Editorial

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 ...

Troublemakers in cyberspace

We are always amazed when smart people turn to criminal — or even just malicious — endeavors. Probably there is no better example of wasted brains than computer viruses. Most of the darn things don’t make a cent for their inventors — they just disrupt other people’s lives. But we ...

The price of a cure

At a time when health care and its costs are center stage in the United States, it is interesting to note that a medical establishment that is so opposed to “socialized medicine” seems intent on making it inevitable. Take a look at these news stories and see why it is hard not to reach ...

Stormy weather

As this is written Tuesday morning, Maui County is under a tropical storm warning. Although Olivia has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, its components may do significant damage to Maui County. Tuesday morning it appeared that the storm was 385 miles northeast of Kahului ...

Maui watches, waits, mourns

(This editorial appeared Sept. 12, 2001, in The Maui News.) Maui County awoke to a new, more frightening world yesterday. The United States had been attacked by a skilled, well-prepared, unidentified enemy using commercial jetliners as weapons. An eerie quiet settled over Maui as the ...

Anniversary of sadness

Tuesday will mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and the dramatic crash of United 93. We are now several wars and thousands of service people’s lives removed from that tragic day. The controversy and the bitterness go on. It is strange ...

Aftermath of an attack

This coming Tuesday marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Nineteen al-Qaida infiltrators hijacked four commercial airliners, slamming two into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York and another into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed in ...

Politics by disruption

In recent days we have written several editorials about the lack of civility in politics today in the United States. Whether it was rehashing how both left and right now use Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to disrupt the political and corporate elite or the use of bully tactics to ...