Disagreeing with Yoder’s comments

Mr. Steve Yoder’s May 7 editorial (“Hawai‘i should follow Florida’s lead”), was maybe well-taken, but a lot of bull.

Yoder did speak like a true Republican, the party that did nothing for four years for America, the people, the economy, et, ceteras, but did incite racism, riots, hatefulness and a lot of animosity in our country.

Mr. Yoder, and those like him, should be very proud that he did have a one-termer president, who scorned, belittled men and women, disassembled NATO and our allies, and really split our country.

Well, since Mr. Yoder mentioned about the masks in his letter, which seem to be his biggest concern, I’d like to add that his one-termer did exactly nothing to try to combat the virus or do anything to cut our thousands of deaths that he was responsible for, until President Biden came into office and tackled and successfully rid us of the virus problem. He did mention that the coronavirus was like the regular flu and would be over in a month’s time.

You did, Mr. Yoder, highly praise DeSantis and Kristi Noem for their courage and intelligence, and for not shutting down the economy, and stupidly, not mandating to wear the masks.

There was nothing positive said about the scientists and the CDC, and the wonderful job and things they were doing. I’d just like to point one thing out to you, Mr. Yoder, that it does not take courage for anyone to say and do things contrary to what the scientists and the people have said all along, to act and to be stupid.

It takes stupid people to say and do things stupidly to be stupid. Courage? Think again.

The mask isn’t really the issue here, but it is one of the many guidelines that the scientists have said all along, which, when wearing one, would and could help straighten out our economy and help bring back the many thing things we’ve lost for the year and a half.

Distancing, washing and senitizing our hands were also included to probably help take us back to where we were before. Look what is happening today. We’re in the process of not having to wear masks because the people have listened and have done what our scientists and our CDC have asked us to do.

And if you have taken the vaccines, both of them, you may not need to wear the mask. If you only took one, or have not taken any, it will be your responsibility to get them, or wear the mask until you do.

Of course, it will be very hard to determine who took the vaccine or not. But I guess if you’re dumb enough not to get them, be fully aware, and don’t ever blame others when and if you get the virus and suffer, or even worse, die and become a statistic.

Why, of all things, would anyone refuse to take the vaccine when it would be safer if you did than not?

And why would you be so selfish for not taking it to at least try to help the person next or across you? The odds are better taken than not. Be safe and reasonable.

Are you those people who were holding signs telling people not to take the vaccines, don’t force people to take the vaccines, impeach Kawakami, and all of those nasty signs I could not read because I was driving?

Are you also those who don’t give a rat’s behind what happens to the next person? Are you one of the members of the CDC or the scientists who’ve developed the medicines? Where and what kinds of credentials can you produce to show you are better than the CDC or scientists that the vaccines are no good? Or are you just too stupid to realize that they know more things about the vaccines than you do.

Who are you people? Where did you come from, and what are your scientific backgrounds? Are you in business that you cannot wait for things to get better so you can really open up your business?

All that Mr. Yoder wrote was and are not factual, but just words. He is just like me, saying things I sometimes cannot back up what I say, but has the right, under the First Amendment, to say what I feel. To top it off, he is a tour driver/guide just like me, who may know the history of the island, but not of the COVID-19. We both are not scientists nor the CDC.

So Mr. Yoder, praise those who say stupid things without facts, or like the Hawaiians say, “lolo.”


Ray Domingo is a resident of Lihu‘e.

  1. kanOOkdrmr May 24, 2021 12:33 am Reply

    Yoder spreads disinformation (lies), just like every other red hatter! Now they’re trying to shorten our year to 364 days, by erasing 1/6/21 like it never happened! No shame at all. Imploding while trying to grab back power, even though they haven’t a clue on how to govern.
    That’s what Yoder believes in. Hey Steve, if you’re reading this, go jump out of a cake!
    Vote BLUE in 22!

  2. Saul Alinsky May 24, 2021 6:19 am Reply

    Welcome friend : )

  3. Lawaibob May 24, 2021 6:45 am Reply

    Mr Yoder is a loser and a troll, please don’t feed him.

  4. YuCalJoe May 24, 2021 7:36 am Reply

    You live in paradise. Why let what others have to say bother you? It’s your choice to react or ignore. Typically, a reaction is a win for the one you are complaining about. Ignoring it gives you more power and more peaceful times. I know it can be hard, I do the same at times. I’m trying to change keep a habit of not reacting. Life is getting shorter. Get out and enjoy God’s gift of Kauai. Stay safe. ALOHA!

  5. andrew May 24, 2021 7:46 am Reply

    David Holmes Black is the Canadian majority owner of Black Press, which owns many small newspaper companies including TGI. He also owns 100% of Kitimat Clean Ltd., a Canadian oil company. “At this time KC, is 100% owned by David Black of Victoria, BC. Work is underway to form an owner syndicate including experienced pipeline and refinery businesspeople and corporations from Canada. Before construction occurs, major oil companies, including a refinery operating company, will likely purchase shares.
    David Black has spent most of his life in BC. He owns 60 newspapers in BC and understands its uniqueness as well as anyone. ” This is an excerpt from his Oil Company website. So tgi is owned by an oil guy from Canada who buys newspapers too. Which explains the support we see for far-right columnists and opinions. But to TGI credit, at least they still give an island perspective like Ray Domingo to help keep things local and real. Thanks Ray, and thanks to TGI staff for publishing someone that speaks to Kauai.

