Your Views for August 26

Adapting to crisis

The Aug. 24 article, “As shoppers stay away, stores seek refuge online,” is a great report on how entrepreneurs around the world and in Hilo are adapting to the present economic crisis.


Yes, the present pandemic is causing an economic crisis.

I am very glad to say the Small Business Development Center in Hilo is putting together a three-part series about getting your business recognized in the online environment. It is presently being planned for mid through late September.

The following month, the Hilo SBDC office is planning another three-part series about getting your business recognized on social media.

Hats off to the Small Business Development Centers across the state for taking the initiative to help small businesses survive and thrive in such trying economic times.

Bernard A. Balsis Jr.


Questioning lockdowns

There is no question that losing someone for any reason, natural or unnatural, is tragic. So, here we are as a world facing a pandemic that has led to mass universal lockdowns.

It has trumped all other pandemics in its regulations. Yet, its death rate has not. The death rate is not by any means … to any exasperated level to have such draconian measures to be instilled on us.

There are an estimated 817,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide (it has been confirmed that many doctors, including Dr. Deborah Brix herself, put COVID-19 on death certificates even if that was not the cause of death). The tests themselves are illusive.

I am getting ahead of myself. I am not an investigative journalist — we still have those, right? We are now told what we must wear, how many we are allowed to gather with, what jobs we can or can’t do, how our children are allowed and not allowed to be educated, what we can and cannot speak about, and we are now being contact-traced.

Dare I say communistic tactics? Ironic that this virus came from a country where communism rules.

About 250,000 to 500,000 worldwide die annually from the flu, and 1.5 million die from tuberculosis. These are infectious diseases.

If a virus is so deadly, why is it so hard to know if you have it? Seems as though we have a lot of questions to ask.

Might be better to start getting answers from those who don’t have money to make from the cure.


Shavaun Gilliland


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