Editorial

Friday is ‘Don’t Fry Day’

Friday 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 a tropical island to remember that skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun is a daily threat. Working with the council, the American Cancer ...

Slaughter of the innocent

Monday evening in Manchester, England, the slaughter of the innocent continued. This time, 22 folks attending an Ariana Grande concert were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at the end of the show. Dozens more were injured. Most of the attendees were ...

Jewels from McCullough

As noted the other day, we are in the midst of graduation season and it is natural for adults to wish to impart something of value to today’s grads. We found several nuggets in a book loaned to us by a friend. “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For” is a compilation of ...

Only one side in this fight

When we were young, a very scary novel titled “On The Beach” described a post-nuclear war world where survivors await the eventual fallout that will kill them. Written by Nevil Shute and set in Australia, the book details how a nuclear attack by one small nation sets off a series of ...

When an old friend calls

Boy, there is nothing like sitting in the old lounger on a Saturday night watching a baseball game, golf tournament or tennis match and having the phone ring. Now, who would be calling on a Saturday night at 8:45? It must be important — better rush on over and get that phone 20 feet away ...

Now is the time to act

As this is written, most of Washington is scrambling to decide how to react to the news that fired FBI Director James Comey left detailed notes of a conversation in which President Donald Trump asked him to stop the investigation of Michael Flynn. Just a day after Trump fired Flynn as his ...

Graduation day wishes

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” — Will Rogers The fastest years of a parent’s life are those that fall between the initial tears of seeing Junior off to kindergarten and ...

Catalyst for change

There are a few Supreme Court rulings that are so significant that virtually everyone who attended school has heard of them: Marbury v. Madison was the first case the court decided that deemed a law passed by Congress was unconstitutional, thereby establishing its right to do so; New York ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day

“One bright and guiding light “That taught me wrong from right “I found in my mother’s eyes . . . “God’s gift sent from above “One real unselfish love “I found in my mother’s eyes.” — From “My Mother’s Eyes” by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer When ...

Letters are reader opinions

At the time this nation was founded, it was common for the colonial government to jail printers who dared to publish ideas that opposed official policy. It was called sedition. To prevent that from happening in the newly formed United States of America, the First Amendment in the ...

Independence needed now

James Comey admitted to legislative questioners last week that he was “mildly nauseous” when wondering if the timing of his comments on Hillary Clinton’s private email server might have affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The now former director of the Federal Bureau ...

Don’t take this – it’ll kill you

Have you noticed that we now live in a world of legal disclaimers? During a news program on television, a commercial came on touting the success of a firm that invests in mutual funds. While spending a good part of the 30-second spot telling the viewing audience that over the past few years ...

Anniversary of V-E Day

Monday was the 72nd celebration of Victory in Europe. May 8, 1945, is marked as the day that Germany surrendered, when the Nazis laid down their arms ending the European part of World War II. The conflict that began with the Nazis occupying the Rhineland in 1936 continued as German troops ...

A great loss for Maui County

Well, the long knives were out on Oahu last week. Longtime Wailuku Rep. Joe Souki saw that he had lost support of the majority of House members and resigned as speaker to avoid bloodshed in the House of Representatives. The loss of influence for Maui County on state government is ...

Boy’s Day a tradition

May 5 is another opportunity for all of Maui to enjoy one of the cultural contributions to the island’s calendar of special days. In Japan, and for the island’s many residents — regardless of their ethnic background — May 5 is Tangu No Sekku, or Boy’s Day, a way of celebrating the ...

12 things to ignore

One of the problems with the internet age is there are a lot of web pages that have to be filled. In the last couple of years, a sort of journalistic shorthand has become a popular way to fill up all that space. The idea is to take a number, attach it to an idea and simply fill in the ...

Our data at risk

Computer usage has become so ubiquitous that it is impossible for many of us to imagine a modern world without these handy tools. They sit on our desktops and power our televisions. They are available as tablets, telephones, wristwatches and even glasses. They are ever evolving, yet their ...

A quiet death for good cause

A bill that might have kick-started Hawaii’s chronically low voter turnout died a quiet death Friday in the state Legislature. House Bill 1401 would have mandated that all counties in Hawaii vote by mail in the 2020 elections. According to a story in Civil Beat, the bill missed the ...

Meanings of May Day

Monday is May Day. (No, not like the disaster call — that is one word, “Mayday,” and is radio shorthand for “My plane, boat or water wings have failed me and I’m about to need doctors, ambulances and somebody versed in the last rites.”) No, the kind of May Day we’re talking ...

Funding for our school

Well, the South Maui high school is now scheduled to have its first phase of construction completed in 2022. The school will be populated one class per year until it is fully functional. Assuming that freshmen will be entering in fall 2022, that would make the Class of 2026 the first ...