Editorial

More dangerous talk from Trump

We had hoped that by now, wiser heads would have prevailed in the camp of President-elect Donald Trump. But in comments in a joint interview with two European newspapers published Sunday, the president-elect himself double-downed on controversial positions he took during the recent campaign. ...

Monday is a historic day

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 ...

How green do we need to be?

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 ...

Obama eloquence a final time

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 ...

Simple joys in modern life

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 ...

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? Currently, the Congress of the United States is made up of professional legislators. Legislating is their principal business. According to usgovinfo.about.com: Members of ...

What is their economic vision?

We often write about our concerns with the ability of working citizens on Maui to make ends meet. In particular, we wonder about the discourse lately from groups like the ‘Ohana Coalition and SHAKA Movement. They have a vision for Maui County — sustainable and organic ag with no ...

Finding the root of evil

Dylann Roof killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015. It was more than just a killing — it was a ritualistic massacre of people participating in a Bible study at the historic church. The justification for their slaughter in Roof’s ...

A new year, same old ways

Well, some things never change. Our county government continues to show that it is very comfortable conducting the public’s business in private. This week after a prolonged public tussle, the County Council organized itself along lines that were decided upon privately before their first ...

Slow down and live

We regularly write here about fast drivers on this island in the Pacific. We’ve remarked that they remind us of an old saying: “Everybody thinks he’s a good driver and nobody’s as good a driver as he thinks he is.” Even our best “highways” — Piilani, Mokulele, Haleakala and ...

Lessons to be learned

“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble When you’re perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror ‘Cause I get better lookin’ each day.” — From “It’s Hard To Be Humble” by Mac Davis Humility is an interesting concept. Some folks of noted accomplishment ...

New Year’s Day 2017

Jan. 1st may be the most optimistic day of the year. As each new year begins, there is hope that comes from a deep-down feeling that the world has been given a clean slate. Yes, some of the same old problems remain, but there is a belief that new solutions will be found, new coalitions ...

Have a safe New Year’s Eve

Maui winds up another calendar year Saturday night and this is the night that is universally regarded as an occasion for parties that may or may not include setting off firecrackers or fireworks. The fireworks tradition came to the island with the Chinese, who were among the first immigrants. ...

A resolute New Year

Every year we write something here about New Year’s resolutions, hoping to inspire others into being better, happier, healthier people. Unfortunately, the best way to inspire others would probably be to report a few more personal successes than we generally do. So far, public embarrassment ...

The death of a princess

Our career forced us to move a lot when our children were little. It was important for them to have certain people they could rely on when they were facing the uncertainty of another move. One group of people they grew to rely on was the troop of performers in the “Star Wars” movies. The ...

Building a child’s mind

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey (which we are), we’d offer a suggestion for today’s parents: Put away every electronic game you bought for junior or your junior miss and play the old traditional games with your children this holiday season. If you want to teach your children ...

Glad tidings still good news

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed . . . And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.” . . . “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be ...

The Festival of Lights

Saturday night at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah. The first flame of the menorah will be lit and the eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins. The Jewish celebration commemorates the retaking of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) some 22 ...

The Night Before Christmas

(With apologies to Clement Moore) 'Twas the night before Christmas And on the lanai, A beagle was snoring Beneath a clear sky. The pupus were eaten The nogs were all drunk, The tree skirt was laden With all sorts of junk. And I in my nightshorts (Yes, Jockeys, none ...

Champions for all time

A couple of years ago, we read a story that was so inspirational that we feel compelled to share it again. In 1936, the basketball team of Long Island University took a secret vote to boycott the Olympics, scheduled that year to take place in Germany. These boys had just finished a season ...