Letters for Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Teachers should be a priority

As Hawai‘i prepares for the rollout of COVID vaccines, I’m wondering where teachers fall in the prioritizing process. I certainly agree that doctors and nurses should be at the top of the list, but where do those who have the future in their hands stand? Education especially for young, developing children is one of the key factors to address systemic inequalities. I appreciate the concern for kupuna like myself, but for the sake of my grandsons and their generation, I’d gladly give their teachers my place in line.

Suzanne Kashiwaeda, Kalaheo

Election of the people, by the people

The usual situation for a claim of election fraud is a candidate who was leading going into the election, but the announced results favor the other candidate and are at odds with the polls. Say, like 2016. Usually when fraud occurs the results are so different from the polls and exit interviews that it is hard to believe the votes were counted fairly; in the most notable cases, the announced votes for the unpopular candidate were in the landslide or unanimous range.

In 2020, Trump claims an election was stolen, especially in the swing states, and that there was massive fraud. However, in the Nov. 1 polls, Biden was leading nationwide in every single poll, overall (compiling the polls) by 51.8% to 43.4%. So the national outcome was consistent with the polls, although Trump did better (as in 2016) in the voting than in the polls.

The situation in the swing states — in which Trump and his cult claim votes were altered — is much the same. The Nov. 1 polls (overall) in Arizona had Biden carrying the state narrowly, 48.4% to 45.8%. So, no surprise that Biden won here. Georgia: 48.4% Biden, 46.8% Trump on Nov. 1; a Biden victory is thus no surprise. Pennsylvania: 50.2% Biden, 45.6% Trump; again, no surprise or suggestion of fraud in a Biden victory. Wisconsin: 51.9% Biden, 44.0% Trump in the Nov. 1 polls; end result consistent with the polls. Michigan: 51.2% Biden, 47.1% Trump in the polls; again, no surprise that Biden won narrowly.

While polls are not always accurate predictors, and usually understate the Trump vote because many are reluctant to admit they support Trump, it is generally an affirmation of a fair election when the outcome virtually mirrors the polls. It is a contradiction of fraud. That’s 2020.

Trump now in his court cases, having been rebuffed on his claims of actual fraud for lack of proof (and validation of the results even by his sycophantic attorney general), is reduced to arguing that election rules were changed improperly. That is: yes, the votes cast by eligible voters were accurately counted, but technical errors in how changes were made to cope with COVID-19 surges meant the specifics of voting violated state laws.

This is, in effect, a claim that by even though he lost overall by more than 7 million votes, and the voters in the swing states actually did prefer Biden, Trump should be declared president. Go figure what this has to do with democracy or the “of the people, by the people.”

Jed Somit, Kapa’a

  1. YuCalJoe December 16, 2020 7:52 am Reply

    After Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election, there were claims of voter fraud relating to Russian interference after a percentage of the voters expressed their concerns to government officials. The Republican lead Senate took the time to conduct hearings and investigations on the matter. Now with a greater percentage of the voters expressing concerns of voting fraud in the recent election, why not take a look as well? Why just dismiss it because of hate for a certain candidate? Fair is fair!

    1. james December 17, 2020 8:29 am Reply

      First, a greater percentage of voters are not claiming election fraud in the 2020 election than in the 2016 election. Clinton won the popular vote over Trump so that’s not possible. Secondly, there were findings of Russian interference in 2016 as confirmed by the Republican led intelligence committee. Thirdly, Trump’s own election head stated that there was no fraud (and was fired for telling the truth) and that was backed by his attorney general (who was also then forced to resign). Time to move on and focus on the pandemic instead of Trump’s baseless whining. His attempted destruction of our democracy reeks of a wanna-be dictator who is desperate to stay in power.

  2. manawai December 16, 2020 8:20 am Reply

    So now 74 million people, 47% of the voting public, are now a “cult”? Get a life!

    1. Lawaibob December 17, 2020 8:57 am Reply

      Yes, exactly.

  3. Kauaidoug December 16, 2020 9:35 am Reply

    All of this theater around the election by Trump is a GRIFT. Everytime he speaks, tweets, etc it is all to get his believers to send him some money. He has bills and lawyers to pay don’t you know? He sure has learned the system at the expense of a lot of folks. Folks, I might add, who think he gives one hoot about them or their lives! (Shakes head). Go figure

    Thank the stars we have a new sheriff and well qualifed posse come January and the vaccines are rolling out, and not a minute too soon.

