HB1286 is not our friend
All of us have been struggling with COVID for nearly a year. But the vaccination program is finally giving us a very good chance at victory over this silent killer.
But before we can complete the vaccinations, the Hawai‘i state Legislature would strip us of one of our best protections, the mandatory quarantine. HB1286 mandates that we have to return to the single-test system for tourists and prohibit the counties from mandating a quarantine. This is a guarantee that contagious tourists would travel freely in our community. It’s a guarantee that some of them will be exposing us to the new, more-contagious COVID variant. The result will be a loss of loved ones and a further blow to our economy.
We need to wait until the vaccine is throughly distributed before we take our guard down. HB1286 is not our friend.
John Patt, Koloa
Fight against glamping
The recent guest column by Mary Paterson regarding glamping was thoughtful and historically mindful to the present.
Most compelling to me was the importance of recognizing and celebrating Princeville’s legacy as the state of Hawai‘i’s first pre-planned community: everything from water/sewer capacity to housing locations and lot sizes to community open space.
I grew up in a mainland small village which was one of America’s first pre-planned communities. Ground was broken there nearly 100 years ago. The original open spaces dedicated to parks and woodlands have stood the test of time.
Here on Kaua‘i historic lands are valued, not just for the past but for the present and future. Preserving the Alekoko Fishpond was a front-page TGI article on 2/12. A week earlier there was a good column on ridding the Coco Palms eyesore. Both of these speak to necessities.
The glamping intrusion in Princeville threatens the very integrity and principals of the community’s origins. To this reader, intrusions that tilt common sense, heritage and sense of place create permanent scars and distrust. Glamping should be fought against with islandwide fervor.
Bill Schilling, Princeville
Polihale speed bumps not necessary
Rarely do I go out to Polihale beach because the road is so atrocious, but yesterday I made the drive out there with a friend and found the road has been made even more horrible by the addition of an inordinate number of speed bumps. The road is already so bad that it’s impossible to go very fast upon it, so I fail to see the need for placing speed bumps.
Furthermore, these were so huge that even though I brought my car to a complete halt before ascending each of these, many times I still scraped bottom. If there must be speed bumps, then at least reduce them several inches.
Or, better yet, simply remove them. I was stationed a Barbers Point on O‘ahu back in the ‘80s, and the Navy went through a speed-bump fling, placing them all over the base.
Not many years later they removed them all, and I heard the reason why was that studies showed the things caused accidents. Drivers either maneuvered their cars to avoid them, causing accidents, or often the cars suffered damage that led to accidents later on from vehicle malfunctions.
Cmdr. Ken Fasig, U.S. Navy (ret.), Kalaheo