As I See It: I can’t think of a better place to be right now

Tuesday morning, I went to Costco. On the way there the radio DJs explained endlessly that the governor’s lockdown order began at 12:01 a.m. March 25 (Wednesday). I did not think that was particularly a hard concept to understand, but it went on and on, on more than one station.

My Turn: We are all in this together

I, for one, have had enough of the hate virus, the mean virus, and the judgment virus. I’ve had enough of the yelling and the name-calling. It’s infected all of us and made us all sick and tired. But we can radically change our behavior. We can do way more than just wash our hands, use sanitizer, and stay inside. This moment shows us how vulnerable we all are. It shows us how tied we are to one another. It shows us how we are all in this together.

My Turn: New coronavirus stable for hours on surfaces

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine.

My Turn: Spread the facts, not the virus

A poll released Sunday from NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows that there is a huge disparity between Democrats and Republicans about how seriously to take the Coronavirus. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats say that they believe the worst is yet to come, compared to only 40% of Republicans. Sixty-one percent of Democrats say they have stopped attending large public gatherings, while only 30% of Republicans say the same.

My Turn: Getting down to the basics

As I read my paper this morning with all the cancellations going around the United States and abroad, the day has come for all of us humans to do some deep thinking, creative thinking and just plain getting down to basics.

My Turn: People should not drive while impaired

The Feb. 27 “My Turn” column opposing legislation to lower the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in the state to .05% comes from an organization that is funded by members of the alcohol and hospitality industry and has never supported lower BAC limits. Shortly before the Senate passage of Senate Bill (SB) 2234 to enact a 0.05% BAC limit statewide, the same organization used the same misdirected scare tactics it employed when it opposed nationwide efforts to lower BAC from 0.10 to 0.08% in the late 1990s.

As I See It: It’s time to think how to react

Sometimes a little hysteria is a good thing. It can wake up the complacent. Maybe, this time there is something really wrong. Once you are alert, it’s time to think how to react. Which existential crisis gets priority? My guess is the one that can kill you now, but it’s a mistake to let immediate problems distract you entirely from long-term goals. The one decision that is almost always wrong is to do nothing. Make a decision.

My Turn: What did they expect?

There has been two articles written and printed by Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter Michael Brestovansky on the dissatisfaction with the road construction in Puna. Many of us who have been born and raised here read the paper and wonder “what did they expect?”