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Essential activity mandate well beyond guidelines

I’m very disturbed with the mayor’s recent mandate for “stay at home, work at home” with restrictions that seem to go well beyond guidelines that both the governor and the mayor of Honolulu have passed.

For example, it includes “doing solitary outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running,” but no mention of surfing, kiting, windsurfing, swimming, snorkeling, canoe paddling, fishing? All activities that can be enjoyed by an individual in total compliance with the social distancing guidelines already in place.

And the prohibition on golf is really a mystery. So, let me get this straight: I’m out walking by myself, or 6 to 10 feet from a friend or family member, and I’m in complete compliance. But the minute I put a 5-iron in my hands, I’m a common criminal and a threat to society?

Most fair-minded citizens will gladly follow fair-minded restrictions. But when our elected officials start passing laws that make no sense, are counter-productive and further erode the confidence we have in government, we start to feel like we are being punished, not protected.

Randolph S. Coon

Kula

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