Life is not without risks
My friend refused to wear a mask at Costco today and they called the police. There isn’t one case of COVID on Kaua‘i. What are we hiding behind our masks from? I don’t know one person who has had COVID or even the regular flu. We are not building up herd immunity. We are just prolonging this surreal scenario indefinitely. I realize some people are waiting for a vaccination, but there are others of us who will not take it.
I know some people who praise our mayor for the job he’s doing — restricting our freedoms and ruining our economy. But not everyone agrees. Many of us are not buying the fear and disinformation the media is spoon-feeding the public. We just don’t speak up because we are tired of being called selfish and being shamed for not wearing our masks. I always ask my accusers why I need to wear one if they are wearing one. Don’t they trust their own masks? If they’re worried about getting sick, they are free to wear a mask or “stay safe at home.” The rest of the world needs to get on with life.
Reality check people — viruses come and go. There will be other viruses after COVID, and we’ve set a terrible precedent if we think we can just shut down the world and hide in our houses every time there is a new one. Where in our Constitution does it say, “the right to life, liberty and never being exposed to a virus?” It doesn’t. Life is not without risks.
I would rather have freedom with the risk of getting sick than to be imprisoned in fear and poverty with no freedom. The last time I checked this was still the United States of America, the home of the free and the brave. Unfortunately, we are neither free nor brave anymore.
We’ve given up our freedom for the illusion of “safety.” And now we have neither freedom nor safety. Are you enjoying the “new normal” yet?
Janet Eisenbach, Kilauea
Shop local – it will be rewarding
I encourage everyone to support local shops and restaurants even more so during these trying times. Several restaurants, in addition to take out, have outdoor seating that provides a safe place to meet friends and connect while enjoying someone else’s cooking. Hanalei businesses, many barely recovered from the flooding more than two years ago, are certainly in need of our support in order to survive.
Merchants are happy to have us, and always grateful for our purchases. I recently bought a unique T-shirt at Hot Rocket Hanalei (HRH) in the Ching Young Village, and because I was a resident was automatically entered in a raffle. Two weeks later I was thrilled to learn I had won an original, framed oil painting by Anne Schneider, an accomplished artist and one of the HRH owners. I know the raffle for another painting is ongoing and reason alone to shop at HRH. Good luck to everyone and, in this case, a good deed was rewarded.
Diane Chait, Princeville
Just follow the county sign ordinance
Suggestion to both GOP leader Steve Yoder and columnist Gary Hooser: If you like a local law/code, support its enforcement.
If you don’t like it, work to repeal it. Otherwise, don’t pontificate.
“Summary of outdoor signs – Chapter 15, article 4, Outdoor sign Ordinance Kaua‘i code.” “Signs shall not exceed thirty two (32) square feet in area and eight feet in height …”
I am sure the legacy of the good ladies of The Outdoor Circle of yore would approve.
Richard Machell, Kapa‘a