Editorial

Watergate’s anniversary

A noted anniversary quietly passed Monday. Forty-seven years ago, June 17, 1972, burglars were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C. That was the beginning of a two-year nightmare that ended on Aug., 9, ...

The lucky guy’s day

Fathers are the luckiest people on Earth. Thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, we get to help create little creatures who love us unconditionally. Oh, they soon get over that unconditional stuff. But for the first few years, we get to have the joy of having someone’s eyes light up ...

Today is Flag Day

There will be a lot of red, white and blue on display today as Maui residents show off their patriotism on Flag Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 of that year as Flag Day. Thirty-three years later, Congress resolved that every June 14 would be observed as “Flag ...

First king ended war

Today marks the birthdate of King Kamehameha I, who united the islands into one kingdom and ruled benevolently by modifying the old ways to fit new conditions brought about by increased foreign influence. While some governmental offices and businesses will be closed in holiday celebration, June ...

Reagan at ‘this wall’

Thirty-two years ago this Thursday, President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to take a giant step toward peace and freedom by tearing “down this wall.” “This wall,” of course, was the infamous Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 at the height of the Cold War. ...

Senseless drug deaths

Three years ago a medical examiner in Minnesota announced that superstar rocker Prince died of “fentanyl toxicity.” That is a fancy way of saying he died of a drug overdose. The tweet from the ME’s office went on to say the death was accidental, from a self-administered dose. USA ...

Preserving a legacy

“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was ...

First ‘death camp’ killings exposed

The most monstrous leader of modern times was, of course, Adolf Hitler. And, June 1, 1942, word leaked of the first implementation of a means to begin Germany’s Final Solution — the slaughter of European Jews. An underground newspaper in Warsaw called the Liberty Brigade published the ...

Prepare for storm season

Watching tornadoes pound the Mainland reminds us we will soon be entering a different kind of storm season here in the Pacific. Every year we write editorials about preparation. June 1 through Nov. 30 is officially hurricane season here. The Hawaiian Islands lie in an area of the world where ...

A lesson in the past

In the biography “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” author Jean Edward Smith makes the argument that Dwight David Eisenhower’s willingness to compromise made him the only selection for supreme commander of the European Theater of Operations during World War II. That same spirit of ...

Memorial Day’s true meaning

Monday is Memorial Day. It is a day intended to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. All too sadly, most of those who paid the sacrifice were young people who really never got to savor the benefits of freedom. ...

A little girl lost

Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembering those who have served our country in the armed forces. But, sometimes, memories of others are stirred, too . . . Helen Bishop is not your traditional subject for a Memorial Day weekend editorial. She never wore a uniform or fought in any ...

Using some new tools

On a personal basis, we have been slow to adopt ties to social media. We readily admit that Facebook and Twitter are valuable business tools, that likes and thumbs up can direct customers to a company. But it remains alarming to us how many folks are addicted to their phones, tablets and ...

Jewels from McCullough

As noted the other day, we are in the midst of graduation season and it is natural for adults to wish to impart something of value to today’s grads. We found several nuggets in a book loaned to us by a friend. “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For” is a compilation of ...

Catalyst for change

There are a few Supreme Court rulings that are so significant that virtually everyone who attended school has heard of them: • Marbury v. Madison was the first case the court decided that deemed a law passed by Congress was unconstitutional, thereby establishing its right to do so. • ...

Longevity in paradise

We have written here repeatedly about dramatic increases in life spans in the United States. People are living longer today — a lot longer. Whether it is because of better medical care or healthier lifestyles, today’s population is living a lot longer than its parents or ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: When Kulanihakoi Street access to Piilani Highway was first closed, those of us who live off Kulanihakoi Street were given a notice that this closure would last until April 30. Since this date ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day

“One bright and guiding light “That taught me wrong from right “I found in my mother’s eyes . . . “God’s gift sent from above “One real unselfish love “I found in my mother’s eyes.” — From “My Mother’s Eyes” by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer When Mother ...

Graduation day wishes

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” — Will Rogers The fastest years of a parent’s life are those that fall between the initial tears of seeing Junior off to kindergarten and ...

Anniversary of VE-Day

Wednesday is the 74th celebration of victory in Europe. May 8, 1945, is marked as the day that Germany surrendered, when the Nazis laid down their arms, ending the European part of World War II. The conflict that began with the Nazis occupying the Rhineland in 1936 continued as German troops ...