Letter for Saturday, June 27, 2020

Orange jump suits would easily identify those in quarantine

Give orange jump suits to wear for two weeks for those in quarantine.

The guy who should have been in quarantine but was found floating in the ocean? Oh my. You just can’t make that up.

But it screams this to me: the quarantine rules, as they are now, have no teeth. It’s a joke. Tourists are coming here and putting local families’ lives at risk.

Seriously. Take away their clothes for two weeks, and return them once the two-week period is over. If anyone sees them out in public trying to buy or steal plain clothes, call 911.

And as they can still get a friend to bring them other clothes, also put an ankle tracker on them. Just to be sure they know we mean business.

Howard Johnson, Kapa‘a

  1. RG DeSoto June 27, 2020 7:21 am Reply

    Hey Howard…how about some Star of David type badges too…as long as you’re heading down the rabbit’s hole to fascist land.
    RG DeSoto

  2. Rick June 27, 2020 10:22 am Reply

    This has got to be one of the dumbest letters I’ve read. Ever. Your comments would fit in just fine with all the brainwashed people living in Nazi Germany. You sound like one of the “good citizens”

    1. Jon June 27, 2020 10:41 am Reply

      Cases do not equate to deaths. More cases +less deaths = good news. very low death rate. Your talking about taking away peoples clothes, making them wear orange jumpsuits, and making them wear an ankle bracelet. Basically treating all incoming people like CRIMINALS. Not sure why people would even want to come here… Not the Aloha spirit I grew up loving (even though I am white) I have been blessed to experience true Aloha. Most people lately claim to have Aloha but its all conditional. The second you question anything or have a different opinion or not wear a mask your the enemy. This is not Aloha. Sad to think places like Idaho get more Aloha than Kauai. Its no wonder there are so many Hawaiians living in Idaho. Goodbye Kauai, its been a good season.

      1. manongindasgadow0711 June 27, 2020 8:13 pm Reply

        I lived in Idaho once for ten years. People there are nice indeed!
        But now I’m home want to live and die old age.(I’m now 66 years old) Not because of stupid people who don’t follow the rules to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

      2. Ricardo June 28, 2020 2:13 pm Reply

        Jon, I’m a returning resident who recently passed thru Lihue Airport, currently healthy in quarantine. Observations for you: the Airport appears to be operating under martial law with the National Guard in control and KPD in attendance. These forces are each significantly armed with weapons likely ineffective against the Covid-19 enemy. Your temperature is taken first, then arriving passengers move past a series of tables set up for exchange of information. The mood is businesslike and helpful, but the Aloha spirit is NOT present. The proceedings are clearly compulsory. Your cell phone is tested and called. There is a two-page “contract” you are asked to sign, you may not have time to read it. You are not given a copy of the signed document. You are given opportunities to ask questions and are given information about the quarantine. The experience is not totally unpleasant, yet with freedom of choice, you would likely choose to go elsewhere. Whoever designed this arrival experience did not get up on the Aloha side of the bed. To exit the airport you have to pass thru an additional barricade staffed by an oversize force of armed National Guard. Welcome to Kauai!!

    2. Mark June 29, 2020 9:33 am Reply

      I agree, Rick!

  3. Mike, from anini June 27, 2020 1:15 pm Reply

    It doesn’t have to be a jumpsuit, too expensieve.

    But why not issue a tourist-specific mask at Lihue airport. A special or unique color / pattern so everyone knows we’ve got a mainlander about , and one who has successfully passed quarantine. That way when you see it, you know you are safe from the COVID, and you know it’s a tourist. Charge the tourist some nominal fee for the mask, like $50 each, for the health care services to help da locals. Win- win – win.

  4. Norbert Woods M.D. June 27, 2020 4:29 pm Reply

    Howard..What a horrid letter. Kauaians are treated in the other 49 states with Aloha and respect, and have been for many decades. And you want to put us in prison orange jumpsuits and ankle bracelets for visiting the land of , in the past, Aloha ? How about if we just show a negative virus test or positive antibodies.

  5. JAYBIRD June 29, 2020 7:41 am Reply

    Hey Howard,

    I have hundreds of shirts, suits, pants, shorts. Where will everything be stored? Who will be responsible if something is missing when I return to Kauai from Europe with a virus? How many orange suits will be issued? I cannot wear the same outfit for 14 days. Did you think this plan through?

    Another lame liberal lunatic plan. If this is a joke, you got me!

  6. Julie June 29, 2020 3:50 pm Reply

    What a truly offensive point of view. I’ve been coming to Kauai since the early 80’s and have always respected and loved the island and it’s residents. This increasingly hostile, anti-Aloha, anti-anyone ‘not from here’ movement is palpable. Kauai needs to put in place responsible screening policies to help ensure everyone’s safety, locals and visitors. People have choices and nobody wants to visit a place where they are subjected to this kind of hateful bias.

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