Opinion

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

In 1966, with the debut of the original “Star Trek” television series, the crew of the USS Enterprise drove an unintended but unmistakable wedge between my cousin and me. Mark and I are a year apart in age, and we spent much of our early childhood together, often recreating our favorite TV ...

Still performing an essential job

Editorial

We have always been very proud of the number of letters to the editor that appear in The Maui News. It is safe to say the volume of letters that appear in this small community newspaper reflects an engaged public that cares deeply about governmental and societal matters. To recap, in the ...

Hospital employees have no one to fight/bargain for them

Letters to the Editor

Someone is finally speaking up regarding our hospitals! I believe in unions. Unions remember your members. Members, families and friends, remember who voted to give our Maui County hospitals to a private for-profit entity due to poor state management. Is this private entity doing better for ...

Climate change facts backed by majority of climatologists

Letters to the Editor

It always amazes me how people will take the word of someone just because it aligns with their beliefs when the facts don’t support that opinion. Plankton and trees do absorb CO2 but not in the quantities we are putting into the atmosphere. Again, 98 percent of scientists who study climate ...

Stop approving construction and expansion of hotels

Letters to the Editor

The volume has risen recently about the overwhelming numbers of visitors to Maui. I can only think of one way to reduce those numbers. The County of Maui needs to quit approving the construction of new hotels and the expansion of existing ones. If there are no available rooms, fewer visitors ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Recently, I have been seeing various unmarked vehicles utilizing radar guns and pulling cars over with police lights. A video was posted to Facebook of an unmarked vehicle with a car pulled over and a plainclothes man questioning the driver. What are the laws surrounding unmarked vehicles ...

A time to step up to the plate

Editorial

Whether one calls the malady white nationalism, white supremacy, neo-Nazism or any similar label, the resurrection of hate-based politics is a troubling development in society. While the United States is not alone in facing this stain on our humanity, a lot of us hoped that the combination of ...

50/50 chance we’ll get new president in 15 months

Letters to the Editor

Some are saying that the “white supremacist” fueled El Paso shooting will prove to be Trump’s “Waterloo,” or his downfall, and he will be voted out of office and packing his wife’s bags by the end of next year. I would not be surprised if that actually happened: that one of the 20 ...

Law forbidding parking on sidewalks should be enforced

Letters to the Editor

Alamaha Street in Kahului is mess, especially on the mauka side. In spite of a dozen signs reminding drivers that parking on the sidewalk and adjacent grass is illegal, which everyone knows anyway, people still do it. Even when there are plenty of spots open on the street they park ...

Upcountry-South Maui road not answer to recent fires

Letters to the Editor

In the Aug. 10-11 “Council’s 3 Minutes” by County Council Member Alice Lee, in response to the recent fires she proposed that the long-standing Kihei to Upcountry Road project be built as soon as possible. Not only is this not the answer to these fires, but such a road would likely make ...

Appalled by treatment of woman for speaking Spanish

Letters to the Editor

It was simply appalling to read in The Maui News on Aug. 12 of the young American servicewoman from Puerto Rico who was accosted verbally in a Honolulu Starbucks for speaking in Spanish. Her attacker told her that speaking Spanish was “distasteful” and “does not represent America and the ...

The story of ‘white man rules’ not ending quietly

Letters to the Editor

It appears the story of “white man rules” is finally coming to an end. Like many things that have gone on way too long and have too much momentum, it’s not going quietly and in its last gasp, there is grasping to hold onto power with indignation, righteousness and defensiveness in ...

Largest mass killing of Latinos in U.S. history

Letters to the Editor

The week of Aug. 4 we witnessed the largest mass killing of Latinos in our history. The killer told police he wanted to kill Hispanics and stop the “invasion.” The next day we saw the largest raid by immigration police in the history of any state. For months we have watched as families were ...

Aloha Paul, we live on Maui and not in Maui

Letters to the Editor

For the most talented songwriter ever, Mr. Paul Simon, who certainly knows about “rocks,” appears to differ on one thing. We live on Maui (aka: the Rock) and not in Maui. Takes some time to get used to saying it as such. Appears that you can take the boy out of New York City but not New ...

Investment in Alzheimer’s research must continue

Letters to the Editor

Diverse research was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 in Los Angeles that offers new insights and hope around Alzheimer’s and dementia. As a surviving daughter of one of the more than 5 million Americans, including 29,000 Hawaii residents living with ...

DHHL needs to be removed completely

Letters to the Editor

In May of 2019, the commissioners of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands canceled my 99-year lease because of a loan I never knew existed between my deceased father and Bank of America since 2002. My father passed away in 2003. My mother took over after dad’s death and she too passed, in 2008. ...

Wastewater injection well case could hurt tourism

Letters to the Editor

Why has Maui spent over $4.3 million taxpayer dollars and aligned ourselves with big oil and other polluting groups and not settled the wastewater inject well case heading the U.S. Supreme Court? Mayor Michael Victorino, do you think that tourism will suffer from the fact that Maui is ...