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Likens governor to traitor for easing travel restrictions

As an island state, Hawaii is unique among the 50 states. We are the only state capable of isolating our state. We have no contiguous states; no roads that run from one state to another; and both our harbors and airports are easily guarded.

We have geographical immunity, when it comes to a rising increase of Mainland virus cases. And yet, as if some traitor behind the walls of a fort opened up the gates, the governor now wishes to let tourists arrive from everywhere and anywhere in a few weeks. This is stupid. It wouldn’t take much for the contagion to spread throughout any of our islands.

The governor has the right under the Emergency Provision of the state Constitution to suspend any law which conflicts with his emergency efforts to protect the people of the state. Under this power, he was legally able to lock down the state and make travel to it extremely unpleasant. It should be clear, however, that the governor does not have the power to decree or enact new laws. Only the legislature has this power, emergency or not.

Again, he does, however, have the power to suspend any law which impedes or tries to impede his emergency functions. In other words, there is no way that any commercial interest, state or federal government can prevent him from keeping the state closed until the people truly feel safe. And statistics elsewhere support the people’s lessening of concern.

Raphael O’Suna

Haiku

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