Letters for Monday, July 20, 2020

Computer illiterate at a disadvantage

This is really discerning, unfair, not good, and very discriminating.

Everything you want to do nowadays must be done “ONLINE.” Really? Why? What’s wrong with the ways we used to do them before? Response: things, time changes, and advancements could be some of the reasons for the “Online” thing.

What about people like me, or those like me who do not know how to use a computer? Answer, learn or go to school, or ask a family member. Better yet, ask your grandchildren. Have people realized that people our age can easily and are susceptible to forget, and that or retentions aren’t probably that great? Have they ever thought that sometimes asking a family could be an imposition, too busy now, maybe later?

To name a couple of things. You want to register your car at the DMV, you must do it online. You want to see the USS Arizona, you must make reservations online. You want to sign up for unemployment benefits, you must do it online. Everything nowadays is done online. Went to Kaua‘i Community College and had to write an essay, and that, too, had to be online. Couldn’t just pen it in.

Come on people, have pity on us. Be sensible and reasonable. Think of ways to help us, especially me, who really don’t know how to use a computer.

Again, at this point, I don’t feel too good about everything must be done online.

Ray Domingo, Lihu‘e

Teacher terrified about plan to reopen schools

We are scheduled to see students in person in three weeks. I am terrified. In the news yesterday, 7/13, a single person was responsible for at least 44 new infections on O‘ahu. There is a great risk when opening schools, that COVID-19 will spread like wildfire.

Some districts have a fully-thought-out plan to phase into face-to-face.

Phase 1) Virtual setting until a threshold of COVID-19 cases is met (minimum 30 days);

Phase 2) Hybrid setting until a higher threshold of cases met (minimum 30 days);

Phace 3) Return to full classes.

Kids returning to school affects the entire community. There are other people at the school. Teachers, custodians, support staff, administration. The economy can’t recover if we keep spreading the virus. We love your children. We want them to be safe. We can’t do that if we don’t feel safe ourselves.

Jen Lum, Pearl City High School

Enjoys newspaper’s local columns

During this time of COVID-19 news it is nice to read something informative that is unrelated to the worries around us.

Terry Lilley’s column presents information about the amazing life that flourishes in the ocean. After reading his column on Sunday I went online to visit his website. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful videos. Thank you, Terry. The other column that I enjoy is “Island History” by Hank Soboleski. This column provides a local-history narrative. I have learned much from reading about the events that have influenced the island. Thank you, Hank.

Holly Harris, Lihu‘e

  1. Jake July 20, 2020 1:47 am Reply

    Ray, you sound like a 70 year old car driver that was just pulled over for not passing in the left lane: “But Officer, when I got my license at 16 years old, that law was not in effect”.

    I know, it is 2020…..personal accountability and responsibility is an anachronism. I’ll break it down for you….it is more efficient, takes less time, less driving, less people on the road, no standing in line, saving paper, cheaper,…….doing everything in the convenience of your own home. It did not happen overnight. You are the product of your own choices.

  2. rk669 July 20, 2020 6:39 am Reply

    Online for Everything? That is so they are able to Track you and spy on you! Govt. Surveillance?
    Bank Cards serve the same Purpose!

  3. Paulo July 20, 2020 9:12 am Reply

    Those Terry Lilley columns are terrific.

    1. contrail soup August 4, 2020 12:00 pm Reply

      Well, dont ask Terry about his stance on “contrails”….you dont have to: here is his opinion:
      (his email provided on 8/26/2015:)
      “Chemtrails over Kapaa schools today. There were three large military aircraft spraying brownish colored chemicals right above the town about 1000 foot elevation. directly over two schools with kids playing outside. The spraying happened from 12:20 to 1:00 this afternoon. I only got a picture of the last of the three planes which was the smallest. Anyone else get any better pics or movies? The first plane went directly over my van on Kuhio Hyw (sp) and you could easily see the chemicals being sprayed out of the tube!!
      A picture of a Navy P-3 included with the above email ( not included). You can assume Mr Lilly’s rantings have zero effect on me, for sure. Capt. Bruce Hay (previous PRMF CO), when asked, identified the “plane”. ” The aircraft is a P-3C Orion based on Oahu at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (formerly known as Kaneohe Bay MCAS). It is attached to Patrol Wing 2. When they are over here they sometimes conduct instrument approach training at Lihue. We do not have all the modes that the P-3 is capable of using. The aircraft is old, and the engines smoke. There are many reasons they are rapidly being replaced by the Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

      The stinger on the back of the aircraft is called a magnetic anomaly detector boom. It is solid with no fluid or exhaust capability. It is hard to tell from the photo but my guess is that the crew was doing multiple approaches. In the pattern, air traffic control directs their flight path and if they were indeed over Kapa’a, it was a sequencing spacer for either inbound or outbound traffic.
      Because I do not trust that Mr.Lilley is an “expert” in anything, I choose to skip his reef “travelogs”. There are many experts that provide accurate and relevant Kauai reef information and status reports.

  4. Kauaidoug July 20, 2020 11:15 am Reply

    Keep those articles coming , Mr. Lilley. Most people don’t bother to post so thank you. You are appreciated.

  5. Citizen Cane July 20, 2020 11:33 am Reply

    I have to say, as to Mr Domingo’s letter, that even before virus constraints there has been a rush—you might say a mad dash—toward “on-lining” and away from former methodologies and platforms. It is a bit maddeningly short-sighted of those, generally younger, to hop on the next fast commuter and watch as the doors close leaving the older folks standing at the station. I would say you snub the wisdom and respect of your elders at your own peril. Witness so many youngsters with heads down, eyes locked onto some virtual conundrum while the world, the real world, passes them by.

  6. Caroline Curran July 20, 2020 9:24 pm Reply

    To the older person who said he was computer illiterate. Don’t sell yourself short. Myself and my husband are in our early 70’s and we not only do everything on line but are gamer’s as well. I have played some of the toughest computer games out there such as Horizon Zero Dawn and The Witcher. Your kids or grand kids would probably get a kick out of helping you learn. They have also done studies showing that computer use, especially gaming is really good for older brains. So while we all social distance, and family has time to help you, this is a great time to learn new skills.
    Give it a go, you might find it a lot of fun.

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