Letters to the Editor

Motorists, pedestrians get green light at same time

The other day I witnessed an accident about to happen. The traffic light turned green, allowing vehicles to turn both right from Makawao Avenue and left onto Old Haleakala Highway. At the same time the pedestrians were given the green light to cross. A very young family was crossing: mother, ...

Not free, proud or brave; we are divided and falling fast

A June 11 letter writer thinks we should honor veterans this July 4. I think we should put down the fireworks and pick up a copy of the Patriot Act and have a good read. As far as our veterans and active military, we need to ask then why they do not defend us from domestic enemies as we are not ...

Tourism marketing budget needs to be dropped to zero

In an online publication, a Haiku writer offers the most compelling argument I’ve seen for curtailing tourism. She says, “I’ve watched this place change rapidly in as little as three years through a detrimental wave of overtourism that has completely overtaken us to transform this ...

County Council proposes biggest budget in history

Hey, Mister Mayor, it’s not the biggest yearly Maui County budget “lately.” It’s the biggest yearly Maui County budget ever. And where, my county councilors, will all those $850 million dollars come from? Oh yeah, you are raising taxes and fees on us again to pay for all your ...

Observations shared after reading entire Mueller report

I have just finished reading the Mueller report in its entirety. It wasn’t easy and it’s obvious the vast majority won’t read it. Written for and to the Justice Department, not for the general public, but it should be released to us and to Congress in its unredacted form with all the ...

Tips to keep hikers from getting lost

Recently I spent two days searching for Amanda Eller and felt personally engaged with the many people in the Maui community who pulled together looking for her. We are greatly relieved that she has been rescued and will recover. As an aftermath of her rescue, many ideas have been put forth ...

Longtime AYSO referee will be missed

I write to share a few words about a wonderful man who recently passed away, Mike Beyersdorf. Years ago, when I first became Kihei AYSO’s referee administrator, I asked Mike if he would consider volunteering to referee some games for us. He asked me, “What time are the games?” I ...

Unknown costs make dorm rehab a bad idea

The June 8th Maui News article shows the folly of leaping before looking; all in the name of appearing to do something. The need for affordable housing on Maui is extreme and I very much applaud both the council and administration for making it a priority. But that doesn’t justify spending ...

Viewpoint regarding injection well lawsuit was misleading

Kyle Ginoza’s viewpoint (The Maui News, May 31) was blatantly misleading and a perfect example of the mindset that has led Maui County to pollute the ocean and reefs makai of the Lahaina sewage plant for decades. Contrary to his claim that the county’s appeal will not gut the federal ...

Writer’s troubles a direct result and gift of 9/11

I had a chuckle at the June 2 letter about a woman renewing her driver’s license and how “it’s not very funny” and she felt sorry for anyone having to “go through this.” Well, letter writer, your troubles are a direct result and gift of 9/11, and to be on the receiving end of the ...

A means for persons lost to find their way home

As stated in The Maui News article of June 2, there is an interest by the family in providing cameras for dangerous areas of the forest where Amanda Eller got lost. I would want to suggest perhaps a more cost-effective solution of placing monuments indicating where you are, and east, west, ...

Thoughts about ‘death doulas’ and the Maui County Council

Why, all of a sudden, is every fourth white woman on Maui a “death doula” — a self-professed modern-day “saint” who helps people pass on to the other side? When did this become “a thing?” Our local government may be criminally negligent regulating things like the booming ...

Prayers have rescued us to endure prison ministry

Prayers of encouragement have rescued us to endure these last 36 years of prison ministry in all facilities. Truly a family that prays together stays together. Trust and believe God for his divine intervention. “We know that the Lord has set apart His faithful servants for Himself (Psalm 4: ...

Great attitude by Amanda Eller is inspiring

I do not know Amanda Eller. Like many people on Maui and around the world, I watched her harrowing story of being lost in the Makawao forest for 17 days. I saw her interview after she was found. Her great attitude made me proud to call myself a Maui resident. I try to live with an attitude of ...

More cars equal more traffic and frustration

Anyone driving has noticed a vast increase in traffic and long lights along with a traffic jam. The problem is too many vehicles. The solution is not more roads. Oahu built more roads. Turn on the 5 o’clock news and see five to six lanes in both direction jammed or moving slowly. Accidents ...

Meetings requested regarding fireworks

Several weeks ago I sent an email to all nine of our County Council members. In that email I expressed my concerns that rampant fireworks violations continue to plague our county and requested an in-person meeting with each of them. Since I personally suffered extensive damage to my home last ...

Biden is the Democrat able to beat Trump

Why I Support Joe Biden: It’s simple — Joe Biden is the Democrat most able to beat Trump. Of the 20-odd declared Democrat candidates, Biden is the only one focusing on the No. 1 problem facing our nation: the malignance occupying the White House and the absolute need to remove it. It ...

A stronger infrastructure will help protect us from storms

“I’m not asking what you intend to do. I’m asking what are you doing?” One can say natural disasters are the devil in disguise, but we can prepare to meet the devil on our own terms right here on Maui if we start now to protect against the rapidly approaching climate-related events on ...

Comprehensive evaluation of Lahaina injection well lawsuit

I was impressed and informed by the former director of Environmental Management’s comprehensive evaluation of the Lahaina injection well lawsuit in a recent Viewpoint (The Maui News, May 31). Anyone who thinks withdrawing the county’s appeal from the U.S. Supreme Court is a good idea is ...