Letters to the Editor

Hirono is supposed to serve the people, not spew hubris

Lazy Mazie keeps shooting herself in the foot with voters, but after the last election no one seems to care. In her new rant, Sen. Hirono claims Democrats have a hard time “connecting” with voters because of how smart Democrats are, and that they know so much. This coming from a public ...

Get the facts about Paia Inn and Paia Inn Cafe

Judge E. John McConnell took the time to inspect all matters and do a site inspection to review our application and recommended we be fully permitted as we meet the seven required criteria (The Maui News, Nov. 29). The county has already permitted other TVRs in the commercial district of Paia. ...

We should now refer to the left as the Progressive Party

It appears the Democrat Party is dead. It took its last breath during the Obama administration. We should now refer to the left as the Progressive Party. What is the difference? The Progressive Party is under full control of the left media, Hollywood, Silicon Valley and other wealthy ...

Please respect community when lighting fireworks

In regard to firework usage, please respect the community this holiday season and remember your neighbors are people who have pets, small children, children who go to school and people who work early in the morning. The loud noises from illegal fireworks keep children and adults up at night and ...

Music should be a powerful teaching tool in our schools

When I started nonprofit arts work on Maui about 22 years ago I found that Hawaii, like the rest of the country, de-prioritized music in the schools. So, my nonprofit tried to help remedy the situation with music lessons in the public elementary schools. The argument we often heard was that ...

Locals and visitors need to embrace gift of reading

As an author it was good to see your Nov. 29 editorial on the gift of reading. These days it is unclear whether locals read books. Visitors certainly do to their advantage. On Kaanapali Beach the good news is that a majority of those sunbathing are reading paperbacks. You can also see a ...

The death of George H.W. Bush and the end of civility

The Dec. 4 Maui News contains a story about the passing of George H. W. Bush. The headline reads, “Republicans lament Bush’s death as the end of ‘a culture of civility.’ ” Really? Are these the same Republicans who nominated, elected and continue to defend Donald Trump? Do they ...

Some thoughts as we say aloha to POTUS 41

As we say aloha to POTUS 41, an incredibly accomplished public servant, and as we listen to his many well-deserved eulogies, I can’t help but wonder who will eulogize POTUS 45. I know it will be very short and fact-checkers will be listening. Jeff Bigler Wailuku

Solar project must be moved away from humans, homes

The huge 200-acre solar power plant planned for South Maui may be a good idea but there is more to the story. The project is almost as large as Maui Meadows and its 49,000 panels, humming as they constantly swerve toward the sun, would be jammed very near homes. Many elements of this proposal ...

Some facts about scientific studies of greenhouse effect

Although he was not the first to suggest the greenhouse effect, John Tyndall, in 1859, created the instrumentation to demonstrate and measure the ability of various gases to absorb heat. In his words, “Thus the atmosphere admits the entrance of the solar heat; but checks its exit, and the ...

Remedy to help vulnerable residents being overlooked

Has a remedy to help our most vulnerable residents during a housing crisis been overlooked? I inquired of the county if there were any incentives being offered to property owners on Maui to rent to qualified HUD recipients. The answer? No, there isn’t. No tax credits? Nothing? Nope. Why? ...

Crosswalks needed on Keawe Street

Since the opening of the bypass from Olowalu to Keawe Street, the amount of cars flowing through Keawe Street has been very high. However, this is a common area for pedestrians to walk to and from the Lahaina Gateway center so it has become dangerous for them to cross the street. Currently, ...

Supreme Court win not being addressed properly and legally

A Nov. 29 writer suggests “giving back” the water rights to Hawaiians as a solution to our islands’ water woes. I have a better suggestion: Let’s abide by the U.S. Supreme Court victory by Ed Kaiwi & Eric Kanakaole vs. United States and return the water rights and mineral rights won ...

Nano Membrane Toilet could solve our cesspool problem

Cranfield University in the U.K. states that the Nano Membrane Toilet “converts human waste to water and ash.” “Urine will pass through the membrane chambers and pure water will pass out of the hollow membrane fibers. . . . Pathogen-free water will be stored (in the reservoir) for either ...

Natural gas can supplement shortfalls of solar energy

The affordability of solar power continues to generate daytime savings for consumers. While I as a Coloradan embrace our 300 days of sunshine, I prefer to spend the remaining 65 days basking in the Maui sunshine. As Hawaii builds its solar power arsenal, consumers need to recognize the ...

Creating utopian society called Mauitopia will be challenging

Do you remember floppy or flexible disks which were used to store information? (On Microsoft Word it is the icon which saves your document located near the top left of the screen.) They could hold up to a whopping 2 megabytes of data. As vice president of engineering of a Silicon Valley ...

Seeking a balance between socialism and capitalism

Few will deny capitalism breeds greed. This is apparent in the latest moves by “Generous Motors,” a key player in the U.S. economy, to close four North American automotive plants and leave nearly 15,000 people without jobs. The elite and/or financially well off dare not take a loss in ...

Lincoln’s time can’t be compared to Trump’s

After reading the Nov. 25 Letters section, I must take exception to two of the views. One is the reader comparing Trump and Lincoln. Those were very different times. A case in point is the second letter where the reader blames the GOP for Trump’s behavior. May I ask where are the Democrats ...

Council needs to take up issue of clerks’ raises

I have never learned more about the political process than I have working on the County of Maui Clerical Repricing Committee for the past five years. Our committee had to reroute more than a handful of times to get the required paperwork and signatures for County of Maui BU-03 and BU-04 raises, ...

New tennis shot called ‘the scoop’ documented

The sport of tennis has been played for over 150 years. One of the last tennis shots invented by an American player was the swinging volley, claimed by shot-making artist John McEnroe in the 1980s, recommended for only advanced players. I dubbed my shot simply as “the scoop.” It is an ...