Letters for Tuesday, May 19, 2020

I want a haircut

Let barbers and stylists reopen. In their training they learn the importance of sanitation and adding on the use of masks and gloves would be an easy fit. Of course clients would wear masks also. Clients are usually by appointment, so it would be easy to keep the numbers small and the spacing safe.

Reopen, I want a haircut.

Mark Perry, Lihue

My Two Cents

The totalitarian response to covid was understandable in the beginning when nobody knew much about this virus. Now, a few months later not so much. Whether you think this was bioengineered in Wuhan or came from bat soup doesnt really matter. What matters is the solution, if there is one. We will see in a few months when death rates in Sweden are calculated whether or not the draconian measures by governments worldwide were effective or a useless fear mongering social experiment.

Is “herd immunity” as advocated by some reputable epidemiologists the solution? Nobody seems to know whether exposure creates immunity or, if so, how long it lasts. What we do know is that the vast number of folks who test poitive dont die from this virus. From what I’m reading the tests are not reliable with a high percentage of false negatives. So without accurate testing whats the point of testing everyone? Masks? I dont like breathing in my own carbon dioxide nor being required to wear one in public especially on a plane. Vacinations? It’s pretty well established that these viruses mutate rapidly so a vacination may or may not work. Personally, never had a flu shot and never will. Equally problematic is the censorship on social media of anyone who has an opposing view to WHO or CDC. Censoring free speech? Really? This is scary. I hope when tallying the box score the increased suicides, child abuse,etc from worldwide lockdowns are included in the total. Not to mention the 400k folks who die from mistakes in hospitals or 500k from cigarettes or 100 k or so from alcohol.

On a more positive note the lack of traffic has been wonderful and it’s long overdue for the council to limit the number of cars on this island, something that has worked well in other places such as Burmuda and is a growing trend worldwide. Also long overdue is a serious effort to diversify our economy. The most obvious solutions are agriculture and rebuilding our infrastruture. Hemp for food and fiber could create plenty of jobs on westside and remediate the soil poisoned by Syngenta and others. The entire country of Bhutan has gone organic. Why not here? Kauai used to export oranges to mainland. Why not do it again but organically along with other crops? You get the point. But I guess Grove farms will have to be convinced of this as they seem to run the show here.

Every unemployed able bodied person could be immediately put to work here and nationwide fixing our dilapidated roads and bridges. It seems more wise to me to stop handing out trillons and put folks to work helping both them and the government tax coffers. I wrote a letter awhile back to the editor which was not printed but got a response that said “moderate your views”. Really? Are these words and ideas so radical they cannot be accepted in this new normal? That is really scary!. But, those who control the media control the lies.

Michael Wells, Moloaa

  1. nothings free May 19, 2020 4:34 am Reply

    Very good letter Michael! Thank you! In addition, a new study just came out confirming that those who had the SARS flu several years ago developed antibodies that work against the Corona Virus and makes them immune. What does that tell you about the lockdown? There will be more people who come down with the Corona virus in the future than there would have been if we had just gone about our lives, individually worked to protect ourselves, and had kept our economy on the amazing journey it was on thanks to our President! Instead of 40% unemployment that we have now on Kauai we would be at 3% or less! The only thing the lockdown and choice to destroy our economy did was delay the population from developing a herd immunity to the virus, allow the virus to run away into the night on it’s own until we develop a vaccine that works, and give the Democrats something to bitch and moan about until November! All of this begs the question. Who did this economic destruction and shut down benefit the most? Will the faltering economy really help the Democrats gain power in November? The answer is No. All this has done is reveal Demonrats to be the fake Politicians they actually are. They give us big campaign promises every year and end up accomplishing almost none of them while getting rich and living like Kings. Think Warren, Pelosi, Schumer, the Clintons, Obama, Biden, Biden’s son, and so many more Democrats who have multiple mansions, net worth’s in the millions, and free money from the taxpayers for life! You’ve been scammed by your dear leaders Democrats! Benevolent “free” stuff closet Socialists, masquerading as our saviors from Trump. All done in order to gain power and wealth for themselves at the people’s expense. They have no workable plans to really make a difference for any of us who work and create to achieve the American dream! It’s only their dream that matters to them! They and their propaganda media have convinced everyone they can to “hate Trump” at all costs! It’s all they’ve got to run on as they dangle the false hope of “free” stuff Socialism to get votes from the unaware, stupid, and equally evil sheep who believe “free” stuff actually exists. Does anyone actually believe that “free” stuff will be good for you in the long run if you receive it! Fools!

    1. Pete Antonson May 19, 2020 2:44 pm Reply

      Pray tell, what are YOU doing with your “free stuff” stimulus check? Donating it to charity? Yeah….Right!

  2. Mary Pickford May 19, 2020 6:49 am Reply

    Michael wells likes the thought of the brown people working hard on the fields and the roads while he pontificates. Tell ya what, Michael darling. Why don’t you get out there in the fields and the roads first. Set a good example. Walk your talk. But oh no. Transplants love to tell us what to do. It’s why we are in the situation we are today. because we listened to all of this. We didn’t value our own talents creativity and abilities. People like Michael only see Kauai’s vast brown skinned population as people who should be doing stoop-over work. Maybe we would rather sit in an air conditioned office instead, with our degrees and do office work. Michael. You first, Michael. We will follow you.

