Letters to the Editor

Finding comfort in appearance of police

In response to a letter Oct. 15, I find great comfort in the appearance of the Maui Police Department. I do not see a mass of thugs with obvious steroid use and daily shooting and beatings of people. It comforts me knowing I could, if needed, run away from the police here. Most of police work ...

Conservatives portrayed inaccurately in letter

I am a conservative writing in response to an Oct. 12 letter titled “Conservatives try to foster ideals on others.” It started with “Attempting to understand America’s most conservative voters, I have concluded these individuals must feel like victims of LGBT rights, of easy access to ...

Maui has a new complexion along with a different voice

We struggle to keep our home and property within the family. It is a real hardship to maintain any house, especially the aging ones. Time and termites have their way of crippling anything that we deem important. It seems that we are penalized for owning a home and having property on Maui. ...

Tennessee relies on more federal aid than Hawaii

A writer from Tennessee (Letters, Oct. 15) attributed the theft of his camera to Hawaii being “a liberal state that expects the American taxpayer to flip the bill for your very existence.” Tennessee is a conservative state and Hawaii is a liberal state. Yet, the latest available Uniform ...

Agriculture is a business that sustains and grows communities

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa clearly provided a picture of agriculture on Maui in “Our County” on Oct. 6. Yes, agriculture on Maui is changing, evolving with time. This last decade has seen more change than in the last century. As recently as 25 years ago, poultry farms, dairies, vegetables, ...

U.S. government not supposed to keep secrets

I notice an Oct. 13 letter writer states we can discuss “conspiracies” 16 years later but not 16 days. Considering “our” president is considering releasing the JFK truth 54 years late, we should not have any confidence in any of this government that thinks keeping secrets about ...

First VITA president was Harry Furomoto

Regarding my letter of Oct. 14 on the Maui drag strip, there is a correction needed. The first president of the Valley Isle Timing Association was Harry Furomoto, not Donald Garcia. The president at the time when Mayor Elmer Carvalho assisted us with saving the drag strip, getting timing lights ...

Let Maui families keep more of their money

Maui County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee has been attracting attention by considering a bill, BF-42, that would increase taxes on short-term rentals by roughly 22 percent. According to the Maui Finance Department, the tax hike would raise an additional $600,000 per year, if the ...

Two-lane, undivided Hana Highway has 55 mph limit

Referring to an Oct. 12 correspondent’s comment of the absurdity of the same (45 mph) speed limit for the Maui Veterans Highway (formerly Mokulele Highway) as for Kaahumanu Avenue in front of Baldwin High School, I offer you a more absurd comparison: the 55 mph limit — that’s five five ...

Common thread seen among 3 sexual predators

Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, three men overcome by Hillary’s pheromones. Wait, just in, breaking news: What happened? It was Bernie Sanders and the Russians! David Moran Makawao

State should provide more information on road work

This is regarding the resurfacing work being done on Hana/Haleakalala highways. There have been delays of over an hour to get from Pukalani down the hill to Hana Highway (which usually takes 10 minutes) due to the resurfacing project. It would be in the public’s best interest if the state put ...

Trump’s view of own smarts not shared by others

President Donald Trump embellishes on his smarts and IQ. Au contraire, says Rex Tillerson, who remains fully committed to a moron’s agenda. “I am standing here today to tell you that I am on the same page as this idiot,” the secretary of state said. Further, the late professor William ...

Campaign donations should not be limited

Mayor Alan Arakawa is being called out for making donations from his campaign funds to Maui’s nonprofits, designating them as “advertisements” because of the “limit” on how much can be donated to nonprofits. However, there is no limit on how much can be spent on advertising. This ...

Irony is palpable in article about mayor’s spending

The irony is palpable. Read the Oct. 13 article about Mayor Alan Arakawa’s wife implicated in the Campaign Spending Commission’s complaint that the mayor is charged with two counts of “false reporting of an expenditure.” The mayor’s attorney is quoted as saying “this is beginning ...

State’s public pension system in need of reform

Hawaii’s public pension system needs to be reformed. Why? Because it calculates employee benefits based on the last three years of pay received, including overtime. This incentivizes government employees to accumulate overtime just prior to retirement, a practice known as pension ...

Effects of the rumor mill aren’t necessarily all bad

We were disappointed that The Maui News was not able to reach us to comment concerning the rumor mill on county pools (Oct. 14), but do not disagree with any of the content. As an all-volunteer voice for South Maui, the Kihei Community Association, www.gokihei.org, too is upset with ...

Seniors’ access to home health care at risk

A recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could jeopardize seniors’ access to quality home health. Known as the Home Health Groupings Model, the proposal would dramatically change the way Medicare pays for home health. As a result, many providers — especially ...

True story of how the drag strip came to be

In answer to an Aug. 2 letter regarding the funding for the original drag strip back in the 1950s: After numerous meetings by myself — the founder of the Valley Isle Timing Association — along with the county and Mayor Eddie Tam, there was no support from the mayor’s administration to ...