Editorial

Declining role for PC

It is safe to say that the personal computer revolutionized the way Americans live and work. Forty years ago, computer usage was mostly confined to very large companies that could afford behemoths that oftentimes filled up a whole room and required a special environment of their own to ...

Troubling appeal of ISIS

It is hard to understand the appeal of ISIS (or IS or ISEL, or whatever acronym is being used this day of the week). That young people flock to join this extremist group from throughout the Middle East and Africa is puzzling enough, but when you throw in enlistees from Continental Europe, the ...

The biggest priority

As Donald Trump nears the end of his first 100 days as president, there is a sense of urgency to pass a piece of legislation this week — any piece, apparently — to show as an accomplishment. The president has dusted off a health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and says there ...

Needed change in the charter

While it may seem a little early to be talking about changes in the Maui County Charter that should be on the ballot in 2018, we’re going to suggest an obvious one: It’s time to do away with the Maui County Salary Commission and index pay for the mayor, County Council members, department ...

Lessons to be learned

Wow, almost four years after the fact, the county auditor has concluded that Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration probably shouldn’t have knocked down the Old Wailuku Post Office with funds designated to “rehabilitate” it. However, Auditor Lance Taguchi says his report on the project ...

A simple plan for tax reform

Well, another Tax Day went by this week. In Washington D.C., there’s a lot of talk about reforming the tax code. The new president has promised tax reformation — both sides of the political aisle purport to support the concept. Thousands of pages of tax code contain special breaks for ...

A tale of two crises

As the world steps back and watches the saber rattling taking place between North Korea and the United States, it is interesting to note the similarities and the differences between the current crisis and the last time there seemed to be an imminent threat of nuclear war. The 1962 Cuban ...

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 ...

Resurrection and hope

Mark chronicled the event being celebrated by Christians today: “And the angel answered and said unto the women, fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” Easter is synonymous with rebirth. In the Christian tradition, ...

Good decision on meeting

We were pleased to see that the Maui County Liquor Control Commission has scheduled a special meeting for May 9 to get testimony from the public on new rules that allow the sale of alcohol 24 hours a day. Opponents of the rules claim that provisions of the state’s Sunshine Law were not ...

A deadly anniversary

One of the saddest anniversaries in our country’s history will be quietly observed today. One hundred and fifty-six years ago, Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate troops ending the first battle of the Civil War. A day earlier, the rebels had opened fire on the fort that sat in the middle ...

Anniversary of hero’s death

Seventy-two years ago, April 12, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt quietly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga. The hero who led the United States out of the Great Depression had been elected to the presidency four times. The brave leader who championed the Allies in World War II ...

Interesting race coming

It would appear there are a lot of people interested in being Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s successor. Friday’s Maui News had a story that confirmed Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is considering a run for mayor in 2018. “It’s something I’m being asked about, almost on a daily basis,” Tsutsui ...

A time for holidays

This week, two religions celebrate major holidays. The Jewish holiday of Passover begins Monday night and continues until the evening of Tuesday, April 18. The holiday celebrates the release of Jews as slaves in ancient Egypt. God sent forth 10 plagues on the Egyptians to force them to ...

Big threat from internet

The story in Thursday’s Maui News about high vacancy rates in commercial retail and office space highlights an issue we have written about frequently: Technology is changing shopping habits and it is having a massive effect on communities across the country. As we have written before, ...

Responding to war crime

There was a lot of condemnation of Syria Wednesday — followed by nothing but hand-wringing — following the latest chemical attack on his citizens by President Bashar al-Assad. Barrel bombs containing the chemical weapon Sarin were dropped on a small town called Khan Sheikoun in Syria, ...

Paradigm shift to solutions

Human feces and urine. Rowdy, sometimes bizarre behavior. Suspected drug dealing. Discarded hypodermic needles. Welcome to the appalling conditions at Kahului’s Hoaloha Park where hundreds of Maui keiki and adults go to train and enjoy the Hawaiian sport of canoe paddling at Kahului ...

Shortsighted Democrats’ plan

The plan by Senate Democrats to filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court is a shortsighted mistake. The desire to strike back at Republicans for denying a vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, is understandable — but Republicans ...

Inspiration for freedom

A dozen years ago today, a man died who was as responsible for the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the demise of the Soviet Union as any other figure of the 20th century. Karol Jozef Wojtyla, better known as Pope John Paul II, was born in Poland in 1920. He entered a seminary in ...

Guarding the transition

Well, at our advanced age, it is time to admit it: We are naive. We are always surprised by the games our state Legislature plays. This year, the money to complete the transition of Maui’s public hospitals to a public-private partnership with Kaiser in July was missing from the House’s ...