Opinion

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: There is an increase in recreational bike riders on our Maui roads. Oftentimes you’ll see groups of four or more riding along narrow roads such as Lower Kula Road. They will usually take up the entire lane riding side by side. Are they allowed to impede traffic? If they are so inclined, ...

Monday is a historic day

Editorial

Monday is the national holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is the eighth (and, for now, final) such holiday since the civil rights activist’s death that the occupant of the White House is of African-American descent. And that is at once the splendid and tragic core ...

Careful review of legislation done in committees

Columns

At the County Council’s organizational meeting on Jan. 2, three council members, Kelly King, Elle Cochran and Alika Atay, formally requested a public hearing on the council’s committee structure. In an ideal situation, the establishment of committees would have been settled on Jan. 2, ...

Major effort required to combat global warming

Letters to the Editor

My favorite TV show of recent years was “Newsroom,” no doubt because I once was a newsman. My favorite episode was one in which a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) spokes-man did an interview about global warming/climate change. He provided a dire list of the dreadful ...

Failures of Obama got Trump elected

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest a letter writer’s thoughts on President Trump. He must have forgotten Obama had no experience. Nobody questioned his background and, to this day, his college transcripts have never been released. Let alone the fact that not one person that was in one of his classes has ...

We must have quality, affordable health care

Letters to the Editor

In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Some members of Congress are currently discussing making major changes to our core health system in the United States — including repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a ...

Recognize damaged character and resist it

Letters to the Editor

Sociopaths in power are dangerous because of their inability to feel the pain of others. Dormant, it can’t rise above the pleasure they feel watching the Americans they hate suffer. We can’t reason with sociopaths, they have no heart and no conscience. What we can do is recognize their ...

Equipment not suitable for future crops

Letters to the Editor

A Jan. 3 letter in The Maui News questioned A&B’s intent to keep HC&S lands in agriculture because the company is auctioning excess equipment. The equipment being sold is specific to a large-scale sugar operation and not suitable for growing, harvesting, processing or ...

Little good can come from Trump presidency

Letters to the Editor

When Donald Trump becomes president, America will stand on the edge of a great abyss. Donald Trump is a surly megalomaniac who lies whenever it suits him. He incited followers to violence multiple times during his presidential campaign. He is a hater who has disparaged Hispanics, Muslims, the ...

How green do we need to be?

Editorial

The recent heavy rains here got us to thinking about water consumption on Maui. A bunch of years ago, our late colleague Ron Youngblood wrote an editorial about the subject and we think the thoughts expressed in it deserve to be published one more time: “There’s a direct link between ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Never mind all-male revues at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center resulting in Liquor Control Commission hearings. Forget about sensationalizing crime and our judicial system. The top floor of the county building on High Street might be the best show in town these days. For a better ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

America is about to have its pockets picked Am I a paranoid old fool, or a wise and prescient elder who sees something no once else seems to have noticed? Trump will soon have access the U.S. Treasury, control of the Justice Department and the ability to gut the EPA. Won’t this allow him to ...

Obama eloquence a final time

Editorial

During his farewell address Tuesday night, we were struck once again by President Barack Obama’s eloquence and decency. Unfortunately, coverage of it was overshadowed by the revelation that the president-elect had possibly been compromised by Russia. While this may turn out to be akin to ...

Council minority needs to learn how to count

Letters to the Editor

In regard to the temper tantrum thrown by the County Council’s minority at the council’s organizational meeting: grow up. We need adults in these positions. The first step in doing that would be to learn how to count. In the nine-member council, five votes constitute a simple majority. If ...

Donald Trump is incapable of leading

Letters to the Editor

Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration will be the darkest moment in America’s democratic process. At best, the election results are questionable because they have been tainted by the Russian hacking, FBI Director James Comey and unnamed partisans within the U.S. government. The election result ...

Comparing Trump to Hitler is absurd

Letters to the Editor

Comparing Trump to Hitler is absurd. Hitler’s name is synonymous with evil. Trump’s name is synonymous with banality. That some of Trump’s campaign tactics were similar to those used by the Nazis in their rise to power in the ’20s and ’30s is not unusual, that’s when mass propaganda ...

Performing before Trump distasteful for some women

Letters to the Editor

Many Rockettes were brought to tears over having to perform before Trump. The trauma of someone like Trump, who has countless other times dishonored women, goes against their deep personal values. Also, one Mormon Tabernacle Choir female has also declined to perform for moral ...

Simple joys in modern life

Editorial

There are modern conveniences that definitely make life better. Some of them are little things. For example, one definite sticking point for a few of us has always been getting the year right on checks. Traditionally, it has taken till March and sometimes April for us to adjust to writing the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Recent changes in my daily routine have opened the door to a dusty room deep within my memory bank. As I drive by Lihikai Elementary School at least once a day, my mind wanders to Dream City. While it sounds like a sweet metaphor or the scene of a fairy tale, kamaaina know that Dream City is ...