Letters for Monday, July 19, 2021

Coco Palms plans require money

A number of people have made suggestions about the future of Coco Palms. Many of these suggestions are worthy and would be beneficial to our island. The problem with using the property for cultural or historic purposes is money. At this time the county does not have funds available to purchase the property for public use.

One possible solution might be for the county to condemn the site, issuing revenue bonds. If part of the property was designated for commercial use the income from these businesses could be used to service the bonds while the remaining property could be used for public purposes. Just a suggestion that I hope the county would consider.

Harold Nelson, Kapa‘a

Costco, please keep kupuna hours

Is anyone else sorry that Costco plans to stop its kupuna hours July 26?

This has been such a wonderful accommodation for us old folks, protecting us from crowded COVID-19 conditions. Especially with the return of visitors to our island (bringing with them increased COVID outbreaks), I feel so much safer shopping during this special period.

I see it is nationwide. Is there anything we can do to change this? Kaua‘i has been a leader in keeping its citizens safe from COVID. Perhaps we could lead the way with respect and caring for our elders by continuing this wonderful new tradition created by Costco.

Eleanor Snyder, Lawa‘i

He’s lost trust in media, politicians

It’s been far too long our senators and House representatives have been in hiding and inaccessible.

They have put up a firewall between themselves and the voters. Even though they finally took down the fence around the White House, that fence was symbolic of what’s been going on. The censorship taking place by the media and big tech along with the fire wall between us and our government has created distrust among a growing segment of citizens.

This has gotten out of hand. Even though I am vaccinated, I have the right to hear negative information about harm vaccines are causing — Blood clots, etc.

I have the right to hear opinions on making sure elections are legitimate. There are many unanswered questions. Wanting voter ID is not suppressing the vote. And it’s not racist.

And it’s not “the big lie,” as our media labels it every time.

Roughly half the country believe the past election was manipulated for good reason.

Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter did suppress information, including the Hunter Biden stories. The media is suppressing anything negative about Joe Biden and they are suppressing legitimate medical information about negative effects of COVID vaccines.

Democrat leaders are in total denial with their recent mantra of “reimagining the police department.”

They did allow rioting and looting to take place an entire summer, which resulted in many deaths and destruction of property. Ashley Babbitt should be just as important as George Floyd. She honorably served in the military and she was unarmed and she wasn’t drugged up on Fentanyl.

I’ve lost trust in the media and most of our politicians.

I am not alone.

Scott Shapiro, Kalaheo

28 Comments
  1. RGLadder37 July 19, 2021 12:38 am Reply

    Do you mean you trusted TGI when they first ran that we had an former UH football star as Mayor?

    Simple. National enquirer news. And Joe Biden the president? Same type.


  2. Mike July 19, 2021 12:52 am Reply

    Scott Shapiro: then Ashley Babbitt should have complied with the police. She got what she deserved.


    1. Logic July 19, 2021 3:57 pm Reply

      Apply your same logic to Floyd, Taylor, and so on and so on. You prove the the point.


      1. Ill July 20, 2021 7:48 pm Reply

        When did Floyd or Taylor threaten an officer, or Democracy itself?


  3. RGLadder37 July 19, 2021 3:12 am Reply

    What’s best for the community? I think so. But who would want to issue a long term bond to buy coco palms hotel? Nobody anyone would know.

    Dead end deal is this project. Hotel.


  4. therealhawaiian July 19, 2021 5:11 am Reply

    Thank you Scott for a letter that actually tells the truth, and recognizes the horrible state of political corruption that is a growing cancer affecting all of us. We either change course, or the Hawaiian Nation we dream of and America in general are doomed.


  5. USAF Brat July 19, 2021 5:46 am Reply

    mAhalo Scot, “On point and definitely not alone!


  6. Westside Resident July 19, 2021 6:55 am Reply

    Scott Shapiro. Well said.

    Censorship promoted.
    Riots in the streets condoned.
    Racism institutionalized.
    Elections corrupted.
    Fear worshiped.

    …on and on.

    Careful who you vote for people. Stop and think. The media omissions and blatent lies are dangerous. Seek out truth. Don’t follow the herd. Love your Republic.


  7. nobody July 19, 2021 7:05 am Reply

    Harold, this is the era of free stuff for all, don’t you see?


  8. james July 19, 2021 7:10 am Reply

    Trump lost fair and square. Quit whining and get over it. Try to be a productive member of society instead of perpetrating the Big Lie.


    1. Jjjames July 20, 2021 7:50 pm Reply

      Simple minds are so easily fooled. Keep listening to just one side James. Or be brave to find out, and admit that YOU’RE WRONG!


