Letters for Sunday, November 22, 2020

WHS Class of 1966 reunion is virtual

On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Waimea High School Class of 1966 held its first virtual class reunion, which was the 54th reunion for the class.

Angelita Unciano Mello hosted the Zoom reunion with the technical assistance of JET BAKABAK, IT Consulting/Zoom HOSTING of Koloa.

Eighteen classmates from the East Coast to the West Coast and Hawai‘i participated in the ZOOM reunion, which included a virtual potluck of local food, a formal toast, group pictures of masked and unmasked classmates.

The virtual reunion encompassed five time zones, and included entertainment in song and videos. There was recognition of classmates who served in the military and an honorarium of 31 classmates that are no longer with us. The event ended with reminiscing, jokes and active talk story. The reunion began in Hawai‘i at 1 p.m., while it was 6 p.m. for those who joined us from the East Coast.

The Zoom reunion proved to be an excellent opportunity to catch up with classmates and save on travel costs while avoiding the coronavirus pandemic.

Angelita Mello, Submitted on behalf of the Waimea High Class of 1966

Positive pre-tests endanger Kaua‘i residents

As a concerned citizen of Kaua‘i, I find it absurd that by even allowing someone to board a plane to Hawai‘i who hasn’t received their tests results beforehand is overwhelmingly irresponsible and dangerous. By isolating someone upon arrival, after finding their test result is positive, does nothing to protect the people of Kaua‘i, and here’s why:

A person found to be COVID-positive has just ridden for five hours in an enclosed space with at least 100-200+ people who may now be exposed to the virus. My question is, are these same people on that plane being isolated/quarantined upon arrival?

Or are they free to go on their merry way around the island with no one knowing if they might be infectious? Questions definitely in need of being answered.

I do find it disdainful that the residents are being told to curtail their lives, all the while allowing people from heavily-infected areas on the mainland to roam about freely. I don’t know, since things seem to be so upside down in this country right now. I guess it makes sense to someone — but not to me.

Christine Melamed, Kapa‘a

Need clarification in mayor’s efforts to keep Kaua‘i safe

While I applaud Mayor Derek’s efforts to keep everyone safe, the requirement that tourists quarantine for 72 hours before taking a second test doesn’t make sense. For example, we plan to arrive on Dec. 1, with proof of negative tests in our Safe Travels App.

If we are required to quarantine for 72 hours once we arrive at Lihu‘e, how are we going to rent a car and head north to our rental home in Hanalei? Did I misunderstand the mayor’s proposal? We don’t mind traveling back to Lihu‘e after three days if need be.

At another point he suggested that tourists stay within the confines of their resorts for 72 hours, test negative then and only then enjoy all that Kaua‘i has to offer. Hmm. What about the 1,000s of tourists who stay in rentals?

More clarity is needed, Mayor Derek.

Barry Ansell, Sonoma, California

10 Comments
  1. I saw a Vampire once November 22, 2020 1:10 am Reply

    They had high school back in 1966? Wow. Waimea High School. What’s with the virtual reunion? You guys already made it out into the clearance. How was it? Is it really that interesting? I don’t think i’d ever attend a reunion. You’re the class of 1966. Do you have pictures of the reunion? Maybe you can put it on. I might know some people. Did they have a qualified teachers then? Or did they use former high school football stars to teach an English class? Doesn’t matter anyway. I mean how important is that anyway now? If you’re a doctor obviously very important.


  2. Michael November 22, 2020 4:38 am Reply

    A better solution to your dilemma is DON’T TRAVEL.


  3. RG DeSoto November 22, 2020 7:51 am Reply

    The PCR test that is being used to determine whether someone is infected or not is virtually worthless. It is being used to ramp up cases and keep the mundanes in a state of continual fear by simply upping the amplification rates to the point of wild inaccuracy.
    The PCR test is not designed to be used as a diagnostic tool as it cannot distinguish between inactive viruses and “live” or reproductive ones…it says so right on the box that the test comes in.
    Many if not most laboratories amplify the RNA collected via PCR swab far too many times, which results in healthy people testing “positive” even if their viral load is very low or the virus is inactive and poses no threat
    Amplification over 35 cycles is considered unreliable and scientifically unjustified. Dr. Anthony Fauci has admitted the chances of a positive result being accurate at 35 cycles or more “are minuscule.” Yet the CDC, FDA and WHO all recommend using 40 to 45 cycles
    Recent research shows that to maximize accuracy, PCR tests for COVID-19 should use far fewer cycles. At 17 cycles, 100% of the positive results were confirmed to be real positives. Above 17 cycles, accuracy drops dramatically. By the time you get to 33 cycles, the accuracy rate is a mere 20%, meaning 80% are false positives
    When symptomatic, your chances of getting a true positive on the first day of symptom onset is only about 40%. Not until Day 3 from symptom onset do you have an 80% chance of getting an accurate PCR result

