Letters for Friday, June 3, 2020

Why no ATM at the DMV?

These days most people use a debit or credit card to shop and pay for their purchase online or at shopping malls, and stores, etc.

My point is that when going to the DMV? Driver’s License Renewal. We have to pay for the fees with cash. With that said and what’s mentioned above, “why isn’t there an ATM Machine inside/ outside of the building?”

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Mahalo to the crew in Hanapepe

Because there is so much contention and complaining in the air, we decided it was time for some aloha, by sending kudos to the crew that maintains the levee on the Hanapepe River. It is a never-ending task, and their efforts result in the levee and surroundings being park-like, peaceful and beautiful. Together with the adjacent Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, the levee area is one of the most attractive and enjoyable spots on the island. Mahalo nui, fellows; keep up the good work.

Ken and Jan Brookshier, Hanapepe

Reopening Hawaii no easy task

It is obvious that opening Hawaii to the rest of the world is not easily done. In addition to the entrance testing (one, two or several), how does the State protect itself and it’s precious commodity, Hawaii residents?

What’s wrong with Hawaii doing what the EU has done, allow travel from only those countries who have shown a dramatic improvement in their infection rate. (The full list countries whose residents are now allowed entry to the EU is as follows: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China.)

Notice that US citizens are not allowed entry into the EU at present. Why shouldn’t Hawaii adopt the same list of those banned, (Brazil, Russia and India) and add to that list, Mainland US? It’s painful, but yet another necessary step to put in place in order to protect Hawaii.

Michael Diamant, Koloa

11 Comments
  1. Jake July 3, 2020 6:02 am Reply

    Can’t be done because it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.


  2. DREW CORNISH July 3, 2020 6:31 am Reply

    Aloha, from the mainland, Seattle WA. I have been visiting Kauai since 95, and read this newspaper everyday. I treasure your home, and am grateful that I have been able to visit for so many years. In regards to the EU, and our POTUS, we are now 1 of 3 countries banned from international travel to the EU. How is this possible? We were once one of the most advanced countries in the world, and now we are one of the most backward, undesirable, contagious, countries in the world, because of failed recognition of the world wide pandemic. November will be too late to save us,
    Drew Cornish SEATTLE WA


  3. manawai July 3, 2020 7:38 am Reply

    So sorry, Howard. May we place an ATM right outside your front door so you won’t be so inconvenienced?


    1. Howard Tolbe July 4, 2020 9:42 pm Reply

      manawai, “that’s a stupid respond to my letter.” They (Driver’s license Department) don”t tell anyone that paymen/fee is cash only. So to place a ATM machine in/out would be convenient to get the cash one need to pay for the fee.


  4. ruthann jones July 3, 2020 8:13 am Reply

    Michael, right on!


  5. Reality Bites July 3, 2020 4:28 pm Reply

    “The CDC estimates the death rate from COVID-19 for those under 50 is 1 in 5,000 for those with symptoms, which would be 1 in 6,725 overall, but again, almost all those who die have specific comorbidities or underlying conditions. Those without them are more likely to die in a car accident. And schoolchildren, whose lives, mental health, and education we are destroying, are more likely to get struck by lightning.” Stop the madness!


    1. Really bit July 5, 2020 2:37 am Reply

      *Citation needed


      1. Reality Bites July 9, 2020 3:32 pm Reply

        Ah, ….the “CDC”


    2. Pete Antonson July 6, 2020 6:00 am Reply

      Unfortunately for you, your whole narrative is falling apart now in States like Texas, Florida, and Georgia and more that are on their way!
      So why not put your name out there so we know who can’t make sacrifices for our Grandparent’s well being?


      1. Reality Bites July 9, 2020 3:35 pm Reply

        Those over 50, in poor health, weak immune system, obese, …..including grandparents…..will stay home.

        All the other people will go about their normal lives, go to school, and go to work…..for now. Stop the madness!


  6. Craig Millett July 4, 2020 7:38 am Reply

    Thank you Michael Diamant for giving the only sane plan for a new start for welcoming visitors to Kauai. I would also add that we need much better pay for the local people who do the essential work to have visitors to Kauai.
    We must end “profits over people” forever.


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