Letter for Thursday, September 17, 2020

Open the schools, Mayor

My wife was laid up for the whole week, but today, she felt well enough to take a ride to Hanalei. We did, and we stopped over at Hanalei Bay, and saw a bunch of people enjoying themselves.

What got me though, was the fact that I didn’t see people wearing masks, nor adhering to the distancing and avoiding large groups gatherings.

Did you lift those restrictions? If you did, why not open the school up again? We are zero balance in the coronavirus, and zero in deaths. If those people on the beach could walk, roam, not wear mask, no distancing and large groups, we could open the schools.

Your comment mayor, please.

Ray Domingo, Lihu‘e

  1. George September 17, 2020 2:31 am Reply

    Ray, it isnt the mayors call.

    1. Steve Martin September 18, 2020 8:38 am Reply

      Yes it’s not the mayors call. I think Ray was calling on the mayor( for the island) to provide the state and dept. of education the current conditions that exist here on Kauai. I feel for the parents and guardians their Hands are tied with few to no options.Because of our healthy conditions there is no reason to close the schools as the state has and if you are a parent (Since school has started) you now fully understand why it’s a priority that schools return to normal operation when we have a healthy no COVID-19 environment as we do today. My grandchildren are good students as I’m sure there are many other students in that category. Since school has restarted with online curriculum at home it has shown to be a great impact on What they don’t get done because parents must work and in many cases the children have no one to help them with assignments. They can’t fix what’s not broken.

  2. Old Fart Haole September 17, 2020 4:31 am Reply

    “We did, and we stopped over at Hanalei Bay, and saw a bunch of people enjoying themselves.”

    Oh, the horror.

    Quick, get the government boots on their necks to stop this madness.

  3. rk669 September 17, 2020 9:16 am Reply

    Da maya stay on the governors Fool’s Errand!
    Both have fantasies about federal Bailout for Pre coronavirus Debt! Ain’t gonna happen,so open up the school’s and tourism!
    Politicians will utterly destroy Hawaii’s economy and small businesses! The Governor and Mayor’s need to suffer like their constituents (Pay Cuts effective Immediately)

  4. Joe Public September 17, 2020 10:58 am Reply

    Ahhh Ray, the Schools are managed by the State, NOT the County.

  5. Steve Martin September 17, 2020 11:08 am Reply

    Great letter Ray.. I think the question you are asking the Mayor is pretty simple, but the answer you get more than likely will be the one you didn’t want to hear. I agree with the current situation that schools on Kauai should be open unless someone gets sick. With the situational as it is on Kauai there is a good chance that if residents don’t get on airplanes and bring home the virus our children can go to school for all intended purposes. Why are private schools allowed to open but not public schools. It’s obvious that every island is different in the ways the virus has affected them and therefore every island should be able to manage the situations as needed period! When our government finally realizes that our children’s education is more important than our economy or tourists that’s when it will become a priority to work around what the virus has created for the education of our children.

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