  4. Croesus December 16, 2020 12:21 pm Reply

    Democrats were supposed to gain house seats and take key senate races. They lost house seats and failed to win in senate races instead. So much for polls

    But despite handing GOP wins in down ballot races however, GOP voters apparently either abstained from voting for President Trump, or chose Biden instead.

    Joe Biden, who ran and lost campaigns for President since 1988, got 10 million more votes than Obama, and got more votes (80 million) than any Presidential candidate in history!
    And he did it by staying in his basement and hardly went out on the campaign trail.

    The forensics report on Dominion voting machines used in Antrim county MI is out.
    It will be included in the Director of National Intelligence report on election interference and submitted to the President, Department of Justice among others. This report is a requirement from an Executive Order issued back in 2018 which is a national emergency declaration. Any attack on our election infrastructure is a national security issue and directed federal agencies to thwart such attacks—-including the Department of Defense.

    The Dominion system classifies ballots into two categories: normal ballots and adjudicated ballots. The system intentionally generates a very high (68%) of error ballots which are then sent to adjudication and altered manually—–with no trail of which administrator adjudicates the ballot batch. The machines were rigged to do this. The examination also showed the computer system shows vote adjudication logs for prior years, but not for 2020.

    Was this an isolated incident? Not likely. Clark County NV showed Dominion machines kicked out about 70% of ballots. And Dominion voting machines were used in at least 24 states. Whether the fraud prevents Biden from being seated as President despite the fraud remains to be seen. But we all need to be able to trust the integrity of our elections going forward.



    1. Pete Antonson December 17, 2020 3:31 pm Reply

      Antrim County officials said this Allied Security Operations Group Report is riddled with errors and shows an “extreme lack of understanding of the election software and process.” I saw they included a big whopper, debunked weeks ago, that Dominion software was owned by it’s competitor, Smartmatic a Venezuelan company. None of that is true.
      The Presidential order merely describes a timeline for a report on foreign interference and describes what sanctions are appropriate. It has nothing to do with reversing or disqualifying results.

  5. I saw a Vampire once December 16, 2020 12:57 pm Reply

    Although most Americans who voted, voted for Joe Biden, Trump seems to feel that his court cases against illegal poll antics by democrats should be enough for disqualification of an election result. Which went in favor of Joe Biden. The fact that Donald Trump cannot show any proof of work done as president, is enough for court judges to dismiss the court claims against an election process, and award a winner to Joe Biden. Sure they are still counting ballots and trying to get a hold on more logical reason to be in favor of Trump. But at 7 million votes to Biden’s favor, that enough is a landslide to declare a winner. On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden takes office in the white House. This seems almost concrete. Get things settled now.

  6. island visitor December 16, 2020 4:17 pm Reply

    Polls are not elections!! We must investigate the epic manipulation of the voting in all States. If not, we will never trust the vote again.

  7. george hollywood December 17, 2020 8:31 am Reply

    Jed Somshit because to 70 million of us it doesn’t make sense how Trump can attend one rally after another, drawing thousands of supporters while Biden stays home. A president that decimates ISIS, promotes peace in the middle east, lowers taxes and regulations, helps create the greatest economy in history, renegotiated trade with our neighbors, rebuilt the military, prison reform, energy independence, and more. All while constantly fighting the Democratic Congress who refused to work with him, 4 years of constant investigation, impeachment, misreporting or “non-reporting” by the MSM and he never took a salary. It doesn’t add up.

    1. james December 19, 2020 7:34 am Reply

      That’s the proof? It doesn’t add up? Thankfully, Trump wasn’t able to completely dismantle our judicial system, a system that has ruled 50 times now that there is no proof or evidence of election fraud. Proof and evidence still matter in this country, no thanks to Trump and his angry flock of sheep.

  8. Lawaibob December 17, 2020 8:59 am Reply

    Trump for Prison 2021!

  9. george hollywood December 17, 2020 10:16 am Reply

    a sheep called Jed because to 70 million of us it doesn’t make sense how Trump can attend one rally after another, drawing thousands of supporters while Biden stays home. A president that decimates ISIS, promotes peace in the middle east, lowers taxes and regulations, helps create the greatest economy in history, renegotiated trade with our neighbors, rebuilt the military, prison reform, energy independence, and more. All while constantly fighting the Democratic Congress who refused to work with him, 4 years of constant investigation, impeachment, misreporting or “non-reporting” by the MSM and he never took a salary. It doesn’t add up.

