Editorial

Cost-benefit ag park analysis

It sounds great — a proposal to nearly triple the 445-acre Kula Agricultural Park by purchasing 869 acres of former sugar cane land from Alexander & Baldwin. While the notion has merit, it raises questions and warrants caution. The county is in talks with A&B to strike a deal. So, ...

Amendment’s anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On July 28, 1868, the amendment became part of the Constitution when it was ratified by three-quarters of the states. Congress had passed it in 1866.* The original purpose of the amendment was to ...

Bipartisanship is the solution

As of this writing, Republicans in the United States Senate are one for three in addressing health care issues this week. On Tuesday, they won a procedural vote to gain the right to begin debate on health care proposals when — after a bunch of arm-twisting and threats — a 50-50 vote was ...

Right Stuff still needed

This weekend will mark the 59th anniversary of a very important institution. On July 29, 1958, Congress established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The space agency was created, in large part, out of fear. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite to orbit ...

One keystroke is not enough

Email is an easy, inexpensive tool. Maybe too easy. Many clubs, professional organizations, governmental offices and even law enforcement agencies and fire officials now use “e-blasts” to alert bunches of people about events in one easy key stroke. The only problem, as we have ...

Helping the cancer fight

On Friday, we wrote here asking for prayers for an American hero, John McCain, who received a devastating diagnosis of brain cancer last week. The subject needs to be expanded because cancer is so pervasive in our society that attention to finding preventions and cures needs to be kept in the ...

Praying for Sen. McCain

Sen. John McCain is a genuine American hero. Wednesday, it was revealed he has yet another daunting battle to wage. McCain’s office announced that he has glioblastoma — a very aggressive form of brain cancer. The tumor was discovered after McCain underwent surgery late last week to remove ...

A momentous day in history

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-eight years ago — July 20, 1969 — astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke those words as he became the first human being to set foot on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration fulfilled the challenge a ...

Nature is not always kind

A couple of weeks ago, some friends told us about some strong tides they had encountered unexpectedly off Spreckelsville. It reminded us again of something an old colleague wrote about being lured into dangerous situations by forgetting that Maui’s beauty is a force of nature and, as such, ...

Nothing new in the sky

A couple of years ago, we wrote a piece here lamenting the lack of any plans by major manufacturers to build faster commercial airliners. The fact of the matter is that Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’ Super Jumbo A380 fly no faster than the first U.S. jetliner introduced into ...

A profile in courage

“Profiles in Courage” was a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by John F. Kennedy about actions taken by eight senators that involved great political risk. Three years ago, a man who was not a senator but who was a living example of a profile in courage died. James Brady was Ronald ...

Part of a lab experiment?

A long time ago, a college professor told his sociology class about a study that related the behavior of lab rodents to the density of their population. Now, the study was a mid-20th century warning about the population explosion and how overcrowding might change the behavior — and the ...

Heroism in the grief

For over a half century, our country has been rocked by senseless violence. In 1969, Elvis Presley sang a song called “In the Ghetto.” It told the story of a youngster born in poverty in Chicago. (Yes, that same Chicago where there were 114 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend this ...

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 ...

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 ...

An internet challenge

The internet daily offers challenges to people in the business of information. More and more, the public is demanding instantaneous reporting of the news and asserting its right to comment immediately on those stories. In general, that is a good thing. But a real problem with allowing ...

A testament to cooperation

During last fall’s presidential election campaign and the first 5¢ months of the Trump administration, there has been a lot of discussion about rebuilding and shoring up America’s infrastructure. It is interesting to note, then, that construction of one of the most massive pieces of ...

All nations must send message

As this is written, the United States is conducting military exercises at sea off the coast of Southeast Asia. The exercises are a show of strength in response to the apparent development of a new long-range ballistic missile by North Korea. One of the accepted tenets of life in the nuclear ...

Watching out for skimmers

Credit cards and debit cards are very easy to use and many of us have replaced most of our cash transactions with them. We wrote a piece here describing the shock of having our debit card information stolen. That information was used to purchase items at a hardware store in Ohio. We assume, ...

July 4, 1776, a world date

On July 4, 1776, the ruler of the British Empire, King George III, sat down with his diary and wrote, “Nothing of importance happened today.” Little did he know that the world would long note the Declaration of Independence signed that day by representatives of 13 British colonies in ...