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In some ways, the public health threat posed by the coronavirus is not our only worry. Just as important is whether our government has crossed a line that we can’t come back from.
Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of working alongside conservationists from a number of different local organizations, all of whom are dedicated to safeguarding Hawaii’s biological heritage. By biological heritage, I refer to the life, both plant and animal, that makes Hawaii Hawaii. These organisms have developed alongside the Hawaiian archipelago and have shaped the ecology, landscape, and culture of Hawaii. I have been very fortunate in my life in that I have been able to learn and grow from our forests, and anyone who lives in Hawaii benefits from their existence.
As reported in the West Hawaii Today article on Sept. 3, “Big Island reports 131 new COVID cases, 1 additional coronavirus-related death,” we have no ICU beds available. With free vaccinations having been available for months, how are those of us who have complied with the mandates, the requests of politicians and the recommendations of all the scientists and doctors to get vaccinated, supposed to accept it if one of our loved ones is in a car crash and is unable to get treatment due to selfish non-vaxxers taking up nearly all the space in the hospitals across the state?
In engineering, we use the term conservative a lot. What it means to engineers is confidence. Doing what you know will work every time, then we add a safety factor. Doing what you know you can afford, and what you know can be finished when promised. On time on budget is the Holy Grail, so to speak. Otherwise, it’s an experiment.