Letters to the Editor

The root of the pesticide debate

The use of pesticides in Hawaii is getting very close scrutiny in the state Legislature this session. As the vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee, I am all for disclosure and notification requirements for any and all types of pesticides being used around our schools and our residential ...

KCA working to secure a safe greenway project

With our next membership community meeting over a month away, do you think we’re cooling it on the south side? Not so; just check our website, www.gokihei.org, or Facebook page, as entries are almost daily. Leading off, our fundraising effort for marine water quality study has surpassed ...

Cutbacks in green programs a bad trend

I have read recently that Maui County is not accepting engine oil for recycling due to a loss of state funding. They want folks to store it until perhaps May. Many will do this but we all know that delays happen and people don’t want used oil all over their garages. This is very troubling. ...

Return water to East Maui while diversified ag pending

The Feb. 11 Maui News article explains the need for diversified agriculture and Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. still needs the water. Most people are aware of East Maui and its never-ending flow of precious water. Is it possible to refill the inundation areas of Huelo, Honopou, Keanae ...

Very disappointed with A&B’s sale of land in Paia

I am very disappointed with the recent surprise sale of 300-plus acres adjacent to Paia town. I didn’t realize it was for sale to the lowest bidder. Did any of us? It was a pretty sneaky and kind of shady deal behind our backs. Can I just approach A&B with a parcel in mind, make an ...

A beautiful person shares the generosity of her heart

Amidst all the negative news (political bashing, sexism, racism, various types of felony), I would like to share an uplifting incident that I experienced on Feb. 10 in the Subway Restaurant in Kahului. I asked a Caucasian lady (a total stranger) ahead of me, “What kind of bread did you ...

Farming techniques could aid Maui jail prisoners

Here’s a suggestion for someone to consider. Why not marry the gardening idea at the Maui jail, proposed in this section earlier by a letter writer, with the Korean Natural Farming techniques? If one family can produce 21,000 pounds of food on 2,000 square feet of garden space, how much more ...

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Writer shortchanged ‘hate’ by confining it How accurate and what purpose is served calling hate leftist (Letters, Feb. 7)? Hate is fair, doesn’t discriminate, relishes diversity — ethnic, political, religious, etc. Hate will befriend all. The writer shortchanged “hate” by ...

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Fan of postal service and The Maui News I was honored that my niece included writing a letter and sending it snail mail to me as one of the 30 things that she wanted to accomplish before she turned 30. She expressed appreciation for being able to get encouraging words in a written form and ...

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Critics of Tulsi Gabbard’s trip should be challenged Those who are criticizing Tulsi Gabbard for traveling to Syria to meet with religious leaders, community leaders, the political opposition and President Bashar Assad should be challenged to put forward their own solution to the ...

Maui County employee wages among the highest in the nation

Public union leaders are in negotiations with the state for higher wages and benefits while the average Maui County employee makes more than the average nongovernment worker. So, should lawmakers raise taxes on Maui citizens to pay for the salary increases of county workers? County workers on ...

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Refreshing story in a negative world In this world of so much negativity it was so refreshing to read the story about police officer Christina Bonacorsi (The Maui News, Feb. 3). I wish to congratulate her on her outstanding record and her willingness to “protect and serve” our island. We ...

Facts versus faith in climate change debate

A Super Bowl Sunday letter writer states the theory of climate change is faith, not scientific knowledge. He cites the fact that 15,000-year-old ice cores show global warming has occurred before. How does that prove climate change is faith, not fact? Doesn’t that show it can indeed happen? ...

Wall of shame for MPD on Mokulele Highway

I really wondered if The Maui News dare write anything about the wall of missing names on the Mokulele Highway. For me, knowing what I do, it is most definitely the wall of shame for the Maui Police Department. Anyone looking hard enough can find police complicity in the cases involving ...

A&B could improve its reputation on north shore

In response to A&B’s recent sale of land in Paia (The Maui News, Feb. 8): In my estimation, A&B does not have the best reputation on the north shore. It could improve that easily. One: Help the county build a Paia bypass, something I suggested in a letter 30 years ago, as so many ...

Be aware of discussions about Paia land purchase

I was saddened to hear of the end of the sugar cane on Maui, but a business cannot continue while posting annual losses for long. I feared that all that property would become new housing developments and make Maui look like Honolulu, but I decided to wait and see before passing judgment. While ...

A garden would benefit inmates at Maui jail

The governor has an opportunity on Maui to make a positive cost-cutting improvement at Maui Community Correctional Center at a minimal cost. This suggestion would reduce tension there, improve staff morale/safety, reduce the crowded conditions volatility, improve the nutrition value of prison ...

Science behind climate change is overwhelming

In a Feb. 5 letter, a climate change denier categorized climate change as belief, not science, citing the fact that warming has occurred in the past without CO2 change. So what? Car accidents have occurred without alcohol. Does that mean that drunken driving is not an important cause of car ...

Subscriber can’t take Trump-bashing anymore

I understand that I live in the bluest state in the nation and should expect nothing else, but I can’t take it anymore. I will not be spending another almost $200 on my Maui News subscription for four to eight years of Trump-bashing and political cartoons that lean left 80 percent of the ...

Better measurements can help improve Maui

According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui had 2.6 million visitors in 2016, more than ever before, with more expected in 2017. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to extend the airport runway to accommodate additional flights from more distant locations and a new rental car facility is being ...