armour, Princeville

COVID-19 memory lane

What worked? Certainly the drastic steps taken in early March were successful in not just limited the virus but apparently eliminating it from Kauai. Initially little was known about the virus and their was a lot of fear, notwithstanding the WHO at one point telling the world that the virus could not be transmitted human-to-human.

Today, however, we are much wiser. For example, we know that the aged with underlying condition are the most at risk and thus taking extreme measures to protect nursing homes and assisted living facility are paramount. A large percentage of deaths not just in NY but around the country occurred in these facilities. Based on antibody testing which have shown a large number of asymptomatic cases,we now know that the actual death rate is closer to 0.1 to 0.3 percent, still serious but not so scary. And we also know that being outdoors, without a mask while social distancing is safe, unless of course an infected person sneezes in your face.

Given the advantage of hindsight we now know that many of the measures taken to control the virus, and which have caused sever economic damage to our economy, businesses and many individuals, were not necessary. We know, for example, that not only were our health care facilities not overwhelmed but that emergency room admittance’s were down over one-third in March and over one-half in April; traffic accidents were down 57%, etc. It is now clear, with the advantage of hindsight, that the restrictions initially put in place were overboard. Going forward the goal should not be to keep Kauai COVID-19 free but rather to take a reasoned and measured approach which restricts the virus while at the same time returns many of our freedoms. For example, any new cases should be vigorously followed up with quarantines and robust contact tracing. Clearly on Kauai such a reasoned and measured approach is coming too slow given what we now know. Some of the resent lifting of restrictions should have taken place weeks ago. Should a few cases show up on the island in the future we do not need to go back to a total lock down. The rest of the world is not taking that approach and to do so will ultimately destroy life as we know it.

Michael Zieman, Kapaa

Now’s the time to stop littering

Soon our fast food eateries will be in full swing with take out orders. Especially when we start to have visitors from around the world visiting Kauai, again. Since Covid-19 our highways have look somewhat cleaner. Is it because of less people on the highways? Since the stay home order/lockdown.

My point is, “will we start seeing trash such as reusable bags, paper cups, cans(beer and soda), etc. on the highways?” And will be seeing vehicle left on the side of the roads?

Don’t let the Garden Island be known as the “Garbbage Island!”

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

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