Letters for Sunday, January 24, 2021

Get vaccinated

Late last week my wife and I had our first COVID-19 vaccination injection at Wilcox Medical Center within two to three minutes of our scheduled appointment time. We were most impressed with the smooth efficiency of the whole operation despite staff having to deal with large numbers of kupuna of varied cognitive levels and mobility.

The nurses and assistants were also universally polite, friendly and very professional.

Our congratulations and thanks to all concerned.

The injection didn’t hurt at all, and we only had slight tenderness for a couple of days.

If you have the opportunity, GET VACCINATED. You owe it to yourselves and your community.

David Collison, Po‘ipu

Constitution purpose is pretty clear

Republicans talk about the Constitution like they know what’s in it. They don’t. Most think the Constitution explicitly demands implementation of their political agenda, things like tax breaks for the rich, freedom from masks, special policing for minority areas and keeping immigrants out of the country. It doesn’t.

There are some things in the Republican platform that the Constitution does speak to, like religious freedom, freedom in the economy (but not a green light to oppress the poor), limited taxation, limited government and fiscal responsibility. But Republicans haven’t been doing very well with all of this. They are better at talking about freedom than actually providing for it.

The Constitution’s chief aim is to specify who makes the laws and how and when they are to be made. It says the people of the states make most of the laws, and Congress makes some of them, all through their elected representatives. The president and the governors are supposed to implement the laws, not dream them up on a bad-hair day and force them on the people.

If it’s any consolation, most Democrats don’t know what’s in the Constitution, either. During the next four years it will be the pleasure of writers like myself to point out a few things about them, too.

Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross, Utah

‘Ele‘ele Public Park needs attention

‘Ele‘ele Public Park is well-used during the day to sunset. There is a basketball court, some play things for the young children, such as swing set and a slide. There is also a cement path that runs along the perimeter of the park. Lots of people (young and old) get there exercise walking and jogging on the path.

However, there are a lot of users in the early evening using the path too, which makes it unsafe without the proper lighting. Maybe the county/state should consider installing some posts with solar lights that would light up for a few hours after dark to early morning to keep the park and walk/run path safe for night users. The lights will also keep home owners safe from people entering their property at dark times.

Also, around the north and east perimeter there are some koa seed bush and tall grass that could be cut/killed. These areas around the perimeter pose as a place homeless could settle in.

Mayor Kawakami, please consider what’s said above and mahalo in advance.

Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele

6 Comments
  1. kauaidoug January 24, 2021 3:23 pm Reply

    One of my fervent hope out of many post Covid hopes, is CIVICS come roaring back to our schools. IMO voting and not voting is one of our biggest problems resulting in a population that can be mislead.
    The whole point of Civics should be to educate people as to WHY they should vote, that their vote does make a difference and how our whole government of the people hinges on an educated population so that they will vote. Not to mention the countless Americans who have fought and died for that right to vote and how through Jim Crow and other voter suppression measures people were taught NOT to vote. History has now given to America an image never really thought possible before, the storming of our Capitol by our own.
    We have taken our Civics class together and learned how impeachment and much of our government’s checks and balances work through nightly TV in the last 4 years.

    Let’s bring Civics back before History repeats itself.


  2. Tyler Bratt January 24, 2021 5:28 pm Reply

    Most are surprised there is no right to vote in constitution. Up to state legislatures to decide. The idea was that “enumerated” means if it’s not in the constitution politicians don’t get to do it without an amendment.


  3. Khsgrad January 24, 2021 7:48 pm Reply

    Please don’t try to guilt anyone into receiving the vaccine- we don’t owe anyone anything and what we owe ourselves is to let our God given body and it’s immune system to do the job it was created for- If you and yours are at a high risk then go ahead and vaccinate- leave the rest of us alone…..


  4. Genes not Jeans January 24, 2021 10:21 pm Reply

    There’s more and more to be said that is scientific, sensible, and reasonable about not taking the Experimental Gene Therapy, oops the mistakenly called vaccine, than any reason to take it.

    There are too many knowns and unknowns to take the risk of being injected with a man made disease made more toxically potent by a guy too long fooling with the dangers of virus experiments.

    Faici apparently has been using our tax dollars to increase the lethality of this Covid-19 virus for some years now, since Obama told him and his ilk to back off.

    Pfizer has already contracted to make 1.5 Billion dosages of this Experimental Risky Gene Therapy, surely a profitable incentive, and their vaccine is actually as said an Experimental Gene Therapy as it has been registered with the FDA, since they were prohibited from registering this experimental gene therapy as a Vaccine, seems while they are prohibited from registering this unscientific warp speed injection of unsure outcome, they are “pushing” the injection as a vaccine anyway, even though vaccine are only said to be safe by those who sell them, and their paid off so called experts.

    And if they are experts why don’t they know about the risks and dangers of vaccines and experimental gene therapy designed for guiñea pigs and sheeples.

    And why is it when people take the injection shot jab, they always look away? Is it some innate wisdom that’s telling them this shot is a violation of the Health of the human specie?

    If 98% of the people who get the Covid-19 virus and have either No Symptoms or only mild symptoms and over 99% get well in 3 to 14 days, why would anyone in their right mind risk having a man made never before seen on earth disease injected into their body? Why would you prefer to put a disease into a perfectly good body.

    Sounds like Blind Faith in your TV. How odd is that, or just plain stupid.

    It seems most educated people would choose Mother Nature providing our genes instead of a laboratory with mere mortals mixing up the pot of genes made from petroleum made into carcinogenic petrochemicals on their way to becoming experimental genes.

    In this season’s case it is more of a herd of sheep blindly led into the zany Gene House, as threatened by Media Fear.

    While you can make your JEANS messy, you still should not mess with your GENES. God gave us our Genes, while Levi gave us our JEANS. There is a difference you know. Do we need explain?

    So head on down for your cheap shot and see what you’re like in few years when those fake GENES change your body, into God and Satan only know.


  5. Susan Oakley January 25, 2021 12:35 am Reply

    An ongoing discussion of the Constitution would be very welcome – bring it on! Here is a .pdf link to the Constitution: https://usconstitution.net/const.pdf

    Our vote is our voice, and voter suppression seems to be in vogue. What are your views about making voter disenfranchisement a crime?


  6. Kaaona Kipuka January 25, 2021 3:29 pm Reply

    I’m pretty sure you can concern yourself with things in Utah ok Miss Kimberly, thanks we got this…


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