Letters to the Editor

Lesson of college debt forgiveness

I am just amazed at how we coddle our kids and fail to teach them financial responsibility through life. Now the government is trying to implement a program of debt forgiveness for college loans taken out by students. Now, wait a minute — isn’t that why it’s called a loan in the first ...

Oceans are filling up with plastic

Scientific research shows that our oceans are filling up with plastic. On Maui, we see it for ourselves. A recent CNN video about Midway Island shows piles of plastic garbage and albatross carcasses filled with plastic. Fish, monk seals and birds ingest toxic plastic. Tiny plastic particles are ...

Let’s seek and stand for a real change

Harsh realities and truths are being unveiled today. With the election of Trump as president, America has shown the world that racism, sexism and homophobia can be disregarded to “rebuild” the privileges America fights to maintain. To accept racism, sexism and homophobia shows how rooted it ...

All votes should count in presidential election

Presidential candidates will focus on states that have the most electoral votes where they make their promises if elected. California (55), Texas (38), New York (29), Florida (29), Illinois (20) and Pennsylvania (20), also Georgia (16), Michigan (16), Ohio (18), North Carolina (15). Hawaii is ...

Thankful for the Electoral College

While some would argue against continued use of the Electoral College, I for one am grateful that the Electoral College prevented a single state — California — from determining who our next president would be. As one letter to the editor so succinctly pointed out, our Founding Fathers ...

Things may get out of control with Trump

The two things that concern me the most about our new president-elect is that he may change or destroy our planet by ignoring climate change and starting a nuclear war, which would be catastrophic. I guess the best thing we can do is try to enjoy one day at a time as things may get out of ...

Take another look at how we choose electors

Once again, people bemoan the Electoral College and call for its elimination. I find it an ingenious solution to preventing the mob rule inherent in pure democracies yet providing an opportunity for The People to voice their will over vast areas. One only needs read the writings of our founders ...

This election represents the height of hypocrisy

Does anyone else think this election represents the height of hypocrisy? Complaining that Obama failed to accomplish enough in eight years when McConnell promised from day one to do everything possible to assure he’d be a “one-term president,” as in “approve nothing?” Well, we ...

Consider term limits for housing board members

For the past 15 years the residents of Ka Hale a Ke Ola Resource Center for the Homeless and Hale Makana public housing have not had seats on the KHAO board of directors. I feel strongly that it is time we looked at term limits for the KHAO/Hale Makana board members in addition to adding seats ...

We are blessed to vote in historic election

In March of this year, prior to the primary election, I wrote a letter to The Maui News, “Parties have formed independent groups,” regarding two independent groups that were formed within the two major parties: Democrat: “ABC = Anybody But Clinton;” Republican: “ABT = Anybody But ...

Closing of mill merits a community ceremony

Our community will soon say farewell to a faithful old servant and witness the end of a major part of our history. I’m referring to the mill at Puunene. The mill has helped shape our community for decades and provided employment to generations of our people. I hope we will say “aloha” ...

New park rule makes it hard for locals to gather

As a high school student, my friends and I would often decide on a whim to drive up to Haleakala to see the sunrise. When we would all be back during winter and summer vacations, this tradition was something that kept our friendship together. While I do understand the need for the new ...

Council working on solutions to alleviate our housing crisis

Recent conversations about the application process for affordable housing projects have highlighted the importance of education and options for first-time homebuyers. Concerns centered around the fact that certain developers have provided short lists of developer-approved lenders that buyers ...

One nationality holds the country together

The time for unity is certainly now at hand. Firstly and most importantly, we are Americans as a nationality. Secondly, we possess an identity ethnically, religiously or by political choice. Sharing one nationality regardless of ethnicity and religion or original birthplace or politics is the ...

Sometimes sour grapes can come in bunches

It began as a Facebook post by defeated County Council candidate Trinette Furtado, defaming the character and questioning council members’ integrity for selecting leadership before the start of their new term. Immediately, four letters to the editor appeared with same message. An inquiry on ...

Another unsolicited political lecture

Another day, another unsolicited political lecture: “Trump not the only one to raise presidential fears” (Letters, Nov. 25). And the upshot? The correspondent’s fears for the Obama years were “genuine,” whereas other people’s fears about Trump are “fake.” Please. Matthew ...

Nowhere near half the country chose Trump

Really? This is the best you could do to raise our hearts and spirits on Thanksgiving Day? Of the four items in your letters on Nov. 24, two dealt with the results of the presidential election. One correspondent crows of God’s intervention on behalf of the candidate who spoke the truth. ...

Superdelegates let us practice our voting skills

What is this nonsense about a “popular” vote? We are a union of independent states. We enjoy our state sovereignty with limited interference from others. The presidential election was not contested in a number of states (Calif., Ore., Wash., etc.) as a candidate chose wisely not to fund a ...

The rights of the minority are protected in a republic

Our Founding Fathers wanted all of America to participate in the selection of our president. That is the bottom line reason for the Electoral College. The 15 most populous states have 65 percent of the population. The 15 most populous metropolitan areas contain 107 million people. If the ...

Obama took his party to brink of destruction

Over the past eight years, I have criticized Obama very harshly. But reflecting on his presidency, there is one thing that Obama has accomplished better than anyone else ever could. He has taken the Democratic Party to new lows and has them on the brink of destruction. Under his leadership, the ...