Editorial

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 ...

Presidents Day 2019

Monday is Presidents Day. The Presidents Day holiday has taken on a peculiar kind of piquancy, particularly if your taste runs to passionate politics. Presidents Day came about because two U.S. presidents who raised passions for different reasons had birthdates close together. George ...

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

For 88 years the term St. Valentine’s Day Massacre referred to the murder of seven gang members during Prohibition in a fight over control of organized crime in Chicago. On Feb. 14, 1929, hoodlums working for Al Capone killed the seven members of a rival gang. It was considered a bloody, ...

A Valentine’s Day thought

Well, Thursday is Valentine’s Day and we’d like to share a thought or two. For those of us who were born married, Valentine’s Day is sort of the acid test of the relationship. “Please, don’t get me anything. I don’t need anything. We can’t afford anything this year.” Yeah, ...

A big phish in a big pond

The email was right there in the regular in-box on the computer. The program had not flagged it as spam. It was innocuous looking. It read: “Card Security Notification Email “Dear Customer, “The security of your account is very important to us. Please follow the reference below to ...

Little Brother is watching?

For someone who is not a “techie,” an amazing — but a bit scary — demonstration made us wonder who besides Big Brother is watching. Basically, the demonstration showed us how a smartphone can spy on you. And we’re not talking about needing National Security Administration smarts to ...

Have a safe Super Sunday

Well, it’s Super Sunday. Later today, most of us (and the rest of the United States) will watch the Super Bowl to see who prevails — the Los Angeles Rams or perennial contender New England Patriots. It is the 53rd edition of what traditionally is the most watched television event of the ...

Out-of-control health care

We write here often about how we believe the health care system in the United States is completely out of control — and needs to be dramatically changed. We wrote a couple of years ago about the cost of a generic Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) for arthritis. From that ...

Remembering Challenger

There are certain dates in our lifetimes that we all remember exactly where we were when momentous events occurred. As a group, they are known as Pearl Harbor moments because all Americans who were alive then knew exactly where they were when that attack by Japan brought the United States ...

Lessons from an anniversary

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. On Jan. 27, 1945, Russian soldiers marched into the series of concentration camps in Poland that made up the most infamous murder scene in history. The three main camps and the series of subcamps surrounding them were the ...

Shameful days for government

In the past, we have praised the treatment we have received from Maui’s contingent of Transportation Security Administration agents at our airport. Last week we had to make a quick trip to Honolulu for a meeting. Once again, every agent both here and in Honolulu was professional, efficient ...

The Congress that we need

Should being a politician be a full-time job? Should being a member of Congress be a good job, with great benefits? Should being a member of Congress be a lifetime job? Currently, the Congress of the United States is made up of professional legislators. Legislating is their principal ...

Monday is a historic day

Monday is the national holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Without his courage and leadership, without his inspiration of others, a President Barack Obama could not have happened. When President Obama served in the White House, he was the living embodiment of Dr. ...

Radical rules a way of life

In the age of polarized politics and government shutdowns, an old playbook has been dusted off and is now embraced by all sides of the political spectrum. In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote the book “Rules for Radicals,” a guidebook for grassroots organizations to get the better of government ...

The right type of leadership

A post two years ago on Facebook struck us as showing a major difference between attitudes in the United States now and in past generations. The post featured a young, unidentified black woman holding a sign in front of the United States Capitol sometime in the 1960s. The sign showed Uncle Sam ...

Provide help, not a handout

As the issue of homelessness moves to the front burner of all levels of government in Hawaii, one distinction must be kept in mind: Society has different obligations to people who can’t help themselves as opposed to those who won’t help themselves. The idea is to provide job training, ...

Stay away from legal gambling

Before the Legislature begins its session this year, we’d like to throw in our annual appeal to not put the state on the road to legal gambling. We again would urge legislators to limit any such thoughts to a lottery associated with Powerball or Mega Millions, with the proceeds earmarked ...

Too many distractions

As we often write here, the revolution in electronics and mobile devices is undoubtedly a boon for our economy as well as our lifestyles. Yet, we know that talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are major distractions and are, in fact, illegal here. That said, we wonder about some of ...

Productivity and pay

An interesting column in The Wall Street Journal a while back addressed the decoupling of compensation from productivity that is shrinking the American middle class. “Closing the Productivity and Pay Gap” by William A. Galston said the trend that has begun in recent decades to not link ...

Holding to party lines

“However (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of ...