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Letters for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Many questions about lockdown unanswered

Can someone please tell me why the island is in shutdown mode?

Why are we required to wear masks?

Why we need to exercise social distancing?

Why there are limits to how many people can be in a store?

Why do signs say “stay safe, stay home?”

Why do radio announcements encourage us to “rat” on anyone not following these guidelines?

Why do tourists have to quarantine for 14 days after arriving on the island?

No one has yet to give me a reasonable answer to any of these questions except for “it’s the rules.” Well, that’s not good enough for me. Are any of these mandates constitutional? No.

It’s too warm for a virus to survive. There haven’t been any active cases on the island for weeks. And even if there were, what would it matter? It’s a virus, and we have lived with viruses since the beginning of mankind. Yes, some are more dangerous than others. But we’ve never shut down the world because of it.

Is the new precedent going to be that all travelers have to undergo a rigorous medical examination before they can go anywhere? Or be vaccinated? Many people are opposed to vaccinations. Does that mean they will not be able to travel?

People are acting like the “government” knows what’s best for them. What is best for me is to go back to work. Our elected officials are supposed to serve us, not lord over us. Remember that, Kaua‘i, when you go to the polls.

Janet Eisenbach, Kilauea

Wearing masks not necessary now

There is currently zero COVID-19 on Kaua‘i at this time. Tourists and returning residents are being strictly quarantined, and any visitor breaking quarantine is arrested and escorted to the airport.

Why, then, must we all continue to wear masks?

Surely, the moment an infected visitor or returning resident is discovered, The Garden Island will make such a fact a headline story and everyone can put their masks back on.

Persons with compromised immune systems certainly should contiue to remain in their homes, as well as poeple they live with. Likewise, those quarantined must remainin in lodgings. However, those of us without those restrictions should not be locked down, but should maintain social distancing.

It’s called freedom.

Sincerely.

Dorthy Kulik, Lihu‘e
Source: The Garden Island

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