I am a physician and president of deacons in my church, but the following opinions are my own and do not represent the views of the Queen’s Health Systems or the Southern Baptist Convention.

I encourage everyone, especially Christians, to get vaccinated. The first and 14th amendments to the constitution give us freedom of worship. As Christians we have a higher law.

“Although I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to all, to gain as many as possible” (1 Corinthians 9:19). “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). “No one has greater love than this, that a man gives his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

How can we tell others that we love them and that we would give our life for them if we didn’t get vaccinated, wear masks, and stay away when sick?

The day I stand before God, He is not going to congratulate me for exercising my First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment constitutional rights. He’s going to ask me what I have done to win others to Christ.

Randall Suzuka


Take a close look at requests for religious exemptions

Here are some interesting statistics that deal with religious exemptions and COVID-19 vaccinations:

>> The size of the U.S. population in 2019, minus children under 12, was 280 million.

>> 75% of the US population identifies as Christian or some other religious affiliation and 23% are unaffiliated.

>> 46% of the population, excluding children under 12, or 128.8 million people, are not currently vaccinated.

All major religions have no objection to vaccination, so assuming 75% of the unvaccinated subscribe to a major religion, that means 96.6 million unvaccinated people have no valid religious exemption from getting vaccinated.

In order to have a “sincere religious belief” against vaccination, the remaining 25% must support this belief. As one employment lawyer said, “It can’t just be that it’s against my religion. (It) must be a sincere belief and not just a subterfuge because you don’t trust science.

Vaccinations could go up dramatically if you take a close look at those who cite religious belief as the reason for not getting the vaccine.

Ginny Ching Edmunds

Niu Valley

Confusing, contradictory COVID restrictions

The governor insists that children must go to school, vaccinated or not, and that he will not require vaccination for the faithful, even though there have been many regroupings due to religious services. But fans who all need to be vaccinated can’t attend University of Hawaii football games on campus – although they can of course go to UH games on the mainland, of course.

Now I’m learning that because I’m over 65 and even though I’m fully vaccinated, I might be skipped for emergency room treatment so someone who refused to get the shot can walk past me.

Something is wrong with this picture.

Bob gould


Coronavirus vaccine will not cause infertility

If there was a vaccine that could cause sterilization in humans, why isn’t one yet for cats and dogs? The surgical sterilization of pets is expensive, time consuming and stressful for animals.

We in the veterinary profession have been hoping for an injectable for decades. But it will not come from a respiratory viral vaccine developed by the bat.

There is a human viral disease that can cause male infertility. It’s called mumps. If you do not vaccinate your baby boy and he contracts it after puberty, it could cause infertility.

In countries fortunate to have access to vaccines, it is covered by routine childhood immunizations before children enter school.

Diane Shepherd, DMV

Kihei, Maui

Fans can watch UH football games in complete safety

What is the difference between 300-400 parents in groups of four or five, spread over 9,000 seats outside the Ching Sports Complex, watching their sons play football for the University of Hawaii – and the people we see on the beaches, tourists entering through crowded airports, or just the activities in local shopping malls?

The answer is: none.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi already knows that. He could probably convince the governor.

Allow UH football families to attend games in person.

Chip Davey

Downtown Honolulu

Irresponsible Home School Commentary

Steve Lane, a private investigator by profession, said he believed the lack of supervision of homeschooled children, without “the obligation to verify parents are qualified”, is “the reason children die” (“A 6-year-old girl was taken out of Waimanalo elementary school,” Star-Advertiser, Top News, September 16).

Qualified for what? Neither Lane nor the Star-Advertiser say so. The implication that parents of “unqualified” home students kill their children is scandalous.

Lane’s inflammatory comment, and the Star-Advertiser’s decision to publish it without explanation or fact-checking, is irresponsible and defamatory to all homeschooled parents.

Dawn Garbeil



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