Editorial

Learning from JFK

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was not yet president when he ...

Laughing last, laughing best

Twenty years ago, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, took back the reins of the company as its chief executive officer. The company was, shall we say, in not too good a shape. In fact, at a meeting of technology managers that year, competitor Michael Dell of Dell Computers was asked ...

Admission Day today

State and county governments are closed today in observance of Admission Day — the day 58 years ago that Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Admission Day, also known as Statehood Day, was established as a holiday to be observed on the third Friday of August. The actual ...

Time to step up to plate

This is one of the most disturbing times of our life. In fact, it may well be the most troubling. We lived through the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s. We’ve seen films of Ku Klux Klan marches in the first half of the 20th century. We are not old enough to have been alive during ...

A force of the universe

Forty years ago today, we stepped off an airplane in Kansas City, Mo. Our nerves were somewhat frayed because it was the first day of an attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Our attention was quickly diverted from nicotine withdrawal, though, when the business associate meeting us at the ...

Troubling report

Two years ago, a Pew Research Center report showed a decline in religious affiliation in general — and Christianity, in particular — in the United States. Still, over 70 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians. But that is down from 78.4 percent in 2007, the last time Pew ...

A bad week for sunshine

It was another bad week for sunshine on Maui. A judge’s decision on Tuesday that a lawsuit protesting the way the Liquor Control Commission promulgated changes in rules about alcohol sales was “moot” because the changes have since been reversed missed the point of the suit. Kihei ...

Longevity and reality

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 grandparents. Recent discussions with friends and a physician prompted us to try to quantify just how much ...

Two sides of term limits

A few years ago, we wrote a piece here about term limits. While our views have changed a bit, we are more firmly convinced that terms limits are a good idea. Whether one is considering election to the Maui County Council, the state Legislature, the Congress of the United States or even the ...

Anniversary of resignation

Forty-three years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States. On Aug. 9, 1974, Marine One (the presidential helicopter) took Nixon and his wife, Pat, from the White House lawn to Andrews Air Force Base for a long plane ride to their home in San Clemente, ...

Fight against distractions

Behind the wheel of an automobile is a dangerous place to have a wandering mind. All of us are sometimes distracted by problems at work or family pressures that lead to inattention while driving. Then an accident or near-accident snaps one back to reality. About two years ago, we were ...

Abandon Guantanamo

An alleged al-Qaida-linked terrorist appeared in federal court July 22 in Philadelphia. In terms of policy, the venue was even more important than the proceeding. Algerian Ali Charaf Damache, 52, was accused in a 2011 indictment of aiding terrorism, including participation in a plot, with two ...

Battle-tested ‘Old Ironsides’

She’s an old warship that gained fame — and the famous “Old Ironsides” nickname — more than 200 years ago. She last saw conflict many decades before the Civil War, yet sailors still walk her decks and proudly speak of her as the battle-tested warrior she is. The USS Constitution was ...

Investing in schools

“It takes a village to raise a child.” — A proverb It’s back-to-school time again. In the weeks ahead, students will puzzle through math problems, delve into the mysteries of science and untangle the complexities of language arts. While all that’s important academically, ...

The answer is at home

It is awfully easy to shop on the internet. Too easy. Heck, if you even express interest in a product, a bot will follow you to almost every website you visit reminding you about it. It’s almost like the product is chasing you around the cybersphere. We’ve written many times in the past ...

The reason for a leash law

As a dog owner, it is a matter of faith that our trusted companion would not hurt a fly. As a resident of Maui County, that matter of faith takes second place to a county ordinance, commonly referred to as a “leash law.” Under Title 6, Chapter 6.04.040 Animal Regulations — General is ...

Cost-benefit ag park analysis

It sounds great — a proposal to nearly triple the 445-acre Kula Agricultural Park by purchasing 869 acres of former sugar cane land from Alexander & Baldwin. While the notion has merit, it raises questions and warrants caution. The county is in talks with A&B to strike a deal. So, ...

Amendment’s anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On July 28, 1868, the amendment became part of the Constitution when it was ratified by three-quarters of the states. Congress had passed it in 1866.* The original purpose of the amendment was to ...

Bipartisanship is the solution

As of this writing, Republicans in the United States Senate are one for three in addressing health care issues this week. On Tuesday, they won a procedural vote to gain the right to begin debate on health care proposals when — after a bunch of arm-twisting and threats — a 50-50 vote was ...

Right Stuff still needed

This weekend will mark the 59th anniversary of a very important institution. On July 29, 1958, Congress established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The space agency was created, in large part, out of fear. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite to orbit ...