My Turn: Hawaii National Guard invaluable amid pandemic

This is a “love letter” to the Hawaii National Guard, and a request for the people in my community. I am a retired nurse practitioner, and for the last 2.5 months, I have been volunteering twice a week with COVID-19 testing at Alii Health Center’s testing site in Keauhou.

My Turn: We the people

The COVID-19 pandemic (war against humanity) sweeping our country and the world respects no borders or state lines. It has killed almost 200,000 of our fellow Americans and has given little indication of relenting in the foreseeable future. To fight this war and reduce the number of inevitable casualties our national, state and local governments have instituted rules and regulations intended to accomplish that purpose.

As I See It: Critical and analytical thinking missing on both sides

Why is our nation so divided? A lot of people ask me how 43% of the voters can believe in the president in spite of what they see as overwhelming evidence that he is — insert the descriptive adjective that you would use. There is also a slightly larger population 53% that does not approve. I do not suspect that either large population is stupid or naïve. There must be another explanation, or perhaps several explanations. Fifty-five percent in an American election is called a landslide!

My Turn: A clear and present danger

Michelle Melendez wrote in a letter to the editor published Monday that the flu killed 478 people 2015-16 in Hawaii, 526 in 2017-18, and 336 last year. She then says 70 have died of COVID-19 this year, and yet we have been subject to wearing face masks, stay-at-home orders, social distancing, school and business closures. She then complains about contact tracing saying “they can track you and detain you against your will.” This is a reckless distortion of facts to push a half baked conspiracy theory of government overreach.

My Turn: A progressive response

Bruce Campbell posed a challenging question in the Sept. 1 letters to the editor. It’s a device — posing a question but embedding the answer he wants you to come to. He does it twice, the first time when he refers to 80% of “reporters” who consider themselves liberal. I could find no current credible source for this, but he planted a notion of reporter bias that is not backed by evidence. I did find a good study that concluded “no liberal bias in what political journalists choose to cover.” (Google terms: journalists political party)