Remove Union Jack from Hawai‘i flag
Now that Mississippi has removed the confederate emblem for their flag, it is time for Hawai‘i to remove the Union Jack from its state flag. Nothing smacks of the imperial colonial history of these islands than the Union Jack.
King Kamehameha III set the number of stripes on the national flag at eight, corresponding to the major islands. But I submit the red, white and blue are the wrong colors. We should keep the eight stripes and utilize the rainbow flag as our state symbol.
The rainbow flag signifies inclusiveness, the eight stripes representing the major islands, the rainbow has long been a symbol of our islands, and it removes the terrible wrong that occurred in our long history.
Richard Robinson, Koloa
Workers in businesses must wear masks
I took my bicycle in to Kaua‘i Cycle in Kapa‘a this week for maintenance.
Upon entering the business, I was greeted by a young, maskless employee. I immediately asked him if he had a mask he could put on “for me.”
His nonchalant reply was, “No, I do not. How can I help you?” I paused for a moment to absorb his reply and, not taking the time (regretfully) to further engage this individual, I made a poor choice and stayed, although I stood well back and continued on with the discussion on my bike repair.
Needless to say, I was shocked at his casual and inconsiderate attitude for obvious reasons. Whether due to his political viewpoint, ignorance or just plain laziness (only assumptions on my part), he and the shop owner need to step up and respect others, especially the people who come through the door to support that business.
There are other bike-repair shops on island that are just as good. After supporting this business for 13 years, I won’t be back again.
Please, people everywhere, this is not a conspiracy to control anyone. This is plain and simple public health and consideration for others. Kinda like wearing a seat belt while driving, but not as uncomfortable.
Even if YOU find it an inconvenience, think about doing it for someone else. Thanks to our mayor, the public in general and the spirit of aloha, we are in one of the safest places on the planet. I vote that we all do our small part to keep it that way.
And, I may be unrealistic, but I expect this man to be wearing a mask FOR MY PROTECTION next time I come to get my bicycle.
John Oszust, Princeville