Letters to the Editor

Maui’s society damaged due to lack of housing

The lack of affordable housing is having a very negative effect on Maui’s society. The results are young folks and native-born leaving the island as well as more homeless. In addition, working multiple jobs to support exceedingly high rents and mortgages impacts child rearing and family life negatively.

For affordable housing to occur there needs to be four most important major ingredients:

• The community actively supports larger-scale affordable development in their neighborhoods.

• The county will participate and provide necessary infrastructure, water, roadways, etc., so, that the housing can exist and not cause negative effects on localized resources.

• The path to permitting and project creation is simplified and understood. A step-by-step process that a developer can perform and what is expected is known from the onset. Conditions and requirements only add to the expense and time and raise the cost of housing proportionately.

• A developer with demonstrated capabilities regarding build-out and financing.

The county needs hundreds of new homes yearly simply to keep up with growth and family formation. If we truly want a home for our local residents and not more growth from Mainland buyers, we seriously must ask ourselves: “Will we commit to these necessary requirements wholeheartedly?” Or simply pay lip service to the cause.

Ray Phillips

Kihei

*****

Draining swamp starts with the White House

Mr. Trump has stated many times that the D.C. swamp needs to be drained. The drain plug is in the Oval Office and the stench is rising.

He’s apparently resistant to put his small hands into the muck, so the only alternative is to impeach.

Michael Nye

Maui Meadows

*****

Traffic: Replace lip service with solutions

I, like many who are faced with the prospect of extremely slow west side traffic on a daily basis, was pleased to see this problem addressed at length in The Maui News (May 14).

For all the good it will do, i.e., not much. I had suggested one solution in a letter to this paper a number of years ago, well before this problem got to critical. I said, in so many words, there needs to be a West Maui car rental facility built — not unlike the one now under construction in Kahului — so that all arriving visitors with west side lodging can only get to their rental cars from Kahului via bus. That alone would alleviate current and future traffic problems significantly.

But, there’s another possibility. Hire professional traffic control personnel and post them at the two most problematic Honoapiilani Highway intersections to control the signals there manually during peak periods. A human presence to control the frequency of those signals would speed things up considerably. And, if the cost of hiring pros is thought of as too costly, compared to the expense of a new or improved highway it would be a mere drop in the bucket.

Whatever, simply talking about it is of little use. Action is needed, and needed now.

Bruce Wheeler

Wailuku

*****

Predatory government taking shape in U.S.

President Donald Trump’s “Off with their heads!” reign in the White House has hard-pressed working Americans wondering how our sense of government has so abruptly turned from a perceived protective shield to one of predation.

“We are witnessing the rise of a predatory government, where we, as ordinary citizens, must guard our flanks against government or we will have no flank left to guard,” said a friend as we sat watching the sunset in Lahaina.

I agree. In an atmosphere reminiscent of Colonies back in 1776, I see the rank and file of fellow Americans beginning to form against an oppressive form of government.

As many remember from 5th-grade history the flagrant abuse of the Colonies by King George III cast an intolerable cloud of doom over the colonists and fired-up the American Revolution, which ultimately drove the half-mad British monarch into a final episode of insanity — believe it or not.

Martin DuPont

Makawao

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