Letters: DOE’s inadequate management hurts kids in college Funeral attendees really don’t act responsibly Animal agriculture drives local climate modify

The condition Department of Education and learning statements safety and pupil well being are its best priorities, but as we keep on into the chaos of this faculty yr, it is clear that the DOE’s actual mantra is, “Stay the system, no make any difference what.”

The DOE reopened educational facilities with no backup system and with out the forethought necessary to run a school system that is negatively impacting our keiki, family members, academics and university communities.

As a guardian of a significant school pupil and a teacher, I see the lack of organizing and ineffective protocols behind the scenes, the mess that is the interaction system to mothers and fathers, and the complete incompetence that is our contact-tracing program.

Young ones, lecturers and bus motorists are tests beneficial for COVID-19. Whole busing systems are remaining stopped, cycles of substitute teachers are babysitting learners but most importantly, pupils are remaining thrust into this natural environment. The everyday instability of who could have COVID-19 or who desires to be quarantined will leave scars on our kids’ psychological health and fitness for decades to come.

Liberty Furchgott

Hakalau, Hawaii island


Funeral attendees really don’t act responsibly

I was dismayed at Gertrude Nakamura’s letter comparing funeral attendance all through COVID-19 restrictions with shopping malls and Costco (“Allow mourners to go to funerals,” Star-Advertiser, Sept. 5).

Just lately, a relative handed. The funeral director took our temperature and seating was spaced properly. Having said that, the funeral attendees hugged and kissed relatives mourners on the mouth, no mask, including a relative who just arrived from the mainland when the quarantine was in effect.

My wife and I stayed put in our seat, retaining socially distanced, but came to spend our respects. Until finally individuals can assume and acquire this pandemic significantly, the federal government has to move in and think for us.

Damon Senaha

Downtown Honolulu


For rentals, 180-working day bare minimum unreasonable

The metropolis Section of Planning and Allowing has a draft bill proposing amendments relevant to quick-time period trip rentals (“City looking at a plan to much better control short-phrase getaway rentals on Oahu,” Star-Advertiser, Aug. 25), without having trying to employ the procedures adopted in 2019.

I hire my legal guest suite compliant with the 30-day least rule. I are living on web site and I have on-site parking and coverage. I shell out taxes.

I will never open up up my visitor suite for long-time period renters since I want to keep the unit for my loved ones to pay a visit to. I believe that if the homeowner is a resident on property, he or she need to be permitted 30- to 180-working day rentals. Altering the conditions to require a 180-working day rental time period will result in new complications.

I frequently lease to traveling gurus who continue to be one particular to 3 months on Oahu. They do not want to continue to be in Waikiki. Maintain the rental period to 30 times and have to have that the operator dwell on residence, and the problems are solved.

Cedar Kehoe



Animal agriculture drives weather alter

Lucky you dwell Hawaii? That’s how I was experience soon after seeing the damage done by Hurricane Ida to Louisiana and up the East Coastline to New York Metropolis. I was smugly pondering this couldn’t take place right here, but then which is what they assumed in New York.

Local weather change is in this article and there is just one factor that each individual just one of us can do now to gradual it down, but it is the proverbial elephant in the space: the foodstuff.

According to the weather researchers, the U.N. Food stuff and Agriculture Corporation and Code Pink, animal agriculture is a main driver of weather alter. If every single a single of us stopped taking in animal food items and plant oils, we could make a a lot more helpful and speedy transform than just switching to electrical motor vehicles, solar panels and so on.

The warnings are there. Are you listening? However imagining, “Lucky We Reside Hawaii?” It can and will transpire to Hawaii.

Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D.



Hawaii not ready for local weather emergencies

Hawaii has been privileged to stay clear of the droughts, fires, storms and floods that have been on the increase all more than the globe thanks to weather change. We are not able to, nevertheless, carry on to depend on fortune.

I have seen mayors and governors on the mainland talking of the require to be superior well prepared “next time,” soon after awful dying and destruction experienced transpired. We need to have to study from this and urge our state and county governments to put together the signifies to minimize the influence of local climate transform in this article.

How can we mitigate the effects of flooding? What will we do for water in scenario of a long drought? Are there places in threat of sweeping fires? And, of program, what will we do as the sea continues to increase?

We really do not want to be expressing to ourselves in potential many years, “We need to have been improved ready.”

Ken Tokuno



Targeted visitors-incident injuries have prolonged-phrase outcomes

The point out Section of Transportation documented that 60 individuals ended up killed statewide concerning Jan. 1 and Aug. 30 (“Hawaii targeted traffic-similar fatalities continue on to surpass those from 2020,” Star-Advertiser, Sept. 1). Sixteen were being pedestrians.

While it is concerning that so lots of men and women died in targeted traffic mishaps in just 8 months, it would be quite enlightening to know how a lot of survived but had been hurt. I feel that the toll of traffic-related incidents will have to be several times the range who died.

It’s like COVID-19 fatalities, which are considerably outnumbered by people hospitalized or finish up with very long-haul problems. Survivors of website traffic accidents, like the Japanese few that was poorly harm in the Kahala strike-and-run incident a couple many years in the past, go through for a long time.

We will not know the accurate human value of targeted visitors accidents with no such info, which must spur extra consideration to generating our streets safer and selling safer driving practices.

Ray Tabata


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