Letters to the Editor

Holiday train ride created a magical experience

On a rainy Saturday December night huddled under a canopy, an unfamiliar whistle from the darkness emerges as a train streaming with Christmas lighting stops to pick up important cargo: groups of young children excited and eager to board a magical train to a destination unknown, dragging the ...

Be wary of testimony from CHPA regarding sunscreen

Anyone who cares about our oceans should be wary of testimony from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which exists to protect the industry, not the common good. It may well be true, as Carlos Gutierrez claims (The Maui News, Dec. 2), that there is no “reef-safe” sunscreen. But ...

North Korea’s weapons keep United States away

One could fill a few pages with rational explanations for why North Korea acts the way it does. First of all, a number of countries have nuclear weapons, including tiny, trouble-causing Israel. Of them all, only America has ever used such a weapon. More menacing to North Korea is America’s ...

Council chairman’s actions warrant investigation

I believe a special counsel should be appointed to look into Maui County Council Chairman Mike White. His recent attempts to block democracy and freedom of information represent a smoking gun. Voters deserve to know what is going on. White has banned all of Native Hawaiian Council Member ...

Columnist wrong regarding a lawyer’s first loyalty

An interesting choice of words in the Dec. 1 Maui News by syndicated libertarian columnist Andrew Napolitano, the ex-judge Fox News suspended for making unsubstantiated claims that British intelligence spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign at the request of then President ...

Pig population at Kealia Pond a cause for concern

Your article on feral pigs (Oct. 31) may have given the impression that the Kealia Pond refuge did not know the land they manage well enough to realize they had a pig problem until recently. As the refuge biologist, I saw pig signs increase in 2012. Trail camera videos showed large enough ...

Cosmetic companies lobby to kill Maui’s reefs

I’m disappointed in the Dec. 2 Maui News one-sided story about banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. These chemicals should never have been allowed in sunscreen without testing to demonstrate that they are safe for human health and the environment — as we now know they ...

Many homeless parking questions need answers

A letter in the Dec. 3 paper from a Wailuku writer supports a proposal by County Council Member Kelly King for a pilot program to make the South Maui Regional Park in Kihei exempt from the Maui law prohibiting people from sleeping in their cars. The purpose of this change is purportedly to ...

More instructions from civil defense would be helpful

If we are going to do this new sounding siren, then Maui County Civil Defense needs to come together to have the people practice a drill maybe once every six months or once a year to save lives and prevent ignorance on where to go and what to do. They have said we need to seek shelter in a ...

Work toward a car-sleeping plan that will be successful

The recently proposed pilot plan to open South Maui Community Park at night for car-sleeping brings up more questions than it answers. The Maui News article (Nov. 26) stated that the park-based program would cost nothing to start, but any program will most certainly have costs and consequences. ...

Unless leaders turn to prayer, plans will fail

As we hear the alert of an attack from North Korea on the national TV news, the sound of the alarm in Joel 2:1, 13 says it is close at hand. In history, our nation’s leaders carried their plans to God in prayer. But today, we have regarded prayer in our national life simply as a tradition. We ...

Wailuku River again will face Mother Nature’s wrath

I have noticed over the many years how Iao Stream is timid before becoming a raging Wailuku River. How the pohaku (stones) roll with the water. I assume if one were to paint a stone to follow its path, one would see it starts from the top and rolls and ends planted firmly to its present ...

South Maui deserves Whale Day at Kalama Park

It was hard enough when Pacific Whale abandoned the Whale Day event. Thankfully, Kevin Olson of savewhaleday.org stepped up to save it, but now Parks Director Ka‘ala Buenconsejo doesn’t want to allow the event in Kihei, where it has been for many years. How come all of a sudden Kihei is ...

Put overnight parking for homeless at police station

Letting the homeless use our parks at night is not a good idea. Who’s to say they’ll stay in their cars? We already have drug use, beatings and murders happening in our public parks after hours. This will only add to the troubles the local police have to deal with after hours at our parks. ...

Hazardous material can’t be supported on island

In the past several weeks, abandoned cars have been left on the sides of roads in Haiku. One particular car had a visitor, two men (witnessed), who then left barrels of oil with taped lids, which were not hauled away with the car. Over a week’s time, lids were removed and the oil spilled ...

If Trump still worked for NBC he would’ve been fired

While building walls, defending statues, banning immigrants, threatening countries, attacking football players, tweeting basketball fathers and name-calling his political opponents, our controversial “moron-in-chief” is masterfully hiding his dirty laundry and other unpleasant ...

Poor repair to South Kihei Road causes significant jolt

Unbelievable. Less than two weeks after a portion of South Kihei Road near Azeka Place was repaved, a 4-by-4-foot access hole has been cut into the new surface for some reason and then very poorly repaired. This causes a significant jolt as you drive over this recently and briefly smooth new ...

Sunscreen’s synthetic estrogen affects reefs

Let’s weigh in on the proposed countywide “toxic sunscreen” bill to restrict the sale and use of personal care products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. It’ll be fun, and here’s why it’s important! The two chemicals have been around since the 1970s and they act like ...

Remarkable people make Maui magical

It was good to see a Nov. 28 letter writer enjoying stories about local people and also his description of Maui as the greatest place on Earth — a phrase I often used in my 10 years writing columns for Lahaina News. I’ve captured stories of some 60 people who appeared in my column and now ...

Understanding the rules of game enhances enjoyment

Like half of you I absolutely love watching football. I am thankful for fast forward which allows me to save time and not have to watch commercials, penalties and timeouts. I know the other half of you range from people who just like football to my ex-wife who thought it was just a bunch of ...