Letters for Monday, June 7, 2021

Return to normal, let chips fall

Is it just me, or does it seem like we are running out of people willing to get vaccinated here on Kaua‘i?

We blasted ahead to now just over half of the eligible population, but it seems like we have stalled. Will we be able to reach “herd immunity” of the projected 70% or not?

I, for one, am anxious to get rid of these masks and get back to normal. If that means opening up and doing away with all restrictions before “herd immunity” is reached, then so be it.

I’m not a fan of red-state governors, but maybe they are ahead of the curve on this one.

If someone chooses not to get vaccinated and wants to risk getting COVID, that’s their problem.

Why punish the rest of us because these folks aren’t willing to get vaccinated?

Yes, a few have medical issues, and they can continue to wear masks, but that’s a small minority of those choosing not to get vaccinated. I don’t have any problem with those who don’t want the vaccine. Just don’t make us wait on them to open up and do away with all restrictions. Now is the time to get back to normal and let the chips fall where they may.

Jim Henry, Kalaheo

Travel site leaves much to be desired

Regarding the Hawai‘i travel site, I agree with Mr. DeRocie’s letter of June 1. The first question asked is, “Where will you land in Hawai‘i?” If this site is only for inter-island travel, you are already IN Hawai‘i. The whole site is setup backwards. The first section is for the return trip instead of the leaving trip. What is wrong with “Leaving from” and “Going to?”

Also, the site doesn’t tell you that you need to re-enter the information and upload the vaccination card for every time you are on an airplane. That is, if you go from Kaua‘i to O‘ahu and return, you need to enter the info twice, before you go and before you come back. Not everybody has (or wants) a smartphone. Some people use laptop computers, and some people do not have access to a computer at all.

Obviously, this site was set up by someone who is a computer programmer but does not use the site in real life. This happens with many state computer programs. The average person has a hard time navigating a site that should be simple and easy to use.

As with Mr. DeRocie, I recently went to O‘ahu for a medical procedure. The Honolulu airport was not interested in the vaccine card or the QR code. That is probably why there are so many COVID cases on O‘ahu. When I returned to Kaua‘i, the National Guard people were so helpful in completing the travel requirements. Had I known I needed to complete the process for the return trip, I would have done so in advance.

The state government has been caught short and is trying to catch up, and they are not doing a good job of it. We, as residents, deserve more.

Dorothy Collins, Lihu‘e

  1. RGLadder37 June 7, 2021 12:22 am Reply

    Good points Jim Henry. Dr. Berreman wrote a letter on June 6, 2021 Sunday. They are doing away with the federal funding of the convention center in Lihue and that open clinic for the coronavirus. If nothing is broken do attempt to fix it. Nobody says hooray, my car radio is working now let’s smash it up to see if we can fix it and win one for the boys. They just leave it and enjoy the radio in the car. Touching it may change things up and the radio may not work again for some reason. The point is many people want to smash the radio again and fix it to feel like a winner or honor roll student. Funds for what you are referring to are lacking. So this may be difficult. Hopefully it will get brighter.

  2. Mark June 7, 2021 1:40 am Reply

    You shall do as you are told. You shall never question your masters. You gave up that right long ago. You will vote Dem and be silent. Never question your masters again. (From the desk of your liberal handler).

  3. RGLadder37 June 7, 2021 3:26 am Reply

    This is to you Jim Henry. Story on Principal and wearing mask.


  4. Debra Kekaualua June 7, 2021 5:28 am Reply

    We are neither Red nor Blue, the state Fraud alongside OUR inverted flag says “distressed! HawaiianKingdom.org

  5. nobody June 7, 2021 6:22 am Reply

    Yes, open up. Let the unvaccinated get us to herd immunity numbers by getting the virus? Or Not. Either way it’s time to open.

  6. ikashibi June 7, 2021 7:58 am Reply

    Hey Jim you are what’s known as a freeloader. The pandemic situation on Kauai is successful because we happen to have a mayor who believes in WE rather than ME. Move to Florida.

    1. Akushehe June 7, 2021 3:15 pm Reply

      You will be sorely mistaken once you learn how little mayor kawakawa cares about the we. He’s groomed by grove farm, and in suckerbergs pocket.

