Editorial

A good job

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono’s bout with kidney cancer this year has left her more determined than ever to protect Americans’ access to quality health care. “I firmly believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” Hawaii’s junior senator told us in an interview Thursday afternoon. With ...

Celebrating 19th Amendment

The wording of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is simple and straightforward: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by ...

Real bargain in medical care

As reluctant, but very active, members of what has been described as the aging of America, our family is concerned about the medical system. We marvel at what today’s medical establishment can do. Between the wife and us, there are more new hips, knees and shoulders than you can shake a ...

Hero on and off the court

The passing a few years ago of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden put the final stamp on an era that many of us miss. There was a golden age of athletics where sports figures were role models, when athletes understood they led privileged lives and had an obligation to set good examples. There ...

Learning from JFK

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was not yet president when he ...

Laughing last, laughing best

Twenty years ago, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, took back the reins of the company as its chief executive officer. The company was, shall we say, in not too good a shape. In fact, at a meeting of technology managers that year, competitor Michael Dell of Dell Computers was asked ...

Admission Day today

State and county governments are closed today in observance of Admission Day — the day 58 years ago that Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Admission Day, also known as Statehood Day, was established as a holiday to be observed on the third Friday of August. The actual ...

Time to step up to plate

This is one of the most disturbing times of our life. In fact, it may well be the most troubling. We lived through the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s. We’ve seen films of Ku Klux Klan marches in the first half of the 20th century. We are not old enough to have been alive during ...

A force of the universe

Forty years ago today, we stepped off an airplane in Kansas City, Mo. Our nerves were somewhat frayed because it was the first day of an attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Our attention was quickly diverted from nicotine withdrawal, though, when the business associate meeting us at the ...

Troubling report

Two years ago, a Pew Research Center report showed a decline in religious affiliation in general — and Christianity, in particular — in the United States. Still, over 70 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians. But that is down from 78.4 percent in 2007, the last time Pew ...

A bad week for sunshine

It was another bad week for sunshine on Maui. A judge’s decision on Tuesday that a lawsuit protesting the way the Liquor Control Commission promulgated changes in rules about alcohol sales was “moot” because the changes have since been reversed missed the point of the suit. Kihei ...

Longevity and reality

People are living longer today — a lot longer. Whether it is because of better medical care or healthier lifestyles, today’s population is living a lot longer than its parents or grandparents. Recent discussions with friends and a physician prompted us to try to quantify just how much ...

Two sides of term limits

A few years ago, we wrote a piece here about term limits. While our views have changed a bit, we are more firmly convinced that terms limits are a good idea. Whether one is considering election to the Maui County Council, the state Legislature, the Congress of the United States or even the ...

Anniversary of resignation

Forty-three years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States. On Aug. 9, 1974, Marine One (the presidential helicopter) took Nixon and his wife, Pat, from the White House lawn to Andrews Air Force Base for a long plane ride to their home in San Clemente, ...

Fight against distractions

Behind the wheel of an automobile is a dangerous place to have a wandering mind. All of us are sometimes distracted by problems at work or family pressures that lead to inattention while driving. Then an accident or near-accident snaps one back to reality. About two years ago, we were ...

Abandon Guantanamo

An alleged al-Qaida-linked terrorist appeared in federal court July 22 in Philadelphia. In terms of policy, the venue was even more important than the proceeding. Algerian Ali Charaf Damache, 52, was accused in a 2011 indictment of aiding terrorism, including participation in a plot, with two ...

Battle-tested ‘Old Ironsides’

She’s an old warship that gained fame — and the famous “Old Ironsides” nickname — more than 200 years ago. She last saw conflict many decades before the Civil War, yet sailors still walk her decks and proudly speak of her as the battle-tested warrior she is. The USS Constitution was ...

Investing in schools

“It takes a village to raise a child.” — A proverb It’s back-to-school time again. In the weeks ahead, students will puzzle through math problems, delve into the mysteries of science and untangle the complexities of language arts. While all that’s important academically, ...

The answer is at home

It is awfully easy to shop on the internet. Too easy. Heck, if you even express interest in a product, a bot will follow you to almost every website you visit reminding you about it. It’s almost like the product is chasing you around the cybersphere. We’ve written many times in the past ...

The reason for a leash law

As a dog owner, it is a matter of faith that our trusted companion would not hurt a fly. As a resident of Maui County, that matter of faith takes second place to a county ordinance, commonly referred to as a “leash law.” Under Title 6, Chapter 6.04.040 Animal Regulations — General is ...