  6. marc sanchez May 24, 2021 8:00 am Reply

    Spoken like a true, indoctrinated, partisan, sheeple…baaaaa.

    People like you are why we are a divided nation.

  7. Kalaheo May 24, 2021 8:46 am Reply

    Ray Domingo probably wrote one of the most ignorant letters full of nonsense I have ever read.

  8. Hanapaahi May 24, 2021 9:22 am Reply

    Romans 1-22
    “Professing to be wise they became fools”

  9. Hanapaahi May 24, 2021 9:40 am Reply

    Romans 1-22;
    “Professing to be wise they became fools.”

  10. Paulo May 24, 2021 10:45 am Reply

    Right on Ray Domingo. An other good point of view.

  11. kauaidoug May 24, 2021 10:55 am Reply

    Drop the Mic, Mr. Domingo!

  12. MisterM May 24, 2021 12:06 pm Reply

    Mr Domingo couldn’t have said it any better.

  13. tsk tsk May 24, 2021 12:51 pm Reply

    Wow, well wasn’t that the pot calling the kettle black. TGI I would expect slightly more maturity and thoughtfulness from a newspaper opinion piece. If I wanted to read regurgitated stuff like this it’s all over the internet.

  14. Enrique May 24, 2021 1:11 pm Reply

    Are you talking about the same scientists that said Covid occurred naturally and now saying leaked from a lab in Wuhan because they got caught lying and the evidence is so clear that even the MSM who called it a conspiracy theory say it happened. The same scientists that said masks don’t work, then they work, then to double mask, then not really only 1 mask. You mean the same CDC that uses 28 cycles on PCR test for vaccinated but over 35 cycles for unvaccinated. As for politics, the great divider in chief junior is worse than Carter. Economy in shambles, inflation and gas prices through the roof….do yourself a favor and do your own research. Partisan talking points are useless

    1. Uncleaina May 24, 2021 2:40 pm Reply

      I’d love for you to explain how PCR works without googling it.

      1. Enrique May 25, 2021 1:31 pm Reply

        Your comment is racist.

  15. Mark May 24, 2021 1:28 pm Reply

    Tier 4 as of Monday the same day your lame letter was printed. Oooooooooooops.

  16. Uncleaina May 24, 2021 2:42 pm Reply

    Great letter Ray. I guess the deniers don’t realize how sad they look at this point. Literally like flat-earthers.

  17. Jill MacAfee May 24, 2021 4:34 pm Reply

    The CDC acted as knowledge became available. Not all facts were known on Day 1, and there is no evidence of a “leaked” virus at this point in time. Our Scientists are the reason we are getting back to “normal” and are our nation’s heroes, especially Dr. Fauci.

  18. harold nelson May 24, 2021 7:34 pm Reply

    Ray Domingo incorrectly credits old joe with making the Covid19 vaccine available. I had my first injection on January 19 during the Trump Administration. Thanks to President Trump and Operation Warp Speed! Ray, please do some fact checking before you opine.

  19. Math May 24, 2021 9:09 pm Reply

    So you had your second one during the Biden administration then?

  20. RGLadder37 May 24, 2021 11:42 pm Reply

    I think Hawai’i is in a class of its own. Those being vaccinated in Hawai’i are not all from Hawai’i. We following Florida is not the right sentiments. I think Hawai’i has been more receptive of the rules and regulations set by the CDC. For example, in restaurants, there must be at least 6 ft. apart from person to person. Hawai’i has been most accommodating to this rule. The spread of COVID-19 has been less percentage wise in Hawai’i, only because the denominator for that number is much less in Hawai’i. Make sense? I don’t agree with Florida or Texas taking the lead in allowing fans back in the stands for MLB. But the CDC has taken a back seat. Fans are now allowed in the ball parks every where. For example, when you were growing up, if you went to a park, you’d pay big bucks just to see that player. This is the way mainlanders view it. So they open up the gates on this note. CDC’s guidelines is set. But still they gather together to watch a game. And the governor will definitely agree. Because the money to MLB is there. The economy is open to it, and money into the state is a must and a sure thing. I don’t know much about what people are saying, politically. But democrats seem to be the leader in the CDC’s role in setting standards for the nation. As well they should. It’s a family activity. Baseball. Not much of a fan? So don’t watch it.

  21. Sylvia Partridge May 25, 2021 5:36 am Reply

    Well said, Ray Domingo. Thanks for supporting our community health.

  22. Robin Clark May 25, 2021 7:23 am Reply

    Harold- suggest you also check some facts. Did you get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine? it was developed in Germany and was not part of Warp Speed. Neither company received funding was the US Government.

  23. Joe Public May 25, 2021 8:59 am Reply

    Totally agree

  24. FATHER YOD May 27, 2021 8:16 pm Reply

    Father Yode the Aquarian has returned to us. Blessed father.

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