Letters for Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Get your COVID vaccination now

My wife and I, who are both vaccinated, had two different (but similar) COVID-related experiences while celebrating Mother’s Day.

The first was at a local restaurant during breakfast. We shared a table with a young (20s) couple. Over the course of the meal, it was revealed that they were not vaccinated and, in fact, are not considering COVID vaccination. Their reasoning was that they are young and could easily survive a COVID infection should they be exposed. They also revealed that their parents were not vaccinated and won’t be.

Our second Mother’s Day experience occurred when we arrived at Eating House 1849 for dinner, only to find the eatery closed (temporary closure announced on their website and via announcements on their windows) due to an employee testing positive for COVID.

Both scenarios demonstrate the importance of being vaccinated, not only for one’s protection but for the public’s protection as well.

The young couple’s reasoning for not getting vaccinated shows a total disregard for the possibility of them infecting someone, especially someone who is not as young or as healthy as they are.

The restaurant’s closure demonstrates the results of when an establishment’s employee, most likely not vaccinated, tests positive for COVID.

These two vignettes easily make the case for everyone to be vaccinated and to do their part in making our community safe for everyone, young and not-so-young. The message is simple and direct. Please GET VACCINATED, and as soon as possible. Your health and the health of Kaua‘i depend on it.

Thank you.

Michael Diamant, M.D., Koloa

Take responsibility for teaching your keiki

Dear Kauaian parents and the support system that you have or need to put in place. It is overdue. If you want your keiki to receive a worthwhile education, then you must take the time to homeschool or otherwise have keiki attend a public online charter school like Myron B. Thompson Academy.

There are no excuses. You are denying the reality of what is now occurring. Even working three jobs, I was able to do this homeschool practice. It used to be that preschool to end elementary school was a great option. But, alas, due to the current circumstances and technology, everyone has grown lazy.

Debra Kekaualua, Kapa‘a

  1. RGLadder37 May 12, 2021 12:18 am Reply

    That’s a good idea Debra. I think teaching your kids takes out some of the others bad vibes that they give your kids. The smarter ones who do homeschool their kids, don’t feel the need to publicly support the free education that our state provides. Not necessary are the public schools to educate your kids. So they don’t attend. 3 public high schools. The down fall is having to spend time and money and really educate your kids to be citizens that will participate in society like others. The upside to this, no interference from others. Bad influences like drugs, alcohol, anything bad that they might get into. It works both ways I guess. It all depend on choices.

  2. Mark May 12, 2021 3:31 am Reply

    The good doctor has made himself very clear. Ever one get vaccinated. Period. And in the future if health problems should occur due to the prescribed vaccine, the doctor can be reached in Koloa apparently, by your lawyer.

    1. Roger May 12, 2021 2:10 pm Reply

      Rodger dat. MD Mike diamanté. On record giving medical advice to the masses. No patient history or pre existing conditions should cause you to question the “vaccine” however if you were to call it what it is…and a emergency authorized mRNA covid therapy. They you might atleast gain a little credibility. However your virtue signaling and gaslighting of people who think for themselves will be lost on us. You got the jab? Great. Mind your own damn business.

      1. unko roger May 14, 2021 11:46 pm Reply

        What was your medical background again? do you even know what mRNA means? or what the emergency footing on the development of a vaccine even did? Do you know anything at all besides random BS your facebook groups send you?

    2. truthbeknown May 12, 2021 9:52 pm Reply

      Mark, good point and something these dictatorial doctors should keep in mind. Young people getting vaccinated doesn’t make any sense in my opinion. My son, who is a rising junior at a major university, along with many other students, contracted COVID, which was confirmed by 2 separate tests. He said it felt like a mild cold and it went away in six days. He and the rest of the infected ones self quarantined for 2 weeks and all are now immune to the disease for an indeterminable length of time without having to play Russian Roulette with the experimental RNA jabs. People just don’t get that these are not vaccines They neither prevent the disease nor prevent the spread, just possibly lessen the chances. But more importantly, they have not been properly tested for long term side effects. We, the people, ARE the animal control test group. If we the people would take the time to investigate prior RNA research for other applications, we would be surprised to find that the animal test groups didn’t fare well, which begs the question, will we do any better? I am not opposed to vaccines that have been properly vetted, but I am highly suspicious of ones that are, in my opinion, not.

