Your Views for March 25

Curbside pickup, please

It would be nice if our supermarkets would have call-in orders and curbside pickups as is going on in other states. Some markets have closed altogether.

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A customer calls the market or orders online, and somebody takes their order and gives them an order number.

The customer gives them a description of the vehicle and license plate number and arranges a pickup time. Clerks who used to work at the checkout now pack bags and boxes and save cold items until just before pickup time.

When the customer arrives, they call or text the store with the order number, and somebody comes out with the order and loads it in the vehicle and the customer drives away. The parking lot is rearranged to handle the drive-by pickup customers.

Please put this in effect. Customers don’t even belong in the store.

Kim T. Magnuson

Papaikou

Don’t hoard

The recent “Rainy Side View” column by Rochelle delaCruz (Tribune-Herald, March 23) regarding the hoarding of toilet paper was spot on.

Here’s an excellent substitute for toilet paper. You know those yearly telephone directories we receive that are just thrown onto our driveways, which some of us don’t bother to retrieve for a few days?

Well, tear out a page, crumple it, open it, then crumple, then open. Do this for a few times and the page will become just as soft as cloth and serve you just like a line from a Christmas song, “comfort and joy.”

Folks, unless you’ve got the No. 2 blues that are beyond biblical proportions, please, there is no need to hoard TP.

Rick LaMontagne

Hilo

Dogs relieve stress

As more and more people are choosing to spend a lot more time at home, or are forced to do so by shutdowns at work, it is important that we remain positive and at least make good use of the time.

For many of us, there is someone at home who happens to be thrilled that you are suddenly around a lot more, especially when this translates into a lot more time out on the leash together. How fortunate!

There are few things you can do to relieve stress and avoid depression that are better for you than long, leisurely walks out in nature with a loved one. It is as if your dog knows exactly what you need and volunteers to be your personal trainer to help you to get it.

There might be a bit of that, but there is certainly the fact that the dog is expressing his or her desires and needs, and they know walking makes them feel good. It’s a win-win, and this is a wonderful time to spend extra time together (dog kisses don’t transmit the virus).

Having any problems while out on walks? Now is a good time to do some training!

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Carl Oguss

Hilo

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