Letters to the Editor

Voting by mail would save money, increase turnout

Sometimes doing what makes sense allows everyone to win. The Office of Elections estimates that all of us voting by mail would save taxpayers $800,000. Furthermore, a study by the League of Women Voters (see www.lwv-hawaii.com/votebymail.htm) found that voter turnout would increase ...

Trump’s failed health care plan a relief for our kupuna

It’s time to give our president a little credit. To those of you who are still reading this, do you remember when Obamacare was denounced for “death panels” because it provided for end-of-life counseling for the elderly? Trump’s replacement plan does a much better job of taking care ...

New governance system would improve airports

Tourism plays a major role in our island economy. With visitor numbers steadily on the rise, it’s our kuleana as a community to ensure that each visitor has the best experience possible when visiting our island. Hawaii’s 15-airport system is critical to serving our residents and ...

Change laws regarding the murder of pregnant women

Having just watched the sentencing of the murderer Steven Capobianco, I urge our state Legislature, particularly Sen. Rosalyn Baker and Rep. Kaniela Ing, to change the laws regarding the murder of pregnant women. What I read on the internet is that a “fetal” heartbeat can be detected as ...

Visitor offended by column about tourism

I have just finished reading the March 24 column from Ben Lowenthal (“The State of Aloha”) regarding tourists to the State of Hawaii. I cannot help but feel offended by what he had to say about all these tourists coming in, using up housing, creating a housing crisis and causing traffic ...

Why is it ‘noble’ to inflict pain on our loved ones?

Why is it that we cannot show the same love and compassion to our dying loved ones that we do to our pets? Why is it so “noble” to inflict all that suffering and pain on them? Just so they can “live” longer? You tell me what is so noble about seeing someone you love reduced to an ...

PCA will host its first benefit golf tournament

The Pukalani Community Association invites the community to join us in our first Pukalani Community Association Golf Tournament on April 29 at the Pukalani Country Club. Experience this beautiful golf course and help us raise funds for the Junior Golf Program at the Pukalani Country Club. All ...

Kuleana land practices mirror Levitical law

The prophecy of Queen Lili‘uokalani is relevant to today’s land issues of quiet title/quit-claims. She compares the U.S. overthrow to treacherous people who acquire land through wicked ways, which God avenges in due time. “Oh, honest Americans, hear me for my downtrodden people! With ...

Publish nationally syndicated columnists who are credible

No doubt there are myriad nationally syndicated columnists this paper could choose from for its Sunday Opinion page. But the March 26 choice of Andrew Napolitano is baffling. This is the guy suspended from Fox News for fabricating that British intelligence conspired with President Barack ...

Treat dogs well and enjoy the love they give back

We read recently in The Maui News about some legislation which would attempt to limit the cruel practice of chaining dogs up for extended periods. Pass or not, we know that laws are one thing here and enforcement is sorely lacking. Let’s take it upon ourselves, with or without regulations, to ...

If you still use Roundup, find a safe alternative

Recently my daughter and I took a ride to Ulupalakua. Along the mauka side of the road, the rock walls have been uncovered, revealing their beauty. Cows were grazing nearby. My daughter said she had been up that way a few weeks before and had seen the walls. We started to wonder why there ...

Gov. Ige’s interests are focused on Oahu

A March 26 letter suggested that those who want the Haleakala Trail opened should contact the governor of Honolulu, David Ige, to demand action. Why? Has not the governor of Oahu shown where his interests are focused exclusively? Has he not shown his lack of interest in Maui’s hospitals, ...

Set ground rules for Democrat cooperation

So, the Republicans have conceded they lack the ability to craft and pass any kind of meaningful legislation and now, per Lindsey Graham, Reince Priebus et al., they’d like the Democrats to lend a hand. Fine with me, but we need a few ground rules: 1. Any proposal to repeal the ACA must ...

Equal Pay Act of 1963 in dire need of an update

On Tuesday, April 4, people across the United States will observe Equal Pay Day, a national day of action to combat the gender pay gap. Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. This means women on average have to work ...

Intent of Constitution regarding war, armies

Neil Gorsuch claims he is an originalist interpreter of the U.S. Constitution. He says he believes any application of the Constitution must consider original intent. What did the authors of the Constitution mean when they said, in Article I, Section 8, Clause 11: “Congress shall have power ...

Mainstream media have treated Trump harshly

A March 22 letter includes: “In the meantime, media walk delicately around Trump.” Please permit me to disagree. The mainstream media have been beating up Trump for over two years. No delicate treatment there. However, a real life example of “media walk delicately around” is the ...

Donald Trump’s didoes speak for themselves

President Trump provoked a rare public dispute with America’s closest ally after his White House aired an unsubstantiated claim that Britain’s spy agency, GCHQ, had secretly eavesdropped on his tower. Comment unnecessary. Donald’s didoes speak for themselves. David L. Florence Haiku

Liquor Department decision is a fiasco

Oh great, now all the homeless alcoholics can buy alcohol 24 hours a day. That will certainly improve the quality of life for the rest of us on Maui, especially the police and ambulance personnel. And if you believe that, you believe there is still swampland for sale in the desert. That ...

Closing golf course would be a shame

After reading the March 22 letter on Waiehu Golf Course, I thought I would add my two cents. The writer is spot on. Our county parks do not pay for themselves nor do our county pools and beaches. I think we would be hard pressed to find many parks such as these anywhere in the U.S. which pay ...