Editorial

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 ...

Using some new tools

On a personal basis, we have been slow to adopt ties to social media. We readily admit that Facebook and Twitter are valuable business tools, that likes and thumbs-up can direct customers to a company. But it remains alarming to us how many folks are addicted to their phones, tablets and ...

An opportunity presents itself

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 ...

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 ...

Professionals are needed

On Monday, several residents testified before the County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee in support of a charter amendment that would provide for a strong, professional managing director. During the 2016 election cycle, attempts were made to change Maui’s ...

Jewels from McCullough

As noted in this space 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 ...

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 ...

Be skeptical of social media

Many of us innocently post items on Facebook about friends and family, likes and activities and, occasionally, politics. Those innocent posts represent a data trove about us. Social media has become sort of an addiction for many Americans. Hours on end are spent clicking on Facebook items ...

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 the ...

Longevity in paradise

We have written here repeatedly about dramatic increases in life spans in the United States. 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 ...

Anniversary of V-E Day

Today is the 73nd 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 ...

The sinking of Lusitania

One hundred and three years ago Monday, a German submarine sunk the luxury cruise ship Lusitania and set into motion the events that dragged the United States into World War I. In a book called “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” author Erik Larson takes readers on that ...

Boys’ Day a tradition

Saturday 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 Boys’ Day, a way of celebrating ...

Very busy maligned IRS

The Internal Revenue Service is probably the most maligned agency in the federal government. Nobody seems to like “The Tax Man,” but every year the service quietly goes about performing one of the most important jobs in Washington — supervising and collecting taxes while assisting ...

Yet another arms race?

Tuesday, President Donald Trump mentioned — again — that he is seriously thinking about adding another branch to our military. The president was addressing a crowd gathered on the White House lawn to honor the Army football team on its victories over Navy and Air Force last season when he ...

The meanings of May Day

Today 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 about ...

A chaotic president

It has been said by both critics and allies of President Donald Trump that he enjoys governing by chaos. We’d say that is an understatement. If we just review the last two weeks, one is astonished to find: The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told ...

Our data 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 medical miracle

On April 26, 1954, Dr. Jonas Salk began large-scale clinical trials of a vaccine he had developed containing inactivated poliovirus. Poliomyelitis was a horrendous disease that crippled or killed millions worldwide in the first half of the 20th century. In 1921, future president Franklin ...

There’s no cap on this budget

Every year we gasp in amazement as the mayor proposes high teen increases in Maui County’s budget. Every year, we’re astonished when the County Council’s voice of reason, the budget chairman, “takes a knife” to the mayor’s proposals, as Tuesday’s Maui News described it, and the ...