Styrene is lethal
Did you read in The Garden Island that a thousand people were made ill by a leaking Styrene plant in Southern India? Eleven people died. Styrene is the building block of Styrofoam (polystyrene). When you reheat your Styrofoam containers in the microwave oven, it releases styrene. Styrene is a lethal poison and a known carcinogen. Eleven people died in India for cheap fast food that is killing us also. Let’s go for a Styrofoam-free Kaua‘i!
Gordon LaBedz, Kekaha
Dispose of PPE properly
In private parking lots such as Costco, The Home Depot, Kukui Grove Center, Walmart, etc. (you get the idea), it should be their (big-box store, etc.) to place a disposable trash can every hundred feet for shoppers to dispose the PPEs (personal protective equipment).
Also, shoppers should be more responsible to dispose or hold on to their PPEs until they can rid of it properly.
Come on Kaua‘i. We were doing an excellent job listening to our leaders and the rules that were/are set. Take it a little further: “BE RESPONSIBLE, HOLD ON TO YOUR PPE AND DISPOSE OF THEM PROPERLY!”
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
Kupuna need fresh air, too
An open letter to Mr. Kawakami,
Dear Mr. Mayor. Yesterday, my 89-year-old mom and I were approached by a man in U.S. Army fatigues and told to leave a picnic table at Kukui‘ula (Small Boat) Harbor, where we were sitting, that we are still in lockdown, Mom can’t walk more than 100 feet, as it hurts her. Some people can’t exercise. The retailers are now open, with the roads getting busy with commerce once again, (all that essential shopping at Macy’s), and yet the kupuna are not allowed to sit and enjoy the ocean views. Whats wrong with this picture?
There were also (county) Water Department workers who were clowning around, sitting within an inch of each other, at the main pavilion. We were then informed that it was fine for them to not adhere to social distancing, they could be at the pavilion, as they were essential. WAIT! So they get to have their bromance, but I can’t take out my mom and have her sit at a table outside?
Please rethink your policy on sitting at public picnic tables if there are only two people, practicing social distancing, and elderly, who can’t exercise, but want to get out of the house. Kupuna need their fresh air, too.
Linda Marsh, Kalaheo
The paradox of protesting
Protesting against measures to protect us from the virus is like a drowning man yelling for someone to throw him a bowling ball.
John Patt, Koloa