  3. YuCalJoe May 12, 2021 6:50 am Reply

    Home schooling is the best option if you have the opportunity. With the addition of having your child participate in community sports, your child will have a clear opportunity to develop critical thinking skills. Rather than being programmed to a specific political agenda, your child will have the ability to use common sense and reason in making decisions for the short-term and long-term. These skills are lost in the nation’s educational system. Just read the news on how insane thinking has become, and how it has infected the society and now corporate environments. Focus on building your child’s strong character and independent thinking.

  4. RG DeSoto May 12, 2021 7:41 am Reply

    Your rant, Michael, makes no sense. The CDC and people like Fauci say that even after being vaccinated we must wear a mask and keep a distance from others. A simile might put it in perspective:
    Let’s say there is a vaccine that will prevent pregnancy. So you decide to participate, but you are told that even after being vaccinated your wife/girlfriend will still be required to take birth control and you must use a condom. Great idea to get vaccinated right? Well that is exactly the scenario with the so-called Covid vaccines. It’s a load of cr_p.
    While you’re at it you might want to visit https://vaers.hhs.gov/ You will note there that more than 3000 people have died within a week or so of having one of these experimental vaccines.
    See: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/05/no_author/warning-pfizers-experimental-emergency-use-authorized-mrna-vaccine-carries-serious-risk-of-prion-associated-spongiform-encephalopathy-dementia/
    and this: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/05/jon-rappoport/covid-jab-deaths-the-numbers-point-to-a-catastrophe/
    RG DeSoto

    1. RU Kidding May 12, 2021 11:18 am Reply

      So many logical fallacies from one poster…

      1. RG DeSoto May 12, 2021 3:48 pm Reply

        So…RUK, do you care to enumerate these logical fallacies? Or are you guilty of the old hack: keep your mouth shut and let the world think you a fool, or open your mouth and let them know you are.
        RG DeSoto

        1. RU Kidding May 13, 2021 12:39 pm Reply

          Try to be self-critical for once. What do YOU think you could re-architect and make a more sound argument?

          1. RG DeSoto May 14, 2021 2:41 pm

            Man, speaking of illogical…re-architect?
            But the short answer is yes I could.
            RG DeSoto

          2. RU Kidding May 14, 2021 7:58 pm

            Not very good at reading comprehension? Look, whatever you think of what I typed, I don’t care. The point is you are never introspective. Give it a try. Failing that… just stop.

      2. ikashibi May 12, 2021 10:32 pm Reply

        boggles the rational mind.

    2. Jamie Rainbow May 12, 2021 8:33 pm Reply

      You fibber, the VERS site does not say that on the link you provided and how many people are you talking about. The daily vaccine rate for the USA alone was over 2 million a day, in case you can’t do the math that 14 million people a week, soooo how many would have naturally died during that time? Get the vaccine please, it’s not an order, just like the Doc above it’s my opinion. Last I checked this was still America and I could have an opinion different than yours and not get sued over it.

      1. RG DeSoto May 13, 2021 3:43 pm Reply

        Geez, JR…you have to do a bit of digging to find the data. And no one is “suing” you over your opinion. Get a grip. Keep in mind that a number of vaccines have been recalled after as few as 15-20 associated deaths.
        RG DeSoto
        See this from VAERS (not VERS):
        Reports of death after COVID-19 vaccination

        CDC uses the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to closely monitor reports of death following COVID-19 vaccination.

        FDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS.
        Reports to VAERS of death following vaccination do not necessarily mean the vaccine caused the death.
        CDC follows up on any report of death to request additional information to learn more about what occurred and to determine whether the death was a result of the vaccine or was unrelated.
        CDC, FDA, and other federal agencies will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

        Over 259 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through May 10, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 4,434 reports of death (0.0017%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines. However, recent reports indicate a plausible causal relationship between the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and a rare and serious adverse event—blood clots with low platelets—which has caused deaths. Get the latest safety information on the J&J/Janssen vaccine. CDC and FDA will continue to investigate reports of adverse events, including deaths, reported to VAERS.

  5. Candace May 12, 2021 8:16 am Reply

    Choosing to be vaccinated or not is someone’s own decision. Them being vaccinated in no way prevents them from getting the virus – or spreading it. So assuming that the employee at the restaurant was unvaccinated seems a little presumptuous coming from an M.D. I’ve read of plenty of cases in which the person was fully vaccinated and still got the virus.

    Don’t push your agenda (and yes, I’m vaccinated) on people who choose not to do something. This is still basically an experimental period.

