Seniors missing out on so much
COVID-19 affected everyone around the world, but especially the Class of 2021.
They have not been able to experience all the seniors’ activities. When you first become a high-school student, you imagine all the things you get to do. You can attend dances, assemblies, gatherings, Project Grad, sports games, bonfire and multiple spirit weeks. But the Class of 2021 got all this taken away.
So as a student of the Class of 2022 I am afraid that I will not be able to have the senior year I was looking forward to. My senior year was the year I wanted to go to all my dances, go to all school activities, and be a part of everything that happens, because once you leave high school you will never be able to experience them again.
I really hope that the seniors of 2021 get to at least finish the rest of their senior year and the Class of 2022 gets to experience our whole senior year without having COVID stop us.
Isley Ulanday, Lawa‘i
Hard to trust vaccine process
Hello. I am writing about the COVID-19 vaccine that is being distributed to the world.
I feel the world should be able to keep their rights when it comes to not wanting the new vaccine for COVID-19. Many people in the world are experiencing anxiety and anger because they feel the vaccine will be mandatory. I feel that businesses and travel agencies and companies should not force us to have a vaccine in order to work or travel with them. I also disagree with the new cards that Lt. Gov. Josh Green is talking about.
This vaccine was created way too quickly for me and others I’ve talked to in order for us to trust this vaccine process. Many of us are skeptical and hostile to this decision to receive a vaccine that was created in a year when all other pandemics and diseases needed more time to create a safe and working vaccine. I’m sure many other people are thinking the same as me. I am aware there are also many people who are looking forward to the vaccine to make them feel safer, but until it is clear what symptoms and side effects this creates, many people will not take or receive this vaccine.
Thank you for your time.
Tia Low, Lawa‘i
Maintenance at Kalapaki Bay is lacking
Taking advantage of Kaua‘i’s recent beautiful weather, we headed for Kalapaki Bay. Unfortunately, when accessing the parking lot between JJ’s Broiler and Duke’s (neither of whom own this parking lot), the beauty of the day was spoiled by the absolutely horrible condition of this lot. I’ve lived on Kaua‘i for almost 20 years, and I’ve never seen this parking lot in worse condition. In fact, I’ve never seen this lot in good condition.
Kaua‘i’s Parks and Recreation department is responsible for the maintenance of this lot but, by the looks of the lot’s condition, it’s obvious that no one has done anything for quite some time. Our County Council controls the money needed for the repair and maintenance of this parking lot. If everyone contacts the County Council requesting funds be made available for the immediate repair and long-term maintenance of this parcel, perhaps something good will take place.
Adjacent to this parking lot is a freshwater stream that also needs attention. The state of Hawai‘i monitors and maintains the quality of the water, but there is a small area, as the stream enters Kalapaki Bay, that is supposed to be maintained by the Marriott. This area has a tremendous amount of vegetation as well as dead trees. It is obvious no one is doing any maintenance. This is yet another blighted area on our beautiful island that needs attention.
Michael Diamant, Koloa