Editorial

March is Red Cross month

Whenever one reads a newspaper or watches a news story about devastating events, the only constant seems to be the response by the American Red Cross and its volunteers. One of the great honors of our adult life was the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of the American Red Cross ...

Death in the dark

Quite a few news organizations have slogans that are intended to reflect their goals or missions. Some, like ours, are fairly innocuous — “Maui’s Newspaper Since 1900.” Pretty simple, we focus mainly on life here on Maui. Others are more ambitious. The New York Times — “All The ...

Old folks still rule

When one is very young, there is almost a knee-jerk reaction against the establishment. It just doesn’t seem fair that all those old people run everything, have nice houses, nice cars and the best jobs. Mind you, there are always exceptions. Some young person may invent Facebook or, in our ...

Bring your own padding

For the most part, long trips are a thing of our past. We are quite content to spend our allotted time here on Maui. Occasionally, though, family obligations force us to board a plane and head for the Mainland. A trip last year reinforced some of the concerns we have expressed here about ...

Memories of Maizie

For over a decade we occupied an office next to the former publisher of The Maui News, Mary Cameron “Maizie” Sanford. There was a constant stream of people in and out of that office — family, friends, former Maui News employees, fellow philanthropists and ordinary citizens of our ...

Great way to renew

Usually the words “government” and “efficient” don’t go together easily in a sentence (or, for that matter, in life). That’s why we were happy again this year when we received the registration renewal notification for our car from the Department of Motor Vehicles and saw that we ...

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 ...

The AP comes under attack

In the past couple of weeks we have had some letters to the editor blasting The Associated Press. In fact, we even had a couple of folks announce they were going to cancel their subscriptions to The Maui News because we run stories from the AP. The letter writers felt there was a bias in AP ...

Presidents Day 2017

Monday is Presidents Day. The holiday has taken on a peculiar kind of piquancy, particularly if your taste runs to passionate politics. Presidents Day came about because two U.S. presidents who raised passions for different reasons had birthdates close together. George Washington was born on ...

A great sense of ‘well-being’

Every year we report the results of the Gallup–Healthways “Well-Being Index” — a survey that assesses citizens’ lives in five areas: 1. Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals. 2. Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your ...

A confusing, misguided bill

Boy, talk about a misguided bill. House Bill 1586 was approved by the House Tourism Committee Tuesday and — at first glance — it makes absolutely no sense. According to a story in Wednesday’s paper, the bill would phase out the counties’ share of the transient accommodations tax. The ...

The right type of leadership

Although we are not great fans of social media, a recent post on Facebook struck us as showing a major difference between attitudes in the United States now and in past generations. The post featured a young, unidentified black woman holding a sign in front of the United States Capitol ...

A Valentine’s Day thought

For those of us who were born married, Valentine’s Day is sort of the acid test of the relationship. “Please, don’t get me anything. I don’t need anything. We can’t afford anything this year.” Yeah, sure, Buster. Just try showing up without anything. Talk about cruisin’ for a ...

Don’t use a cell when driving

It’s more than a little bit disturbing that scores of people think it is perfectly OK to text, send emails or just talk on a cellphone while driving. It is illegal here, but some people just don’t get it. It is perplexing to be in back of a person at an intersection, the light turns ...

A great debate

CNN did the country a big favor Tuesday night when it televised a town hall debate between Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz about the future of health care in the United States. While most of us may have thought the debate would simply be about the future of Obamacare — aka the Affordable ...

The troubling appeal of ISIS

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

Not an average kind of guy

Well, you can say what you want to about our new president, Donald Trump, but bland or average is not one of the words that come to mind when most people talk about him. Last week’s poll on The Maui News website asked readers to rank Trump’s first couple of weeks as president. The choices ...

‘How do I love thee’

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re pretty sure a news article we saw a couple of years ago had a few don’ts in it for aspiring Lotharios. First off, no matter what the setting, it is never a good idea to tell your new bride that you like her almost as much as ...

Have a safe Super Sunday

Well, it’s Super Sunday. Later today, most of us (and the rest of the United States) will watch the Super Bowl to see who prevails — the Atlanta Falcons or the always-ferocious New England Patriots. It is the 51st edition of the greatest spectacle in sports. There will be betting on ...

Dropping the crime rate

It is interesting to note that despite President Donald Trump’s desire to have a good relationship with Vladimir Putin, there is a vast difference in how most Americans see the world and how most Russians view it. Take, for example, the issue of domestic violence. According to several ...