Letters: these with pupil loans assist social advantages; Proscribing vaccinations is hurting Hawaii’s economic system; HSTA works for the advantage of hardworking lecturers

Concerning the letter, “The general public shouldn’t pay voluntary pupil debt” (Star-Advertiser, March 3): I perceive the logic behind the concept people select to tackle debt to pursue increased schooling and, by subsequently, they need to be accountable for these selections.

Some folks may suppose that canceling pupil loans is tantamount to giving them a free journey, however I believe that is very ignorant. It fails to acknowledge the truth that the general public with large academic debt are from the identical era that may pay for Social Safety and Medicare advantages for the generations earlier than them.

Furthermore, this is identical era which may not even have such advantages obtainable to them at retirement age.

If we wish these folks to have the ability to proceed working and paying for such advantages, we should permit them to take action whereas persevering with to construct a steady life for themselves.

Moana-Marie Nazareno


Hawaiians Ought to Save Love’s Bakery

I do know for us locals it could appear to be folks like Larry Ellison are serving to revive the destiny of Love’s Bakery. (“Larry Ellison May Save Love’s Bakery”, Star-Advertiser, Letters, March 7). But when you consider it, he hasn’t lived in Hawaii for a really very long time.

We the folks of Hawaii who’re unhappy to lose this iconic enterprise ought to get the ball rolling for fundraising. Hopefully if different folks or companies see that we actually need Love’s to remain, they might step in. Does anybody wish to take step one with a GoFundMe account? 5 {dollars} or 10 {dollars} right here or there would make a giant distinction.

Donna Yap

Kalihi Valley

Not all ‘centrist’ politicians will assist in want

I’m relieved to see Democrats pushing via a pandemic poverty aid plan, though all of our U.S. Republican senators voted towards it.

US Senator Susan Collins, of R-Maine, famous that Democratic leaders have no real interest in “a focused bipartisan aid program.”

Republicans did not need a $ 1,400 aid cost, reduce poverty by a 3rd this 12 months, reduce baby poverty in half, or give support to states, cities and colleges.

What’s a bipartisan package deal? A “centrist” aid package deal? As Reverend William Barber mentioned, “What’s a centrist? Are you simply ensuring half the folks get justice? »Solely half have meals on the desk, a roof over their heads, sufficient well being care, a residing wage of non-poverty?

We should proceed to combat for an honest minimal wage, the precise to collective bargaining, respectable well being care, funding within the schooling of our keiki and towards poverty.

Because the Grateful Useless mentioned in “Ship of Fools”: I put it in play / I cannot be a slave for the beggar’s pay / Likewise gold and jewellery / However I’d be a slave to be taught the trail / To sink your idiot’s ship. “

Brad Baang


Grateful to all who take precautions

Thanks to everybody who has helped us get via this 12 months of coronaviruses.

I am a center aged dude who seems fairly wholesome however has an underlying sickness that makes COVID-19 an infection very dangerous. A particular cry to those that usually don their masks, maintain their distance in public, scale back group exercise and in any other case assist restrict the unfold.

Authorities officers and well being care employees are in fact deserving of our gratitude. Many others sacrificed themselves and suffered drastically. However everybody’s contributions – usually small, mundane, and boring – have made Hawaii the most secure place in the US.

Mahalo nui loa.

Ethan Yorgason


Proscribing vaccinations is hurting Hawaii’s economic system

Forty-eight states immunize folks 65 years of age and older. Hawaii is just not one in every of them.

Twenty-nine states immunize all adults thought-about to be at excessive danger. Hawaii is just not one in every of them.

I perceive provide and demand and watch how Hawaii makes use of its share of the vaccine provide. We solely used about 74% of ours.

I’m 67 years previous with these pesky circumstances that put me at excessive danger however usually are not a dying sentence – until I contract COVID-19. I’m additionally lucky to have disposable earnings. For the reason that pandemic, these {dollars} haven’t been spent in Hawaii. My cereal, rest room paper and cat meals arrive by mail.

If politicians do assist our seniors and the economic system, there is just one resolution. Vaccination. When folks really feel protected there will likely be queues at our favourite companies and actions solely obtainable on this distinctive island.

Failure to vaccinate and permit extra transmissible COVID mutations within the inhabitants solely will increase concern.

My solely energy is my voice and my vote. It is my voice and I by no means miss an election.

Beth dewitt


HSTA works for the advantage of hardworking lecturers

This letter is in response to a number of different rampages of lecturers and their union. I’m not a staunch supporter of the union for private causes. Nevertheless, the Hawaii State Lecturers Affiliation (HSTA) all the time appears to look out for the perfect pursuits of lecturers, as a result of that is what it will get paid for.

I don’t pay HSTA to take care of the perfect pursuits of scholars, directors and workers.

I’ve additionally seen lecturers get criticized for being paid all through this pandemic and anxious about extra publicity if all college students come again in individual. One letter alluded to different professions taking much more publicity dangers than lecturers (“HSTA must care extra about college students,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, March 7).

True or not, come and apply for this gravy job. There are all the time openings to the purpose the place they recruit on the mainland. Free parking, low cost lunch, all breaks. As an alternative of growling and whining about how privileged lecturers are, come apply and see how lecturers in Hawaii are searching for their paychecks.

Dean furukawa



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