    1. Cantdance May 12, 2021 11:23 am Reply

      Sure, out of hundreds of millions of people you will find “plenty” of instances where anything happens. What you’re overlooking is how effective the vaccines have been. In that population, the infection rate is far less than the non-vaccinated population. And that was always the claim – that these vaccines are 90%+ effective. That means some will still get it, but at such a lower rate that the virus will eventually cease spreading.

      I know, science and math are hard. If you don’t get it, that’s OK. But don’t spread YOUR agenda when it is based out of ignorance.

  6. nothings free May 12, 2021 11:39 am Reply

    I get sooo… amused by Dr’s who take a stance on something they don’t have all the information about. The Drug Companies don’t even have all the information about their experimental vaccines SO HOW DO YOU?! That’s why they’ve been given immunity from suit or prosecution If we have health problems or die from vaccine complications in the future! That begs the question. Since this Dr. has not been given immunity, can I sue an Opinion writer “Doctor” who cajoles and authorizes me into taking the vaccine, and something goes wrong 10 years from now as a result of this experiment? Is there a statute of limitations on malpractice leading to death! Let’s take a realistic and rational look at this vaccine. Is it safe? No vaccine in history has been released to the public this fast and without longer term analysis. We don’t know so to whatever extent you’re rolling the dice! NO DEBATE! What is the efficacy of the vaccine? Pfizer just came out and said the vaccine can not fully protect you, and they will only stand behind the fact that, for whatever percentage of protection it does give you, it will protect you at that percentage for only 6 months. Really? Does this mean we will have to take two experimental shots, or a booster shot, every 6 months to get our best protection? FOR LIFE?! We won’t even explore the fact that if you’re basically healthy with Covid you have a nearly 100% chance of survival. The actual rate of death of everyone who has had Covid, almost all of them having other life threatening diseases, is much less than the 3 % rate of “Reported” cases they’re using for their statistics. The “projected” death rate of ALL cases, including those millions of people who have had Covid and didn’t even know it, is .007 not the ridiculous 3% the establishment propaganda is pushing! And, oh yes, they’ve confirmed that after you get the vaccine you’re still a walking around spreader of the virus! Shutting down our entire world for this flu was, and is, the Government’s decision; getting the vaccine is, and should be, your personal decision to make, without being cajoled or criticized by “Opinion” writers! Though the Socialists are trying to change it, this is still a free Country! The outcome of one’s decision to take or not take the vaccine is yours to make. Everyone else, including businesses, airlines, politicians, Opinion junkies, and employers, it is not your right to dictate, or even know about, my personal health decisions concerning SOMETHING THAT IS EXPERIMENTAL, even if you buy the nonsense that this experiment is the savior of the world. Regardless of your inflated sense of duty, you are not God!

    1. sunlight is free May 12, 2021 1:43 pm Reply

      So, a doctor commenting on medical topics knows less than you about the same topics? You must be very amused, indeed.

    2. Jamie Rainbow May 12, 2021 8:40 pm Reply

      So lets say you don’t get the vaccine and you get covid and pass it on to say a 1000 people and out of those 1000 people only 2 die (less than the average) Was it worth it? not getting the vaccine is a selfish, self entitled act.

    3. Jamie Rainbow May 12, 2021 8:54 pm Reply

      Sorry to comment so much, but these comments are deceitful and the false information may keep someone who needs it from getting the vaccine. Also if you think you can sue the Doctor for his opinion, then someone can sue you when they contract Covid by following your advice and not getting the vaccine.

      1. nothings free May 13, 2021 10:08 am Reply

        Well, we have sunlight and rainbow! Both say a Dr. is qualified and knows everything, however, this “Dr.” is an Anesthesiologist who knocks people out for a living, not trained in anything virus and Covid related to an extent of expertise necessary to influence any patient or person. The CDC still doesn’t have a clue about the long term effects of this experiment because no testing has been done over time! NO ONE KNOWS! Not even a “Dr”! We do know for sure that you get the vaccine, you will still spread the virus around, you will lose the vaccine’s desired benefit from the injection in 6 short months, and the vaccine is not a vaccine at all! It’s a short term re-engineered RNA cosmetic fix that you’ll have to inject into your body every 6 months, or year, FOR LIFE! Go for it girls! We’ll all patiently watch to see how this experimental vaccine “crap shoot” works for you!

