Letters to the Editor

Lawmakers applauded for action on cannabis

Big mahalo to our compassionate state Legislature for listening to the patients in readjusting the draconian medical cannabis program enacted by our Department of Health by maintaining the caregiver and increasing the legal amounts of plants and medicine a patient is allowed.

The caregiver is crucial for maintaining medical access for disabled, the elderly and the housebound. The terrible cutoff proposed by the Department of Health plainly to force all into their dispensaries has been extended, possibly permanently. The cutoff is especially dreadful for those that rely on the free medicine the caregiver program provides because of poverty. The plant amount increase and the other revisions help the program’s sustainability. Your care for the these unfortunates is commendable.

Yes, we cannabis.

Joseph Morairty



Is winning proving tiresome for Trump?

I have a rhetorical question for the bombastic nincompoop currently masquerading as our nation’s president. I am sure he can find someone in his posse of sycophants to tell him what rhetorical means. This question should also be asked of the 60 million-plus enablers he duped into voting for him with his lies and hate speech.

The question is: Are you tired of winning yet?

Richard L. Rost



Comedy program is no place to get real news

Trevor Noah’s May 25th performance in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater will be a great opportunity for liberals to mock President Donald Trump while feeling a fake sense of social justice and indignation.

Noah’s cable program, “The Daily Show,” is considered actual news by many. Getting news from a comedy program on the cable network Comedy Central is actual fake news.

Feeling outrage at Trump while sleeping through eight years of wars under the Obama administration may be funny to Noah, but it is not funny to me.

Jeffrey McCammack



Cattle ranching will be ruinous for Maui

We love the paradise called Maui, but we won’t return to visit if the horror of another cattle ranch continues.

It is deplorable to turn a beautiful place on Earth into a place of distress, horror and deception as is cattle ranching.

For all the good human beings do on planet Earth, we deserve to see and enjoy places of sheer delight and beauty — as Maui has been when not a place of bloodshed with whaling and now with raising and killing cows.

Direct the future toward peace, content and nonviolence and “Make Maui Beautiful” again.

Suzy Johnson

Kittery, Maine


Mayor can’t hide from W. Maui’s traffic woes

Twice this month, Mayor Alan Arakawa has pointed the finger at the state Department of Transportation as the cause of West Maui’s traffic woes, but not once has he or his administration taken responsibility for the fact that county government has allowed significant amounts of development in the area without regard for the lack of adequate roadway infrastructure to support it, even in the face of West Maui’s community plan that requires, as do all plans, development to proceed in concert with available infrastructure.

“We are one disaster away from having an entire community trapped without medical care, food and supplies,” writes the mayor (“Our County,” May 19). Yes, and he, who is in his third term as mayor, is responsible for allowing this dangerous situation to arise.

Mark Hyde



Trump reflects badly on school he attended

My criticism, God help us, is admittedly petty, but it is something that really drives me crazy.

How does the administration of the Wharton School of Business feel about what was its prestigious reputation? President Donald Trump’s truly awful use of the English language must have school officials hiding in the bushes with Sean Spicer.

Did Trump learn his communication skills from this school? He has consistently bragged of attending there. Did he graduate or just attend?

Marlene Rea


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