Editorial

Important day in two religions

Today is an incredibly important day in the calendars of two major religions. Good Friday marks the day in Holy Week when Jesus Christ suffered and died on the Cross at Golgotha (Calvary). Christians worldwide believe that Christ died to atone for the sins of mortals. According to Christian ...

Individual tax reform simple

Monday was April 15 — the dreaded “tax day.” Congress passed what it called “tax reform” in 2017. But it did nothing about simplification — creating a tax filing the average citizen can understand. Here’s what we think true income tax reform would look like: Thousands of pages ...

Courageous leadership

Effective leadership and courage go hand in hand. Sometimes that courage takes the form of the leader revealing something personal about his or her life that can comfort others who have suffered similar experiences. Last week, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino revealed that he had been the ...

A deadly anniversary

A sad, but important, anniversary is marked Saturday. One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, April 13, 1861, Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate troops, ending the first battle of the Civil War. A day earlier, the rebels had opened fire on the fort that sat in the middle of Charleston ...

Anniversary of a hero’s death

Seventy-four years ago Friday, April 12, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt quietly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga. The hero who led the United States out of the Great Depression had been elected to the presidency four times. The brave leader who championed the Allies in World ...

A perspective on political fights

There is a tendency to look at history — particularly at our historical heroes — through rose-colored glasses. We look at political deadlock and fighting in today’s Washington with a sense of opprobrium and ask why our leaders can’t work together like those in the past. That’s why ...

A hero’s dream remembered

It is hard for some of us old folks to believe, but it was 51 years ago Thursday that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. He was a hero when we were young — a man who battled for civil rights, but who was committed to ...

Inspiration for freedom

Fourteen years ago today, a man died who was as responsible for the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the demise of the Soviet Union as any other figure of the 20th century. Karol Jozef Wojtyla, better known as Pope John Paul II, was born in Poland in 1920. He entered a seminary in ...

Going off half-cocked

In December, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the individual mandate in the landmark Affordable Care Act “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’ tax power.” According to The Washington Post, O’Connor based his opinion on Republican changes made to the tax law in ...

Complaining about Eden

A group of men here on Maui were discussing the weather and some of the comments reflected poorly on our rather pampered lifestyle. The heart of the discussion was all the rain Maui had this winter. We didn’t join in because we have been delighted that rainfall has allowed us to go many ...

Missing an old friend

We were reminded again that there is no longer a print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. To be sure, the knowledge is still available digitally (Britannica.com), but we think today’s youths are missing something by not having those hardbacked volumes to pore over. Certainly, it was ...

Kuhio was the ‘Citizen Prince’

Tuesday’s holiday honors a man who went from being the adopted son of a king to a counterrevolutionary to Hawaii’s voice in the U.S. Congress. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole was born March 26, 1871, the youngest of three sons of Kauai High Chief David Kahalepouli Piikoi and Princess ...

Taking paradise for granted

One of the problems with living in paradise is that one can become a bit spoiled and begin taking our blessings for granted. “Ho-hum, just another rainbow. Yes, yes, that is a beautiful crystal-clear waterfall, surrounded by lush, emerald foliage.” You get the point. One of Maui’s ...

Technology and hate

Some 50 Muslims were slain in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday as they gathered to pray at two mosques. The accused killer is an avowed white supremacist who streamed the massacre live on social media. The shooter apparently wore a body camera to record the atrocity. What is most ...

The wearing of the green

Today is St. Patrick’s Day 2019 — the day for the wearin’ o’ the green. March 17 has been celebrated for centuries in honor of an Irish saint who helped Christianize that land in the fourth and fifth centuries. He supposedly used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of the Holy ...

Fiscally responsible?

For virtually our entire life, the Republican Party has been portrayed as the fiscally responsible party, concerned about yearly deficits and the ever-mounting national debt. It is interesting then to note the direction deficits — and, therefore, the national debt — is moving. In fiscal ...

Lessons from fireside chats

Eighty-six years ago today — March 12, 1933 — newly inaugurated President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave the first of his famous “fireside chats” to the American public. Over the course of the next 12-plus years while serving as president, Roosevelt gave 30 such radio addresses. They ...

Responsible competition

There is a palpable excitement about Southwest Airlines beginning service from the West Cost to Hawaii. There may be even more anticipation about the carrier providing interisland service. Many folks are dreaming about the days when Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines beat each other’s ...

Revisiting the ‘Misery Index’

For some of us who are old enough to remember it, the specter of inflation perhaps raising its ugly head again is frightening. First, the tax cuts passed by Congress last year and signed into law by the president are projected to create trillion-dollar deficits for at least the next few years ...

Rewards for a good life

’Tis the season. No, not for Ho Ho Hos and mistletoes, but W-2s and tax-time blues. What is distressing is what the working poor pay. It is a pathetic exercise to watch someone who is trying to do everything right prepare his or her taxes. For example, let’s look at one real-life example ...