Letters for Monday, October 12, 2020

Masking pandemic mismanagement

Donald Trump has been working throughout his entire presidency to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, primarily because it was developed by Barack Obama. Trump’s Justice Department joined with Republican attorneys general to strike down the law in its entirety, including protection for pre-existing conditions.

Trump’s sham executive order mentioning pre-existing conditions — which would not actually provide any benefit — was put in place as a smoke screen to calm those who still believe his constant pathological lying.

Striking down the ACA would also eliminate the provision in the law that prevents insurance companies from returning to their previous practice of canceling coverage when illness strikes you or a loved one. None of that matters to Trump.

This is important because there are about 7.4 million Americans who now have COVID-19 as a brand-new, pre-existing condition. Trump, of course, is receiving the best possible care for his current disease, even though he contributes no federal taxes to pay for it. His multiple pre-existing conditions didn’t factor into the payment for his care, either, and there’s no limit on its cost. It’s helpful to remember that he has worked for years to be sure that you are unable to receive similar benefits.

Trump has converted the White House and its grounds into a federally-operated, COVID-19, super-spreader site. Packed mask-less indoor and outdoor gatherings were held, even as his obedient staff and guests fell ill to the disease. But nothing is more important than feeding Trump’s insatiable hunger for adoration — even if people are sickened or killed. His idiotic victory tour around Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Sunday again validated his sociopathy. Like Trump said today, “Americans should not be afraid of the virus.” That may be a surprise to the families and loved ones of the 208,000 Americans who have already died from the disease, but no matter. Trump knows better.

At the White House today, after Trump removed his mask, he appeared to be a fish out of water, gasping for breath. But even though he is highly contagious according to the experts, the White House staff will be sacrificed to create the illusion of Trump’s robust health. Nothing is more important than masking the president’s catastrophic pandemic mismanagement and his direct causation of American deaths. Trump has created a coast-to-coast dumpster fire of death and economic collapse. Why wouldn’t his fans celebrate that?

Kurt Last, Anahola

Questions if government got us into mess and must get us out

I’m responsible for my decisions and accept the consequences. We teach our children that responsibility and respect. It’s my endeavor to teach self-respect, respect for others, and responsibility to my future generations. My son “gets it.”

That’s the difference between my world view and that expressed by Gary Hooser in his Oct. 6 TGI missive. His progressive logic sounds very appealing to many citizens but is totally invalidated by the fallacy of one foundational assumption: “… the government responsible for leading us out of the mess they led us into.”

I’m not willing to allow any government to be responsible for me. Once I do that, I don’t have to be responsible for myself. I would have delegated that authority.

And that’s the behavior we’re seeing in recent headlines. Irresponsible citizens are blaming their condition on government responsibility. And governments are offering “sanctuary.” It’s become a closed loop.

Gary admits that government led us into this quagmire of laws, regulations, taxes and behavior. Progressive government cannot lead us out of this mess. Their logic is flawed at its foundation.

One real solution is term limits for all legislators. Annual financial disclosures and background checks are required of all appointed positions. Elected positions should be subject to similar disclosures, annually. There are a lot of crooks hidden in our “government.” We are all humans of varying levels of self-respecting responsibility.

It’s up to us, you and me. We must lead with our behavior, responsibly. That’s my choice and responsibility. We will make a difference in our grandchildren’s future, one way or another.

