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Letters: trash can, five graves and ongoing debate on vaccinations and tourism

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“If tuberculosis was raging in our country, would you have your child without a mask? “

“Dad hospitalizes teacher in mask fight on first day of school.” That was the title of an article in the New York Daily News today. A father was [angry] because his child had to wear a mask during school, so he hit a teacher, sending him to the hospital.

What is wrong with this country? How many more nuts can this get? Then are we going to read that someone was killed because of it. There is something really wrong when people try to hurt themselves because they don’t like having to do something minor like wearing a mask. Much of our population no longer believes the truth, even when the facts are clear. What makes the situation even worse is the politicians passing on these lies and conspiracy theories to their supporters in order to amplify their “us-against-them” feelings.

Wearing a mask is not a big deal, and it can save our lives. Wearing one does not take away your freedom. It is a common sense step in helping you, your children, and your neighbors to stay healthy and alive. You are not a patriot when you refuse to do something that is for the common good; it’s more like you’re selfish and a little offbeat. There is a small but loud and downright obnoxious segment of our population on Maui who thinks that making our children wear a mask at school is against their rights. Please tell me this: If tuberculosis was raging in our county, would you want your child to go without a mask into a room full of potentially infected people, day in and day out? – James Padgett, Pukalani

“Follow the example of New Zealand, close the doors”

Well, we all shared the shock as the number of visitors hit the ceiling in recent months. We have heard our politicians speak from the side of their mouth, blah, blah and blah blah. Brains have been replaced by insatiable greed. We all knew it was too early to reopen, but those in power seemed not to bother to take over business as usual, a fancy “norm”.

These decisions have strained every corner of our way of life. The “normal” we had is not something we should strive to regain. The normalcy that we had and that was shared around the world has greatly contributed to our predicament today.

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We need to follow New Zealand’s lead. Close the doors! It’s time to heal ourselves, instead of trying to get back to what has only worked for a few, and never worked for the good of all. Instead, let’s focus on our own sustainability, healing the aina and the waters that support us.

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We can’t pretend we don’t know that real change is needed. Think globally, act locally, if not for yourself for the keiki of the whole world. Be pono, be engaged. Eliminate the fools and support those who really want what sustains all life. Only then can we experience the peace we all long for. – Elinor Meadows, Kula

Limit the health care response to people who choose not to be vaccinated

At this point, everyone who could be vaccinated was given the opportunity to get the vaccine. There is no need to pursue all government mandates of social distancing, masks, limits on gatherings. It is high time that we stop pleading, begging or humiliating people who have chosen not to be vaccinated, because it is their right. Rather, we limit the response that we as a society are prepared to provide.

A new decree, if you are not vaccinated you can quarantine in place if you contract COVID-19. You can only be admitted to a hospital if you have been vaccinated or are part of a group that could not be vaccinated. Our medical staff, our workers, too stressed, can return to work by dealing with obedient people and accidents.

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Every day we see someone on their deathbed, begging the audience that they wish they had taken the hit. It is totally unnecessary and unacceptable to society as a whole at this time.

The payoff of being vaccinated is not only that you’ll likely save your own life from COVID-19, but you could very well save someone else’s as well. – Alan Wallace, Kīhei

Sad to see big house built on the site of Five Graves

I just enjoyed a trip to Maui. I understand that many areas have been built in Maui, like everywhere else in the United States, but I was shocked and saddened to see a new home on the site of Five Graves (aka Chang’s Beach).

This new and very large house has a LONG wall which must be bypassed to access the beach. This wall surrounds half of the burial site. Besides being an eyesore, it’s harder to reach a public beach and is just plain disrespectful to the dead buried there.

This place should have been kept as an open space, a natural treasure. It had been such a beautiful place. I was there about 3 years ago. Too bad greed won out. How was this authorized? – Rokhsan Taherpour, Tarzana, California

Maui government faces persistent litter problem along Amala Place

I thought I saw everything my eyes were meant to see, but imagine my horror when I walked down Amala Place in Kahului, next to the sewage treatment plant. I saw the horrible collection of garbage, made up of empty food containers, bottles, cans, abandoned cars, tires, dirty clothes, shopping carts, lumber and it goes on and on.

Why has the government of Maui done nothing? I mean are you just gonna let it go on forever? It’s a shame, as this area has some of the best beaches and is the main road to Kanaha Beach Park, a popular destination for windsurfers and picnickers, and another access route to the airport.

I’m a reasonable person and I know that the cars that have been left in there sometimes people sleep in them, and of course it’s better than sleeping on the floor. If you’re going to let them do it, then at least make them responsible for getting rid of the garbage, garbage, human waste, etc. If they continue to live in cars, then they have to clean up the mess they’re leaving by the side of the road. – Desiree Ann Watson, Wailuku

Vaccinated tourists may spread COVID-19 without knowing it before returning home

I am a resident of Hawaii and recently read an article regarding Lt. Gov. Josh Green’s concerns about COVID-19 cases and the creation of a proof of vaccination program to enter indoor facilities. It frustrates me because he said we should take this as a reward, not a punishment.

How rewarding is it to take away a basic human right to enter a covered establishment to help support local businesses. He realizes that if it prevents unvaccinated people from going into businesses, it takes even more potential profits away from these local businesses.

How do you justify allowing a vaccinated person to enter the state of Hawaii without taking a pre-COVID-19 test; enter any establishment and enjoy the island for 5-7 days; then return home when they could have been carriers of COVID-19 without knowing it until they are back in their condition?

I constantly hear on the news that it is the locals to blame for the increase in numbers. But I don’t think you realize that the vaccinated tourist who comes to our islands is unlikely to show any signs of infection because the vaccination removes the common signs that we are looking for. This is why most travelers go home before they have confirmation that they have COVID-19 or that their bodies have fought it off naturally, but all the while we have allowed them to travel in all of our islands so that the inhabitants are blamed. – Justine Morgan, Ha’ikū

Mandate vaccinations and stop blaming tourists for COVID-19 outbreak

Hawai’i Governor David Ige’s latest attempt to blame tourists for COVID-19 issues in Hawai’i ignores that the source of the growth in cases is locals, not tourists. Moreover, its efforts to discourage tourists from coming and threaten another foreclosure will once again bring the economy to its knees for all the wrong reasons.

Tourists must either test, quarantine, or arrive fully vaccinated. There are no such requirements for Hawaiians who do not leave the state. So blame the tourists? What is involved here is the diversion of his lack of courage to do the right things. Instead of blaming tourists, it’s time to deny unvaccinated people access to hotels, restaurants and large public gatherings. And it’s time to make vaccination mandatory for those who are in close contact with the public, like retail businesses, restaurants, gyms, etc. Stop blaming bad people Governor and control the spread by others. – Larry Rosencrantz, Lahaina

For those who choose not to be vaccinated, to wear a mask or to stay at home

In rebuttal to those who are not vaccinated and why. I lived in Maui for 14 years before I moved a year ago because COVID-19 was preventing me from coming and going to the mainland safely. I hear a lot of “my freedoms”. But the unvaccinated violate my freedoms if they test positive for COVID-19 and choose to spread this virus. Can I get these people arrested for assault if I get sick?

I think people need to be fully aware that these freedoms are only possible when a community comes together for the greater good, including epidemics and pandemics as well. Go away if you want freedoms and wear a mask or stay home! – Patti Baker, Salomé, AZ

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