Letters for Friday, December 11, 2020

Lots of COVID questions

Current actions by state and local executive branches both here and in other states bring up some interesting legal questions:

Can an executive order due to a public-health emergency without any legislative approval supersede constitutional guaranties such as freedom of assembly?

Does shutting down some businesses while leaving others open constitute unequal application of the law?

Is shutting down some small businesses a “taking” under the fourth amendment?

These and other questions are sure to be asked by astute lawyers eventually. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but extremely fine.

If anyone would like the other side of Covid story, go to Mercola.com

Michael Wells, Moloa‘a

Pandemic pop quiz #3

Vaccinations may contain small amounts of:

1. MSG

2. Formaldehyde

3. Aluminum salts

4. Antibiotics

5. Egg and yeast protein

6. All of the above

RNA-altering agents in COVID-19 vaccines are:

1. A good idea

2. A really bad idea

3. A new agent in vaccines which are untested over the long term

4. I don’t want to think about this

Children are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get:

1. Nine vaccinations with multiple injections

2. One vaccination with a single injection

3. I don’t know and I don’t want to know either, just leave me alone

Adults are recommended by the CDC to get:

1. Twelve vaccinations with multiple injections

2. One vaccination with a single injection

3. Just give me a drink so I don’t have to think about this

I think vaccinations are:

1. Great because they have reduced illness and death

2. A horrible idea; my child has never been the same since being vaccinated

3. I want a sticky bun to eat right now

Pharmaceutical companies:

1. Give many millions of dollars to the CDC every year

2. Stay out of funding the CDC because it would be a conflict of interest

3. I would like a whole pint of ice cream

Here are the correct answers: Well, it is clearly the last answer for each question.

Molly Jones, Kealia

Vaccine rollout plan in question

I am an 84-year-old male with COPD (chonic obstructive pulmonary disease) and a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted, and I am willing to bet that “LaBaby” James and all the NBA and all the NFL players, plus the Hollywood elites, will get their shots before I do.

The groundwork has already been laid out by the powers that be when they said the first to get vaccinated will be the first responders, the elderly in rest homes, and, the Black and Latinia communities because they were impacted in greater numbers.

We’ll see.

Curt Cooper, Princeville

Don’t forget about the pesticides

Aloha. We need to get the poison factories here in the Hawaiian Islands back in the spotlight.

Really quiet on the Westside, don’t you think? Why is our mayor allowing them to stay? I don’t want to believe it’s a money grab, BUT?

They keep doing expensive studies to figure out why our reefs aren’t flourishing like reefs in South America. Well, South America didn’t let these pesticide companies in because they wanted to mess with their mother food (corn).

We tax-paying citizens don’t benefit from our elected officials’ bribes. They say “go ahead, go ahead, poison our ocean, our land, our people, as long as I get my money.”

Man, I hope I’m wrong.

Linda Bothe, Kalaheo

Media creating division, disrespect

Aloha. Inquiring minds want to know. What was the purpose of obviously approving the Kurt Last rant? Do you think it even closely could be considered publishable by the reading of your policies that you mandate to us? I don’t understand the use of selective enforcement.

By promoting and agreeing to stand behind and print letters or columns of this nature is the reason why media is the direct connection to creating the never-ending division, violence, disrespect, creating continuous news and stories to “fuel” all of our ongoing tough situations that life is handing us.

On the other hand, if everything was portrayed as good, the media would have nothing to sell, would it?

Steve Martin, Wailua

Time for our islands to become sustainable again

Mahalo to the people of Kaua‘i for standing up to the HoKua Place project in Kapa‘a.

It’s time to make it pono for Hawaiians and all of us who call all of Hawai‘i our home. The land where this proposed, high-density, multi-family project is is crown lands of the Hawaiian kingdom monarchy.

When Prince Kuhio first proposed what became the federal Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, he included crown lands like the ahupua‘a of Kapa‘a to be used for homesteading for Hawaiians who lived in the islands prior to January 17, 1893. At that time, being Hawaiian was a nationality, not an ethnic identity. In fact, Prince Kuhio wanted Hawaiians to be able to homestead throughout the Hawaiian Islands on the more-than-900,000 acres of primo agricultural lands.

Sadly, the process Prince Kuhio started to help Hawaiians was highjacked by the “Big Five,” supported by the large sugar plantations, and less than 200,000 acres were set aside for Hawaiians. A U.S. congressman during the process of creating the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act questioned the governor at the time, “Why give Hawaiian lands a goat could not live on?” The governor replied “We don’t want to see Hawaiians sit on their lanai, strum their ukuleles while the Japanese do the work in their fields; that’s not rehabilitation.”

Fast forward — since 1920, less than 10,000 awards have been made to Native Hawaiians, and currently there are more than 47,000 individual Native Hawaiians waiting in line for a scrap of leasehold lands.

