Letters for Friday, September 17, 2021

To all you anti-vaxxers: This is not about you

Pediatric infections on the mainland are surging. There is no vaccine available for children under 12. They, unlike you, don’t have a choice. Try explaining to a grieving parent why your personal freedom was so much more important than their child’s life. You will wish the COVID had taken you first.

Signed angry, frightened mom.

Carla Harringer, Kapa‘a

More bone-marrow-registry drives possible

COVID-19 is the headline every day, but we cannot forget that there are people with challenges such as blood cancers who are desperately seeking a marrow or blood stem-cell transplant.

That’s why my Eagle Scout project involves partnering with Be the Match – Hawai‘i and organizing marrow-donor-registry drives to add more people to the registry so more lives can be saved. Thank you to Gov. Ige and other leaders and volunteers on each island for all their help and support.

Although my seven drives across the state are done, people 18 to 44 may still register online and do a simple cheek swab. To register and receive a swab kit in the mail, visit My.BetheMatch.org/imuascouts.

If any organizations (high schools, colleges, etc.) would like me to coordinate a drive at their location, I’d be happy to do so. Contact me at yoshio.regan@gmail.com.

Ryan Regan, Honolulu

28 Comments
  1. RGLadder37 September 17, 2021 12:50 am Reply

    Not if you have police officers on the blog. And writing letters. Other than suck letters or bloggers, keep up the good letters. You’re all intelligent. Unlike police officers who follow sports guys and ruin the blog for others.


    1. Kauaidaddy September 19, 2021 12:52 am Reply

      You sound very intelligent…


  2. YuCalJoe September 17, 2021 3:51 am Reply

    Fear, fear, drama, drama. Enough! Live with common sense. Not media inspired fear.


  3. Natural September 17, 2021 4:23 am Reply

    Sorry, NO.
    I will not comply to your anger and fear, because there are bigger things to be angry and fearful of.
    Try explaining to your children (when they grow up) why you made them slaves to tyrants and corporations over anger and fear of and unrealistic threat.


  4. nothings free? September 17, 2021 5:36 am Reply

    To the Garden Island, and all who read it thinking that all opinions and solutions of facts are worthwhile in a free Country, will you please stop calling the shot they’ve come up with a “vaccine”! It is not a vaccine! The 118 year old definition of a vaccine clearly states that a vaccine PREVENT’S disease! The Covid shot does no such thing, is only good for 4 or 5 months, and you will still get the virus, have symptoms, and carry it around spreading it to others. Let’s see if what I now think is an agenda driven TGI news paper really has a left/Socialism “propaganda” friendly agenda, is relevant enough to allow this comment reply. ?


    1. manongindashadow0711 September 17, 2021 12:04 pm Reply

      nothings free?,
      A least you will be protected for a few months. Then, there will be a booster shot offered to you later. Do it for your love ones and people around you.
      This virus keeps mutating. Never know what’s next!


      1. Natural September 17, 2021 3:26 pm Reply

        Mutating? Probably from the weak and ineffective vaccines. Shall we blame the vaxed for the mutations?
        Now we can have a debate.


    2. Where to start September 17, 2021 6:16 pm Reply

      Show us the definition


    3. james September 18, 2021 7:21 am Reply

      vaccine [vak-sēn´]
      a suspension of attenuated or killed microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, or rickettsiae), administered for prevention, amelioration, or treatment of infectious diseases.
      Yes, by definition, these are vaccines.


  5. nothings free? September 17, 2021 5:45 am Reply

    Sorry Carla. You’re wrong, naïve, and spreading false hope to those who actually think that participating in this Global experiment with their health is a good thing to do, even though the shot is not a real vaccine by definition because it doesn’t PREVENT the Covid flu, but just acts as a temporary and ineffective band aid. If you want to follow the science then know that there is absolute proof that the shot has a swelling effect on the heart, lungs, reproductive organs of both men and women, and that the shot solution does pass through the blood brain barrier and could cause reactions in your brain that may come back to haunt you! You’ve obviously chosen to take the shot? I would pray day and night that what will probably come true, doesn’t!!


    1. Dan September 17, 2021 11:35 am Reply

      The vaccine works pretty well at not having severe symptoms or landing in the hospital. I see it kinda like wearing a seatbelt. It won’t stop you from getting in a wreck but it’s likely to keep you from dying. I would rather have some protection than none. But to each his/her own. Good luck.


    2. Pete Antonson September 18, 2021 1:56 am Reply

      “Swelling Effect” where’s your reference? You just made that up didn’t you? Which vaccines? All of them? You don’t say because you just made that up! The vaccine is good for only 5 months? According to who? Made up and FAKE FAKE FAKE. The vaccine passes the Blood Brain Barrier? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Who in the world said such an idiotic thing? Give us their name; and your own! This HAS to be made up. “Covid Flu?” At least we do know who made that up, a lobotomized former leader in the early throws of Dementia, who led an insurrection against the USA and whose name will soon replace that of Benedict Arnold as an example of treason and disgrace in US History!


    3. doc September 18, 2021 9:53 am Reply

      To nothings free, please provide a list of medical references for your claim that the Covid vaccine “causes swelling of organs and passes the blood brain barrier”.
      Do you know where the blood brain barrier is located?
      300 million plus humans will have died from the Corona virus. You need a huge helping common sense. Anti-vacciners need to realize the untruths you spew forth are killing people in the hundred of millions.


