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Letters to the Editor

Grill plant-based foods for Independence Day

COVID-19 heralds some good news for this Independence Day. We won’t be facing heavy traffic. And, the scarcity of meat will keep our outdoor grills safe. Folks who grill hamburgers and hot dogs face a nasty choice. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises grilling at high temperature to ...

Don’t wait for tourism return to open restaurants here

First off, I’m not thinking about Christmas. I’m thinking about our restaurant owners that operate several locations but are not reopening any of them until the tourists return.   Surely if you own four restaurants, you can afford to open at least one of them for part of the week for us ...

Cattle solution to promote health of Maui ecosystem

Cattle have benefits to the environment and our health. These benefits include sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, building essential micro-organisms in the soil to promote both soil and human health and discouraging the spread of fires. The presence of large herbivores positively ...

Why are sports permits for parks taking so long?

Why, when Maui District Department of Health has trained public health personnel, are they not the major consult for parks permits to develop re-opening COVID-19 protocols for sports? Instead Maui relies on untrained permit clerks to make up new requirements based on their non-covid ...

Saddened seeing garbage left on our beautiful island

It saddens me to see so much garbage on our beautiful island. I was always under the assumption that it was the tourists that don’t respect our aina. But I see our brothers and sisters not caring. Going to the beach I am shocked at all the bags of garbage just left at the parking lot. I ...

Russell for District 12 House of Representatives

In my humble opinion, we need fresh leadership in Hawaii. That is why I am supporting and voting for Simon Russell to be the District 12 representative to our Hawaii State House of Representatives. District 12 includes Upcountry, Sprecklesville, and Kahului. It seems imperative that we ...

Police chief extolled as positive, productive

We have an extraordinary chief of police in Tivoli Faaumu. While the police around the country are receiving much negative press because of the actions of a few, we are lucky to have the chief that we have. His messages to young people during the holidays to not be afraid of the police ...

Restaurant air conditioning should be vented by fan?

I am a retired microbiologist. I regularly read various publications online from the Communicable Disease Center, U.S. Public Health Service. One journal titled “Emerging Infectious Diseases” V26, I7 has an article of interest. A traveler from Wuhan, China and his family ate at an ...

Foodies in business have passion for what they do

The last few months have been horrible for our friends in the food service industry, here and around the country. Recently, eateries are allowed to have sit-down service. However, with mandatory health guidelines, eating in your favorite spot with the alterations may not be the same. The ...

Kindness topped off with getting jobs back

The belief that one’s freedom has been limited when a government or retailer requires them to wear a face mask contradicts reason. Do you want to resume work? The economy? Your lifestyle? Face masks allow people to go back to work, out to restaurants, to movie theaters, while significantly ...

Police officers true heroes in my heart

I offer a sincere, heartfelt acknowledgement and appreciation to the thousands of incredible men and women who serve in law enforcement across our country. The developments over these past few weeks with rioting, looting and senseless violence have both shocked and frightened me. Of all the ...

Workforce housing council’s top priority?

What’s going on! During their 2018 election campaign, all nine council members listed workforce housing and jobs as their top priority! Are council members going to stand by their word? The council’s planning committee is currently deliberating on a 100 percent workforce housing proposal ...

Governor single-handedly destroyed Maui’s economy

Now that the mandatory quarantine has been lifted for interisland travel, we should invite Governor David Ige to visit Maui so that he can view for himself the ghost towns in West Maui and South Maui. By refusing to lift the quarantine for out-of-state visitors despite the availability of ...

With our faults and failures, redeeming hope perseveres

Growing up, the red, white and blue “Stars and Stripes” were adorned with patriotic well-being. Causing conflicting emotions today, the beloved American flag can be a painful reminder of Hawaii’s illegal overthrow. One day, justice will be done. Until then, Queen Liliuokalani’s ...

Drug test, polygraph police, politicians every 3 months

During my run for Maui mayor in 2018, part of my four-point agenda was to start drug testing and polygraph testing all the police and politicians every three months. Given the current social-political climate in America right now, I think we would be smart to put these ideas into ...

HDOT examines its fiscal multiplier effect on state’s economic growth

It’s official, the National Bureau of Economic Research recently announced we are now in a recession. What will the economic recovery look like? The Hawaii Department of Transportation has already been working on projects that will help rebuild the economy, as long as our funding isn’t ...

Allow age group swim programs to resume

In 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio after vacationing at a lake in Canada. Many believed swimming was the cause. The fear of contracting polio kept countless kids away from pools. In 1946, researchers found that chlorine could inactivate the polio virus and pool swimming became ...

Transgender males to be allowed in female sports?

Writing previously about transgender being allowed to participate in a volleyball game, the Supreme Court decision jeopardizes Title VII which disallowed sex discrimination. However, men and women have a right to identify their sex identification without malice.   The larger danger is how do ...

Roosevelt New Deal sought relief, recovery and reform

It seems that once again money and power have the candidates for president that they prefer. Two dwarfs of cupidity. Two ignorant men seeking no reforms or fundamental changes in an inequitable society. To the rest of us comes the stupid advice that we should vote for the lesser of two evils. ...

Cared less that army posts named after confederates

I did basic training and ROTC summer camp at Fort Lee. I went back on active duty with the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood during the Korean War. I learned how to be an infantry officer at Fort Benning. I cared less that those army posts were named after confederate generals. I still ...