Letters to the Editor

Skill Village community has epic New Year’s party

We live in Skill Village, a polyglot of intermingling ethnicities and cultures. We have a contingency of special needs adults living in our neighborhood and working local farms. We have a bunch of foster kids adopted into families, and plenty of roaming teens we all look out for. One of our ...

Demise of sugar creates opportunity for hiking trails

Maui needs many more hiking trails for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike. With the demise of the sugar industry, is anyone working on opening up some of the beautiful areas that have heretofore been off limits to hikers? This should be a priority given the dearth of good trails on ...

To whom could the pope be directing his comments?

On the front page of the Jan. 7 Maui News we saw two articles — juxtaposed and with no little irony. One featured Pope Francis, in his Epiphany remarks, calling for the personal resistance to arrogance, as well as to the thirst for power and riches. The other article featured our ...

We must move nationwide to outlaw tobacco smoking

I agree with the Jan. 5 editorial applauding Hawaii for requiring smokers to be 21. But the editorial was much the same we’ve heard since the 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking. The most important finding since that landmark report is that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco ...

Several questions for mayoral candidates

To our mayoral candidates we extend the following challenges: 1. Solve the serious problem we have with illegal fireworks bravely and openly being available. 2. Limit the number of rental cars available. 3. Evaluate the contributions that the private schools offer Maui. Maui would ...

Is America bordering on moral darkness?

“This tax plan is going to hurt me badly!” (Trump). Hmmm! No tax return yet. How will “we” the people ever know how hurtful? (Doonesbury). The investigated Trump, a Republican, fired the investigator, also a Republican! Was Comey’s duty to country too zealous? The new investigator, ...

Voters need to make their thoughts known

It should be the voters’ decision. Approximately four months ago a contingent of Maui residents met with Yuki Lei Sugimura, County Council member chairing the Policy, Economic and Agricultural Committee, to present documentation on the benefits of a professional county manager/managing ...

Mayor Arakawa should bring water director back

Mayor Alan Arakawa should allow qualified engineer Dave Taylor go back to work as our director of the Department of Water Supply. The County Council has voted to reinstate him, citizens have testified in favor of him, the mayor has brought forward no evidence of any wrongdoing on Taylor’s ...

Homeowner requests return of stolen items

This appeal is to the person who entered my home on Dec. 15, 2017, between the hours of 5 and 10 p.m. and took some items of great sentimental value to my family and me. I appeal to you, to your kind and empathetic heart, to please return these items to us. I appeal to your kind heart because I ...

Maher’s vulgarities not appreciated

After leaving the Jan. 2 MACC performance of comedian, political commentator and television host Bill Maher, all I wanted to do was go home and take a shower. I’m well aware of Maher’s sarcastic, scathing and at times hilarious shtick and I agree with him politically 99.9 percent of the ...

Being a leader is not a popular job

It may come true. Many Republicans and Democrats were rumored to say that it would be a cold winter when Mr. Trump becomes president. Many on Maui are complaining about the cold. President Trump has heated up the world. “Global Warming.” “Climate change.” He’s doing his job, good ...

Explanations given to global warming questions

I am not a $400-an-hour researcher, but I'm more than happy to answer some of the global warming questions of a writer to this newspaper (Letters, Jan. 4). He asked why increased warming doesn't result in an increase in evaporation of the ocean becoming rain and snow. It does. He also ...

Certain individuals not being held accountable

Nothing happens! I don’t know about you folks, but I’m so sick of all these investigations, hearings, special councils, this person and that person looking into all the lying, misconduct and downright selling out America and all that happens in nothing! When was the last time anyone ...

Videos could change tune of Trump haters

Search “Q Anon” related videos on YouTube for knowing what is happening in politics. Trump haters may eventually change their tune. Bill Pfeil Kaunakakai

Legislature could curtail illegal fireworks importation

Well, we made it through another New Year’s. Two of our three dogs were terrified the entire night, and one had to be medicated. We probably should have medicated the other one as well. I see post after post on social media here about lost animals frightened by the fireworks. No one is ...

Thermal energy research development needed

The article on the beaches sites a study, U.N., which limits the sea rise to 3¢ feet. I believe this assumption is conservative. The U.S. estimates were between 3 to 6 feet (on .gov). We are spending billions to go to the moon and Mars when what we need to do is spend money on developing ...

Inspire others with passion to create a better place

People, it is time to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. Let us rebuild families, end conflicts, remove racial divides and political dysfunctions. God honored me in my 32 years of volunteering in a “God-sent mission to the Cross” in honesty and devotion. Let us inspire others ...

Explanations sought on global warming questions

Regarding global warming, can some $400-an-hour researcher explain to me why increased warming doesn’t result in an increase in evaporation of the ocean becoming rain and snow? Can someone say Erie, Pa.? Hasn’t that been the natural balance since day one? Russ Van Moppes Kihei

Align U.S. strategic mission to benefit U.S. citizens

The Department of Defense prepares a Quadrennial Defense Review to articulate the strategic direction for its “ways, means, and ends.” The Armed Forces could implement “Roosevelt’s New Deal” concepts to create jobs, invest in public works, provide civic uplift and promote ...

KCA announces general membership meeting

Happy New Year to all from the Kihei Community Association. What is happening for the new year in south Maui? KCA kicks off the new year with the largest board of directors in a decade with a mix of old and new blood. And we are off and running with a public meeting on the third Tuesday, Jan. ...