  6. Re- Carla September 17, 2021 7:03 am Reply

    It is definitely scary being a parent. I recently looked into this because I was also very worried about a my child’s safety. What I found is the majority of covid cases in kids that are hospitalized are found after being hospitalized for something unrelated. Unfortunately that doesn’t sell fear like the narrative they’re using. Keep your kids safe to the best of your ability and just know not everything is as bad as the msm would like you to think.


  7. Tedman September 17, 2021 8:11 am Reply

    Good Luck Ryan! My son in an Eagle Scout. It is a huge honor.


  8. andy johnston September 17, 2021 9:01 am Reply

    Right on, Carla. Your letter may engender a few of the usual lame comments from some of the willfully ignorant anti-vaxxers that, sadly, call this island home, but rest assured that the vast majority of us here agree with you 100%!


    1. Kauaidoug September 18, 2021 6:44 am Reply

      Most of us feel the same that we need to maintain masking and get vaccinated. Why anyone would chose to take a chance to prove a point, a point so awash in fake news, with their child’s life is beyond me. Unbelievable how much intentional bad info is out there but this is unfortunately where we are in this upside down world .
      Get vaccinated!


    2. Tom Niblick September 18, 2021 8:03 am Reply

      I would like to thank the anti-vaxxers for volunteering to be culled. The simple fact is this earth can comfortably support about a billion humans. The current 7.6 billion is consuming the planet at an alarming rate. There will be no future for our children if we keep expanding the population. So the anti-vaxxers are making the world a better place by getting out of the way.


  9. manongindashadow0711 September 17, 2021 11:54 am Reply

    YuCalJoe,
    Then use common sense and take the shot. “You will have nothing to lose!”
    What I’m hearing you and all other anti-vaxers saying that ” you all fear the vaccine shot!”?


    1. Natural September 18, 2021 3:32 pm Reply

      The protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that didn’t protect the protected.
      Liberal logic 101


  10. McCleod September 17, 2021 3:47 pm Reply

    Carla:
    Stop worrying about the children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) for covid-19 is extremely low…especially for children.
    For ages 0-19 the IFR is 0.00% survival is 100% this doesn’t mean that no children will die it just means that it is not statistically significant. Doesn’t mean it’s of no consequence, just that the rate is so low that it is not something that can categorically be considered within the realm of normal probability.
    According to the WHO, the mean infection fatality rate (“IFR”) for COVID-19 is less than 0.2%. This is the percentage of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 who die across age groups 0-69.
    Colin McCleod


  11. commonsense September 17, 2021 4:31 pm Reply

    Why is there so much hatred and negative attacks on what people choose to do with their own body? You want a vaccine, get it. You want to have face tatoos, get them. You want to have an abortion because you feel it is the best thing, go ahead. You want to smoke and do drugs, go for it. You want to own guns that may end up hurting or killing someone, it’s your right. Once your actions prove to be harmful or deadly to others, then it’s a different story. Just because an individual chooses not have a flu or COVID vaccine does not make them more of a danger to other people. Not everyone can take a vaccine because of health issues or religious beliefs. Yes, other peoples religious beliefs matter even if they are different from yours.

    We don’t all have to agree on the vaccine or anything else for that matter, but we do owe it to others to be treated the way that we would like to be treated. This divisiveness is killing people literally because of their different beliefs. Anti-maskers attacking people doing their jobs by following the laws put before them. Vaccine zealots killing people because they feel threatened by the non-vaccinated. Please stop the madness and let’s get back to reality.


  12. Time to BAN Travelors! September 18, 2021 1:09 pm Reply

    Its time for Hawaii State officials to turn away and all travelers who cannot and/or will not prove they have been vaccinated previously! Period….end of story……Not vaccinated? Turn around and go home! Especially travelers from Texas, Florida, and any other people from states who have changed vaccination requirements. You want your freedom? Go back to your state!


  13. Pete Antonson September 18, 2021 1:17 pm Reply

    “Vaccine zealots killing people” Really? Please give us a reference for this news story. I definitely want to look at it. If you find meds for oversimplifying things that can’t be compared, be sure to get the Jumbo size box!


  14. Mike September 19, 2021 8:44 am Reply

    TO Nothings free: You are right, nothing is free including medical treatment costs for those that contract this virus. To get a shot or not is totally an individuals choice however the consequences of no shot are not. Since you do not trust the scientists or medical professional community when it comes to the effectiveness of the vaccine then DO NOT EXPECT that same medical community to come to the aid of you, your parents, children, grandparents, brother or sister if any of you contract this horrid virus. Stay home and deal with it, Don’t expect the hospital will release a patient if their beds are full for you or yours. Go home and tough it out. Don’t trust the vaccine? How can you trust the very same people that tell you you need it to fix you? Suggest you WAKE UP….SOON!


  15. commonsense September 21, 2021 11:12 am Reply

    Pete. Just have to watch a few different news broadcasts and you would have seen it about three weeks ago. I’m not saying that there are a great number of people on either side actually ”killing’ others, but it has happened and I used it as an example of how far people will go when the division has grown so wide. There will never be more than 80% of people vaccinated for COVID -19 either on Kaua’i or in the U.S. One reason is that so many that have had the virus will not be willing to take the vaccine. That is a lot of people.


  16. commonsense September 21, 2021 11:21 am Reply

    Mike.
    It is this type of negative blanket thinking that is part of the problem. Don’t throw ‘If’s’ and ‘But’s’ around to harass others that don’t act the way you would like them to. Those that choose not to be vaccinated know the risks that they may get sick. That is their right. You, and more importantly, doctors can not discriminate against who gets medical treatment or not.


  17. Titus October 4, 2021 7:20 am Reply

    Too many people? Lead by example. Get “vaccinated”


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