Use kindness while working toward reconciliation

We would like to address the many letters that have been written in recent months concerning Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. We have visited Maui for 30 years and moved here permanently 10 years ago.

We love Maui. Most of the newer residents also love Maui. Our concern is that people move to Maui and then want to change Maui.

We are saddened by the division we hear, especially concerning sugar cane burning. We believe that “united we stand, divided we fall.” Let’s talk, come together, be zealous about kindness and work toward reconciliation.

Albert Schweitzer said, “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” Therefore, we dug deeper into the situation and learned much.

HC&S has been operating for 125 years, providing employment, being a good steward, caring for the land and generously giving in many ways to our Maui community. It gives financially to local charities, uses local vendors and is energy self-sufficient, even providing 6 percent of Maui’s energy to Maui Electric Co. It is a supplier of water to the county.

Air quality on Maui meets federal Clean Air Act standards. The American Lung Association recognizes Maui as one of the nation’s cleanest counties for air quality.

HC&S is truly concerned about being a positive partner for Maui yesterday, today and tomorrow. Let’s come together in harmony and peace and talk kindly.

Joe and Gail Mitchell