Letters to the Editor

Earth is all we have, let’s start thinking that way

If you are religiously oriented and easily offended, allow me to suggest reading no further. For those who wish to continue, be advised this is an opinion and is to be regarded as such. A Muslim preacher recently killed a Christian writer for sharing on social media a satirical caricature ...

Clear voting choices for County Council contests

On Nov. 8 Maui voters have clear choices: If you want gated subdivisions for mansions and weak community plans, vote for candidates supported by developers and construction unions: Don Couch, Mike White, Riki Hokama, Bob Carroll, Stacy Crivello, Dain Kane and Yuki Lei Sugimura. If you want ...

All Christians/Catholics should vote for Trump

Seven days before the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama proclaimed, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” The brunt of this transformation would involve using the power of government to erase Catholic moral influence from America. For ...

Which of the candidates is a God-loving person?

We vote very soon for our next president. Many of us have the same question: How should I vote? This discernment which I offer may be very helpful. Which of the candidates is a God-loving person? Who has demonstrated by their life to be a supporting spouse, a loving parent and a witness to ...

Trump is an affront to our American values

Donald Trump is to American values, traditions, standards of decorum and civility what the Taliban and ISIS have been to the priceless artifacts of ancient cultures — a callous, ruthless swath of destruction. To see his name hoisted on signs along Kaahumanu Avenue recently as the country ...

No need to look elsewhere; vote for Lynn DeCoite

My support is for Lynn DeCoite. In the brief amount of time in public office, she has achieved monumental undertakings for our District 13. Lynn is the example of assisting the community, volunteer work and hard work. Born and raised in Hawaii as a beneficiary and a community member, her love ...

First-time ‘Ohana candidates impressive

I have been able to speak to and hear in voter forums most of the first-time ‘Ohana Candidates Keani Fernandez, Shane Sinenci, Kelly King, Napua Greig-Nakasone, Trinette Furtado and Alika Atay. All are intelligent, thoughtful, well spoken, listen to constituents, work well with others and ...

How to vote if you want to eliminate cronyism

At the Kihei Community Association’s candidate forum held Oct. 18, one question put to the group was how citizens can combat cronyism in local government. Candidate Don Couch suggested the best way is to vote for a charter change that would give the County Council the ability to approve or ...

Voters lucky to have choice of Kelly King

Affordable housing, the future of agriculture and alternative energy are three very important and pressing issues on Maui today. Luckily for the voters, Kelly King, who has advocated for and had experience in all three, is running for the South Maui County Council seat. Kelly has been active in ...

Permanently pillory Hillary and throw away the key

WikiLeaks’ revelations have laid bare the sickening extent of influence buying, greed and corruption now permeating virtually every arm of our federal government. The IRS, FBI, justice and state departments and, most disgustingly, the duplicity of the executive branch have been exposed. The ...

Mike White deserves your vote this election

Mike White is an outstanding member of the Maui County Council. He has earned our admiration and appreciation. He is thoughtful and displays great character. He is most mindful that the tax dollars Maui residents pay are hard earned, and he spends them with great care. His business experience ...

Citizens must be watchful to protect community rights

It’s been obvious for years that the county’s planning process is broken. It became painfully clear with the Lanai plan update. As the proposed Lanai plan staggered through the council, a vigilant citizen discovered that the administration had, at the eleventh hour, inserted a paragraph ...

Vote against Maui ‘Ohana candidates

The election is right around the corner and many people are not sure about who to vote for as far as County Council and a couple of state House districts. I recommend that you pick up one of the flyers for the Maui ‘Ohana Candidates — they are easy to find. And if you are tired of the ...

Vote Napua Greig Nakasone for council

Isn’t it funny how everything Maui is known for — majestic mountains, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, waterfalls, tropical weather, white sandy beaches, whale watching, the arts, slower paced living, no major highways, less-ER traffic, surf, windsurfing — is a huge reason why people flock ...

Don Couch is a true community leader

After nearly four decades of direct involvement with the South Maui community, I’ve learned to appreciate a true community leader when I see one. Don Couch has been a sincere, hardworking, dedicated community leader since before he was elected to the Maui County Council. To get elected he ...

Medical-industrial complex another form of control

Rarely does anyone mention that most, if not all, of the American boys who go on shooting sprees, especially in schools, are either on antidepressant drugs or coming off of them. And we never are told what number of these children had been riddled with Ritalin earlier. We are also never told ...

We are the ones who shape our communities

Long after this election is over, Trump and Hillary will be still rich. Half of us will be able to claim we “won.” The other half will have four more years to say “that’s why I didn’t vote for ___.” Just remember we live in a different America than they do. We have to live, work ...

Public servant milks system for own gain

I am disheartened to hear that Don Couch, a public servant who should be held to the highest standards, has been gaming the system. Don bought and closed on a market-value home in Wailuku on March 22, 2007, for $595,900. Less than two months later, on May 4, 2007, he closed on an ...

One candidate is threat to today’s modern-day royalty

It is likely that many of you who are reading this believe that the current political contest is between Democrats and Republicans. Sadly, this is not the case. Many of the elites of both parties have united in their Washington fortress where they have formed alliances with the thousands of ...

Anti-Trump writers don’t have the guts for success

What do all anti-Trump letter writers have in common? They cannot state one positive thing about Hillary Clinton. They remind me of the kids in high school that would make jokes about the prom king behind his back because they knew deep down inside they never had the substance for any ...