Letters for Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Negative proof should be required

Today’s paper explained the two new cases of people arriving with positive tests.

Can that be right? They boarded a flight to Lihue with proof of a positive test? They were permitted to board? And then let out of our terminal on arrival. Can’t this be corrected?

My understanding was that you had to have Proof of a negative test within 3 days of flying.

What happened? We would have had zero cases yesterday except for this breakdown. How many cases like this contributed to the increase in case load that forced the mayor’s hand?

Jack Mitchell, Princeville

Single test not effective

Gov Ige,

By approving Mayor Kawakami’s request to opt out of your ill-fated Safe Travels Program, are you (and Dr. Green) intentionally subjecting our businesses to hardship as a penalty for not approving our mayor’s request for a two test program for traveler arrivals?

A second test, 4 days after arrival, makes much more sense, is much more effective in screening for COVID-19 than only one test prior to boarding, and does not subject Kaua‘i’s economy to this hardship.

What is your problem? Dr. Green’s claim of the effectiveness of the single test is astounding! Stop drinking his CoolAid!

William Hackett, Kalaheo

Second Class Citizens of Hawaii, not just Kekaha

Don’t you think this COVID thing is reason enough for ALL OF KAUA‘I to finally get home delivery of mail ????

Instead of having to daily risk our lives by leaving our homes to drive to the Post Office (because walking has become difficult) Or, think especially, of all of our senior citizens who can’t afford the gas to drive to the Post Office, if they could afford the cars to put the gas in. I try to do my share helping others, but I wonder where I’ll be in ten or even fifteen years when I’m one of those seniors. I laugh because I plan to live to be 110 years old so I have 30 years to go.

I am one of the still living human beings on Kaua‘i who was at that last/ONLY 1960-something Kekaha meeting – where I asked if the new Post Office that was in the process of being built, would be able to handle home delivery of mail.

The obvious answer was NO. They already had their minds made up. …But, that 1960-something meeting democratically allowed us, the residents of Kekaha, to vote — Democratically, AFTER- the plantation workers were told, “If you get home delivery of mail your pay checks will have to be processed so they won’t get there until a day later.” (In contract negotiations they were also told they had lifetime housing and medical…

It infuriates me they were able to “buy” their homes for thousands of dollars more than they could possibly have saved from their piddling income, and many years after the plantations closed they also had no choice but to accept a few thousand dollars to compensate for the rest-of-their-lifetime inflated medical needs that went away, too.

Maybe now we can convince our politicians to push the Post Office to hire a few more carriers and start delivering the mail so we won’t still be second class citizens when we die…. from COVID?

Sandra Makuaole, Kekaha

  1. nobody December 1, 2020 5:56 am Reply

    Sandra, the post office is going broke. Soon we may not even be able to afford a post office. But don’t worry Amazon, Google, or a new tech company will be there for us. We’re the new “plantation worker”, all of us working for tech big brother.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  2. nobody December 1, 2020 6:09 am Reply

    It took the private sector, the airlines, to implement testing for travel. We may need the private sector to step up and solve this second testing issue. It seems so simple to solve and make everyone happy, prosperous and safe. Yet our government can’t do it. If you took just a smidget of the revenue from open tourism it would pay for a second, or even a third test.

    Very disheartening the performance of our government. We voted for these guys.

    Yep, even a single test seems to be working.

  3. Robert s. December 1, 2020 7:34 am Reply

    You can stay quarantined in hotel room and not leave, but you cannot stay in a vrbo home or condo and quarantine without leaving. What is the difference?

    Hotel requires food service …….

    Napa, California visitor staying 50 days

    1. Bobby December 1, 2020 5:58 pm Reply

      Think of the expected compliance rates if people were allowed to stay all over the island instead of in a few locations.

    2. Fred December 2, 2020 8:35 am Reply

      The difference between vrbo and hotel is the hotel has staff to report violations.
      Who is at vrbo to watch for guests that leave?

    3. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 7:15 pm Reply

      “Kauai” doesn’t trust you.

  4. Raley Peterson December 1, 2020 7:52 am Reply

    Kudos to Mayor Kawakami. Imagine! A mayor that puts people before profits.

    1. Colin McCleod December 1, 2020 4:28 pm Reply

      Really Raley? you’ve made an irrational, ill considered statement. Kawakami doesn’t care at all about “people before profits” as you claim. What he’s really doing is putting his political aspirations (governor, God help us) before people.
      He is deathly afraid of people not liking and fawning over him…he loves the constant boot licking suck-ups. I doubt that after his current temper tantrum for not getting his way he’ll have enough votes to make it. He’s sacrificed so many working people at the alter of his political life.
      His actions are no problem for him…he’s still receiving a fully taxpayer funded salary with all the benefits. He’s doing well enough that his wife purchased then posted a picture of her expensive Gucci handbag on Instagram…then quickly removed it. Talk about elitist arrogance.
      The really sad part is that Kauai’s case load doesn’t justify this tyrannical approach.
      Colin McCleod

      1. james December 2, 2020 7:51 am Reply

        Colin: So by your logic, if more voters feel the same way you do, the Mayor is committing political suicide by implementing the quarantine again. However, he is a smart guy and a smart politician. He can read the community. Therefore, a majority of voters are probably in favor of the quarantine. Wouldn’t you agree?

        1. Everythingisawesome December 3, 2020 7:17 pm Reply

          ” he is a smart guy and a smart politician”

          ! This claim about ‘smartness’ is disputed.

    2. Jeff S. December 1, 2020 6:24 pm Reply

      Some might say this, others might say; “A mayor that puts himself and his political career before people”.

  5. LMat December 1, 2020 8:53 am Reply

    Unfortunately Sandra, home delivery of mail in Kekaha is a pipedream. I would settle for better service though. Kekaha PO is probably THE WORST on island. Horrible service, horrible hours of operation, packages not available for pickup even though tracking says it’s been there for days. I just don’t get it, ’cause the staff are likable and seem more than capable…???

  6. I saw a Vampire once December 1, 2020 6:15 pm Reply

    1960s. Long time residents. Then you understand that it is you folks in the community who’ve made it out of the woods and have this COVID-19 wrapped up. I mean you have gone through the plantation era and made it out of that era of no health or bad health. Now there is a pandemic. So there is a lot you guys have gone through. Definitely not one of those worried about COVID-19. Taking every action to prevent it from happening. I guess we can learn from you guys. Just staying home is half the battle in coronavirus. And doing the other stuffs needed too. Congratulations to your contribution to COVID-19 research.

  7. Coral Isles December 2, 2020 11:24 am Reply

    How many of the new Covid cases are from all the many new testing taking place all over the island? If a person has had Covid and recovered, will they test positive because of anti bodies?

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