Editorial

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 ...

A significant date in history

Tomorrow is the 156th anniversary of a very important event in American history. On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln informed states that had seceded from the United States that they had until Jan. 1, 1863 to end their rebellion or he would issue a proclamation freeing all slaves in ...

An idol worth admiring

Most of us had childhood idols. Some were adults who influenced us on a daily basis, like teachers and coaches. Others were celebrities, either in the entertainment business or sports. Our sports heroes when we were growing up were Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, Milwaukee Braves ...

Clock ticking, money wasting

Well, it’s late Tuesday morning and according to the U. S. National Debt Clock the country is in hock to the tune of $21,487,174,721,605. For those of you who are comma-challenged, that’s about 21 trillion, 487 billion dollars. And, just in the time it took us to write those two ...

Share and enjoy a literary genius

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss Theodore Seuss Geisel died 27 years ago this month. But his legacy lives on. For generations, Dr. Seuss was THE source for parents who wanted books to read to their children. For many kids, stories like “The ...

While you were a bit distracted

Well, there’s nothing like a massive hurricane like Florence to distract the American public from what Congress is doing. Thursday afternoon as we all watched Florence take dead aim at poor old Wilmington, N.C., Republican and Democratic representatives and senators stealthily reached a ...