Your Views for April 16

Repaving system

In your April 14 Your Views section, former Hawaii County Managing Director Roy Takemoto stated that the county has a system that ranks the condition of our roads here on the island.


It would be interesting to see which roads were ranked worse than Kinoole Street and Waianuenue Avenue. Those two roads are terrible. Also, which roads were repaved in the past five years or so?

I understand that a portion of the fees that are collected from our vehicle registrations are supposed to go to upkeeping our roads. It sure doesn’t look like it is being done in a timely manner.

And for the comment about one council member using their power to expedite this process, I think there are a lot of drivers wanting this to happen, and not just that person.

R. J. Wong


Do your part

On Dec. 11, 2020, the first COVID vaccine was introduced.

Then, on Dec. 18, 2020, the second vaccine was released. Then the third on March 12, 2021.

Many people have taken the vaccine, and many have opposed it. A survey of 5,000 Americans has shown that 31.1% of the U.S. public does not intend to take the vaccine.

People have argued that the vaccine has been created suspiciously fast, and it’s not safe. However, it’s been more than three months since the vaccine was released, and 171 million people in the U.S. alone have taken it.

Some have reported minor side effects, such as headache and muscle pain, which has scared anti-vaccinators. But apart from these side effects, the vaccine has been a success.

The pandemic has now been going on for more than a year, and during this time, 559,000 people have lost their lives. Many more have been affected, including adults, teenagers and children. Adults have to deal with many things, including their work status, while many teenagers have missed graduation along with other activities in their high school careers.

Plus, children have suffered as well by staying inside and learning on a computer screen. These are the people who will grow up to take care of our world and future generations. By staying inside all the time and learning off a screen, they aren’t getting the experience that others have received, which could affect the way they act, and their social skills.

Most of the people who have decided not to take the vaccine once available to them are the ones who are complaining the most about the never-ending pandemic. If you really want the pandemic to end, and for things to go back to normal, do your part and get vaccinated.


Lindsay Tagudan