Opinion

The State of Aloha

Columns

Last summer was my first and only trip to New Orleans. I loved it. I had no official business being there other than to take ghost tours, drink ridiculous beverages and enjoy exotic eats like alligator pupu. A couple of days into the vacation, I took a walk out of the bustling French ...

A significant date in history

Editorial

Today is the 155th anniversary of a very important event in American history. On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln informed states that had seceded from the United States that they had until Jan. 1, 1863, to end their rebellion or he would issue a proclamation freeing all slaves in ...

Trump undermines historically closest ally

Letters to the Editor

Trump quote: “loser terrorist . . . in the sights of Scotland Yard” as he mindlessly undermines our historically closest ally. What we have is a “loser president” whose alligator mouth never misses an opportunity to overload his hummingbird brain. David L. Florence Haiku

Unsung heroes quietly serve

Columns

In a time when so much in the world seems to be going wrong, I want to emphasize that we live on an amazing island. One that I am very proud to be part of. Here on Maui, we have many unsung heroes and I want to sing the praises of those who quietly live and serve, usually without anyone ...

Don’t let one-night show at the MACC pass you by

Letters to the Editor

I’m just in from a packed sneak preview of “Shank’s Mare” at the Kahului Public Library. The show, coming to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for one night only on Sept. 29, combines traditional Japanese and contemporary American puppetry in the adventures of a noble samurai who ...

Volunteer effort at Maui Fair could reallocate funds

Letters to the Editor

Having read the Sept. 7 Maui News article that conversed with Avery Chumbley concerning the upcoming Maui Fair and how its elevated cost for security this year nearly halted this 95 years of tradition, I am now compelled to ask why this impediment to community and youth culture could not have ...

Close campaign loopholes that allow foreign meddling

Letters to the Editor

Russian trolls just spent at least $100,000 on political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election. This is a serious, serious issue and just the tip of the iceberg. It is imperative that we close all campaign finance loopholes that give foreign governments and agents the opportunity to use ...

NFL players deserve workplace protection

Columns

Football is proven to be dangerous to players’ health. Why isn’t it regulated? Our government — both state and federal — has countless laws and regulations designed to keep citizens safe and healthy, from safety standards on the foods we eat and the cars we drive, to laws that ...

Frightened and broke

Editorial

Last month we found ourselves, once again, driving on Interstate 75 in southern Michigan. We also once again found ourselves pining for the sedate pace of Maui’s roads. Honest to Pete, the drivers of the 18-wheelers on I-75 would rather plant a driver going the speed limit in a pile of ...

Mainstream media still mislead public about 9/11

Letters to the Editor

An observant Sept. 13 letter writer notes the many “anomalies” about 9/11, and goes on to wonder why “mainstream media” would persist in what is obviously lying or intentionally misleading the public. Well, there are several answers. Imagine being foolish enough to watch WTC 7 and ...

Limbaugh likes to qualify his climate-change denials

Letters to the Editor

I have to admit that amidst the morbid curiosity surrounding the mother of all hurricanes, I was able to find humor. While still spouting nonsensical denial that man-made pollution is contributing to climate and weather changes, Rush Limbaugh hightailed it out of southern Florida. A bit of ...

Stop the 9/11 cover-up and discover the truth

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for publishing my “Anomalies” letter Sept. 13. You know you’re over the target when you draw flak, but I never expected a full editorial rebuttal (Sept. 17.) As briefly as possible, Wallace Miller, Sommerset County Coroner in Shanksville, said, “I ceased being a coroner ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Last week, for my birthday, I gave myself a special gift, one that I hope will last through my lifetime. I’d be lying if I told you I’m enjoying the gift, but I do plan to keep it, despite the discomfort it’s causing me. The gift was a pair of acupuncture sessions to help me become an ...

Clock ticking, money wasting

Editorial

Well, it’s Monday afternoon at 4:32 and according to the U.S. National Debt Clock the country is in hock to the tune of $20,169,722,863,480. For those of you who are comma-challenged, that’s about twenty trillion, one hundred and seventy billion dollars. And, just in the time it took us ...

Decorum, dignity needed in Council Chambers

Letters to the Editor

In the interest of keeping our community informed, County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura asked Alexander & Baldwin to make a presentation on its diversified agriculture progress to the Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee, which she chairs. There was no action to be ...

Legislature with U R missing

Columns

I was inspired by a sign this week at the First Baptist Church on Pensacola Street here in Honolulu. Their sign read, “CH _ _ C H — what’s missing? U R !” If you take away “U R” from “CHURCH,” you are left with “CHCH,” which isn’t even a word. Apparently, the point ...

Meeting was not first that all councilors didn’t attend

Letters to the Editor

Two letters on Sept. 15 criticized three County Council members for not attending the hearing of Sept. 12 regarding the questions, or is it accusations, of misdeeds in Sand Hills. First of all, I’m pretty sure that there are more than a few meetings where 100 percent of the council does not ...

God communicates with humanity in different ways

Letters to the Editor

In my letter published in The Maui News on Aug. 18 titled “Are events a coincidence or a sign of the times?” I pointed out that God communicates with humanity in many different ways, through “signs in the heavens” and in other ways that appear on the surface to be purely coincidence — ...

Obama was a net loss in eight years as president

Letters to the Editor

This is in reference the Sept. 6 letter that said a letter about Obama should not have been printed. You have to be kidding about The Maui News not printing a letter. After eight months of reading the vile things the letter writer, and dozens of other like-minded thinkers have written, if ...

Trump embarrasses U.S. with his juvenile behavior

Letters to the Editor

President Trump retweeted a meme that showed him hitting Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball. This from the ostensible leader of the free world. Once again this president shames our country, diminishes the office he holds and embarrasses every American with his bullying, juvenile ...