  9. Michaelle Edwards July 19, 2021 7:44 am Reply

    Losing trust in social media makes sense because the opinions are not verified news sources. Everything you say in this letter is conspiracy propaganda from social media. Why does half the country believe there was manipulation of the last election? Social media rather than trusted news sites keep repeating election fraud over and over till people like you believe it to be true. Our ex-president is using this lie to create divisiveness in our country and mistrust of our government. Over 60 lawsuits in court with many Trump appointed lawyers say there was no election fraud. There has been no evidence presented and yet people like yourself read or listen to social media posts that there was election fraud. Trump convinced people not to trust any news except his words. There is a big lie and we are wasting energy fighting over it and also the belief in the big lie is undermining faith in our government processes. Votes were counted over and over again and yet there is zero proof in election fraud. Also the CDC lists all side effects from vaccines and nobody is hiding information about that. On January 6, people were storming the capital and breaking down doors chanting hang Mike Pence . Ashley Babbitt and others were warned repeatedly to get away from the door and yet they chose to continue battering and breaking windows to get in.


  10. Kauaidoug July 19, 2021 8:17 am Reply

    Some drink Kool aide and some don’t. Some watch CNN and some don’t. Some believe Dr Fauci and some don’t. It’s your choice but you are playing Russian roulette with a ventilator. If it gets to that point tour choice is out of your hands. Why take a chance. Chose wisely for not only yourself but your ohana and island. Come on, get vaccinated, THAT is your choice.


    1. Intubation July 19, 2021 4:01 pm Reply

      Putting a patient on ventilators no longer is a recommendation for covid treatment. A percentage of The ones on them were already in need of oxygen tanks and end of life degeneration. So that farce that everyone who gets covid ends up on ventilators was disproved over a year ago.


  11. notreally... July 19, 2021 8:58 am Reply

    Mr. Shapiro, while I agree with the 1st part of you letter, when you led with this ‘stretch of the truth’: “Roughly half the country believe the past election was manipulated for good reason.” you entered into the same thing you said about the press: you lost my trust. The data shows that 29%, almost all GOP voters believe the election was stolen. Of course, you use the word ‘manipulated’, which seems to exonerate your stretch of the truth but we all know what you meant.

    And comparing Babbitt to Floyd is just ridiculous. Babbitt was an insurrectionist trying to overthrow the government, Floyd was a citizen who was abused and murdered by a policeman.


    1. Not really July 19, 2021 4:03 pm Reply

      Your opinion is null and void because you believe the lie. Floyd was a criminal who resisted arrest and was high as balls on fentanyl and cocaine. Excited delirium points to the main cause of death


      1. notreally... July 20, 2021 7:23 am Reply

        So the jury was wrong and you were right… congratulations. It was murder. Babbitt was the delirious one. Delirious from believing the Big Lie. Though she didn’t deserve to die just like Floyd didn’t. Apparently, facts mean less to you than your cherished beliefs.


      2. Guy July 20, 2021 1:16 pm Reply

        “The medical examiner who ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide testified … that Floyd’s heart disease and drug use contributed to his death, but police officers’ restraint of his body and compression of his neck were the primary causes.”


      3. james July 21, 2021 7:12 am Reply

        Floyd was in police custody, handcuffed, and no threat when murdered. Babbitt was still in the process of committing a violent crime and a danger to police and members of Congress when shot. That’s a big difference so there is no comparison.


  12. andy July 19, 2021 10:29 am Reply

    Scott- just because you’re not alone doesn’t mean you’re not full of…disinformation.


  13. Lawaibob July 19, 2021 12:25 pm Reply

    No, Scott. You’re not alone. There are hundreds of other sore losers just like you on this island and even more out there in the creepy, dark corners of the internet. You should go out and protest. Wear a mask because most likely the other kooks that will join you aren’t vaxed.


  14. Guy July 19, 2021 4:49 pm Reply

    Scott, you are NOT alone. But you are also NOT in good company.


  15. USAF Brat July 19, 2021 5:26 pm Reply

    No worries Scott. These commentators havent done an iota of Due Diligence research, nor know what they are talking about. Clueless and the DSM-5. Their Game Is OVER.


    1. Citation needed July 20, 2021 1:17 pm Reply

      Please cite sources to back up your claims.


  16. RGLadder37 July 19, 2021 6:58 pm Reply

    I think they call this kind of news pop culture. Kimball Shinkoskey. Entertainment and sports. Seeping into politics. Junk and then phoney.


  17. RGLadder37 July 19, 2021 7:06 pm Reply

    I think it sucks when the rest of the population must vote sports or entertainment. I counted this group and it only amounted to 4.7% of Kauai in 1975. Better deal if you came back from Vietnam war. More popular were you. You had name to be a veteran. Them? Poor man and really sick government. Their pay sucks. Pop culture.


  18. RGLadder37 July 19, 2021 7:16 pm Reply

    I made $80,000 per year as an engineer. I am abPakistani and from Kauai. I live somewhere else now. I am more rich than your mayor. So I don’t care what they say in government.

    4.7% sucks


  19. Doug July 20, 2021 8:38 am Reply

    You got your wish Eleanor! Costco just announced that due to yet another rise in Covid cases they will keep Kupuna hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays!


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