Editorial

Echoes from Gettysburg

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this Monday, a president made a visit to a cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., to commemorate a decisive battle in the War between the States and honor the soldiers who fought it. The speech he delivered was concise and its words will echo as long as there is a ...

A great day to quit

The American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of November as The Great American Smokeout — a day to quit smoking or make plans to do so. According to the ACS website, 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. While the percentage of American adults who smoke cigarettes has ...

Interacting with Junior

One of the problems with having 12,463 channels, or thereabouts, on television is that there must be a program showing on all those stations. That troubling thought occurred to us one night when we hit upon a channel that was airing “Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Squeakquel.” Not for the ...

No good news for smokers

Thursday is The Great American Smokeout and we’ll have more about that later in the week. But today we’d like to talk about a report that changed American life for the better. If there was ever a government report or action that changed a nation, it could well be the first surgeon ...

Holiday honors U.S. veterans

Today is officially the date Americans celebrate Veterans Day. Monday, federal, state and local governments will be closed marking the holiday. The first “Veterans Day Proclamation” was issued on June 1, 1954, by a man who knew the horrors of war, the demands of a peacetime military and ...

The wall began coming down

Twenty-nine years ago today, Nov. 9, 1989, a great symbol of the enslavement of a people began to crumble. The German Democratic Republic — the puppet regime of the Soviet Union in East Germany — announced that residents of East Berlin would no longer be restricted from crossing to ...

Help the children

Memories that are jarred by the trees and the bells and the holly are the best parts of the holiday season. Those holidays past also come swimmingly back when old movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “Miracle on 34th Street” dance across the ...

The day after

Even for the most addicted political junkies, there is a peaceful feeling the day after an election that is more than welcome. Mind you, tomorrow we junkies will be burning with questions about 2020 but for today there will be, blissfully, no talk of white nationalists, the effect of ...

The time for giving

As we start the holiday period, it’s nice to remember the cardinal rule of the season — ‘tis better to give than receive. Feed My Sheep is the brainchild of Joyce Kawakami, whom we refer to as an angel here a couple of times per year. The goal of the nonprofit is to eliminate poverty ...

Win for public’s right to know

The Maui News won an important court battle Thursday when the three psychiatrist/psychologist reports were released by 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill in the Ashley Wellman case. According to police investigators, Wellman was traveling at 127 mph on Haleakala Highway on Oct. 8, 2016, when she ...

Giving a special joy

Well, it is November already — what we consider the beginning of the holiday season. It is important to remember at this time of year that the true joy of the holidays is in giving. Selecting just the right gift for a loved one and seeing it bring cheer is a special delight this time of ...

Endorsements for county posts

Mike Victorino for mayor As we expressed before the primary, former County Council member Michael Victorino is our preference to succeed Alan Arakawa as mayor of Maui County. We believe there is a reason Victorino has strong support from both business and labor — he has a strong commitment ...

Spooky times in Maui County

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. When the children were little, we could reduce them to tears of embarrassment by greeting their trick-or-treating friends wearing a mask created by simply cutting two eye holes in a sock. “The Lone Stranger” made the children cringe. Made the ...

Role in Atay ad

We would like to clarify our role in the complaint filed by Mayor Alan Arakawa over a campaign ad that appeared in the Maui Fair tabloid in The Maui News on Sept. 30. The ad for incumbent candidate Alika Atay featured his County Council address and not his campaign address; County Charter ...

Endorsements

David Ige for Governor Gov. David Ige has proved to be an astonishing overperformer in statewide races. Four years ago, he ousted then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie in a primary challenge and then went on to beat Republican James Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann in the general election. In fact, ...

Welcome to the whales

The first whales of the season have already been spotted in Hawaii’s waters. Each winter, thousands of humpback whales migrate here, mirroring activity on land where residents of the cold states on the Mainland come to warm up in the semitropics of Hawaii. The increasing numbers of ...

Time to calm things down

At this writing, law enforcement officials have confirmed that homemade bombs were sent to the Obamas, Clintons, Democratic donor George Soros, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former CIA Director John Brennan and Cable News Network. What exactly do these folks have in common? The obvious answer is ...

Flying faster, higher, better

On Oct. 24, 2003, a British Airways Concorde flying from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to London’s Heathrow Airport made the last commercial flight of a supersonic transport. That flight marked 30 years of service for the SST. Unfortunately, the cost of operating the plane made it a ...

Playing for keeps

My goodness, some Saudi Arabians play rough. That’s the only conclusion one can reach after the Saudi government finally confirmed that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Turkey. The announcement also confirmed that 18 people have been arrested in ...

The reality of Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro died two years ago this week. To those of us of a certain age, he was the brutal dictator who brought the world to the brink of World War III with his part in 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. He allowed the Soviet Union to install launchers for offensive intercontinental ballistic ...