        1. sunlight is free May 14, 2021 8:04 pm Reply

          Where did anyone but you say that any Dr is all-knowledgeable about all aspects of medicine? (Ironically, you think that you are…)

          But all doctors are trained in medicine and have a better general background in all things… medical. So I’ll trust them more than you on this, for sure.

          There are known effects of having have Covid-19, and they are generally worse than side effects for those for whom the vaccines are considered safe. Note, they do say that some people shouldn’t risk having the shots, but that’s all the more reason everyone else should.

          If you can’t understand, then stop shouting falsehoods and go to school.

  7. therealhawaiian May 12, 2021 12:19 pm Reply

    Isn’t it an unnecessary risk for a Dr. of Anesthesiology to go public with advice for everyone to be vaccinated? Congratulations on being an Anesthesiologist, which is a high paying, and time positive type of Dr. No having to work at night or on weekends for you! But isn’t giving advice and urging behavior about a subject far outside one’s medical education wise? Would Malpractice Insurance even cover a Dr. who is “prescribing” vaccination advice when they are not qualified to practice the medicine related to vaccines and Covid viruses? There are over 3,000 people so far that have died from taking the vaccine. I have a close friend who was in the hospital for 5 days, and almost died on the second day, from taking it! I would think one would drop the M.D. from their moniker when publicly prescribing something that is not related to their M.D. credential? Let’s hope no one who reads this letter, decides to go and get vaccinated as a result, and becomes a death statistic for doing so.

    1. thefakeguy May 12, 2021 1:44 pm Reply

      Sue him and find out.

      1. nothings free May 13, 2021 10:11 am Reply

        Fake, sue for what?

        1. thefakeguy May 14, 2021 8:05 pm Reply

          For whatever it is he’s saying the doctor could be sued for… Makes no sense to me.

    2. idashibi May 12, 2021 10:38 pm Reply

      and your obviously uneducated opinion is more valuable than a person whose job it is to save lives? Can I sue you for your ignorance?

      1. nothings free May 13, 2021 10:14 am Reply

        Idashibi – you may want to educate yourself as to the appropriate use of the word “your” in your comment. Yes! You can sue for anything these days!

        1. thefakeguy May 14, 2021 8:06 pm Reply

          Oh, now we should look at your post history and look for typos?

  8. Jeff S. May 12, 2021 5:49 pm Reply

    I’ve been vaccinated due to my job – my choice. My wife refuses to be vaccinated – her choice. My 18 year old son is considering the vaccine – his choice. My 20 year old daughter refuses to be vaccinated – her choice. And the common theme is what? You guessed it, a person’s choice. Keep your thoughts on whether to be vaccinated or not to yourself and do what you think is best for you. For the record, my 75 year old mother got the vaccine and after her second dose had to be taken to the ER by ambulance for a host of crazy things that were happening to her body. She will not be getting a booster down the road.

    1. nothings free May 13, 2021 10:25 am Reply

      Thank you Jeff for being the adult in the room! Well said! Sorry about your mother, I had a close friend land in the hospital for 5 days because of the vaccine, almost losing his life on the second day! Some pretty good sources are claiming that over 3,000 people have died from the vaccine. The only main stream media is twisting, fact checking, and denouncing, but these things tend to find their place in reality eventually.

  9. Jamie Rainbow May 12, 2021 8:19 pm Reply

    How about TGI doing a little investigative reporting and try to find out how many of the people testing positive have had the vaccine. Loosely it looks like 6 out of the 70 cases reported had been vaccinated or roughly 10%. Now if the vaccine did not stop the spread of Covid the numbers should of been around 50% due to the fact that Kauai is 50% vaccinated. I know these numbers could be statistically off, but not by 40%. Get the vaccine it is right thing do for your Ohana and as a responsible citizen. I did.

  10. james May 14, 2021 6:56 am Reply

    Both my wife and I have been vaccinated. Can I still catch Covid? Maybe, but science tells us if I do, there will be no or very few symptoms. If I do contract covid after being vaccinated, can I then unknowingly pass it on to others, maybe to someone who chose not to get vaccinated? Maybe. Will I feel remorse if I’m out and about without a mask, legally, and give covid to an unvaccinated adult who then gets really sick and dies? Sure, but I won’t lose any sleep over it. People make their beds and then they must sleep in them.

    1. guy May 14, 2021 8:07 pm Reply

      And anyone who is already vaccinated drastically lowers all the chances for those examples. That’s some good sleep.

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