Editorial

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 ...

A lot less privacy

Well, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives couldn’t find a way to get together to find a workable health care plan, but they all joined hands Tuesday to pass a bill that will strip away even more of your privacy on the internet. In a 215-205 vote, the House voted to let Internet ...

New media, old biases

As one surfs the massive waves of the internet ocean, one thing becomes abundantly clear: The World Wide Web is not a place for objectivity. In fact, if one wishes to see anything close to what used to be called journalism, one has to visit a website that is a spinoff from one of the old, ...

Inspiring students

A Gallup poll of 30,000 college graduates several years ago found that “name-brand” schools don’t produce happier lives or more success than good old generic ones. So, while we may marvel at stories like the one about the New York teenager who was accepted at all eight Ivy League ...

Kuhio was the Citizen Prince

While today is the 146th birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole, the state holiday will be celebrated Monday. It honors a man who went from being the adopted son of a king to a counterrevolutionary to Hawaii’s voice in the U.S. Congress. Prince Kuhio was born March 26, 1871, the ...

Facing the budget ax

The Trump administration released the skeleton of the budget they will propose for fiscal year 2018 last week. While the almost 10 percent increase in spending for defense captured the biggest headlines, cuts for the State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and the ...

Interesting vote today

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. At this writing, it is not certain that it will pass despite a solid GOP majority in the House. Some conservatives decry it as not conservative ...

What to do with Waiehu

Mayor Alan Arakawa suggested in his State of the County address that Maui County’s losses at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course are not sustainable and that the course should be closed. The mayor said revenues at the course in the last fiscal year were only $1 million and the cost of operating it ...

Complaining about Eden

A group of men here on Maui were discussing the weather and some of the comments reflected poorly on our rather pampered lifestyle. The heart of the discussion was all the rain we have had lately. We didn’t join in because we have been delighted that rainfall has allowed us to go many days ...

A slapdash, shoddy plan

A few years ago, we used the following quote in an editorial to express how we feel about politics: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” — Groucho Marx Since the Affordable Care Act (aka ...

The wearing of the green

Today is St. Patrick’s Day 2017 and, for all of you who are not wearing green today, shame on you — you have a pinch coming. March 17 has been celebrated for centuries in honor of an Irish saint who helped Christianize that land in the fourth and fifth centuries. He supposedly used a ...

Losing an old friend

The announcement that Kahului’s Kmart will close soon came as a shock to us when we heard it Tuesday. Yes, we knew their parent company was having a difficult time and there have been a couple of series of store closings. But, for the 47 years we have labored in the newspaper business, ...

Missing an old friend

We were reminded again this week that there is no longer a print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. To be sure, the knowledge is still available digitally (Britannica.com), but we think today’s youths are missing something by not having those hardback volumes to pore ...

Backward step on addiction

We were astonished Thursday night when, as we were watching Don Lemon’s late night show on CNN, a commercial came on selling “e-vapes,” or — as they are more commonly called — electronic cigarettes. Frankly, this is the first national commercial we’ve seen since tobacco ...

Lessons from fireside chats

Eighty-four years ago today — March 12, 1933 — newly inaugurated president Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave the first of his famous “fireside chats” to the American public. Over the course of the next 12-plus years while serving as president, Roosevelt gave 30 such radio addresses. They ...

A budget tightrope

Every year the Tax Foundation estimates tax freedom day for citizens in the United States. Tax Freedom Day is the day on the calendar when an average citizen will have earned enough money to cover his/her tax bill for the year. Now that includes all taxes — federal, state and local. The ...

Killing pain, saving patients

There was an interesting story on The Washington Post’s website the other day about one hospital’s approach to combating the near epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States. The chief of general surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center at the famous New Hampshire college is ...

‘Radical Rules’ a way of life

Over the years we have written editorials bemoaning the loss of civility in public discourse. Sadly, we concluded it is more than just boorishness — it is a political tactic. Our last presidential election and the first six weeks of a new administration have re-enforced that ...