Your Views for August 3

Heed the warning

It’s too bad that Frederick Tibayan had to learn his lesson the hard way (“This is not a joke,” Tribune-Herald, July 29), but I hope that the story of his protracted hospital stay and close brush with death will act as stimulus for vaccine-hesitant citizens to finally step up and get vaccinated.

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Mr. Tibayan clearly paid a severe price for his own vaccination avoidance, but many others across the country are paying even more severely with their lives.

Right now, 99% of all COVID-related U.S. deaths are among the unvaccinated. Think about that: Roughly 99% of COVID deaths today could have been avoided with a simple shot or two.

Ironically, vaccine-avoidance seems to have become a political issue rather than a scientific one. And if citizens don’t heed the warning that Mr. Tibayan is now sounding, we will soon have a Darwinian culling of historic proportions as the dedicated Trumpian lemmings make their determined way down to the water’s edge.

Skip Sims

Ninole

EPIC or not?

If the goal is to reduce county workload, the computerized EPIC (online permit system) is guaranteed to be an instant success.

The plan is to deny applications before they are submitted.

Brian Daniel

Volcano

Good Samaritan

Last month, I lost my wallet at the Bayfront soccer fields. It was picked up by a gentleman who noticed my membership card for the Island Naturals store and promptly took it the store manager, who had my phone number on record.

Much to my relief, I was able to retrieve the wallet completely intact.

Mahalo nui loa to whoever that honest gentleman is and, as always, lucky we live Hawaii.

Raymond Carr

Pahoa

Mahalo, Na Leo TV

On behalf of the Hawaii County Office of Aging, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Na Leo O Hawaii Television for the assistance and excellent job done on the production of our Hawaii County video segment of the Statewide Older Americans Month Recognition that was broadcast during the month of June by Olelo Public Broadcasting on Channel 53.

I would especially like to acknowledge Micah Alameda, assistant general manager and head of marketing, and the following staff who worked on the production: David Alvarez, Anson Almeida and Joseph Kawamoto.

Due to their professionalism and outstanding work, we have received many fine reviews from across the state on our video segment.

Again, the Office of Aging gives a big mahalo to the management and staff of Na Leo O Hawaii Television for an excellent job well done.

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William H. Farr

Executive on aging, Hawaii County

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