    As for the person that needs a haircut. you have a bathroom mirror and a pair of scissors. you are a man. How hard can it be? In the old days here, no one went to a hair salon or a barber shop unless they had money. Everyone did their own hair. Our uncles cut all the guys hair with bowls, and just cut around. The women in the family cut their men’s hair. The women dyed each others hair, and styled it too. There were no salons or barber shops open after Iniki hit. no one complained like all of you people are complaining about salons and restaurants. Its ridiculous. We didn’t have any stimulus packages then either. In fact, most of the insurance companies defaulted and refused to make good on claims. So what the heck is it with everyone? Back then we just helped each other out. We survived. There were no tourists either. Plus we had no Costco, home depot, or many of the other amenities we have today here. Staying home with a stocked refrigerator, tv, internet with cable air conditioning, all the comforts of home. We had no homes. They were either damaged or destroyed. We had no roads for a time either, and no electricity. So stop with the ludicrous whining. Its just coming from people who have never experienced any disruptions in their lives before, and are mostly privileged people who think they matter more than anyone else. Kauai people understand what is going on and are fart more intelligent than these newcomers who seem to be completely brain dead.

    Why should minimum wage earners have to go out and put thier health at risk so you can breathe all over them? Why? Not one person can answeer me that fact. It seems like none of you even care that poeple are dead. None. You brush off the deaths like they are nothing.

    The next pandemic may hit healthy poeple, while old poep;le don’t get it. Can’t wait to see the switcheroo then. You would all be screaming for everything to close for sure.

    I have a very successful niece that runs one of the best hair salons on Kauai. She is a compromised person. There is no way she is going to open up her salon to trim your beard. How can she do that without you wearing a mask? You would have to breathe all over her? She could dress like a surgeon I guess and wear a face shield. But why compromise her health?

    I am not willing for my niece to get sick because you can’t find anyone in your life to help you cut your hair. Maybe work on relationships more, and you won’t have these problems. If cutting your hair is more important than the health of my friends and family frankly you can grow hair down to your ankles for all I care. Stop being so helpless. We are all not here to serve you.

    Get a grip.

    1. Everythingisawesome May 19, 2020 2:32 pm Reply

      She seems nice.

  3. Alfred Sarmento May 19, 2020 7:11 am Reply

    Aloha Mr. Wells. You and I are most likely from opposite ends of the political spectrum here on Kauai, but I’m glad that you see the same ridiculous excesses that covid has brought about. Your statements on the lack of scientific evidence used to make decisions is right on, as is your observation that the media is now a corporate behemoth that broaches no dissent. As a resident of Kekaha, where many of my neighbors benefit from the jobs at Syngenta and other seed companies, I do not share your antipathy against them. However, your stating that hemp, oranges and other crops could help diversify the Kauai economy is very true. I most appreciate your observation that our diminished freedoms is scary. Frankly this slide into a fanatical insistence that only one point of view is tolerable shows how far, we, as a people, have allowed this slouching towards fascism that is evident in both political parties here in Hawaii. Keep the faith, God bless, Alfred Sarmento – Kekaha

  4. Debra Kekaualua May 19, 2020 7:28 am Reply

    The Last two sentences from a great author, Mr. Wells is on-point! Dozens of unpublished truths have been dismissed so often, that FB jail and TGI jail is the ol boy normal as is often described in the “guest” publishing. Ex-politicians who think they know best!

  5. Everythingisawesome May 19, 2020 7:39 am Reply

    You seem rational. That’s probably what they wanted you to ‘moderate’. Rational thoughts don’t go over well on this island. In the future, throw in a few ‘stolen mailbox’ references or a ‘Two minutes hate’ on the tourists and you will be golden.

  6. truth be known May 19, 2020 12:17 pm Reply

    “moderate your views”? Talk about censorship and control. At least the editor “allowed” your latest effort to be published which, by the way, in my opinion, was spot on and represents the views of an ever increasing number of intelligent readers.

  7. Pete Antonson May 19, 2020 2:41 pm Reply

    Selfishness is always ugliest when it’s on public display – like on this page!

  8. nothings free May 19, 2020 4:21 pm Reply

    It seems that Mary Pickford, (not), is living in a boring environment ensconced in a dream world of bubbles and pixies. Free stuff is good, my daughter is highly successful hair dresser on Kauai, raise the minimum wage so business will fire everyone and use robots? Excuse us Mary, but Mr. Wells has a firm grip on reality! Something you liberal Democrat/Socialist idiots wouldn’t understand.

  9. james May 20, 2020 7:41 am Reply

    “We will see in a few months when death rates in Sweden are calculated whether or not the draconian measures by governments worldwide were effective or a useless fear mongering social experiment.”
    Well, Sweden now has the highest death rate per capital in the world. I guess we found out.

    1. It matters May 20, 2020 3:40 pm Reply

      per capita

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