    You all need to understand why simply looking at cases in this environment of over amplified RNA strands is useless.
    RG DeSoto


  4. Kauaidoug November 22, 2020 9:29 am Reply

    Anyone looking to travel in the next two months need to realize that for most of the nation’s covid infection is and going off the charts. The spread of infection is exponential.
    That means if you are coming here for a two week vacation your community could look very different in regards to your local conditions in your community and your hospitals when you return.

    If you come here and get sick you are not leaving sick!

    We have 9 ICU beds on Kauai and that’s one vacancy you do not want to fill. If you get sick here you will be utterly alone. I would not wish that on anyone to be in a hospital about as far away as you can possibly be from your loved ones. Is it really worth it? Please think about it.

    If you have never been here before you may not be aware that Hawaii’s history is riddled with foreigners bringing disease with them.

    We have 9 beds, that is the number to think about. Number 9.


  5. Raley Peterson November 22, 2020 11:20 am Reply

    Christine Malware hit the nail on the head. Tourists get tested, then face exposure in multiple airports plus at least one plane ride?? Then are free to infect?? We’re seeing the results now, and I predict it’s going to get worse.


  6. LTEreader November 22, 2020 11:47 am Reply

    Barry Ansell,
    Governor Ige held a press conference in May stating that any new proclamation requests from Island Mayors would need to be approved by him, and that he would get back to them within 24 hours…

    Mon. Nov. 16:
    Mayor Kawakami requests a mandatory 72-hour quarantine with a post-arrival test, along with requiring test results prior to flying into the County, or face the two-week quarantine.

    Thurs. Nov. 19:
    Governor Ige and LG Green held a press conference stating test results will now be required prior to boarding a flight to Hawai’i in order to avoid the 14 day quarantine. Neither offered Mayor Kawakami any credit whatsoever for requesting this sensible change.

    Sun. Nov. 22:
    Nearly a week later and still no response from Gov. Ige about a mandatory 72 hour post-travel test for Kaua’i arrivals = you won’t get any clarity from Mayor Kawakami until Ige responds back, and chances are he won’t approve this request.

    Did you know we only have 9 ICU beds on Kaua’i, 6 of which were occupied last week? And, you’ll be traveling in a plane where some passengers aren’t pre-tested because they’ve opted for the 14 day quarantine. There are currently thousands in the State who’ve done this – some of which aren’t complying which has created challenges monitoring them, and you’re worried about how you’ll access a car rental? The ‘what about me’ syndrome continues to overshadow our ‘what about us’ concerns. And tourists wonder why we’re not screaming yippee, welcoming them with air hugs in the middle of a pandemic that’s completely out of control on the Mainland. Mic drop.


    1. Biden 2020 November 23, 2020 8:42 am Reply

      I know of cases where people who are in quarantine traveling in and out of their homes ! So selfish!


  7. Wailua Girl November 22, 2020 12:30 pm Reply

    Barry, if you’re that confused, maybe stay home and don’t insert yourself into our community at a time when we’re not even supposed to spend Thanksgiving with our own families. Locals are being told to stay home and not see grandparents and and cousins, but your biggest concern is how to start your vacation without a rental car. Stay home and have a little respect for those of us who live here.


  8. Auntie Body November 22, 2020 2:39 pm Reply

    Aloha Christine, once someone is infected by Covid19 or other virus with ill effects, it takes about 2 weeks + or -, to develop more than enough antibodies to deactivate all the covid19 virus in their body and enough left over to attack any later infection, and that is called becoming immune, which after a few weeks since that person no longer has any active virus left in their body, they are now Non-Contagious and cannot spread the virus to others.