Mike Curtis, Koloa

11 Comments
  1. Debra Kekaualua October 12, 2020 5:31 am Reply

    Agree with Mike Curtis, except for one word “crooks” should be highlighted adding “guilty Kealoha stolen mailbox fraud” that EVRY one I know retroactively five decades has colluded with thousands of others to obtain what is Not theirs. These circus clowns who have all wiggled and wormed into their very own judiciopoliticomilitaro box. It is ALL worse but EXact to Daybell or the “Paylay” cults, blingle stryker brigade superferry, TMT, Kahoolawe cabal aNd what you can’t miss finding out throughout Hawaii-nei. The sup-posed leaders across the moku-aina are needing to fess up pay to play, like da hooze, who “make no mistake”, is just more of the same Obumclintonbushes Fodder! “Killing us softly” with Barnyard’s pointy fingered agenda to eliminate everything and everybody that once upon a time was gifted these same surroundings to a USAF funded and ground breaking a PMRF Ballistic Missile 1.2 billion dollar facility, closing Polihale forever and replacing six GMO seed companies that like the militaropoliticojudiciary, the remaining descendants are the target Bull’s Eye. There is a reality that is missing and has been taken over. We the people desperately, last chance need RICO investigators alongside the FBI/DEA, so that the upgraded GITMO doesnt go to waste placing each of these known messy peeps, a place to lay their weiry heads, either individual or group “puka” is available.


  2. kauaiboy October 12, 2020 6:28 am Reply

    Dear Mr, Curtis, I have six questions for you:

    1) Does your credo of teaching our children responsibility and respect involve mask-wearing whenever you, and they, are in public?

    2) Do you understand that tRump’s unwillingness to mandate mask-wearing or regularly wear a mask when in close quarters with others has resulted in a much more severe epidemic than we would be currently experiencing? tRump has abdicated in his responsibility to lead the nation. He, and his Republican lap dog sycophants are severely wanting in both respect and responsibility.

    3) Are you one of the few Republicans who have seen the light and understand that President tRump, who has fought to keep his financial position private and who paid $750 per year in federal income taxes for a number of years and who is in debt for a huge amount of money to undisclosed, possibly foreign, lenders, is the most monstrous crook and bigest liar to have lived in the White House in recent memory, or perhaps ever??

    4) If you are a proponent, as are most Republicans, of elevating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, are you willing to show respect and responsibility to the millions of citizens who will lose insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions when Barrett helps strike down the Affordable Care Act by paying for your fellow citizens’ medical bills?

    5) And finally, if Barrett is confirmed and votes to reverse Roe vs Wade, are you willing to show respect and responsibility to the many unwanted children born as a result by insuring with dollars from your pockets, that they get a proper upbringing, good food, a fine education, comprehensive health care, and a fair chance at life?

    6) Are you ready to admit that your allegiance to the Republican party is misguided and ill-informed?


  3. Paulo October 12, 2020 8:15 am Reply

    Mike Curtis, I suggest you take a look at the letter from Kurt Last and try to open your eyes.


  4. Masking mismanagement October 12, 2020 8:23 am Reply

    Hey Kurt, if you truly believe all of what you have written as fact. I got some beach front property in Arizona to sell ya.


  5. Mike Wakatayama October 12, 2020 10:50 am Reply

    @Mike Curtis – could not agree more. The mindset of “the government will make us whole”, and lack of respect for complex systems gets us into problems time and time again. This year sure takes the cake. The tragedy is that many people cannot get out of this mental trap (whether due to lack of perspective, arrogance, ill intent, etc.), and are doomed to continue sabotaging themselves and their neighbors. People who do not share such a losing mindset are dragged down with the rest.

    But good on you for teaching your kids and leading by example. Perhaps that’s all we can do.


  6. Bluedream October 12, 2020 11:00 am Reply

    The cost of insulin for 2 of my family members has dropped to almost nothing. Thank you President Trump. Thank you for fighting big pharma, and thank you for being strong. By banning travel to China so early, millions of lives were saved in the face of liberals screaming their tiresome and vapid accusation of racism.


  7. Croesus October 12, 2020 12:06 pm Reply

    Kurt,
    What your narrative needs is context.

    Like your comment, the President’s Coronavirus response have heavily criticized by the media as being inadequate. But.
    Compared to who’s response?

    January 30: “Coronavirus Declared Global Health Emergency by World Health Organization” The CDC does not recommend recommend wearing a face mask to prevent coronavirus. On Jan 29, President Donald Trump announced he was forming a coronavirus task force. —-ABC News

    Feb 2 : “US, Other Countries Ban Recent Travelers From China”
    (The restrictions went into effect in Jan31)
    A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry lambasted the US on Friday for going against the advice of the World Health Organization and banning Chinese foreign nationals amid the outbreak. —- Forbes

    “We are in a midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science—-not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia and fear mongering”
    —-Presidential nominee Joe Biden on social media

    Feb 3 —- “WHO Chief Says Widespread Travel Bans Not Needed to Beat China Virus”
    —– Reuters

    Australia, New Zealand, the United states and others defied the World Health Organization by imposing early travel restrictions against China, and Presidential nominee Joe Biden was against it as well. The critique implies that Biden would have kept the coronavirus floodgates open.

