comscore Letters: Protect postal carriers; Pandemic focus lost; Hoarding toilet paper reveals selfishness | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Editorial | Letters

Letters: Protect postal carriers; Pandemic focus lost; Hoarding toilet paper reveals selfishness

I may have missed it, but it doesn’t appear that United States Postal Service (USPS) employees are getting media coverage about their risk of infection by the COVID-19 virus. USPS workers are exposed to the same potential virus infections as package delivery employees (“Fearful package delivery employees are going to work sick,” Star-Advertiser, March 23).

USPS mail carriers are exposed to an even greater extent.

As stated in the article, the COVID-19 virus does not survive long on cardboard and paper surfaces, but experts say it survives a long time on metal surfaces. Postal carriers touch a lot of metal while delivering mail to residential customer and cluster (community) mailboxes.

To mitigate the possibility of a USPS employee contracting the COVID-19 virus from metal mailboxes or passing the virus on to customers, USPS mail carriers should be issued gloves to wear while delivering mail.

Also, since all mailboxes are considered to be federal property, USPS should be required to disinfect or wipe down mailboxes periodically. If unable to disinfect mailboxes, USPS should provide guidance to customers, to allow them to disinfect mailboxes without damaging the mail.

Milton Bell

Ewa Beach


Challenging times, but American spirit endures

The coronavirus’ impact has been Earth-shattering. A sudden, traumatic, life-threatening blow. The harm incalculable to businesses and our economy, to workers, to families, and to our way of life. Recovery will be months or years away. Our American spirit, bruised, endures. We will come back.

We will survive.

Robert K. Wight



Pandemic experts exist in office consolidation

The letter from Jon Shimamoto, “Disbanding pandemic response group wrong” (Star-Advertiser, March 21), is misleading. Letters like this are an attempt to misrepresent the actual facts to portray President Donald Trump as incompetent, careless and/or unconcerned with public health.

The top and best professionals from the White House’s pandemic response office are still there; they just now work within the counterproliferation and biodefense directorate. What is true is that a bloated bureaucracy was downsized and streamlined into one overlapping office to increase efficiency.

The biodefense staff has not been affected by this consolidation of resources. The left seems to believe that bigger government, larger bureaucracies and throwing lots of American taxpayer money at a problem is always better, even if the results don’t always support that premise.

George Hinds

Koloa, Kauai


Pandemic focus lost in biodefense unit revamp

Stacy Washington attempts to cleverly confuse the reader by claiming that President Donald Trump really didn’t abolish the pandemic response office (“Has Trump managed COVID-19 crisis well?” Star-Advertiser, March 23). She said, “It turns out that the office still exists, is fully staffed and was not subject to any action by Trump officials.”

The actual office she refers to in that quote is the counterproliferation and biodefense office, which has a completely different administrative function than the pandemic response office. Nobody claims the counterproliferation office was abolished.

The pandemic response office was formed to lead the effort to control a natural pandemic, in light of the then-recent Ebola and SARS experiences. The counterproliferation and biodefense directorate protects the United States from attempts by rogue nations to seed dangerous microorganisms into our population. The pandemic-related functions were incorporated into the counterproliferation office.

However, we have seen how well this reorganization worked to control a natural pandemic. Let’s hope the National Security Council has better luck if there is an attempt at an intentional microorganism attack.

Jim Harwood

Lower Manoa


Hoarding toilet paper reveals selfishness

I can hardly think of anything more selfish than hoarding toilet paper.

Every household needs it, every household buys it.

The act of hoarding creates inconveniences for those who merely run out and need more. For some, it just makes it difficult to purchase more.

These selfish people who hoard are definitely looking out only for themselves. And here in Hawaii, they most certainly are lacking in the aloha spirit.

Charles P. Nakagawa



Approve shovel-ready projects for Big Island

The coronavirus is causing economic damage to Hawaii and the rest of the world. Millions of people could be laid off.

This is why the Legislature needs to approve funding for Gov. David Ige’s proposed capital improvement projects (CIP) contained in House Bill 2725. These nearly shovel-ready projects include the proposed Saddle Road Extension and Waiaka Bridge replacement on the Big Island.

These infrastructure projects will help stimulate Hawaii County’s economy through increased construction activity.

The other critical appropriation is $10 million to construct a fiber-optic cable landing station on Oahu.

There is an entity that is interested in landing a cable at this proposed station.

If Hawaii wants to really diversify its economy, it needs reliable fiber-optic cable connectivity. It would be a huge blow to our economy if any of this funding is deleted from HB 2725.

Aaron Stene



Governors, mayors come through with leadership

In these scary times, true leadership is admirable. While lacking at the federal level, it is impressive to see the actions of our governors and mayors, both here in Hawaii as well as across the U.S.

They try to communicate accurately and often, and they inspire hope. It is a stark contrast to our president and his cronies.

Self-aggrandizement and partisan politics, so often employed by President Donald Trump, have no place in times like these.

Barry Wallace



The Honolulu Star-Advertiser welcomes all opinions. Want your voice to be heard? Submit a letter to the editor.

>> Write us: We welcome letters up to 150 words, and guest columns of 500-600 words. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and length. Include your name, address and daytime phone number.

>> Mail: Letters to the Editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 7 Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 210 Honolulu, HI 96813

>> Contact: 529-4831 (phone), 529-4750 (fax),,

Use the online form below

(*) Indicates required field

Dear Editor,

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (36)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up