Reopen churches this weekend
Aloha Lt. Gov. Josh Green.
I want to thank you for allowing us to call and/or text you when you gave your cell number over the radio earlier this month when you were on Kaua‘i’s KKCR radio. The two times I texted you, you were “johnny on the spot” responding. Thank you.
I’m writing to encourage you to do all you can, as I’m sure you are, to allow our churches to reopen this weekend. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but the churches should have never been closed, especially this long.
If Costco is essential, then so is the church. It was a very direct assault on the church, and in my opinion was an assault of the first amendment of the Bill of Rights. If WalMart, Costco, Foodland, Safeway, Times and Big Save grocery stores know how to remain open, following safe, social-distancing measures and regulations, then why not small businesses and churches?
Aren’t they the very same people who performed safe, social-distancing measures and regulations at the aforementioned places of business? Do not these very same people attend churches and synagogues? It didn’t make sense that they could perform the government safety measures at a place of business, but not at a place of worship.
That being said, please do your best to restore people their right to worship God this weekend, while continuing to practice safe measures and regulation regarding COVID-19.
I hope others will do the same in writing to you regarding our churches and synagogues
God bless, and thank you for your service to our state and island of Kaua‘i.
Steve Yoder, Kapa‘a