Opinion

Memories of Maizie

Editorial

For over a decade we occupied an office next to the former publisher of The Maui News, Mary Cameron “Maizie” Sanford. There was a constant stream of people in and out of that office — family, friends, former Maui News employees, fellow philanthropists and ordinary citizens of our ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

The oceanside entrance to Old Maui High School starts at the intersection of Holomua Road and Hana Highway between Hookipa Beach Park and Kuau. From the highway it is another unassuming T-shaped intersection on the north shore. If you aren’t paying attention because you’re checking out the ...

Many classic books have been banned

Letters to the Editor

Regarding a Feb. 15 letter to the editor listing possible books in a future Donald Trump presidential library: Sorry, “Animal Farm” has been banned by some American schools and libraries for a while along with “Brave New World,” “Anne Frank Diary,” “Adventures of Huckleberry ...

Program reunites the homeless with people who care for them

Columns

Homelessness on Maui is becoming increasingly visible. Many of us have heard stories about how colder-climate states send their homeless population to Hawaii. The Maui Homeless Alliance has discussed this issue at length and has come to understand that this is a fallacy. None of the agencies ...

Consider benefits before saying no to TEACH idea

Letters to the Editor

I am writing so that readers will not think Maui is the “land of no!” when it comes to new ideas and innovation. Contrary to the angry mob’s statement that “nobody wants this” at the recent TEACH meeting (The Maui News, Feb. 16), I live in Haiku near Old Maui High School and think the ...

Trump divides country, risks destroying great nation

Letters to the Editor

During last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump successfully promoted and implemented the strategy of “divide and conquer.” During the primary and general election campaigns, most political leaders, commentators, news media experts, editorial, highly paid political consultants and ...

Great way to renew

Editorial

Usually the words “government” and “efficient” don’t go together easily in a sentence (or, for that matter, in life). That’s why we were happy again this year when we received the registration renewal notification for our car from the Department of Motor Vehicles and saw that we ...

How disrupters are labeled depends on party agenda

Letters to the Editor

I find it interesting that when the Tea Party was disrupting Democratic congressional town halls, the right hailed them as patriots exercising their First Amendment rights. But when it happens to the Republicans, it is a bunch of bullies paid and shipped in from outside. Gary Thompson Wailuku

Trump won’t drain the swamp; he is the swamp

Letters to the Editor

Here’s what we now know about the Trump administration’s violation of the Logan Act and subsequent cover-up: Michael Flynn, as a Trump surrogate and private citizen, told the Russians in November that then-President Obama’s sanctions against Russia for interfering in the U.S. elections ...

If you have a true health emergency, call ambulance

Letters to the Editor

It has become more apparent that we are facing a crisis on Maui of a lack of adequate medical services. It is almost impossible to schedule an appointment with your doctor without waiting a long time for his availability. The emergency ward at Maui Memorial Medical Center has become the ...

Hollow men like Trump fear being made a joke

Letters to the Editor

The best way to oppose Trump is to laugh at him. When people protest or march or write to him, ridicule should be included. Can you imagine the sound of 200,000 people laughing out loud? Hollow men fear ridicule. Their insecurity, inadequacy and sense of inferiority create a chink in their ...

Letters are reader opinions

Editorial

At the time this nation was founded, it was common for the Colonial government to jail printers who dared to publish ideas that opposed official policy. It was called sedition. To prevent that from happening in the newly formed United States of America, the First Amendment in the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Fifteen years ago, my late husband, Barry Shannon, and I put a modest little nonprofit FM radio station on the air. Mana‘o Radio began broadcasting out of our home on March 11, 2002, with a shoestring budget and an all-volunteer staff. Prior to that, Barry and I had a combined 60 years of ...

Use paving equipment on Lower Kimo Drive

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to the county for paving the parking lot at the Kula Community Center. It is an impressive example of responding to the need for infrastructure improvement. Taking this activity an important step further, the paving equipment could now be moved to our Lower Kimo Drive — an ...

Tax vigilance needed in 2017 legislative session

Columns

It’s been a month into the legislative session. The sheer number of bills related to tax or public finance is staggering. It’s much more frenetic this year than in any other year I’ve been in this position, and my sentiments are shared with some of the rules attorneys from the Department ...

Warn visitors about illegal cellphone use while driving

Letters to the Editor

My husband and I have been coming to Maui for a three-week vacation for 18 years during February. We have never heard or seen anything regarding the ban on cellphone usage while driving. (Our state, Minnesota, is trying to pass legislation this year to outlaw it, but nothing has happened ...

Nonviolent revolution urged to oust President Trump

Letters to the Editor

The longest war in American history continues in Afghanistan, costing America thousands of lives, countless more injured physically and psychologically, and hundreds of billions of dollars. Recently an American military leader said there is a stalemate in Afghanistan and thousands more American ...

The AP comes under attack

Editorial

In the past couple of weeks we have had some letters to the editor blasting The Associated Press. In fact, we even had a couple of folks announce they were going to cancel their subscriptions to The Maui News because we run stories from the AP. The letter writers felt there was a bias in AP ...

Maui Connections

Columns

When Kris Kristofferson takes the Castle Theater stage Friday night, he’ll be singing for more than the people in the audience. The iconic singer/songwriter/screen actor’s solo concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is a benefit for Na Keiki o Emalia, a Maui County nonprofit serving ...