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Opinion

Testing protocol for tourists not going to keep us safe

Letters to the Editor

Please try to explain to me how this new program for bringing tourists back is going to keep us safe. Travelers are going to be tested within 72 hours of departure or they can choose to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive. So, a traveler gets tested and then wanders around their area ...

American majority must take ownership of nation

Letters to the Editor

There are a number of people worldwide that see themselves as owners of America. Most of them are currently correct. The present president certainly sees himself as such. Very wrong. The people of America see themselves as owners of America. This should be correct, but very wrong. Trump is ...

KCA hosting candidates during online forum

Letters to the Editor

Every election year for as long as we can remember, the Kihei Community Association (KCA) has held candidate forums. The first one in July focuses on races in the primary election. Now, in these unique times, we are following that longstanding process, except that we are switching to an online ...

Wear mask to help economy as well as protect our health

Letters to the Editor

Wear the mask, because the virus is coming from the Mainland or Canada and some in Hawaii are dying. It is the reason we restricted tourists from coming to visit. Better safe than sorry. But businesses are also living paycheck to paycheck. No rainy day or virus day savings. It is law that ...

Reckless endangering Hawaii to trans-Pacific

Letters to the Editor

Reckless endangering, indeed. This is exactly what our state government is doing by opening up to trans-Pacific flights on Aug. 1. Our country has the highest infection rate, led by California. Imagine hordes of California tourists getting on planes with very untested screening and arriving ...

Reef destroyed by Navy twice with detonations

Letters to the Editor

I have personally seen reef devastation created by Navy detonations twice. In 1975, I captained a dive boat to Molokini. I arrived to find a bed of floating dead fish covering a large area inside the crater, with sharks feasting on the carnage. On entering the water, I found a bomb crater ...

Did TSA enable spread of virus?

Editorial

The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. That may not always have been the case. February and March were the months in which COVID-19 took the offensive in the United States. They also were a time when supplies and equipment needed to battle the ...

Follow precautions that have kept COVID-19 cases low in our county

Columns

As we carefully prepare for the return of trans-Pacific travel beginning Aug. 1, we can reflect on our battle with COVID-19 and our road to recovery. My staff prepared a timeline: February: Maui County ramps up coronavirus response. Residents are asked to wash hands frequently, cover their ...

School mask policy can cause cases to skyrocket

Letters to the Editor

My name is Cody Gima and I am a part of Troop 40. For my Communications Merit Badge, I am supposed to write a letter to my local newspaper about any opinion I have. Bruce Anderson, director of the state Department of Health, is saying that teachers and students do not have to wear face masks ...

Raising the flag on 4th of July

Editorial

Sixty years ago today, the 49-star United States flag was lowered at Iolani Palace and replaced by one with 50 stars. Across the nation, the 50-star flag became the official United States flag. Hawaii had gained statehood nearly a year earlier, on Aug. 21, 1959, by executive order of ...

Invisible people who make magic struggle to survive

Letters to the Editor

The people I see around are not the tourists I usually see. They are the invisible, the ones that make the “magic” happen. More often than not they are the ones that work two jobs to feed their children and their families because the salaries here are so low and cost of living so high. ...

Mahalo Maui United Way from Lahaina Arts Guild

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of Lahaina Arts Guild, we would like to extend a grand mahalo to the Maui United Way ohana for all their fine work. As you may know, Maui United Way has awarded Community Impact Grants to 39 hard-working, impressive charities that serve our Maui community. Not readily visible is ...

President’s priorities are perversely skewed

Letters to the Editor

The obtuse oaf occupying the Oval Office ordains historical statutes are to be protected by the National Guard. Simultaneously, he defunds COVID-19 testing when it is most needed at the cost of uncounted thousands of lives. Statues matter, protecting lives does not. Where is the sanctity of ...

Boots on ground shaped direction of The Maui News

Letters to the Editor

I have been a subscriber to The Maui News for about 17 years. I rely on it for my daily information and updates on everything from neighborhood burglaries to Supreme Court decisions. It is incredible that my local paper — The Maui News — has survived the systemic demise of community ...

Testing or quarantine comical, dangerous

Letters to the Editor

The idea of this would be comical if it weren’t true and so dangerous: Take a test to prove you don’t have a disease, then get on a plane with others that chose to forgo that same test and “promised” to stay in place for two weeks. What about the fact that the person that chose ...

Independent says choices are clear for November

Letters to the Editor

As an independent Democrat, the Republican support of law, order and life for the next generation versus the democratic, radical progressive and socialist support of lawlessness and death for the next generation are choices for me to make come November. Greg Kauwe Kihei

When will Haleakala backcountry trails open?

Letters to the Editor

When will they open Haleakala National Park backcountry trails? It’s great that the park is open, but ridiculous that the major trails into the crater are still closed. When I hiked the Supply Trail a couple of weeks ago, the sign that blocked people from going onto the Halemau‘u Trail ...

Quarantine best option for health of Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

Hawaii, by nature, is isolated. It is surrounded by ocean on all sides, about 1,860 miles from the nearest continent. This is an invaluable asset when it comes to preventing any COVID-19 from spreading, either into the state or out into the world. Without quarantining newcomers, this asset ...