    Now, how many would have died before the “proper authorities” gave Joe Biden permission to protect American lives?

    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/world-health-organization-decide-coronavirus-global-health-emergency/story?id=68639487

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tmobile/2020/09/23/from-sci-fi-to-everyday-business-welcome-to-the-age-of-the-robot/#1e6075dd1aac

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-who-idUSKBN1ZX1H3

    https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1223727977361338370?s=20


  8. WAVE October 12, 2020 3:20 pm Reply

    MIKE CURTIS YOU ARE EXACTLY CORRECT !!!!!

    PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TERM LIMITS !!!

    THE RIGHTS OF MAN PRE EXIST GOVERNMENT THEY COME FROM GOD.

    GOVERNMENT EXISITS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE NOT RULE THEM BY USING THE EXCUSE OF KEEPING US SAFE TO TAKE AWAY OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS. THOSE WHO WOULD TRADE SAFETY FOR FREEDOM DESERVE NEITHER.

    IT IS NOT A CHOICE BETWEEN KISSING GRANDMA OR BEING SAFE THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO KEEP YOU DEPENDENT AND COMPLACENT SO THEY CAN STAY IN THEIR PROTECTED JOBS WITH YOUR TAX MONEY FOR THEIR WHOLE LIVES WHILE ENRICHING THEMSELVES AND THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES TAKE A LOOK AT SLEEPY JOE….FIFTY YEARS BABY ….FIFTY YEARS DOING NOTHING BUT HANDING YOUR MONEY TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY DO YOU THINK HE HAS ANY IDEA ABOUT HOW MUCH A GALLON OF MILK COSTS ???? CASE CLOSED !! PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND T..E..R..M L..I..M..I..T..S !!!!!!


    1. Croesus October 13, 2020 4:43 am Reply

      Kurt,

      Oct 11, 2020 —— “World Health Organization official urges world leaders to stop using lockdowns as primary virus control method”

      https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/who-official-urges-world-leaders-to-stop-using-lockdowns-as-primary-virus-control-method/ar-BB19TBUo

      Everyone knows that President Trump have resisted using lockdowns from the beginning.
      He also defied the World Health Organization by declaring early travel restrictions against China.

      He took a lot of criticism for both actions, only to be proven right in the end.
      And Joe Biden proven wrong

      Now Kurt, do you know of any Governors who has used lockdowns as the primary virus control method? I’ll give you one for starters: Gov Newsom of California


  9. WestsideResident October 12, 2020 8:19 pm Reply

    “Trump has created a coast-to-coast dumpster fire of death and economic collapse. Why wouldn’t his fans celebrate that?”

    Hard to take seriously.

    I’m not aligning myself with such hyperbole.
    To buy into that is to divorce oneself from reality.

    Trump has done nothing of the sort, and Trump supporters are not mere fans…rather, we are patriots that witnessed a near coup of an elected President. Orchestrated by unprincipled and dishonest individuals with similarly twisted views.


  10. I saw a Vampire once October 12, 2020 11:34 pm Reply

    I am for Right wing politicians. They say they have history behind them, like 500 years of eastern China, then copy them from the east orient. They seems to be good at it. Just look at their government. Communism. But at the same time, holding several billionaires. They are born into a caste system of financial wealth. So they have it set from the go. No way out if you’re on the outside. Capitalism plays no role here. If they want to move to capitalism, the only way for government to intervene is to be a capitalist country. We can learn from China. Just take, and be rich. Agree with that method. Stealing. But that is the way it is in China. Just take and you’ll get rich. This is communism in action. Do you agree? I’m for you if you agree. You’re a military man.


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