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Can we beat COVID-19 without lock downs in the State of Hawaii?

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Weekly News Read
December 26, 2021
… If Hawaii follows the same pattern as South Africa, we should experience increasing COVID cases until around New Year’s, followed by a sharp decline ….
…  12,777 cases are considered to be active as of Dec 26  ….
…“Take credit for it. Take credit for it. You’re playing right into their hands [when you doubt the vaccine].” — Donald J Trump
… Kaulana Freitas’ mother, Heidi (Ivester) Freitas, is a first cousin of Mike Miske. Her late mother, Eldoreen (Lau) Ivester, was the sister of Maydeen (Lau) Stancil, mother of both Miske and his half-brother and co-defendant, John Stancil ….
… $942.3 million over the current appropriation level of $7.759 billion ….
… Finance Committee chairwoman Rep. Sylvia Luke wants to spend more ….
… local government was opening everything up and acting as if the crisis was over. That is, they were opening everything up except their own facilities, which are locked up tighter than Fort Knox ….
… calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes ….
… a chance to get in front of lawmakers and argue that we aren’t being taxed enough ….
… the Aloha State now has the highest tourist taxes in the nation, topping out at 17.75% ….
… Compared with November 2019, RevPAR was 3.8 percent lower, driven by lower occupancy (-19.4 percentage points) which could not be offset by increased ADR (+27.5%) ….
…“If we don’t provide the right type of visitor accommodations in the right places, we could see an influx of vacation rentals in our residential neighborhoods.”
…  A law allowing dependents of military members to apply for government employment in Hawaii even if they are not state residents ….
… these are majority opinions in our state ….
… Initially I went to Washington state on vacation. By the second day I realized ….
… Project Announcement: Evaluation of the Operation, Maintenance, Safety, and Oversight of the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ….
… Stadium project? New jail? ….
… The DoH has no authority over the Navy so the permits are not ‘required.’ However, Congress does have authority over the Navy ….
… DOH confirms eight Navy fuel tanks have not been inspected for over 20 years ….
… In August, the commission subtracted about 65,000 military personnel and dependents from Hawaii’s population to start the redistricting process ….
… Assessing the Status of State Election Fairness and Security ….
… It was reported to us that the officer’s (personal) AR-15 was dropped and discharged a round. This round then struck another occupant (relative) in the same home ….
… Faletoga pled guilty in state court to three counts of promoting dangerous drugs in 2007, for which he was sentenced to a ten year term in prison ….
…“The challenges originating in Guam and Puerto Rico to the federal law banning all animal fighting have been turned back by four federal courts and also denied by the U.S. Supreme Court”
… Ige’s supplemental executive budget for the 2022 legislative session includes most of the University of Hawaiʻi’s budget wish list ….
… U.S. shipyards capable of building large oceangoing commercial ships have dwindled from 30 in 1953 to just four as of November 2021 ….
… Banned items include plastic disposable food service containers and utensils such forks, spoons and knives, and plates, trays, bowls, cups, hinged (plate lunch) containers and straws ….
… States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most from COVID ….
… New weekly unemployment claims increased by 291 in Hawaii to 1,615 for the week ending Dec. 18 ….
… The Virtual State Competition takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ….
… Residents in each state rated their local roads on a scale from 1 to 10 ….
… Connecticut has the best dental health, followed by the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey ….
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