Letters for Thursday, May 13, 2021

Use some common sense

Hawaii spends millions encouraging visitors to come here — and we don’t tell them about access to the Ke’e beach parking so they get turned away! Come on, County!!

Create a comprehensive flyer on parking/fees requirements, get 10,000 printed up and put one on the drivers seat of every rental car that goes out.

Dale Winters, Kapa‘a

Surprising praise for Florida

In his most recent Guest Editorial, Mr. Steve Yoder praised the COVID-19 management of both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. That praise might be surprising to the grieving families of the 1,981 residents of South Dakota who died from the disease. The grieving families of the 35,730 dead Floridians may feel equally surprised. But no matter – Republicans can fail in the most spectacular possible manner (see Donald Trump) and Mr. Yoder still slathers the failed with praise. It’s disgusting.

One only has to read Mr. Yoder’s editorial to see why the Republican party has all but disappeared in Hawai’i.

Kurt Last, Anahola

  1. RGLadder37 May 13, 2021 1:07 am Reply

    Businesses won’t last in Hawai’i without that Republican mindset. Democracy and business only suits the small retail down to earth mom and pop stores that serve the community who could care less about standards, instead they go with quality service and food taste for the whole family to enjoy. This is just one part of business. There are other parts to businesses. The corporations that run over the small business are bigger and more rich. They deal with the more larger entities in Hawai’i. Not necessarily the government. I think the government must be well informed to make decisions or the bigger corporations will just run over the smaller businesses and collect from the government.

  2. Steven McMacken May 13, 2021 3:11 am Reply

    It should come as no surprise to anyone (with an ounce of brains) that 8 out of 10 of the states with the highest rates of COVID-19 are being run by Republican administrations. North and South Dakota have the dubious distinction of being ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, with 14 percent of their citizenry having been infected by the coronavirus. And Florida isn’t far behind them with 10.5 percent. We live in unprecedented times when politicians — in particular, Republicans — have the gall to praise their own failures.

    1. Citizen Cane May 14, 2021 1:24 pm Reply

      Yes, it’s because many republicans like Gaetz, Greene, Cruz, Boebert (Noem and DeSantis) and that ilk subscribe to the attention-seeking reality-show “celeb” school of stunt politics, where you say or do anything outrageous and performative for the attention span-challenged politi-junkie consumer who goes in for that sort of thing. Then, if you’ve pushed enough fear-buttons (pick your bogeyman: immigrants, LGBTQ, Muslims, gun-control, etc.) or if you just want to make the outrageous claim that your state leads in the Covid battle, you can turn around and fleece the gullible for millions. …Taking a page from the former Grifter-in-Chief.

  3. Croesus May 13, 2021 4:12 am Reply

    California deaths from covid 19 stands at 62,467 while Florida stands at 35,881
    California maintains one of the most restrictive lockdown mandates to date while Florida had Disneyworld open since July.

    Texas covid cases dropped to record low three weeks after the Governor lifted the mask mandate.

    Did the more restrictive mandates save more lives, why and how?
    There are so many answers and speculations.

    Each Governor had to make a decision on a path forward for their state because that’s their job. Each had access to what was known about the virus then and now.

    We do know that current President Biden took his covid 19 shot before he took office, thanks to the efforts of the former President 😉

    1. Steven McMacken May 13, 2021 11:05 am Reply

      “Thanks to the efforts of the former President” . . . puh-leeze

      Croesus, if you’re going to cite figures, at least be accurate in how you present them. Yes, California has more deaths from COVID-19 than that old folks’ home we call Florida. But maybe the reason for that is that there are MORE PEOPLE LIVING in the Golden State than in Florida.

      For the record, as a percentage of the citizens residing in the two states, more Floridians have contracted the coronavirus (10.5 percent) than have Californians (9.5 percent).

      1. Croesus May 14, 2021 12:52 pm Reply

        If CA has the strictest lockdown rules then they should also have the lowest numbers of deaths, shouldn’t they. And since FL had a looser policy, then they should have the higher death count.

