Letters for Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Visitors, don’t blame others if COVID papers not in order
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Felicia; So if I understand the gist of your letter, you are saying there should be different rules for different people. If two families break the same law, one should be treated differently because they happen to be born here instead of moving here 20 or 30 years ago? Or one family that commits a crime should be treated differently because of their race? Or one family that commits a crime should be let off the hook because they live in an older neighborhood? First, I doubt that this is in any way legal. Secondly, how can you possibly think that this is in anyway fair? You can’t decide which people can break laws and be exempt from being responsible for those crimes, while someone else is held responsible for the very same crime. This is one of the dumbest ideas I have heard in a long time. No one is above the law, nor should they be.
James: So, if I understand the gist of your comment, we should continue the threat of $10,000/day fines for long time, local residents who are doing whatever they can to survive in this economically difficult situation, such as putting a non-permitted long term studio rental in their garage. You describe their actions as “crimes”, but they are generally innocent infractions, harming no one and creating a living space for a needy family member or working person.
You are a heartless person. Well, good luck in finding workers willing to work on your property or detail your Mercedes Benz. When this island is filled with 90% independently wealthy folks like yourself and 10% workers, I hope you realize that attitudes like your own are what created an upside down society.
Felicia for Mayor!!
Sorry Ray, didn’t you know that Kauai is Disneyland west? How dare the rules interrupt a vacation during a covid surge? Unfortunately this is the kind of tourist we will get (and have been getting) until Covid finally settles down and the intelligent tourist comes back. And get ready for more fun, cruise ships are set to sail this spring. Woo-hoo!!
Felicia means well, but it will constantly be a race towards the bottom for any locals living hand to mouth. A well known local real estate agent stated it to me best, “the future of kauai is super wealthy elites, and third world(Philippines) imporTed indentured servants.” This is by design and will happen. Luckily climate change will have us all taken care of within a few years after the first Arctic blue ocean event.
I usually never comment but am quite amused by all the back in forth in the discussions.
My daughter’s friends came to visit last week. All four adults fully vaccinated and boosted. The eleven year old was vaccinated as well. The Seven year old was not vaccinated but was tested in Colorado, negative result. At the airport the seven year old was told that the Colorado Testing service was not approved by Hawaii’s testing contractor. She was sent to ten day quarantine or told to leave. They left and went to Disneyland instead.
The airport folks admitted it was stupid but there was no work around. So a family was punished because their testing company was not compatible with our Safe travel program.
If we are going to continue with the Safe Travel program lets correct the flaws.
We now know that Omircon is here and spreading. our Safe Travel program failed in protecting the Island. Maybe it is time for a rethink. My guess we will all catch it.
Many of my vaccinated friends are getting symptoms but nothing too bad. My unvaccinated friends are getting very sick. Two people incubated. I believe in personal freedom, but be prepared to get really sick if you refuse to vaccinate.
No one was punished. They failed to follow the procedure for visiting.
The Safe Travels program has been modified this week, eliminating the Health Form and reducing the quarantine from ten to five days. Now might be a good time to modify the “Trusted Partners” component to more accessible forms of testing.