Editorial

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 ...

Father’s role larger today

Sunday is Father’s Day. In the natural order of things, children have an automatic attachment to their mothers. The bonds between fathers and children must be consciously forged by time in a crucible of care and concern. In the days when father went off to work each day and mother stayed ...

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 Woodrow 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 ...

A lesson in the past

In the biography “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” author Jean Edward Smith makes the argument that Dwight David Eisenhower’s willingness to compromise made him the only selection for supreme commander of the European Theater of Operations during World War II. That same spirit of ...

Reagan at the Berlin Wall

Thirty-one years ago today, President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to take a giant step toward peace and freedom and “tear down this wall.” “This wall,” of course was the infamous Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 at the height of the Cold War. It was a ...

First king ended war

Monday marks the birthdate of King Kamehameha I, who united the 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 ...

A cheap way to attention

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine reported that doctors are more likely to prescribe a drug if a pharmaceutical company representative has bought the physician a meal. Now, lest you think doctors are being bribed with fancy wining and ...

Be careful on those calls

We ran an editorial a few months ago expressing frustration with the increasing number of robot calls we are getting on our cellphone. As we expressed at the time, it is obvious from the outset that the company behind the call has absolutely no information about us and is phishing for some. ...

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 ...

Senseless drug deaths

Two years 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 ...

Please back amendment

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Maui County Council, meeting as the Policy, Economic Development and Agricultural Committee, will study three proposed charter amendments that could find their way on the ballot this November. Of particular importance is a proposed amendment on County Governance ...

First ‘death camp’ killings exposed

As the world watches in astonished wonder while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses gases and chemical weapons to kill civilians and rebels indiscriminately, today is an interesting day to think back on other monsters who led countries. The most monstrous leader of modern times was, of ...

Some political odds and ends

We really like election years on Maui. Signs for candidates are showing up on fences on virtually every street corner. People here are so polite they’ll grant space even to competing candidates. It is not unusual to see signs for two candidates running for the same council seat (or even ...

Prepare for storm season

Watching the storms in the Eastern United States over the weekend reminds us we will soon be entering storm season here in the Pacific. Every year we write editorials about preparation. June 1 through Nov. 30 is officially hurricane season here. The Hawaiian Islands lie in an area of the ...

Old pros go to college

What is an amateur? In old-time parlance, it was simply an athlete who did not receive monetary compensation for his participation in an athletic pursuit. For decades, that line has been winked at as athletes received educations valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for ...

Memorial Day’s true meaning

Monday is Memorial Day. It is a day intended to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. All too sadly, most of those who paid the sacrifice were young people who really never got to savor the benefits of freedom. ...

A little girl lost

Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembering those who have served our country in the armed forces. But, sometimes, memories of others are stirred, too . . . Helen Bishop is not your traditional subject for a Memorial Day weekend editorial. She never wore a uniform or fought in any ...

Friday is ‘Don’t Fry Day’

We here in Hawaii are blessed with an abundance of sunshine, but even good things like bright-blue skies need to be respected. The Friday before Memorial Day has been designated “Don’t Fry Day” by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention — a day for all of us who live out here on ...

Inspiring students

Another thought for 2018 high school graduates: Several years ago, a Gallup poll of 30,000 college graduates found that “name-brand” schools don’t produce happier lives or more success than good old generic ones. So, while we may marvel at stories like the one about a New York ...

Saluting this year’s grads

As we’ve noted previously, Maui County is right in the middle of graduation season. Maui High School had its ceremony Saturday and over the course of the next two weeks another 15 schools will hold graduations. On Friday, May 11, The Maui News had its annual section saluting our ...