Letters to the Editor

Water control is power — physically and spiritually

Since Satan counterfeits God’s ideas, how likely are lies, deceit and corruption practiced in regards to land, homes and water? How many quiet title and quit-claims on Hawaiian family/kuleana land occurred in recent years? Since heirs exist, could this be considered legal plunder? Do you ...

Cannabis is 114 times less deadly than booze

I drive taxi all over Maui. Everywhere I go, gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, I see rack upon rack of alcoholic beverages. The hypocrisy of lawmakers who condemn legal cannabis while drinking beer, wine and liquor at night was demonstrated recently in a study that alcohol is ...

Wilson used his middle name for greater stature

I enjoyed the June 23 letter from a reader about President Wilson. To quote, “(E)very grammar school kid knows the first name of the 28th president of the United States was Woodrow.” Actually, this could qualify as “fake news.” The first name of the president was not “Woodrow.” It ...

No problem regarding animal waste in yard

My address is not hard to find. I want my Maui ohana to know that I do not mind if your dogs do their business in my yard. No need to retrieve it. I also do not mind if your cats do their business in my flower beds or garden or if your horse does its business in the street in front of my ...

PCard issues being addressed

On June 14 of this year, the Office of the County Auditor released its pCard audit report. This audit was initiated by the auditor about two years ago, and the administration has been supportive and open throughout the process. The audit did not uncover specific fraud, waste or abuse, but did ...

World would be much better if all knew place

After much soul searching, I have come to the conclusion that I am a conservative. I believe mine is the only true religion and everyone else is doomed to damnation and should be treated accordingly. Anyone who disagrees with me is not only wrong, but evil and should be treated accordingly. ...

Letter published June 22 was particularly disturbing

I have been a subscriber to The Maui News for many years now and have always considered the letters to the editor section to be a service to the community, allowing everyone an opportunity to voice their opinions on a variety of topics. Once in a while I have even been known to contribute a ...

Uplifting to know we still have dreamers in Wailuku

Just read the wonderful, logical June 20 letter about the yes or no “tapes” and the 100 percent under-oath testimony offered by POTUS. It is so uplifting to know we still have such dreamers in Wailuku. Thank you, sir! Marlene Rea Kihei

Ask Liquor Commission to repeal its new rules

A couple of months ago, over 50 people testified at a Maui Liquor Commission meeting that the new alcohol sales rules they passed into law were a major mistake. Rule changes of concern include 24-hour sales of alcohol for retail outlets, expanded hours of sale of alcohol for bars and ...

Law regulating taxis not enforced

This sure wasn’t surprising, I just read that the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, has resigned from this company marred in chaos and sexual misconduct. As a partner in a PUC-licensed transportation company, I’d like to point out what is really wrong with Uber on Maui. Sexual harassment is bad ...

Thoughtless people don’t belong in food places

Thoughtless people, thoughtless people, thoughtless people — they’re everywhere! Unleashed thoughtless people on the beach, in grocery stores, in restaurants, in coffee shops on the streets of Maui. With the recent thoughtless people attacks on airplanes, when is Maui County going to put ...

Healing process to restore faulty, selective memories

“We The People,” many of us have mercilessly judged our residents and Trump is our recent victim. One culprit for example is our “fake news” media. We misquoted him, he never said “you can grab women by their (vulgarity), they’ll let you do it; secretaries, wives, daughters, ...

Editorial denigrates presidency, democracy

In your editorial of June 15, you compared President Trump to the North Korean Supreme Leader on the basis that Trump gathered all the members of his Cabinet together “so they could pay homage to him.” “No tinhorn dictator anywhere in the world could have assembled a bigger bunch of ...

County leaders have done little to correct pCard abuse

I am very angry that county leaders have done very little to correct this matter. Are these guys bulletproof? At the very least, they (mayor or managing director or prosecutor) should have taken the following action: 1. Action by the mayor — finance director should be fired. 2. Action by ...

Plastic bag ban has greatly reduced trash in the ocean

I’m amazed that there is anyone still cranky about the plastic bag ban (Letters, June 18). Most importantly, this ban has greatly reduced the amount of trash blowing into the ocean. There are now three huge whirling vortexes of trash polluting the world’s oceans! Fact: Honu and other ...

Jesus’ blood quantum is the game changer!

If Kamehameha’s reign and Hawaiians’ blood quantum is the basis for Hawaii’s sovereignty, then it’s “Game over!” Kamehameha established “he with the best weapons and most power rules.” The United States threatened Hawaii with physical force continuing that protocol of “might ...

Share talents with others who need role models

Let us achieve self-gratification by sharing our talents with others who need positive role models. In our accomplishments as retirees we have skills and job experiences to share. My own years of community service have served as a bridge for those who are incarcerated and who have a chance ...

Time limit would encourage enrollment in health plans

The recent letter by Sen. Mazie Hirono expressed concern that the replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would leave those with pre-existing conditions without coverage. The problem is that the ACA itself does not and will not have a reasonable amount of funds to provide that coverage ...

People abuse system with so-called comfort animals

Well, folks, like anything else you can think of, we as civilized society have learned for decades to push the envelope to the extreme with every opportunity. It took years for people with disabilities to finally have their service animals, travel with them and have no restrictions of places ...

First name of president was Woodrow, not Woodwork

We’ve been reading the fair and balanced news in your paper for over 30 years and hate to be critical. However, referring to your editorial of June 14 (Flag Day), every grammar school kid knows the first name of the 28th president of the United States was Woodrow, not Woodwork! When you ...