  10. Pete Antonson December 17, 2020 3:41 pm Reply

    President elect Biden did not stay home. You simply believed what you were told.
    Your president (not mine) was rejected mainly on character. He is a man with no empathy, no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honor and no grace Does that sound like a leader? It just doesn’t add up to one!

  11. Hirondelle December 17, 2020 3:58 pm Reply

    Political rallies are not votes. Millions who may have “stayed in the basement” in isolation for months still voted: in person, by absentee ballot, by mail in states that allowed that method. The fact that Trump lost when “down ballot” Republicans prevailed is not a sign of sinister action. Not everyone votes a straight ticket. Many voters still support conservative policies and voted for Republicans running for lesser office; but they chose not to vote for four more years of Donald Trump.

  12. Lawaibob December 18, 2020 9:41 am Reply

    Greatest economy in history. LOL. You forgot to add impeachment, a 300,000+ death toll from an ignored pandemic, and two consecutive popular vote losses to his record. Loser. Big, fake, loser.

  13. LTEreader December 18, 2020 11:04 am Reply

    Yo’ Hollywood,

    Firstly the letter writers surname is Somit, not Somshit. Such a typical Republican response of childish name calling. Grow up.
    The FACT is 81,283,582 (51.38%) of the Country saw through Trump. And many, including myself are shocked that Trump received as many votes as he did. Talk about gullible people!
    Of the more than 50 lawsuits filed by Trump et al, most have been thrown out. Why? Because they’re baseless nonsense with no proof whatsoever, cooked up by his bruised ego and buddy Rudy Giuliani who’s getting paid $20K per day from Republicans pockets. The Supreme Court, the Electoral College, and the people have spoken. Trump, and ALL of his supporters need to accept reality and move on. He LOST the election. He’s pau.
    And President Elect Biden didn’t need to host mask less, super spreader rallies. He, and his voters are educated enough to know that was inappropriate during a pandemic that’s out of control in this Country.
    As for Trump not taking a salary? So far he’s cost taxpayers approximately $142 MILLION for golf trips. At 400K per year, that’s a whopping 355 YEARS worth of salary with nearly 1/4 of his Presidency spent at one of his golf courses. And, he gets the tax benefit of writing off some of his ‘charitable’ salary contributions. LOL.

    REBUILT THE MILITARY: “Trump pointed out that he had spent $2.5 trillion to rebuild the military, claiming that because of that the “U.S. armed forces are stronger than ever before.” But a fact-check of PolitiFact shows that Trump’s military spending is similar to that of previous administrations and that he’s boasting about money that he hasn’t spent yet. Additionally, most weapons and infrastructure remain the same since Trump was elected.”
    THE ECONOMY: “Looking at the three years before COVID-19 made a mess of things, the U.S. economy under Trump performed about the same as it had during the last three years under President Obama. On some economic measures, it was a little worse, on others a little better — but on the whole, not markedly different. And it was a far cry from the best ever.”

    I’ll leave the rest of your silly claims for you to search. That is if you can stomach the truth from a reliable, and factual news source.

    President BIDEN + Vice President HARRIS = get used to it.

  14. USAF Brat December 19, 2020 6:11 am Reply

    “get used to it”! Where have we heard THAT before? 127-years and counting. Amur-IKA retroactively, like “cut bait” Der-ika and fakestateWide Kingpins, attorney Sulla or P.A. Kollar-kealoha “guilty stolen mail box fraud” that continues STILL. Media mafia hiding arrests of key bodies like FBI “Kenji”, obum and his wife big mike, biliary-clinton in the bushes and they are but a miniscule, small portion of the tip of the iceberg, not yet addressed, arrested or courted. Why? Because the politicojudicio cabal thinks like these many commentators, who have remained clueless to what we know, see and understand as the undereducated liars across this Ouiji board. We commit to the “Game Over” practice and especially that of Z’s 400-million dollar CCP cult support, and all those out from the DUMBs epsteininians hui. One way or the other, ‘pay to play’ will be adjusted with a straighter line drawn in the Coco Palms sand and FEMA prison barges that are poised to take you away, ho ho hee hee to the funny farm, tribunal and free last supper out from GITMO into their individual or group Rabbit Holes!

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