Editorial

Remembering a ‘Forgotten War’

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. As North Korea threatens the world today with tests of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, all of us should remember that long-ago fight where so many brave souls lost their lives. The Korean War was a result of the ...

Slack key fest Sunday

For over a decade, The Maui News has been proud to sponsor the Ki Ho‘alu Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. It is our way to say thank you to all our readers for your support and patronage. Sunday the 26th edition of the festival takes place at the MACC’s ...

Don’t harm health care

Apparently, we are on the eve of a Senate bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare. It is supposedly different from the one passed by the House of Representatives in early May. Since it was prepared secretly by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a few associates, there are no ...

Important date for civil rights

June 21 is an important date in the history of the United States civil rights movement. On June 21, 1964, two members of the original “Freedom Riders” and a young black man were murdered near Philadelphia, Miss. The deaths of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney caused a ...

In critical condition

One of the stated goals of modern educational reform is to “improve critical thinking skills.” We have heard phrases like this so often that it almost seems like a mantra. But it suddenly dawned on us that we’re not even really sure what “critical thinking” is. Or does. Or c — ...

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 love. But for the first few years, we get to have the joy of having someone’s eyes light up ...

Infamous anniversary

With all the controversy surrounding the 2016 presidential election, it is interesting to note that tomorrow marks an infamous date in American politics and history. Forty-five years ago, June 17, 1972, burglars were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee ...

All hail the Supreme Leader

It was interesting to see the underlings gathered to sing the praises of the Supreme Leader Monday. No, no, not in North Korea — in Washington, D.C. Our version of the Supreme Leader, President Donald J. Trump, gathered his whole Cabinet together for the first time so they could pay homage ...

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 Woodwork 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 ...

Losing the war on drugs

The loss of superstar celebrities to drug overdoses shines a bright spotlight on our country’s drug epidemic. Prince’s death last year showed — again — that wealth is no protection from the ravages of drug addiction. Yes, we know that heroin and opioid addictions can occur after ...

First king ended war

Today marks the birthdate of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian 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 Monday in holiday ...

Reagan at The Wall

Monday marks an important anniversary in the ending of the Cold War. Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to take a giant step toward peace and freedom by tearing “this wall down.” “This wall,” of course was the infamous Berlin ...

Vladimir Putin is leader of the new world order

Forget politics, forget ideology, forget government. The die is cast and the world is hardening in the mold of the new world order. Vladimir Putin is its leader and Donald Trump wants to be at his side. Putin was able to coerce Trump with hundreds of millions of borrowed capital together ...

Alert the authorities

The issue of rape on college campuses — and how it is handled — has received a lot of publicity the last couple of years. Whether the charges involve a star athlete (as at Florida State University) or a fraternity (as alleged in the Rolling Stone story “A Rape on Campus”), it seems to ...

Circus feel to testimony

That is not a calliope playing in the background and, no, the circus is not coming to town. No, the hoopla this week is about the testimony Thursday by former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. For the first time since his firing by Donald Trump on May 9, Comey ...

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 ...

A lesson in the past

With the 73rd anniversary of D-Day coming Tuesday, it is interesting to look once again at the man chosen to lead the retaking of Europe. In the biography “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” author Jean Edward Smith makes the argument that Dwight David Eisenhower’s willingness to compromise ...

A senseless drug death

A year 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 Today’s ...

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 ...

The changed face of war

In our mind, Memorial Day has always been a solemn occasion marked by the grizzled faces of veterans whose sad eyes reflect visages of fallen comrades and un-erasable images of lonely battlefields. Yes, it is a day of auto races, picnics, baseball games and other family outings. But the ...