Letters for Sunday, May 24, 2020 – Thegardenisland.com

Eat vegetarian this weekend

There is good news from COVID-19 for this Memorial Day. We won’t be getting stuck in traffic jams. And, the meat shortage will keep us safe from our outdoor grills.

Folks who grill hamburgers and hot dogs face a nasty choice. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises grilling at high temperature to avoid food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. But the National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats generates cancer-causing compounds.

Fortunately, we no longer need to choose between food poisoning and cancer.

A bunch of enterprising U.S. food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a rich variety of convenient, healthful, delicious, plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs and soy nuggets. These products don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They are missing the cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, hormones and pesticides of their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen-food section of our favorite supermarket, along with nut-based ice creams and other dairy-free desserts.

This Memorial Day, in the shadow of COVID-19, let’s stay safe in more ways than one.


Leo Gushiken, Lihu‘e

Please reopen Lihu‘e Airport

Aloha Gen. Kenneth Hara.

I’m writing to you tonight hoping that you’ll do your best to reopen our Lihue Airport at the end of May. I’ve been unemployed since March 18, 2020. I’ve been a tour guide for the same company, Kaua‘i Luxury Transportation, for over 25 years. Like so many people here on our island and the state of Hawai‘i, our entire economy depends on the dollars generated by the tourist industry. I know you understand all this. There is no safer place in our state or the country than the island of Kaua‘i. At some point we’re going to have to reopen and get our economy going again. This virus will always be with us in some way or another, and those who don’t want to venture out or travel have that choice. In my opinion, we’ve waited long enough.

I believe strongly in playing it safe, but I also believe that life is a risk. It’s no longer safe when people are hurting financially and are forced to remain home. The staying in place causes so many dire problems. Kaua‘i has had seven suicides in a seven-day period this month. People have to socialize and get back to work.

I realize tourism from the mainland and other parts of the world will take some time, but as an island state we need to move among ourselves safely. Please consider that we as citizens have the common sense to follow procedures and regulations to travel safely. We only wish to be treated as responsible adults and not cattle being herded and fed.

I hope others will reach out to you to encourage you in your efforts to reopen the island of Kaua‘i.

Thank you for your service to our country, our governor, and your service to your Commander in Chief, President Trump.


Steve Yoder, Kapa‘a

2020 pandemic news I would like to see

Seniors fight targeted lockdown orders. Citing a violation of constitutional rights, a Seniors For Freedom on Kaua‘i spokesperson announced a lawsuit against lockdown quarantine orders directed primarily at seniors. “We might look feeble,” stated the spokesperson, “but we have a lot of financial firepower directed at protecting out individual freedoms.” A protest featuring a bonfire of walkers, canes and wheelchairs was announced as well. “We don’t need these stupid things as much as we thought,” said the spokesperson.

After taking ayahuasca (an Amazon tropical vine thought to have hallucinogenic properties) in a sacred ceremony, Mayor Kawakami and Governor Ige announced that they had both seen the true nature of reality as infinite consciousness and love, and that they planned a change in pandemic policy. “We both agree that the protocol followed by Sweden is the best course of action. Let the chips fall where they may. This will happen in any case, so let’s just cut to the chase.”

Christian Scientists around the world celebrated the revitalization of metaphysical practice in the world population. “Millions of people are actively assuming true health and freedom as the foundation of the universe. This has led to a massive decrease in the coronavirus,” stated a Christian Science spokesperson. Representatives of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) agree. “According to our statistics the virus has virtually disappeared. Seems illogical and highly unlilkely, but our statistics don’t lie.”

Molly Jones, Kealia


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