Perhaps it’s time to make things pono for Hawaiians and all of us who love these islands, instead of focusing of rebuilding an unsustainable economy importing people to our islands, namely tourism, building a more-sustainable economy should focus on making these islands Hawaiian again. There are tens of thousands of acres throughout our islands that are rich in history and culture, yet while the state of Hawai‘i has control and kuleana to malama, that are being neglected and lying in waste. See www.justice4hawaii.org.

The HoKua Place project is on sugar land once leased by Makee Sugar Company, which was formed in 1877. Makee Sugar was a partnership with King Kalakaua and others. The intention was to use the revenues from the sugar plantation to reforest the adjoining ahupua‘a of Anahola.

Instead of losing important agriculture lands to more development, it’s time for our islands to become sustainable again. It’s a choice.

Ron Cawthon, Kona, Hawaii Island

  1. Uli Roth December 11, 2020 3:49 am Reply

    Mr Martin, I have do disagree with your opinion. A rant is more what Jimmy Rosen does in our sacred TGI. Kurt’s words were more of a Sermon of Truth and Facts! Just my opinion.
    Wear a mask and social distance!

  2. Kurt Last December 11, 2020 4:58 am Reply

    Mr. Martin – I find your writing as offensive as you find mine. If you don’t want to read what I write, then don’t read what I write. Adults can make their own decisions about what to read, and don’t typically need you to protect their delicate senses.

  3. kauaiboy December 11, 2020 5:49 am Reply

    With all due respect, Steve Martin, what is it about the Kurt Last “Other Voices” column published in the Dec. 9 TGI that you consider a “rant…of this nature”?

    Kurt was simply pointing out that President Trump is conning his clueless supporters to donate lots of money ($200 million + thus far) for “legal costs” in fighting a sham bid to claim the election was stolen. The fine print in all the donation solicitations dictate that only a (very small) portion of funds raised would be used for legal costs in this useless and destructive effort to overturn the will of the people. The vast majority of funds donated would likely be used to enrich Trump himself. These are FACTS provide by honest mainstream media, not the hype being promulgated by FAUX News and other sycophants of our current cartoonish Commander in Chief. Trump is now a LOSER, FIRED by the American electorate. Yet he continues to profit, even in his defeat.

    Readers, DO NOT be a sucker taken in by Trump, a classic New Yawk con man! He will next be trying to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. The reading public deserves to know exactly what Trump is up to, and that is what Kurt Last conveyed in his article.

  4. Flipper Purify December 11, 2020 5:55 am Reply

    Steve Martin—the piece by Kurt Last was an opinion piece. Suck it up if you disagree with an opinion.

  5. Uncleaina December 11, 2020 6:19 am Reply

    As most of you know, this island is crawling with anti science woot woots. The letters above show what I’m talking about. Don’t get your information from these letters or even this newspaper- look at the CDC and FDA and State Department of Health for reliable information that’s based on facts. For example this vaccine doesn’t contain ANY preservatives- it’s kept frozen on dry ice. It doesn’t contain any egg protein because unlike the other vaccines we’ve all taken, this vaccine isn’t made in eggs. And sometimes they actually confuse their conspiracy theories: they mix up their conspiracy theories about chemtrails with their conspiracy about smart meters or 5G. Remember all the cancer we were supposed to get from the smart meters? Most people are able to see what’s real and what’s not – but get poorly educated people giving endless unsupported conspiracy theories on KKCR for hours each week and this is what you get: people who’ll believe anything.

  6. I saw a Vampire once December 11, 2020 11:17 am Reply

    Thank you Molly Jones. You seem to be quite familiar with COVID-19 and vaccinations. They should be coming out with the most recent ones going to Federal employees, and other important hospital employees. The first doses is coming out in February of 2021. So we’ll see how effective that turns out to be. I’m not one to Keep up with the latest on College football, but the most popular being Alabama head football coach. Nick Saban has been tested again, and this time it is a positive test. He has the coronavirus. Comparing him to Donald Trump would be useless because this disease attacks everyone. Not just the smart ones but the dumber ones also. A well known Doctor has already died from COVID-19. I am interested to see how the football diagnosis turns out.

  7. Crazy Guy December 11, 2020 12:31 pm Reply

    Steve – they allow you to do the same. What’s your argument for that?

  8. Don't Do Molly December 11, 2020 4:12 pm Reply

    You are obviously an expert who has read many facebook posts by highly educated people that studied how to paint with all the colors of the wind. Please take care of that last brain cell so that it doesn’t die and we lose out on your treasured knowledge.

  9. Norm Smith December 15, 2020 6:15 pm Reply

    i completely agree with Ron Cawthon

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