Letters to the Editor

Kaanapali project would only worsen traffic woes

I am writing to express my concern about the proposed project to revitalize the Kaanapali golf course.

It seems obvious that West Maui cannot accommodate any further development that adds more traffic to our already clogged highway. Obviously, this project would increase traffic. In fact, the only developments that might not add to our self-inflicted traffic nightmares are affordable rental units (in perpetuity, please) since they actually might allow workers to live close to their jobs rather than commute over the pali.

No other development should be allowed until we find a solution to the traffic, which has gotten so bad that it does not even take an accident or a fire to back up through Lahaina town and back to Maalaea. Commuting is a nightmare and Maui will never be voted “Best Island in the World” again if our visitors spend a good part of their valuable time on Maui stuck in traffic.

I realize that some county employees might be in favor of the golf course project since their retirement fund is so heavily invested in this project, but it cannot be that the pensions of state employees are financed with no regard to what it will do to our beautiful island.

Chris Weininger

Kahana

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Trump’s winners are making America great

I have an answer for the May 24 letter writer who refers to our president as a bombastic nincompoop. The answer is no, we are never tired of winning.

The only bombastic nincompoops are the losers who refuse to face reality.

Another thing, now Trump supporters are being referred to as enablers? Wow, last week we were deplorable. But I’m sure someone will come up with a new one in between diaper changes.

Yes, the winners are making America great again, and the leftist losers and their socialist agenda are losing their minds. God, I love this country.

Barry Kevin Winston

Kihei

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A different view of Baldwin homeless camp

I read the May 24 article and, as one of those 100 that were camped at Baldwin Beach, I want to share my perspective.

The article seems to emphasize Mainlanders and trash.

I’ve been in Hawaii since 1969, arriving in Kauai at 2 years old, raised by my hanai local dad. My campsite was clean, tidy and safe. So it wasn’t just a bunch of druggie, litter-prone malahini encamped at Baldwin.

I had a great two months spent on Baldwin Beach. Mahalo nui loa, Maui County, from the heart. Thank you, Jesus.

This kamaaina escaped Honolulu, camped Baldwin, got baptized, got sober, got a great job. And now, with the help of a local church group, I am on my way to getting a new home.

So proving to the prejudiced minds that all Maui’s housing-challenged folk are not merely lazy good-for-nothing Mainland druggies.

A little help really can go a long way. I will be forever grateful. Love you, Maui braddahz and seestahz.

Mike Paukua

Kahului

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Planning needed now to deal with global warming

This summer’s three potentially destructive king tides in Hawaii were explained in the news as a combination of 2015’s El Nino temporarily raising Hawaii’s sea level and gravitational pull.

The May 23 article made me ask: Is there any magnified effect from global warming? It wasn’t mentioned. Prove me wrong, scientists, please. The added threat of global warming seems assuredly real. In time, king tides on top of rising seas will only continue to strengthen.

Which summons another question: When do we call out the elephant in the room — before or after a crisis? Global warming data overwhelmingly exist. Meantime, politicians, particularly conservatives, shortsightedly deny facts while scientists sound consensus alarm.

Ironically, if our world — even locally, if Hawaii — denies data too long, costs will be much greater. In a super tide destruction event, Hawaii politicians will likely seek federal government assistance to shore up sea level roadways, facilities and oceanfront homes. Patchwork.

Yet, we could have planned ahead as a state, as a nation, as a world. We could right now implement new inland roadways, prohibit further building on seashores, plan to divert agriculture to new temperate climates and more aggressively and quickly implement clean energy locally and worldwide.

The human, environmental and economic costs of implementing prevention would be much less ahead of upheaval. World resource chaos, environmental depletion and continually patching disasters through hindsight are costs too great to even imagine.

Kelli Lundgren

Kihei

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