Editorial

Cynical abuse of athletes

Three years ago a scandal unfolded at the University of North Carolina that reflects what we have maintained for quite some time — the chase for money has corrupted the intention of state university athletics. It was revealed that during the past two decades, over 3,100 “students” took ...

A threat to our community

One of the great myths in our society is that big is always better than small. It is a particularly dangerous myth when your society is based on capitalism. There is no doubt that completely unregulated growth can lead to the creation of monopolies, duopolies, triopolies and various other ...

The story of a marriage

“I maintain that it should cost as much to get married as it does to get divorced. Make it look like marriage is worth as much as divorce, even if it ain’t. That would also make the preachers financially independent like it has the lawyers.” — Will Rogers A few years ago this week, ...

More worries about the ’net

Well, at the risk once again of sounding like a Luddite and a paranoiac, we grow ever more wary of the unseen presences that follow us around the internet. We’ve written several times about our discomfort with looking at something on the ’net, then seeing an ad for that product on other ...

Hottest days of the Cold War

Fifty-six years ago today, Oct. 14, 1962, a U-2 spy plane flying high over the island nation of Cuba took surveillance photographs that showed Soviet missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads only 90 miles from the United States. Further reconnaissance by U.S. planes confirmed they were ...

A fogey in an e-world

Social media don’t set our heart atwitter. We were born in a society where old sayings like “good fences make good neighbors” also implied that the only way to assure an ongoing friendship was to never reveal the real you. Today’s generation doesn’t believe in fences and intimate ...

Heading off a disaster

Well, as Hurricane Michael plows through the panhandle of Florida, we are watching another storm with incredible strength. Michael made landfall yesterday just east of Panama City, Fla., with winds of 155 miles-per-hour — just two mph short of the Category 4 hurricane being labeled a ...

The rules of Leadership 101

Sometimes it is good to revisit some pearls of wisdom from our elders . . . A few years ago, we ran an editorial recounting “Lessons from a leader,” tips from retired Hawaii Pacific Health CEO Roger Drue on how to be a successful business leader. From our experience, community, ...

Sort of a holiday

Yesterday was one of those sort-of holidays. Title 5 of the United States Code set aside the second Monday of October as Columbus Day. Later, the holiday was renamed and different calendars list it as Discoverers Day or Discoverer’s Day or Discoverers’ Day. You pick. Columbus Day was set ...

Incivility in Washington

This is written on Friday before the scheduled vote Saturday for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Protesters are on the streets and in the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. It appears that Kavanaugh has garnered enough of the ...

Best friend is a device?

Two attractive teenagers were strolling in front of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center a while back. One would have thought it was a romantic moment except the young man was busy texting or playing games on his cell phone and the girl was similarly engaged on hers. They weren’t talking or ...

Breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere one looks there are flashes of pink to concentrate the message that too many mothers, wives, sisters and daughters still fight the scourge of this disease every year. The American Cancer Society press web site also reminds us that over ...

96th Maui Fair starts tomorrow

The tradition of family fun continues this weekend at the 96th Maui Fair at the War Memorial Complex. The theme of this year’s fair is “Celebrating the Good Ol’ Days.” It will run from Thursday through Sunday. Kicked off by the annual parade tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m., the fair ...

Domestic abuse needs reporting

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The much-publicized instances involving celebrities and star athletes may make the issue seem distant but it is a daily problem here, too. It has been decades since authorities on Maui considered domestic violence “a family matter.” There ...

Shop locally – help all of us

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother you for weeks.” — Modem Times, Maxims for the Internet Age It may seem like we are beating readers over the head with a club, but here comes another editorial urging you to patronize local ...

Now there was a role model

It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on the third anniversary of Yogi Berra’s death. He was a lot more than just another baseball player — he was an American icon. Who else won 10 World Series, was Most Valuable Player three times and, oh, yeah, had a cartoon bear named after ...

Rebels who changed us

At about the same time Bill Haley was Rockin’ Around The Clock and introducing a new rebellious tone to pop music, there was a small group of actors who were bringing the same kind of rebellion to movie and TV screens. Probably the most famous of those rebels was Marlon Brando, but he had ...

Lofty schools, lofty positions

“Voters inclined to loathe and fear elite Ivy League schools rarely make fine distinctions between Yale and Harvard. All they know is that both are full of rich, fancy, stuck-up and possibly dangerous intellectuals who never sit down to supper in their undershirt no matter how hot the weather ...

An angry country

If one had to choose one word to describe today’s American politics, an almost universal choice would be the word “anger.” Last year, Alabama Republicans nominated a man for Jeff Sessions’ open United States Senate seat who showed his “commitment” to the Second Amendment by ...

THC and newborns

Thursday we heard some politically active folks suggesting there would be a push in the next legislative session to legalize personal, recreational use of marijuana. When we hear stories like this, we think back to an editorial we wrote a couple of years ago: Just as drinking by pregnant ...