Letters for Wednesday, December 2, 2020
TVRs, short-term rentals pay taxes, too
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Why don’t you ask your local politicians like Bernard P. Carvalho jr. what they intend to do about the situation? You are getting by on this TAT and GET. Why Bernard P. Carvalho jr. is making $115,000 dollars off his last term in office as mayor. Go ask him for the bright ideas on how you can get more out of this TAT. Make him earn his money. He is now a county Council. Tell it to the county council and make them find a solution to your problems. See if they can earn their pay.
As a former TVR owner, I totally agree with Susan Hoerner. The taxes we paid were enormous. My husband and I were recently planning to spend 4 months on Kauai at a TVR beginning in August. Then we pushed it back to September. After making arrangements for transportation from the airport and for food and grocery delivery by locals, we found out we couldn’t do our 14-day quarantine at the TVR we had rented, so we cancelled the trip. We weren’t will to pay for 14 nights at an expensive hotel while being held hostage in a single room. I’m sorry for Kauai and the TVR owner.
Actually, if you stay in a bubble resort you are not held hostage in a single room, you are free to roam the resort property and and use all it’s amenities. There you are free to infect your fellow travelers as much as you want!
Anastasia Sanft, for the record, the Human Rights Campaign identified 26 Transgendered killed by July of 2020, and Forbes reported that as of November there were 37. The facts and truth is best and not percent. One American citizen killed is one too many. Do you know who committed the crimes and what was the Courts decisions?
Susan, I couldn’t agree more.
The Mayors actions are essentially choosing specific winners and losers in the local accommodations business sector and simultaneously pandering to voters by excluding them from the onerous chosen resort bubble plan. This is wholly inappropriate, unfair, and smacks of bad politics at best, and at worst sets the county up for expensive lawsuits due to potential for governmental corruption.
Remember the visitors have all pre tested negative now before even boarding an airplane, every one of them, which is much more than can be said for almost all locals. Further, the locals can much more easily ignore the quarantine restrictions than can visitors staying in rental properties, any rental property. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, focus on the community if you want to prevent community spread.
Lost in all this is the persistent misinformation around “risk of infection while flying over to Hawaii”. This simply isn’t true. Data shows that with the protections in place now in the airlines the risk of infection during flight is very low. The incidence of infection among flight attendants is markedly lower than that of the general population, and that is based on flying with untested travelers! If flying were so risky those who do it the most, and making contact with almost everyone on board, would be dropping like flies after a hard freeze. Again, their infection rate among flight attendants during this surge is lower than the general population.
Latest case in point, in today’s TGI, we learn we have a meth pedaling chronic criminal local resident suspected to have COVID, whose too dangerous to appear in court, yet free to wander the community on bail and to both spread disease and likely to commit more crimes.
Makes me scratch my head wondering why the mayor keeps scapegoating the visitors that keep the economy afloat instead of handling the community risk.
Dear Kauai Residents and friends…. I feel your pain on so many levels and over so many issues in this trying time!!!!
Perhaps the apparent waffling and seemingly discriminatory actions and rhetoric from the Kauai Mayor’s office is due to a medical condition known as Stockholm syndrome? This is when the abused individuals ignore the fact that the perpetrators are ones we work for or allow them to rule us with “RIGHT OF MIGHT” AUTHORITY.
Please have mercy on your neighbors and show kindness to each other while healing from the news that this is not America but is actually a high bred society known as The Hawai’ian Kingdom.
Let’s all work together to get our Independence back and put things right again in our Islands and then world.
Please read and educate everyone on this important topic.
Mahalo KE AKUA
Please clean up Kuamoo rd hill and our waterfall locations! Just because the tourist aren’t here doesn’t mean you can let trees and grass grow to block the view of the waterfalls. It is unsafe for anyone to bicycle down the hill on Kuamoo rd.
Susan: Who would even want to stay for 14 days in a TVR anyway? Locked down in a tvr on Kauai is no different than being locked down at home. May as well stay home!
The “roller coaster” of the rules, as you say, is just the government dealing with how the virus is coming into the state. The officials aren’t sitting around a table, wringing their hands, and discussing ways they can come up with to make it harder on the good people of Kauai! They come up with rules as the numbers come in and deal with it accordingly. They aren’t trying to punish you! LOL! There is no reason for them to do that.
Susan and everyone else pandering to her comment, Your defence of Equitable does not pan out for equality. You are coming from a place of, most likely, an Investment Property. Your main residence is elsewhere. If you are not happy about the “cost of living” in Hawaii, then delete yourself from here. As Dr. Malama has alluded to and even President Clinton had acknowleged…Hawaii is illegally militararily occupied! Any “land” that you think you Own is not yours and it is only the occupied forces that are making you pay such exhorbiant taxes! We, the people of Hawai’i, would gladly excuse you of such taxes when you come to terms that you really don’t “own” any land here anyhow! So take that for what it is worth to you, if you have ears to hear. Perhaps COVID is a means of a great fleecing. Just a thought.
Isn’t the definition of “Transgender” person “one who is discriminating against themself”?