Editorial

Definition of a hero

The death last weekend of Sen. John S. McCain brought an end to the saga of a true American hero. Duty. Honor. Country. Those three words represented the ideals McCain himself said he wished to live and be remembered by. McCain was born into a military family. His grandfather and father ...

Celebrating the 19th Amendment

The wording of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is simple and straightforward: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by ...

Neil Armstrong: The Right Stuff

Saturday marks the sixth anniversary of the death of Neil Armstrong. As regular readers know, we are big fans of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Folks like John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon, were our ...

Preparing for a hurricane

As this is written Wednesday morning, Hurricane Lane has been downgraded from a Category 5 storm to Category 4. Basically that means the associated winds have dropped from about 155 mph to 140 mph. Still dangerous, still threatening. For days now, we have watched Lane march inexorably west ...

The evolution of an old man

One of the seldom mentioned benefits of getting old is that at some point you realize that all the indiscretions and vices of your youth have already come home to roost and there is not much else you can do to hurt your body further. Oh, sure, you can forget to take your 16th pill of the day ...

A real bargain in medical care

As reluctant, but very active, members of what has been described as the aging of America, our family is concerned about the medical system. We marvel at what today’s medical establishment can do. Between the wife and us, there are more new hips, knees and shoulders than you can shake a ...

Admission Day marked

State and county governments were closed Friday in observance of Admission Day — the day 59 years ago that Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Admission Day, also known as Statehood Day, was established as a holiday to be observed on the third Friday of August. The actual ...

A force of the universe

Forty-one years ago Thursday, Aug. 16, 1977, we stepped off an airplane in Kansas City, Mo. Our nerves were somewhat frayed because it was the first day of an attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Our attention was quickly diverted from nicotine withdrawal, though, when the business associate ...

We are not the enemy

The Maui News has been serving this community since 1900. Our team is very proud of the fact that for over a century we’ve kept our readers informed on everything from governmental meetings to high school athletics. We strive to be sure that news stories are accurate, balanced and fair. We ...

Two things need to stop

As most readers know, we are not great fans of the current president. That said, a failed presidency hurts the whole country and, therefore, we want him to succeed. But, two things have to change before that can happen: 1. The reality TV approach to the presidency has to stop. Is anyone ...

The two sides of term limits

A few years ago, we wrote a piece here about term limits. While our views have changed a bit, we are more firmly convinced that terms limits are a good idea. Whether one is considering election to the Maui County Council, the state Legislature, the Congress of the United States or even the ...

A daunting challenge

Almost three years ago, we had an enlightening experience when we attended an appreciation luncheon for Hale Makua Health Service’s supporters. The guest speaker for the event was Mary Ann Barnes, then president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. ...

Primary Saturday

Maui and the state of Hawaii suffer from almost chronic low voter turnout for elections. And, as bad as the turnout for general elections is, it is usually even worse for primaries. That is too bad because primaries are where the winnowing of candidates begins. Saturday, voters will decide ...

Anniversary of a resignation

Forty-four years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States. On Aug. 9, 1974, Marine One (the presidential helicopter) took Nixon and his wife, Pat, from the White House lawn to Andrews Air Force Base for the long plane ride to their home in San Clemente, ...

2018 primary endorsements III

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. As with all editorials, opinions in this space have no effect on news coverage by ...

Learning from JFK

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was not yet president when he ...

Of primaries and demeanor

Next Saturday is primary election day in Hawaii for 2018. At the county level, the top two vote-getters next Saturday in each County Council race will run against each other in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Also on the county level, we will begin the whittling process to see who ...

Laughing last laughing best

Twenty-one years ago, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, took back the reins of the company as its chief executive officer. The company was, shall we say, in not too good a shape. In fact, at a meeting of technology managers that year, competitor Michael Dell of Dell Computers was ...

2018 primary endorsements II

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. There are many races where no preference will be expressed. As with all ...

2018 primary endorsements I

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. There are many races where no preference will be expressed. As with all ...