Letters to the Editor

E-scooter companies want to invade Hawaii

It was a joy to walk on Maui walkways. No bicycles, scooters, skateboards or roller skates to dodge. Then I read that Bird e-scooters wants to invade Hawaii, bringing with it clogged sidewalks and bike lanes, hit- and-run injuries to pedestrians and riders. The companies (Bird and Lime) are ...

Child safety to and from new school a concern

We are thrilled with the opening of the new Kihei Charter School campus and give many thanks to Gene and Cheryl Zarro and many others for years of personal sacrifice enabling this campus come to fruition. The school now has nearly 600 students. As a mother of four children who walk and bike ...

Women aren’t the only ones subject to abuse

I just returned from 16 days on the Mainland and wasn’t able to see the letters to the editor, but I did see Sen. Mazie Hirono on TV telling men to “just shut up and step up.” When I did return I read a letter dated Oct. 21 where the writer addressed what women continue to have to put up ...

Use tax dollars to take care of our citizens first

Do you want your tax dollars to go to the caravan of 7,000 ? I don’t. Let me tell you where I want my tax dollars to go. There is a delightful Hawaiian girl who works full time, left college to raise her siblings and her 2-year-old son, gives back to the community by working to keep the ...

Wife’s license renewal a paperwork fool’s errand

What knucklehead decided we needed to prove our Hawaiian residency all over again to renew a driver’s license. I got through mine OK this summer but my wife is not so lucky. Despite getting her first Hawaii license in 1962, her renewal is a paperwork fool’s errand. Despite having a ...

Looking for potential farmers for open fields

The Oct. 21 article in The Maui News discussing state Rep. Lynn DeCoite’s assessment of agriculture in Hawaii was “spot on!” The fact that none of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) raised their hands when she asked the group how many would be farming in the future tells it all. Farming ...

Observations regarding Halloween in Lahaina

Ben Lowenthal’s review of the history of Halloween in Lahaina was great (“State of Aloha,” Oct. 19). I just have a few comments. 1. The Halloween crowd in Lahaina is probably the best behaved party crowd in America. Some day there may be an exception, but . . . 2. Yes, some ...

Trump found the official Saudi explanation ‘credible’

A journalist walks into a bar — no, wait, the journalist is Muslim, so not a bar. OK, the journalist walks into a consulate to file some marriage paperwork. He sees some dudes wearing earbuds with curly wires and figures. “These guys don’t look all that tough, and there are only 15 of ...

Surgeon made the world a better place

In mid-October, Maui lost a very vital citizen with the death of surgeon Sakae Uehara. He was 89 years old and is survived by his wife, Fume, and five children. His legacy is one of an abidingly humble, very thoughtful and gifted intellect caring for his family, his parents, the hospital ...

Welcome seabirds with dark skies

This is a special time for Maui Nui. Endangered seabirds return to breed in October, with many distracted by the nighttime lights of our South and West Maui shores. I’m writing to ask our community, our ohana, businesses and hotels to please consider reducing their light pollution during this ...

Young people leave Maui for a variety of reasons

One hears often that the high price of necessities on Maui drives the young people away from their families and to the Mainland. Certainly, the high cost of living here and the lack of good paying jobs contribute to the flight of vitality, enthusiasm and hope. However, there is something more ...

Carpet stolen from Lahaina Yacht Club

Sometime between Oct. 19 and Oct. 21 someone stole the carpet that was laid out at Mala Wharf (by the Lahaina Yacht Club dinghy shed). This carpet was donated to the junior sailors here on Maui. We are hosting a regatta for children from both Maui and Oahu and we need this carpet to put the ...

Country is going to need a lot more psychiatrists

I used to think that most people were sensible and only a very few needed their heads examined. I am starting to think otherwise. Cases in point: First, the bicyclist I saw (just barely) riding on the narrow shoulder side of Hana Highway near Spreckelsville at dark, wearing dark clothes, ...

Exorbitant rates charged for rides and games at fair

Over the last few months leading up to the fair were articles quoting E.K. Fernandez that they might not be able to bring over their rides and games because of the high cost of shipping. Who are they kidding? Not only are they charging an exorbitant amount for their three-minute ride (if you ...

Thoughts about the caravan making its way toward U.S.

Has this country lost its mind? Again we have an illegal caravan traveling up from Guatemala trying to seek asylum in the U.S. Why can’t they seek asylum in their country or Mexico? Let me take a wild guess, they want to come into the U.S. of America for a better life. They again put ...

Shane Sinenci covers a lot of ground campaigning

OK, call me crazy but I swear I saw East Maui County Council candidate Shane Sinenci campaigning along Lower Beach Road one recent morning as I passed him on my way to work. But then a few minutes later, I saw him campaigning along the highway at Maalaea Harbor. What the heck was that? How ...

Mayor turns a blind eye to Lanai and its issues

Picked up the paper recently and saw that our mayor is bragging about his affordable housing that he is proud of. What was missing was any word about Lanai’s affordable housing. The reason he didn’t address our housing was there was no movement. This mayor has turned a blind eye to Lanai ...

Shane Sinenci deserving of your vote for East Maui seat

Shane Sinenci doesn’t have the advantage of political name recognition but has something more important: a public service track record that better indicates his goals and priorities. For the East Maui County Council seat, I ask that you vote for Shane Sinenci. Shane takes responsible ...

Voting for candidates with fresh approaches who listen

After viewing the last gubernatorial debate, I hope voters saw the choice we have — business as usual or a fresh inclusive approach to solve our immense problems. And, why should we vote for a governor who has been rated about the lowest in our country? Coming from a Democratic family, I am ...

Paltin is the better choice by far for County Council

With so many challenges in the county, it is imperative that voters pick the best people for office. Having lived in West Maui for 17 years, I know both candidates personally. In the race between Tamara Paltin and Rick Nava for the West Maui seat on the County Council, Paltin, by far, is the ...