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Letters for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Take-a-number would serve all

We here on Kauai go thru many stress with the Covid 19 rules. Also, going to a store,etc. is stressful. Especially standing in lines to enter the store to shop. But I would guess that is all part of our new life here on Kauai (actually all over the world) with this pandemic (Covid-19).

Then to add salt to the wound, we have to go online to make an appointment with the DMV & Driver license to get them(dr.lic. & veh. regist.) renewed. Some are computer illiterate, including myself. Then we have to take another day to actually get it done. All of this takes time from our busy schedule. Why can’t the departments(DMV&Dr.Lic.)since it’s protected by glass (well, DMV section isn’t. But could be easily installed with plaxiglass at each teller). place the number machine outside the door? And everyone could take a number, wait outside until their number is called.A worker can be the DMV and Driver License crier and call out the number(s). Could let 10 people each for both department in and keep social distance.

Hopefully Mayor Kawakami read this letter and put what I suggest above in action,

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Small business COVID-19 victims

I love the island of Kauai. We have been coming to the islands on and off for 40 years. I have been reading all the news about restrictions, quarantines, etc. I think we have been forgetting to ask one crucial question. Who benefits the most from the economy being shut down after the curve is flattened and small businesses go under? Who benefits the most from small businesses closing? Are there investors waiting like vultures trying to snatch a cheap meal? Walmart is still open and so is Costco. Do they benefit from the local small market going out of business?


Marcy Ross, Louisiana

  1. nothings free May 26, 2020 4:43 am Reply

    Thank you Marcy! A very poignant and thought provoking letter! You left out one group who feels they will profit greatly by destroying the American economy before November. Democrat Politicians.

  2. Mama Mia May 26, 2020 5:48 am Reply

    Marcy Ross your state has had 2,500 deaths and almost 40,000 cases of covid. That is 2,500 of your fellow Louisianans that are not alive today to tell you what a foolish statement your comment is. So I will do it for them. Stay in your own state, and do not bring covid to ours, and mind your own business. Mahalo.

  3. nobody May 26, 2020 8:49 am Reply

    Marcy, it’s simple.
    People with passive income and public assistance get to enjoy paradise without the bother of miscellaneous people, tourists, etc. crowding “their” space.
    The rest of us will need to pack up and leave or live in near poverty.

  4. Uncleaina May 26, 2020 9:21 am Reply

    Gee Marcy – thanks but why are you worried about Kauai? We’re fine. We don’t hate on Costco and Walmart- our friends work there. The small businesses are reopening. There was no conspiracy against them or anyone else. It’s a legit pandemic Marcy. 100,000 Americans have died. We’re all set here on Kauai and there’s no real reason to write all the way from Louisiana. We sure have gotten a lot of letters from tourists telling us what we should do. Sounds like they’re going “call the manager”!

  5. Paulo May 26, 2020 10:44 am Reply

    The local markets have been open and were never shut for the coronavirus. Your premise that there is some conspiracy to take over the small markets by Costco, Walmart or some other large entity is odd.

    The island is no longer shut down as various businesses are beginning to open. As far as who benefited when the island was shut down? That would the entire of island of Kauai which had the lowest number of cases and no deaths. No one says it was easy, but it worked. And for that we can thank our Mayor Kawakami.

  6. Dean May 26, 2020 1:33 pm Reply

    I would hope reliable fast covid-19 testing before boarding a plane for anyone coming to the islands happens in the (hopefully near) future so quarantining isn’t necessary. Just my 2 cents. Be safe.

  7. Rick May 26, 2020 4:17 pm Reply

    Lol these people clearly don’t know any small business owners on Kauai. Many small businesses have already gone out of business. Many who are now “allowed” to open back up have tried to open only to realize after a few days that business so effing terrible right now there is no point. Yes there are some small business who have done a great job at building a solid local base but even those businesses have told me things are not looking good. All Marcy was doing was stating the fact that big business does benefit from small business going under…. this is fact. (Maybe not all big business equally) However, if all farmers markets and local grocery stories went out of business Costco would absolutely benefit. Anway, these people have so much trust in our government its ridiculous. Read some history folks. or anything for that matter. Bail the news. Its not keeping you informed.

  8. Charles L. Chimknee May 26, 2020 4:40 pm Reply

    Why mainlanders always think they know what’s best for the Aina? We don’t try tell Louisiana people how to run their show. Maybe try stay in your lane, lady.

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