Editorial

Constructive leadership

There is no question that the whole world benefitted in the 1980s from the ability of The Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev and the United States’ Ronald Reagan to be brutally frank with each other, while still being committed to the shared idea of a reduction in nuclear arms. What began ...

Simple joys in a modern life

There are modern conveniences that definitely make life better. Some of them are little things. For example, one definite sticking point for a few of us has always been getting the year right on checks. Traditionally, it has taken till March and sometimes April for us to adjust to writing the ...

Stopping the slaughter

Back in 2013, after the massacre of the 6- and 7-year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we wrote an editorial titled “No simple solutions.” In that tome, we implied the problem of mass killings involved not just gun control, but also more investment in dealing with mental health ...

Great sense of ‘well-being’

Well, Hawaii has slipped a little bit in the rankings, but for the 10th straight year the Aloha State has finished in the Top 10 in the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. While Hawaii was ranked No. 1 in the 2016 survey, we slipped to No. 3 in the rankings for 2017 announced last week. The ...

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 ...

Death in the dark

Quite a few news organizations have slogans that are intended to reflect their goals or missions. Some, like ours, are fairly innocuous — “Maui’s Newspaper Since 1900.” Pretty simple, we focus mainly on life here on Maui. Others are more ambitious. The New York Times — “All The ...

Great way to renew

Usually the words “government” and “efficient” don’t go together easily in a sentence (or, for that matter, in life). That’s why we were happy again this year when we received the registration renewal notification for our car from the Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing and ...

Presidents Day 2018

Monday is Presidents Day. The Presidents Day holiday has taken on a peculiar kind of piquancy, particularly if your taste runs to passionate politics. Presidents Day came about because two U.S. presidents who raised passions for different reasons had birthdates close together. George ...

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

For 88 years the term St. Valentine’s Day Massacre referred to the murder of seven gang members during Prohibition in a fight over control of organized crime in Chicago. On Feb. 14, 1929, hoodlums working for Al Capone killed the seven members of a rival gang. It was considered a bloody, ...

Toothless tiger pretty slow too

The Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest is an organization devoted to “forging solutions that promote transparency and responsiveness in government to better serve the people of Hawaii.” With this motivation, the law center works to make sure that agencies, committees and ...

A Valentine’s Day thought

For those of us who were born married, Valentine’s Day is sort of the acid test of the relationship. “Please, don’t get me anything. I don’t need anything. We can’t afford anything this year.” Yeah, sure, Buster. Just try showing up without anything. Talk about cruisin’ for a ...

Bring your own padding

For the most part, long trips are a thing of our past. We are quite content to spend our allotted time here on Maui. Occasionally, though, family obligations force us to board a plane and head for the Mainland. A trip last year reinforced some of the concerns we have expressed here about ...

Big Three meet at Yalta

Seventy-three years ago today, Feb. 11, 1945, the final meeting of the Big Three of the Allied Forces in World War II took place at Yalta on the Black Sea in what today is Ukraine. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin met to discuss the division of Europe following the war ...

Out-of-control health system

We write here often about how we believe the health care system in the United States is completely out of control — and needs to be dramatically changed. Last year, we wrote about the cost of a generic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for arthritis. From that editorial: “A ...

Little Brother is watching?

For someone who is not a “techie,” we were amazed — and a bit scared — by a demonstration that made us wonder who besides Big Brother is watching. Basically, the demonstration showed us how a smartphone can spy on you. And we’re not talking about needing National Security ...

‘How do I love thee?’

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, we’re pretty sure a news article we saw a couple of years ago had a few don’ts in it for aspiring Lotharios. First off, no matter what the setting, it is never a good idea to tell your new bride that you like her almost as much as bacon. The ...

A big phish in a big pond

The email was right there in the regular inbox on the computer. The program had not flagged it as spam. It was innocuous looking. It read: “Card Security Notification Email “Dear Customer, “The security of your account is very important to us. Please follow the reference below to ...

Have a safe Super Sunday

Well, it’s Super Sunday. Later today, most of us (and the rest of the United States) will watch the Super Bowl to see who prevails — the Philadelphia Eagles or the always-ferocious (and defending champion) New England Patriots. It is the 52nd edition of what traditionally is the ...

Right type of leadership

Although we are not great fans of social media, a post on Facebook struck us as showing a major difference between attitudes in the United States now and in past generations. The post featured a young, unidentified black woman holding a sign in front of the United States Capitol sometime in ...

Super week is upon us

Try as one might to remember that the Super Bowl is just a football game and that all the hoopla surrounding it is merely marketing hype, it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and enjoyment of the week. This year’s contest is the 52nd such game and features the ...