        I’ve already said there’s a lot of “answers” and speculation , we can now add your “maybe” and some math you didn’t specify.

        The reality is the science on this virus is not settled.

        Even Dr Fauci admitted he couldn’t explain why TX cases are declining after the Governor lifted the mask mandate.

        What we do know, is that current President Biden got his Covid 19 vaccine before he took office, thanks to the efforts of the former administration 😉

        1. Croesus May 14, 2021 1:10 pm Reply

          Oh and Steven,

          The figures you cited where more Floridians (10.5%) contracted the virus more than Californians (9.5%) only raised the question again:

          If CA had the strictest preventive measures, shouldn’t they have the least amount of cases? And vice versa for FL

          If more Floridians than Californians contracted the virus, why are there a lot more dead Californians?

          Governors had to choose a path forward with the info they had.

          FL had the better result death wise and economy wise compared to CA, so we can fairly say their Governor made the better choices .

    2. Math is hard May 13, 2021 1:46 pm Reply

      If you don’t know why your explanation of the numbers is bad, you should think of rates versus totals. If you did know why your explanation was bad… then just shame.

  4. Mark May 13, 2021 4:37 am Reply

    Talking to store owners and food venders in April, the reoccurring theme was that half of the small business on the island didn’t survive the year long shut down. I m sure Last will want to be first to amend his letter to remind everyone of this fact and to slather his disgust for the damage they now have to live with every day for the rest of their lives. You see Steve true conservatives see both sides and use common sense looking at the world, the liberal playbook you continually preach from full of hatred and victimization doesn’t really connect with critical thinkers. I will be interested to see your corrections soon. Good luck and Mahalo.

    1. X May 13, 2021 1:48 pm Reply

      “…they now have to live with every day for the rest of their lives.” Or if we had been like Florida, they could be dead.

  5. lisa insalata May 13, 2021 8:08 am Reply

    Even more horrifying is Mr. Yoder’s letter praising the utterly mean spirited, corrupt, unintelligible Trump as the greatest president in American history. How many lies must Trump state before we wake up?

  6. James Kuroiwa, Jr. May 13, 2021 8:24 am Reply

    Kurt Last, on May 12, 2021, Biden supporters were ecstatic after 112 calendar days in Office…Israel is on fire, war in the middle east, major US pipeline hacked, price of everyday goods is skyrocketing, Russia is massing troops on the border with Ukraine. Ukraine is threatening to take Crimea back by force. China is threatening Taiwan and its neighbors while also threatening our Navy. North Korea tests missiles again and restarted their nuclear weapons program. Iran has been emboldened and making more than their normal threats. The Southern border with Mexico is a Biden policy humanitarian disaster and the promised transparency is non-existent. It is now $29 trillion in debt, $4.8 trillion projected 2021 deficit, before the $2 trillion stimulus proposed today for the new green deal. And Oil prices up by 80% which you see at your pump. Yes, in only 112 days in Office.

    1. J/K May 13, 2021 1:50 pm Reply

      I know! Imagine how much worse it could have been if Biden weren’t correcting that total disaster train the previous guy was heading.

    2. YuCalJoe May 14, 2021 4:13 am Reply

      All facts!

  7. Doug May 13, 2021 9:34 am Reply

    Who spends the millions luring tourists here? HTA!! Whose responsibility is is to inform those tourists that they drag here? HTA! The Hawaiian Tourist Association has failed miserably and needs their budget cut even more! And on top of that, Ke’e is a STATE BEACH and NOT the responsibility of the county.

  8. YuCalJoe May 13, 2021 11:24 am Reply

    It must be nice to have no self respect, stay home, and collect free money from the government rather than work with dignity. And to have time to do nothing but whine about Trump and Republicans. Then praise Biden for his excellent work on the border, gas prices, Middle East conflict, inflation, and so much more to come. Happy times!

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