Letters to the Editor

Mansions are easier to build on Valley Isle than apartments

Have you ever wondered why developers on Maui spend their time building mansions instead of affordable homes? At first glance, it would seem they could make more money building mansions, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Surprisingly, developers often make less money on mansions than if ...

Tragic figure is far from honest with self and others

Thanks to The Maui News for reporting on the “Wall Street Whiz Kid,” Robert Bodden for “defrauding (the) nonprofit,” Lokelani Ohana (Aug. 15). It was made clear that his plea of “no contest” was a plea of guilty as charged. “Bodden said he wanted to offer ‘my humblest apology’ ...

Extreme radical American terrorists declare war

Extreme radical American terrorists. You don’t hear that being thrown around the White House do you? In the military’s Oath of Enlistment, they swear to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. And that they will obey the president’s orders. These groups have ...

Letter writer gave a perfect description of Obama

Thank you to the Aug. 17 letter writer outlining what it takes to be a complete narcissist. By far if you go through each category, the description fits Barrack Obama to a tee. Lying to the American people, “If you like your health insurance you can keep it, if you like your doctor you can ...

Today the eyes of all people are truly upon us

Reading in an Associated Press wire story that Vladimir Putin is more trusted by key U.S. allies than the present president of the United States of America (The Maui News, Aug. 17) literally made my made my heart skip a beat, and not in a good way. Putin, the former KGB enforcer and president ...

Ad regarding school bus service was self-serving and misleading

The beginning of every school year is a time of great excitement for students, parents and staff, that also brings new challenges to overcome. Each year, our bus contractors enable the safe delivery of approximately 40,000 students statewide every day. The Hawaii State Department of ...

God opens our heart to minister

See the beauty in giving just a bit more than you thought you could. After retiring from GTE Hawaiian Tel (1965-1985), our home became a house of prayer to rescue God’s children. Our mission to encourage others is a way to overcome the real world and succeed with friendship and kindness. ...

Trump represents eclipsing of the American soul

After the age of 35, the state of, but especially the changes in, one’s consciousness are reflected in the form and face of a person. Of course, someone in his or her 60s or 70s displays accurately the nature, character and quality of the many changes undergone by one’s personality or soul. ...

DLNR biggest obstacle to outdoor recreation

I always enjoy “Kia‘i Moku” by Lisa Fox Strohecker. Her article of Aug. 13 on anchialine pools was especially interesting. That these pools have been closed since 2008 shows the mismanagement, anti-recreational attitude and pure arrogance of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural ...

Please explain Trump comment, Sen. Schatz

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted that Donald Trump is not his president. What does that mean? Did he declare that he is an anarchist and he does not recognize the legitimacy of the federal government? Is he calling for a coup? Has Sen. Schatz declared Hawaii as a sovereign country? Please ...

Neighbor Islands should not pay for Oahu’s rail

Everything Oahu wants they get! Again I say when they first started this it was only Oahu will pay for the rail. Now it will affect everyone — Hawaii, Kauai and Maui county taxpayers will pay for the rail. Think about it, is it fair when the majority of the lawmakers are from Oahu? How ...

Are events a coincidence or a sign of the times?

The annual U.S./South Korea military exercises are on schedule for Aug. 21, the very same day as the first total solar eclipse over the entire USA since June 8, 1918, 99 years before. World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918. “There shall be signs in the heavens.” It should also be noted that ...

Protest fights are counterproductive

Remember the 1970 film “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came”? What if no protesters or TV showed up at a white nationalist rally? Without attention drawn to them, their adherents and influence would diminish. And, they would likely realize their ideology has little future. If people ...

War being waged on full-grown trees

I was recently driving south on Piilani Highway, just north of Safeway, and observed a landscaping company trimming back all the monkeypod trees along the roadway and I said I hope they’re just trimming them. Later, I passed the same area and, lo and behold, they’re trimming the trees to ...

Useful idiots doing little to resolve differences

Watching on TV these racists groups fighting with each other in Charlottesville is so sad, it reminds me of a what Vladimir Lenin said regarding “useful idiots.” These hate groups, “all of them,” — Black Lives Matter included — are more concerned with color of skin and ...

Burden of repairing road falls on homeowners

Twenty years ago, Maui Lani Parkway was built by Maui Lani Partners in the then new Maui Lani Development. It was their “intent” that the county would take control and maintain this street. That did not happen. The section of this street from the new Sandhills entrance near Safeway to ...

Perspectives from Sam Adams and others

Fake news — “There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly terrible to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a free press. — Samuel Adams Sue ’em, buy ’em, fire ’em, — “Intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves ...

Narcissistic personality disorder defined in manual

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, is the primary reference manual for diagnosis of mental conditions. This manual is also used by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment. DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic ...

Area of personal freedom remains firmly forbidden

Our society has come a long way toward protecting individual liberties but in one area freedom remains firmly forbidden. That is the freedom to choose one’s own death. A maze of legal obstacles makes death with dignity nearly impossible to achieve. It’s time to stop this government ...

Personnel change needed on the liquor commission

It’s evident the liquor commission is failing. Its recent actions imposing onerous, unnecessary and frankly ridiculous restrictions on nonprofit organizations seeking single-day licenses for fundraising events is screaming proof that change of personnel and thinking is sorely needed. An ...