Letters: Bureaucracy stifles state travel program; Tourists definitely bringing virus here; Trump co …

Letters: Bureaucracy stifles state travel program; Tourists definitely bringing virus here; Trump could learn from Little League

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Bureaucracy stifles state travel program

There is safety, and there is pedantism. There have been numerous stories in the paper during these past two weeks about arriving passengers being stuck in quarantine because they didn’t get tested by a “trusted” partner.

If a testing clinic meets a worldwide standard, who is the state to say that the test is inadmissible? Not only are we inconveniencing people, we also are biting off the proverbial hand that feeds us. Does anyone really believe that guests who have negotiated the gauntlet that is COVID-19 testing and the Safe Travels Hawaii website are really going to return to our islands if we don’t accept their lab results?

The bureaucracy in Hawaii is well known for rigid adherence to many rules that make little or no sense, abandoning all common sense in the simple name of micro-management. There is little or no downside to allowing those who have been tested in proper labs to travel to Hawaii without quarantine, particularly when the spread here seems to be from within the community rather than from tourism. Wake up.

Kent Sharrar

Ewa Beach

Tourists definitely bringing virus here

First, I’d like to applaud Mayor Kirk Caldwell for questioning the state’s visitor testing protocol (“Mayor Kirk Caldwell questions the validity of the state’s traveler surveillance testing program; Lt. Gov. Green defends it,” Star-Advertiser, Nov. 20). Something is definitely wrong.

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