Your Views for December 31

COVID changes

The changes that COVID has caused will always be remembered.

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As a college student, I felt like COVID took certain opportunities away from my academic journey and even my personal journey, too.

School is not the way we remember it. There are no longer classes to physically attend, therefore it is empty. I would still be on campus, because I work there, but without the chatter and presence of others, I always feel like I am walking into a dead zone.

I came to realize just how important people are to this life, especially recently when I went to the civic Christmas “parade” in town. I honestly thought the spirit of Christmas was fading. It brought me so much joy to see our community unite and make this happen, even if it was done a little differently. I miss attending events, and I missed the feeling of seeing people come together.

I hope we will be able to make a come back from COVID and be able to make connections with others once again, especially in college, but we still have to continue to follow safety protocols that include the wearing of masks, social distancing, etc.

Although during these times it’s not something that is supported, I think we should start slowly getting back out there. If we continue to follow safety protocols, I think we can all make it work.

COVID might have been able to divide us, but it shouldn’t be what keeps us apart.

Tymika-Rose Miller-Pajimola

Hilo

PGV and Kilauea

1983: PGV begins operation, operates continuously until 2018.

1983: Kilauea erupts (Pu‘u ‘O‘o vent), erupts continuously until 2018.

2018: PGV ceases operations.

2018: Kilauea eruption ceases.

2020: PGV restarts operations.

2020: Kilauea eruption resumes.

David V. Panoff

Hilo

‘Stable geniuses’

Every time there is a protest, like the one at the Oregon Capitol building earlier this month, you can tell right away if they are Trump voters or normal people, based on whether they are wearing a mask.

You don’t need to check if they are dressed like terrorists, or armed like their brothers in the Middle East, or read any signs, or listen to what they say. All you need to do is check whether they are wearing masks, as they congregate closely together.

This cannot continue forever. Because they are giving each other COVID, and they are killing each other with stable genius protests.

Dennis Chaquette

Keaau

Spectacular butterflies

Regarding “Save the monarch” (Their View, Tribune-Herald, Dec. 24), I wonder if any species can match what has been said about the monarch butterfly’s thousands of miles of migration between Canada, the western United States and Mexico, encompassing several generations, as “one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.”

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Abolghassem Abraham Sadegh

Hilo

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