Opinion

Committees gear up to vet important county issues

Columns

On Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, the county’s $705.2 million fiscal year 2018 budget will be considered for second and final reading by the County Council. Its passage will mark the end of an extensive review of each department, along with the overall financial picture of the ...

Memorial Day’s true meanings

Editorial

Monday is Memorial Day. It is a day intended to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. All too sadly, most of those who paid the sacrifice were young people who really never got to savor the benefits of freedom. ...

Tunnel could do more than ease traffic woes

Letters to the Editor

Perhaps the simplest solution to Lahaina traffic (The Maui News, May 14) is to put a tunnel through the West Maui Mountains connecting Wailuku with Lahaina. In addition to reducing pressure on the pali highway, this would improve access and allow most retail to stay in the central valley, ...

Stop the freeloading by churches off taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

A May 21 letter argued that pastors should be free to endorse political candidates. “Get government out of our churches,” exclaimed the headline. The IRS should not have the power to tax churches that endorse candidates. The letter writer should rethink this idea. Today, churches are ...

Focusing on soil a step forward for Maui County

Letters to the Editor

There are five states in the nation that have laws pertaining to nitrogen and phosphorous because of the sensitive lakes and rivers. Hawaii is not one of them. The county now has a program to lessen the use of pesticide and to concentrate on the soil (The Maui News, May 21). I applaud it. ...

Apologies to anyone who’s been offended

Letters to the Editor

I want to apologize to everyone I’ve offended in my past letters to the editor in The Maui News: presidents, governors, mayors, senators, representatives, council members, appointed officials, union bosses, party chairmen, dog catchers, newspaper owners. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes ...

More than one day needed to recognize sacrifices

Letters to the Editor

The sole purpose of Memorial Day is for us to stop for a moment and give thanks to those who put themselves in harm’s way to safeguard us and lost their own lives in so doing. These, usually young, men and women ended up giving up their lives and all of their remaining days (no more families, ...

Abusing free speech comes with a cost

Letters to the Editor

A May 24 letter to the editor asked a question of the “bombastic nincompoop masquerading as our nation’s president.” The letter writer goes on to refer to supporters as “enablers . . . duped into voting for him with his lies and hate speech.” Wow. This really makes me want to ...

A&B breaking the law by denying cows shade

Letters to the Editor

Maui law requires that all animals have access to shade, including cows put into A&B’s former sugar cane fields. This law protects animals from people who can’t figure out what an animal needs. A&B has made a deliberate choice to break the law. The question is: Why? The sad part ...

Impressed by articles on proposed liquor changes

Letters to the Editor

Your recent articles on the liquor changes proposed by the Liquor Commission were perhaps the best written and most influential articles I have ever read in The Maui News. I am proud of my cousin Charmaine Tavares’ brave stand on the matter and also proud of Mahina Martin’s courageous ...

Dr. Nancy Long, a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician, is driven by the power of compassionate care. “I get close to people very quickly during an important time in their lives,” she said. “That is a gift.”

Hearts full of compassion

Columns

Years before she made the leap to medical school, Dr. Nancy Long did what anyone might do with a bachelor’s degree in geography: She grabbed her passport and headed to the airport. But somewhere between her home state of Massachusetts and the other side of the world, Long says she realized ...

A little girl lost

Editorial

Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembering those who have served our country in the armed forces. But, sometimes, memories of others are stirred. Helen Bishop is not your traditional subject for a Memorial Day Weekend editorial. She never wore a uniform or fought in any wars. No, Helen, ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

People of Hawaii now own Haleakala Trail Haleakala Trail is now owned by the people of Hawaii. You can find a Google Map of Haleakala Trail at www.publicaccesstrailshawaii.org/old-haleakala-trail-summary. Feel free to contact me at brown9183@twc.com. Happy hiking. David Brown Executive ...

Not all who live homeless lifestyle should be considered homeless

Columns

I have come to realize that very few people are speaking the same language when it comes to homelessness. Most of us believe that the people we see on the street and those sleeping in tents on the beach are homeless. Even though many are, not everyone living a homeless lifestyle should be ...

Friday is ‘Don’t Fry Day’

Editorial

Friday has been designated “Don’t’ Fry Day” by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention — a day for all of us who live out here on a tropical island to remember that skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun is a daily threat. Working with the council, the American Cancer ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

No longer giving Trump the benefit of the doubt I am a 73-year-old lifetime independent voter who was surprised by Donald Trump’s victory but who, after the election, wanted him to succeed. Repeat, I wanted him to succeed. I really felt it was time to set aside partisan politics and ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Ever since 1927, when Don Blanding penned the now-familiar refrain, locals have referred to May Day as Lei Day. Section 8-13 of the Hawaii Revised Statues proclaims “May 1 of each year shall be known as ‘May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii’; provided that this day is not and shall not be ...

Slaughter of the innocent

Editorial

Monday evening in Manchester, England, the slaughter of the innocent continued. This time, 22 folks attending an Ariana Grande concert were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at the end of the show. Dozens more were injured. Most of the attendees were ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Lawmakers applauded for action on cannabis Big mahalo to our compassionate state Legislature for listening to the patients in readjusting the draconian medical cannabis program enacted by our Department of Health by maintaining the caregiver and increasing the legal amounts of plants and ...