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Letters to the Editor: August 23, 2021

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You can’t have it both ways

You can’t have it both ways, Mr Roth. Either we believe in the science around COVID or we don’t. As a doctor and scientist, I believe in vaccination and masking. I believe the data COVID transmits much more easily indoors than outdoors. Shutting down beaches and parks and driving people inside doesn’t make sense. Continuing to allow dining indoors and prohibiting a picnic in a windy park or beach defies logic. If we want people to get vaccinated and mask themselves because that’s what science is telling us, we need to make our government act consistently with the best data available. There are already regulations on large gatherings on the book. Apply them. Don’t give deniers ammunition.

David Kaplan

Waimea

Find out about the facts

Ms. Kerr, please consider broadening your own “perspective” described in an August 12 letter to the editor. But first, establish your facts. Governor David Ige is not forcing anyone to “get vaccinated or be fired.” Masked children at school are hardly “muzzled”. Yes, people die every day from diabetes, heart disease or car accidents. Too bad vaccines are not available for these conditions; how many anti-vaccines would be in these groups?

Meanwhile, many Texas hospitals no longer have intensive care beds and staff are limited. The Delta variant does not slow down. The governor disapproves of mask warrants and vaccination rates are low. Do you think there might be a connection?

Mississippi has officials worried hospitals face “failure” as COVID cases rise. There are children on ventilators. The governor disapproves of mask warrants and vaccination rates are low. Do you think there might be a connection?

More than 90% of Florida’s intensive care beds are already full as the virus continues to spread. The state has about 6% of the U.S. population and nearly 20% of known cases of COVID. The governor disapproves of mask warrants and vaccination rates are low. Do you think there might be a connection?

If smallpox were to ravage the country again (it didn’t, because of the vaccinations), would you be complaining about “smallpox mania”? If we were in the middle of a polio epidemic (we are not, because of the vaccinations), would you insist that we “get out of government control?”

More and more children are now contracting COVID, although – yes – the death rate is low. In your opinion, what percentage of deaths is acceptable, before imposing mask warrants in schools? And how many months or years will it take before we know whether children will suffer from “long travel syndrome”.

By supporting this crusade against what is arguably a very safe vaccine, not only will our unvaccinated friends, neighbors and relatives risk hospitalization and possibly death, but they will most likely be the cause of children’s illness. You do not get the vaccine just for yourself; think of others around you. Think of the children. Do it for the kids.

Phyllis hanson

Kona

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Letters to the Editor should be 300 words or less and will be edited for style and grammar. Longer Viewpoint guest columns should not exceed 800 words. Submit online at www.westhawaiitoday.com/?p=118321 or by email at [email protected]


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