Editorial

Good reasons to be thankful

Although this editorial is written a few days before Thanksgiving and, therefore, without the benefit of a stomach full of turkey and stuffing, one aspect of the holiday seems destined to have occurred: At some point on Thursday, all of us who live on Maui realized we have a cornucopia of ...

Thanksgiving and charity

Charity — call it aloha — played a crucial role in the first American Thanksgiving celebration. Although not unique to Western culture, thanksgiving or harvest festivals have been held in many countries for hundreds of years. In Hawaii, the Makahiki season, stretching over several months, ...

Remembering John Kennedy

Fifty-four years ago today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. For those of us who lived through that tragic time, images of the days that followed the killing flicker through our minds, much like the famous Zapruder movie of the actual ...

’Tis the season

This week marks the kickoff of the 2017 holiday season. Many of us will be dusting off the Christmas decorations, getting them ready or perhaps even putting a few up this week. Thursday, birds and people will be getting stuffed as the country celebrates Thanksgiving. Nothing like turkey, ...

Welcome to basketball fans

Thanksgiving week is always an exciting time on Maui — and not just because we’re getting ready to give thanks for all our blessings and fill the ol’ tank with turkey and stuffing. One of the highlights of the week is always the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Championship Round conducted ...

Echoes from Gettysburg

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this Sunday, a president made a visit to a cemetery in Gettysburg, Penn., to commemorate a decisive battle in the Civil War and honor the soldiers who fought it. The speech he delivered was concise and its words will echo as long as there is a United States ...

A great day to quit

The American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of November as The Great American Smokeout — a day to quit smoking or make plans to do so. According to the ACS website, 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. While the percentage of American adults who smoke cigarettes has ...

More politcal punishment

Well, as we wrote just last Sunday, the Republican plans for tax reform appear to be thinly disguised attempts to punish states that lean toward the Democratic Party. The House version of GOP tax reform eliminates deductions for state and local taxes and caps the home mortgage interest ...

No good news for smokers

Thursday is The Great American Smokeout and we’ll have more about that later in the week. But today we’d like to talk about a report that changed American life for the better. If there was ever a government report or action that changed a nation, it could well be the first surgeon ...

Two scary proposals

It may be rampant paranoia, but what the Republican Party is touting as tax reform sure looks like a big cannon aimed at states that lean to the Democrats. Both the House and GOP versions of tax reform would be devastating to residents of Hawaii. Both would eliminate the deductions for state ...

Holiday honors U.S. veterans

While Saturday, Nov. 11, is traditionally Veterans Day, federal, state and local governments are marking the holiday today. The first “Veterans Day Proclamation” was issued on June 1, 1954, by a man who knew the horrors of war, the demands of a peacetime military and had carried the ...

Wall began coming down

Twenty-eight years ago today, Nov. 9, 1989, a great symbol of the enslavement of a people began to crumble. The German Democratic Republic — the puppet regime of the Soviet Union in East Germany — announced that residents of East Berlin would no longer be restricted from crossing to ...

How will we tolerate?

Well, it seems the mass shootings keep coming, and they are getting closer together. Sunday, a fellow with a history of mental problems and domestic violence went to a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, armed with an assault rifle and proceeded to kill 26 people and wound another 20 ...

Help the children

Memories that are jarred by the trees and the bells and the holly are the best parts of the holiday season. Those holidays past also come swimmingly back when old movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “Miracle on 34th Street” dance across the ...

Learning a lesson

It is safe to say we learned a valuable lesson last week when we reversed the decision to change delivery methods of our newspaper from independent carriers to postal delivery. Our readers let us know they wanted their papers early in the morning — not whatever time their mail was ...

The time for giving

As we start the holiday period, it’s nice to remember the cardinal rule of the season — ‘tis better to give than receive. We were recently reminded that some people in our community give 52 weeks a year — like the folks at Feed My Sheep. Feed My Sheep is the brainchild of Joyce ...

Batteries not included

Well, as the holiday seasons rolls in, we’re starting to think about gifts for the family. The first thought this year — as it has been for the last dozen or so — is electronics. Simply because most of us think we have to be plugged into a digital world seven days a week, 24 hours a ...

Giving a special joy

Well, it is Nov. 1 already — what we consider the beginning of the holiday season. It is important to remember at this time of year that the true joy of the holidays is in giving. Selecting just the right gift for a loved one and seeing it bring cheer is a special delight this time of ...

Spooky times in Maui County

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. When the children were little, we could reduce them to tears of embarrassment by greeting their trick or treating friends wearing a mask created by simply cutting two eyeholes in a sock. “The Lone Stranger” made the children cringe. Made the ...

Just what’s in those files

One does not have to be a rabid conspiracy theorist to wonder why 55 years after the event, some documents about the John F. Kennedy assassination are still deemed too sensitive for the public to see. Thursday was supposed to be the day all of the documents related to the assassination were ...