    This is exactly why all full quarantines are only 2 weeks, because the science knows that in 2 weeks if you are positive, whether tested or not, or having any symptoms or not, you will no longer be contagious to others. In those 2 weeks, whether you have symptoms or not, and you are positive, you will become immune, that is, you will be safe to yourself and to others and you will be protected by your own natural immune system.

    And this is why we should welcome positive tested people who have had at least 2 weeks, and better 3 weeks, of being positive tested and thus have had the time to have undergone the immune process providing personal immunity and being non-contagious.

    Frankly the best “vaccine” for the covid-19 virus, and to develop the best immunity and to be non-contagious to others is the covid19 virus itself. About 98% infected have Zero to mild or moderate symptoms, not a heavy process to go through to get full immunity.

    The huge amount of millions of people in the world who already are positive whether tested or not for covid-19 and are now genuinely immune and non-contagious regarding the covid-19 virus, are who are positive for covid-19, and have undergone the 2 or even 3 week immune system process.

    Those people will have the covid19 antibodies that labs get from positive tested people in order to experiment and even treat others.

    Furthermore, the several “brands” of current and upcoming vaccines (already 35 people have died in So. Korea, and they have pulled the vaccine from the public, while in some other places like the AstraZeneca vaccine experiments they have halted their trials due to sickness in their experiments on people).

    And Pfizer and others claim you need to expect a sore arm, and have the flu for a few days.

    Well most people, about 98%, who get the natural covid19 virus certainly do not get the sore arm, because no shot in the arm thus no pain in the arm, and most of them not any flu symptoms at all, making the covid-19 virus a better and safe dosage.

    Unless of course you are high risk and are elderly with 1 or more long term diseases, like heart, stroke, vascular, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, liver or kidney or lung diseases and other diseases, and taking the toxic and even lethal prescription drugs (see the drug TV Ads), for several years and even several decades instead of doing what is necessary to become well and healthy and staying well and healthy.

    Another thing doctors don’t tell you is that while you will develop some immunity to the vaccine itself, you will not develop immunity to the covid-19 virus, because the vaccine and the Covid are not “lock and key” bio-identical which require different antibodies.

    Clearly the best, most effective, safest vaccine available, if you’re not sick and elderly and on lethal prescription drugs, for the Covid-19 virus…is the Covid-19 virus itself. The actual Covid-19 virus causes the immune system process that produces all,the necessary antibodies to make you imitate and Non-contagious.

    It’s natural, until China is proven otherwise, and free, and its effectiveness is proven by the hundreds of millions who have gotten the Covid-19 virus and had only Zero, Mild, or Moderate symptoms and even those who have survived even after being hospitalized.

    The difference is that medical people can only financially survive as long as disease is prevalent, and the vaccine sold worldwide to billions of people with necessary repeated booster shots will make as much as $Trillions of dollars over time for the medical and pharmaceutical giants.

    How do you, or a community or island or state or nation beat the virus? You get Well and Healthy and you stay that way.

    And you tell your doctor you want to stay away from medications and prescription drugs, and instead you want to get well, which with fresh non processed foods with no chemical additives or sugars and a healthy active lifestyle. Read your food labels.

    Use the resources of Health and Lifestyle Coaches like the Garden Island newspaper’s Ayda Ersoy and Jane what’s her name who stopped writing her column.

    Don’t fear the virus, get to know it, and your immune system, and practice Health every day.

    And do what you can to help those at high risk, the sick elderly on prescription drugs.

    Remember the CDC says that only 6% of those said to have died of the covid19 virus actually died from it. 94% died from their end of life common diseases treated with prescription drugs and not with wellness care. There are many ways to naturally “vaccinate” yourself, but uninformed people authorize against it.
    It’s understandable that politicians are not educated about the immune system, but that no doctors explain to us how it works is hiding the most important part of the silent 1/2 truth.

    They say that the vaccine companies are only giving out Headlines announcements instead of proof to their words of 95% effective vaccines. If before vaccines took years to be granted permission to use on the public, how can they get emergency permission to risk the general public with only a few months of experiments and no proof of contaminants in their laboratory made disease vaccine.

    Protect the children, doesn’t seem like it ! ! !


    1. Pete Antonson November 23, 2020 1:50 pm Reply

      Say, why not just take out a full page ad for your Chiropractic Clinic and leave us, on the opinion page, alone?


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