No one needs to hoard
When some people hoard, shelves go empty and other people go without. When people go without they are apt to get desperate. Desperate people might make trouble that nobody needs. It all starts with some people who hoard.
While it’s good to be prepared, there is no need for panic shopping. Supply chains are open and normal. No one needs to go without. No one needs to hoard. Chill.
We could be in this for the long haul — measured in months. What a wonderful opportunity, during this time, to reflect on becoming self-sufficient, as individuals and families, and therefore as a community.
Richard Morse, Kilauea
At minimum, require 14-day self-isolation
Communities around the United States are implementing shelter-in-place orders. This includes the Bay Area, where I have family and friends. New York City is contemplating a similar order for its roughly 8.5-million citizens. Meanwhile, people in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and New York City can jump on an airplane and travel to Hawai‘i, where we welcome them with open arms to blithely cavort around our wonderful islands with no restrictions. Am I the only one who sees the absurdity in this practice? This seems to be a case of huge government malfeasance at all levels. I ask our government to please make the necessary changes before it is too late. At a minimum all passengers, including returning residents, should be subject to a 14-day, self-isolation period.
You may say: “That will kill our economy.” Well, it will be much worse when we have to do this later at a greater monetary cost. But, more importantly, our population now has a greater health risk, especially our treasured kupuna. Please act now to save us all from the misery of an active and accelerating COVID-19 virus infestation.
Roger McGowan, Princeville
Lack of response from multi-billionaires deafening
With all the news about the hundreds of billions the government is preparing to spend to assist displaced workers in this time of crisis, the lack of any response by the this countries multi billionaires has been deafening.
Jeff Bezos of Amazon is worth an estimated $124 billion. His business is booming (so much so that he needs 100,000 new employees), and his wealth will only grow. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has an estimated wealth of over $75 billion.
Zuckerberg spent millions to purchase hundreds of acres of land on Kaua‘i, and multi millions more to build a gated, private “compound.”
He could well afford to help his adopted home. Assuming that half the population of Kaua‘i (35,000 people, hopefully not that many) lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 shutdowns of the tourist and restaurant industries, he could easily afford to offer each, say, $500. That would be $17.5 million, or 2.3% of his wealth. He has spent more on building his house here on the island. Plus, by setting this up as a charitable foundation, he would be able to write it off of his income taxes to boot.
While the president’s plans to help are laudable, and necessary, in the end it is still our tax money being used. These billionaires are more than willing to squander their wealth on $50 million yachts, massive homes and private islands. The time has come for them to give back to the people that made them wealthy in the first place.
As for those of us lucky enough to retain our jobs, we can help in our own small ways. Give to the food banks, as they are sure to be overwhelmed with added needs. Donate food or money to the Kaua‘i Humane Society’s pet food bank program to help those affected properly feed and care for their pets.
We are all ‘ohana here on Kaua‘i, and we will overcome this if we all stick together and help one another. We will all be better for the extra effort and our island will be stronger together.
Barry Dittler, Wailua
Enoka funeral Mass canceled
On behalf of the family and friends of Bill Enoka, we want to thank so many people and organizations who have offered us thoughts, prayers and memories of such a great man.
Bill was a captain with Kaua‘i Fire Department and a lieutenant colonel with the Civil Air Patrol.
He was a man who would put the safety of others before himself. In light of the recent events in regard to Covid-19, we are certain that Bill would not want to put anyone in a potentially dangerous situation. And so, to honor Bill, we are canceling his funeral Mass and we ask that each of you honor him by being safe. Keeping people safe was, after all his life-long passion.
Sympathy and offerings of condolences can be sent to: 5135 Hekili Rd., Kapa‘a, HI 96746
With love and God’s blessings,
The Enoka family, Kapa‘a