Editorial

What to do with Waiehu

Mayor Alan Arakawa suggested in his State of the County address that Maui County’s losses at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course are not sustainable and that the course should be closed. The mayor said revenues at the course in the last fiscal year were only $1 million and the cost of operating it ...

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 we have had lately. We didn’t join in because we have been delighted that rainfall has allowed us to go many days ...

A slapdash, shoddy plan

A few years ago, we used the following quote in an editorial to express how we feel about politics: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” — Groucho Marx Since the Affordable Care Act (aka ...

The wearing of the green

Today is St. Patrick’s Day 2017 and, for all of you who are not wearing green today, shame on you — you have a pinch coming. 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 ...

Losing an old friend

The announcement that Kahului’s Kmart will close soon came as a shock to us when we heard it Tuesday. Yes, we knew their parent company was having a difficult time and there have been a couple of series of store closings. But, for the 47 years we have labored in the newspaper business, ...

Missing an old friend

We were reminded again this week 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 hardback volumes to pore ...

Backward step on addiction

We were astonished Thursday night when, as we were watching Don Lemon’s late night show on CNN, a commercial came on selling “e-vapes,” or — as they are more commonly called — electronic cigarettes. Frankly, this is the first national commercial we’ve seen since tobacco ...

Lessons from fireside chats

Eighty-four 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 ...

A budget tightrope

Every year the Tax Foundation estimates tax freedom day for citizens in the United States. Tax Freedom Day is the day on the calendar when an average citizen will have earned enough money to cover his/her tax bill for the year. Now that includes all taxes — federal, state and local. The ...

Killing pain, saving patients

There was an interesting story on The Washington Post’s website the other day about one hospital’s approach to combating the near epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States. The chief of general surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center at the famous New Hampshire college is ...

‘Radical Rules’ a way of life

Over the years we have written editorials bemoaning the loss of civility in public discourse. Sadly, we concluded it is more than just boorishness — it is a political tactic. Our last presidential election and the first six weeks of a new administration have re-enforced that ...

Forgetful? Join the club

Well, here’s a depressing thought: According to an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Why We Keep Losing Our Keys; Absentminded at Any Age,” the brain’s cognitive functioning peaks at age 20 — and your brain shrinks as you age. If that be true, our brain must be the size ...

Fool me twice, shame on me

Habitual drunken driver Haloti Mahe gave police a phony name in 2014 when they arrested him for driving under the influence. The ruse to escape a habitual DUI conviction would be an otherwise laughable criminal ploy — except, it worked for a time and left in its wake an unsuspecting ...

Answering an unasked question

A long, long time ago in the tiny town of Carlsbad, N.M., a police officer taught us a lesson we’ll never forget. At the age of 14, we were learning to drive. At the age of 15 back then in New Mexico, you could get a license if you passed the written and driving tests. One day our mother ...

March is Red Cross month

Whenever one reads a newspaper or watches a news story about devastating events, the only constant seems to be the response by the American Red Cross and its volunteers. One of the great honors of our adult life was the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of the American Red Cross ...

Death in the dark

Quite a few news organizations have slogans that are intended to reflect their goals or missions. Some, like ours, are fairly innocuous — “Maui’s Newspaper Since 1900.” Pretty simple, we focus mainly on life here on Maui. Others are more ambitious. The New York Times — “All The ...

Old folks still rule

When one is very young, there is almost a knee-jerk reaction against the establishment. It just doesn’t seem fair that all those old people run everything, have nice houses, nice cars and the best jobs. Mind you, there are always exceptions. Some young person may invent Facebook or, in our ...

Bring your own padding

For the most part, long trips are a thing of our past. We are quite content to spend our allotted time here on Maui. Occasionally, though, family obligations force us to board a plane and head for the Mainland. A trip last year reinforced some of the concerns we have expressed here about ...

Memories of Maizie

For over a decade we occupied an office next to the former publisher of The Maui News, Mary Cameron “Maizie” Sanford. There was a constant stream of people in and out of that office — family, friends, former Maui News employees, fellow philanthropists and ordinary citizens of our ...

Great way to renew

Usually the words “government” and “efficient” don’t go together easily in a sentence (or, for that matter, in life). That’s why we were happy again this year when we received the registration renewal notification for our car from the Department of Motor Vehicles and saw that we ...