Letters to the Editor

Critics of Tulsi Gabbard’s trip should be challenged

Those who are criticizing Tulsi Gabbard for traveling to Syria to meet with religious leaders, community leaders, the political opposition and President Bashar Assad should be challenged to put forward their own solution to the devastating war in Syria. Is their solution for the U.S. to continue arming terrorist, jihadi “rebels” who are working directly under al-Qaida?

Assad never attacked the U.S., al-Qaida did. To support al-Qaida is treason and a direct affront to the over 5,000 members of our military who lost their lives in Iraq after 9/11.

The armchair critics need to accept there are two options for the U.S.:

1. Continue arming terrorists in Syria to overthrow that secular government or; 2. Stop arming terrorists in Syria and allow the people of Syria the chance to rebuild their country in peace.

John Harvey



‘Mauitopia,’ Doing what has never been done before

In a professional football game last year a kicker who had made 42 out of 44 extra points had to kick an extra point for his team to win the game. The odds would put it at over a 95 percent chance that he’d make it. Guess what happened? He missed. The game went into overtime and his team lost.

I have a dream of creating the ideal society of the future, or Mauitopia (see mauitopia.org). A society in which we would each do for work what we love to do. A society in which there would be no crime. And finally, a society in which we embrace the aloha spirit and take care of our brothers and sisters.

This kind of a society has never existed in a community our size. The odds would be against it happening.

We can learn from the kicker who didn’t give up. He will still kick extra points and will still have over a 95 percent success rate.

The odds for succeeding with a moonshot of creating Mauitopia may have a much lower chance of success. Don’t you want to go for it though?

I hope to become your mayor to help make Mauitopia happen. Having helped NASA as a project management consultant get the space station launched on time, I have some experience doing what’s never been done before. Will you please help?

Ori Kopelman



Establish requirements to be next education boss

The next superintendent of education should be a person who has a doctorate in education and at least 10 years’ experience as a teacher and as an administrator. He or she should also have in-depth knowledge about standardized tests. Please, no more political appointees!

Tom Hansen



‘Bizarro World’ is the opposite of expectations

In popular culture, “Bizarro World” has come to mean a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations.

Originally a normal planet, htraE is now cube-shaped. (Reason many think there is no global warming is because the “htraE” is cubed and not global.)

In the Bizarro World of “htraE” (“Earth” spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro Code, which states “Us do opposite of all Earthly things!” (Like facts, being the “alternative facts.” Like the sun sets when people get up and sun rises when people go to sleep.)

Originally a normal planet, “htraE” is now cube-shaped. (Earth revolves clockwise. The cube “htraE” revolves counterclockwise.)

Humpty Dumpty did not fall off the wall. The wall of Bizarro was built under it — 1,362 days, 21 hours, 37 minutes, 15 seconds and counting down to next election.

Michael Matoi



Put traffic solutions ahead of future development

I have been a Maui visitor for better than 25 years. Building more condos and time shares to bring more congestion on these limited roads makes no sense. When will there be a County Council that will have the fortitude to make the tough decisions that will keep Maui the great destination that it is?

I cannot imagine that locals are in the least bit happy with the horrendous traffic jams that engulf this entire island.

Not another building should be approved without a traffic solution. But then the tax revenue is too tempting for the government officials. Call someplace paradise you can kiss it goodbye.

Mike Herbert

Longmont, Colo.


3 books would comprise Trump’s presidential library

It seems ironic that President Trump defends a family clothing line made in China and wants to boycott Oreos made in Mexico.

I believe in four years, the presidential library will look like St. Petersburg with one shelf and three books: “The Art of the Deal,” “The Art of War” and “Animal Farm” because Kellyanne Conway is exactly like Squealer — the character whose job was to tell the animals that all animals are equal but some are more equal.

Tim Gunter