Editorial

THC and newborns

Just as drinking by pregnant women can lead to disastrous consequences for their babies, there are new concerns that the legalization of recreational marijuana is increasing risks for newborns. Stories from Colorado have noted a spike in the number of babies with THC (the active ingredient in ...

Road rage? Not here

Just a little while back we wrote about the perils of driving on Interstate 75 just south of Detroit. We concluded that the reason Michigan had such high auto insurance rates was because 18-wheelers on its roads were so aggressive they were causing drivers to speed and/or panic. The editorial ...

Forgetful? Join the club

Well, here’s a depressing thought: According to an article in The Wall Street Journal titled “Why We Keep Losing Our Keys; Absentminded at Any Age,” the brain’s cognitive functioning peaks at age 20 — and your brain shrinks as you age. If that be true, our brain must be the size of ...

Best friend is a device?

Two attractive teenagers were strolling in front of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center a while back. One would have thought it was a romantic moment, except the young man was busy texting or playing games on his cellphone and the girl was similarly engaged on hers. They weren’t talking or holding ...

The story of a marriage

”I maintain that it should cost as much to get married as it does to get divorced. Make it look like marriage is worth as much as divorce, even if it ain’t. That would also make the preachers financially independent like it has the lawyers.” — Will Rogers A few years ago this week, ...

More worries about the net

Well, at the risk once again of sounding like a Luddite and a paranoiac, we grow ever more wary of the unseen presences that follow us around the internet. We’ve written several times about our discomfort with looking at something on the net, then seeing an ad for that product on other ...

Hottest days of the Cold War

With the current nuclear crisis with North Korea, it seems like a good time to revisit the closest parallel. Fifty-five years ago today, Oct. 14, 1962, a U-2 spy plane flying high over the island nation of Cuba took surveillance photographs that showed Soviet missiles capable of delivering ...

A dangerous suggestion

One of the more troubling aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency is the almost casual way he daily denigrates the First Amendment. On Tuesday, he suggested that perhaps NBC should lose its broadcasting license for airing a story he didn’t like. NBC cited three folks in a meeting as sources ...

The Rules 101

A few years ago, we ran an editorial recounting “Lessons from a Leader,” tips from retired Hawaii Pacific Health CEO Roger Drue on how to be a successful business leader. From our experience, community, governmental and political leaders also could gain from Mr. Drue’s suggestions. Some ...

Sort of a holiday

Monday was one of those sort-of holidays. Title 5 of the United States Code set aside the second Monday of October as Columbus Day. Later, the holiday was renamed and different calendars list it as Discoverers Day or Discoverer’s Day or Discoverers’ Day. You pick. Columbus Day was set ...

Domestic abuse needs reporting

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The much-publicized instances involving celebrities and star athletes may make the issue seem distant, but it is a daily problem here, too. Last Wednesday evening, we were once again impressed by the Maui tradition of sign-waving. While it is ...

Lofty schools, lofty positions

“Voters inclined to loathe and fear elite Ivy League schools rarely make fine distinctions between Yale and Harvard. All they know is that both are full of rich, fancy, stuck-up and possibly dangerous intellectuals who never sit down to supper in their undershirt no matter how hot the weather ...

Breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere one looks there are flashes of pink to concentrate the message that too many mothers, wives, sisters and daughters still fight the scourge of these diseases every year. The American Cancer Society forecasts these grim facts for 2017: • ...

95th Maui Fair begins Thursday

The tradition of family fun continues this weekend at the 95th Maui Fair at the War Memorial Complex. The theme of this year’s fair is “Celebrating the Greatest Things in Life.” Kicked off by the annual parade Thursday afternoon at 4:30, the fair is still the biggest family oriented ...

More slaughter of innocents

The Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival was a family-friendly affair in Las Vegas that attracted over 20,000 fans. Lasting three days, it was staged across Las Vegas Boulevard (aka “The Strip”) from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in a converted parking lot. Revelers were preparing for ...

Shop locally – help all of us

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother you for weeks.” — Modem Times, “Maxims for the Internet Age” It may seem like we are beating readers over the head with a club, but here comes another editorial urging you to patronize ...

Rebels who changed us

At about the same time Bill Haley was unleashing “Rock Around the Clock” and introducing a new rebellious tone to pop music, there was a small group of actors who were bringing the same kind of rebellion to movie and TV screens. Probably the most famous of those rebels was Marlon Brando, ...

An angry country

If one had to choose one word to describe American politics of 2017, an almost universal choice would be the word “anger.” Tuesday, Alabama Republicans nominated a man for Jeff Sessions’ open United States Senate seat who showed his “commitment” to the Second Amendment by pulling a ...

An idol worth admiring

Most of us had childhood idols. Some were adults who influenced us on a daily basis, like teachers and coaches. Others were celebrities, either in the entertainment business or sports. Our sports heroes when we were growing up were Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, Milwaukee Braves ...

Share and enjoy a literary genius

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss Theodore Seuss Geisel died 26 years ago this month. For generations, Dr. Seuss was the source for parents who wanted books to read to their children. For many kids, stories like “The Cat In The Hat,” “Green ...