  7. nothings free June 7, 2021 9:03 am Reply

    News bulletin for all of you who rolled the dice and became a guinea pig for the big drug companies and their RNA experimentation on humans. Headline: “Israel Scientists Find Probable Link Between Pfizer Vaccine and Myocarditis Cases”! Yep, a swelling of the heart muscles which can lead to death. By the way, thousands of people you will never hear about through the news media, may have died from taking the vaccine. One of my best friends was rushed to the hospital and spent 5 days fighting for his life as a direct result of taking the vaccine. According to our Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) thousands have died from taking the vaccine! Of course the main stream media so called “Fact Checkers” are saying it’s untrue because anyone can report a death to VAERS? These are the same “Fact Checkers” who claim that it is absolutely true that as of today 597,000 have died from Covid? Covid deaths are reported by Corporations that own hospitals who receive Government assistance the more deaths they report from Covid! You have a heart attack and test positive for Covid? You died of Covid! We’ve all been scammed like little sheep going to the slaughter house and you sheep will now have to take the same two, or one, shots every 6 months to 1 year in order to comply with your new Socialist Government overlord! My advice? Prepare yourselves and your families for maximum economic, health, and Societal pain in the years ahead. The Politicians have now proven to themselves just how easy it is to coral the sheeple which makes it much easier for them to become the highest income earners in America. Just like they are now in China, Venezuela and everywhere else that Government has captured maximum control.

    1. Kaaona Kipuka June 7, 2021 3:03 pm Reply

      blah, blah, blah!!! no one cares bro!!!

    2. ikashibi June 7, 2021 7:18 pm Reply

      nothings free comments are getting more and more paranoid. I suggest backing off the gorilla glue for a while.

    3. USAF Brat June 8, 2021 7:23 am Reply

      EXcellent truth and informative gesture to awaken the sleeping dead who are NOT paying attention!

  8. Katie M June 7, 2021 2:02 pm Reply

    Amen Jim Henry!

  9. hutch June 7, 2021 4:23 pm Reply

    Jim Henry, your inconvenience in having to wear a (useless) mask does not trump my right to refuse to be a human guinea pig for a vaccine that has not even gotten full FDA approval and will need years to be proven safe in the long term. Butt out.

    1. Makani B. Howard June 8, 2021 10:04 am Reply

      So all of us have to continue to wear masks, etc…. forever because you don’t want to get vaccinated?

      A big NO to that!

      1. truthbeknown June 8, 2021 7:01 pm Reply

        If the 40,000 plus islanders who have been vaccinated decided to throw their masks in the trash and refuse to wear them anymore this nonsense would end immediately. We the people have the ultimate power. All we have to do is say “enough is enough” and refuse to comply. This has already happened in most of the US already. This “plandemic” has gone on long enough! Time to shed your sheep’s clothing.

  10. Dog Will Hunt June 7, 2021 5:37 pm Reply

    Ikishibi, free load this. I be been in Florida for weeks now. Schools open prom night was a go. Kids dressed in tuxes and gowns. Business flourishing. Yeah, yeah, uwwwwwww, Florida is crazy, shut up. Oh yeah, and they all racist too, right. Grow some. Enlighten your self you rock dweller. It’s your leaders who are still making vaccinated people wear mask, quarantine on incoming flights. You foolish followers of idiotic people. Travel more. Go see for yourself. You are the selfish one. Your one way, sheep led, dummy.

  11. Eric June 7, 2021 9:19 pm Reply

    I 1000% agree with you Jim

  12. jim henry June 8, 2021 7:53 am Reply

    Look, is there anyone out there who doesn’t want to get back to pre-covid normal? I fully support what our Mayor has done to keep us safe thus far. And, can anyone really argue that if someone wanted to get vaccinated that they haven’t had the opportunity to do so? No, obviously, other than children, everyone who wanted to get vaccinated has had a chance to do so. I got mine back in March. My point is, what are we waiting for? Are we really going to sit around and wait for people who don’t want to get vaccinated to change their minds? We could be waiting forever. Let’s open up, do away with all restrictions, get business back in business, and get on with our lives already. The time is now, not some vague time in the future.

    1. truthbeknown June 8, 2021 7:58 pm Reply

      But Jim, our Socialist Overlords are reveling in their new found power. Why, just jerk the “covid” string and the marionettes start dancing all over again. We’re never going to get to 70% because half of us realize that Big Pharma’s nRNA science experiment is just that. An unproven, non sanctioned by the FDA as an approved vaccine, without animal control testing, more serious side effects and deaths than all of the other vaccines in the history of vaccines combined, science experiment. We do not care to be a participant in the long term animal test group that was never initiated. Remember thalidomide, agent orange, DDT, talc, RoundUp, asbestos, tobacco and many more substances that were declared “safe” by our governmental agencies at one time or another. This may turn out to be the worst of them all. Like playing Russian Roulette, because we just don’t know what the future will bring. Hope for the best but be prepared for the rest.

  13. Eric June 8, 2021 10:16 pm Reply

    once again, I agree 1000% with you Jim. All those who wanted to take the vaccine have had a chance. Why wait for a few more percentage numbers. If they don’t fear this virus, let them chance em.

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