Letters to the Editor

Background helps explain proposed Pukalani wastewater rate increase

We appreciate The Maui News article on Dec. 21 that discussed components of Hawaii Water Service’s proposed rate increase for our Pukalani wastewater customers. There is significant background regarding the wastewater treatment plant in Pukalani that we would like to provide, so that ...

Major effort required to combat global warming

My favorite TV show of recent years was “Newsroom,” no doubt because I once was a newsman. My favorite episode was one in which a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) spokes-man did an interview about global warming/climate change. He provided a dire list of the dreadful ...

Failures of Obama got Trump elected

I read with interest a letter writer’s thoughts on President Trump. He must have forgotten Obama had no experience. Nobody questioned his background and, to this day, his college transcripts have never been released. Let alone the fact that not one person that was in one of his classes has ...

We must have quality, affordable health care

In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Some members of Congress are currently discussing making major changes to our core health system in the United States — including repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a ...

Recognize damaged character and resist it

Sociopaths in power are dangerous because of their inability to feel the pain of others. Dormant, it can’t rise above the pleasure they feel watching the Americans they hate suffer. We can’t reason with sociopaths, they have no heart and no conscience. What we can do is recognize their ...

Equipment not suitable for future crops

A Jan. 3 letter in The Maui News questioned A&B’s intent to keep HC&S lands in agriculture because the company is auctioning excess equipment. The equipment being sold is specific to a large-scale sugar operation and not suitable for growing, harvesting, processing or ...

Little good can come from Trump presidency

When Donald Trump becomes president, America will stand on the edge of a great abyss. Donald Trump is a surly megalomaniac who lies whenever it suits him. He incited followers to violence multiple times during his presidential campaign. He is a hater who has disparaged Hispanics, Muslims, the ...

Letters to the Editor

America is about to have its pockets picked Am I a paranoid old fool, or a wise and prescient elder who sees something no once else seems to have noticed? Trump will soon have access the U.S. Treasury, control of the Justice Department and the ability to gut the EPA. Won’t this allow him to ...

Council minority needs to learn how to count

In regard to the temper tantrum thrown by the County Council’s minority at the council’s organizational meeting: grow up. We need adults in these positions. The first step in doing that would be to learn how to count. In the nine-member council, five votes constitute a simple majority. If ...

Donald Trump is incapable of leading

Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration will be the darkest moment in America’s democratic process. At best, the election results are questionable because they have been tainted by the Russian hacking, FBI Director James Comey and unnamed partisans within the U.S. government. The election result ...

Comparing Trump to Hitler is absurd

Comparing Trump to Hitler is absurd. Hitler’s name is synonymous with evil. Trump’s name is synonymous with banality. That some of Trump’s campaign tactics were similar to those used by the Nazis in their rise to power in the ’20s and ’30s is not unusual, that’s when mass propaganda ...

Performing before Trump distasteful for some women

Many Rockettes were brought to tears over having to perform before Trump. The trauma of someone like Trump, who has countless other times dishonored women, goes against their deep personal values. Also, one Mormon Tabernacle Choir female has also declined to perform for moral ...

Numbers are part of carbon cycle

In his Jan. 5 letter “CO2 and its effect on climate change,” the writer cites data which is open to question. In the first paragraph he says that during the period from 1996 to 2015 satellite-derived data show no increase in world temperature. In fact, NASA data show significant and ...

Questions on CO2 and climate change

A Jan. 5 letter asked two good questions about CO2 and warming trends. Both are easily answered. One question was how human-generated emissions, which account for only 3 percent of CO2 emissions, can possibly affect the climate? The reason is that emissions from human activity, unlike natural ...

County cannot afford ‘free’ Anaergia deals

As pointed out in Sierra Club’s Dec. 28 letter, the 2016 County Council’s approval of a $1/year lease for Anaergia to make “biogas” at the Kahului Wastewater Treatment Plant was highly irregular. The matter was taken out of committee and rushed through while the old council could still ...

County trash haulers leaking hydraulic fluid

Why is it that our county trash haulers are allowed to leak hydraulic fluid over our streets, parking lots and walkways? As a condo owner in Kihei since 2000, it has only gotten worse. I owned/operated a crane rental company in Seattle and my customers would never put up with that sort of ...

Climate change writer doesn’t seek knowledge

In a Jan. 5 letter, the writer purports confusion about climate change, but by offering his skeptical answers, he makes it clear that he is expressing an opinion, rather than seeking knowledge. He poses two questions: First, why has the Earth’s temperature not increased in the past 19 ...

Climate change deniers at it again

A confused writer recently claimed that increasing CO2 emissions will have no effect on our atmosphere (Letters, Jan. 5). Either he does not understand climate science or is purposely obfuscating the issue, of grave concern to Hawaiians. First, he noted that satellite-derived temperature ...

Council group urged to think as individuals

In the recent elections, a group of candidates for Maui County Council ran as a coalition. They are now demonstrating that they vote together as a group. One more vote puts them in the majority. Unfortunately, this demonstrates two things: One, they do not understand what is allowed under ...

Study: Maui needs more housing units

There is much discussion about affordable/workforce housing in Maui County. The Department of Housing and Human Concerns is also very concerned and is working on ways to encourage the production of housing and to help families make homeownership a reality. As we continue to slowly emerge from ...