Letters to the Editor

Maui OnStage’s ‘9 to 5’ is a terrific production

Theater is alive and well on Maui. Should you have any doubts, plan to visit the iconic Iao Theater in the next four weeks to enjoy a rollicking evening with Maui OnStage’s production of “9 to 5.” The choreography will dazzle you, the ensemble numbers will have you dancing in your ...

Founding member of VITA deserves acknowledgement

It has come to my attention that the original founder of the Valley Isle Timing Association was Harold “Gilly” Cambra. He, along with help from then-Mayor Elmer Carvalho, got the first 20-year lease, bought the first timing lights and paved the first 50 yards of the drag strip. Why then ...

Free showing of ‘Waiting for Godot’ on July 17

The public is invited to a free performance of “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett at the Historic Iao Theater on Market Street in Wailuku on July 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. The play is part of the One Night Only (O.N.O) series put on by Maui OnStage and organized by Michael Pulliam. ...

Our senators must vote no on Senate’s Trumpcare bill

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is important to a large majority of people. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate’s Trumpcare bill will kick 22 million people — 15 million by next year — off health insurance. Our senators must vote no. Trumpcare will decimate Medicaid ...

Visit to Lahaina library a delightful experience

Watch out, Barnes & Noble. You are losing business. Amazon book department, you are in jeopardy too! The Lahaina library can provide all the books we need on Maui. If you have not gone to our library, you are missing a great experience. You can get books, magazines, audiobooks for your ...

Demand integrity in government, respect for county community plans

The future of South Maui will be decided this coming week, July 19 and 20, when the state Land Use Commission convenes on July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to assess a proposed final environmental impact statement for what has been appropriately dubbed the “megamall.” ...

Veteran stands up for VA health care system

In reference to a letter on July 2: I’m a Vietnam veteran who will stand up for the health care system. I’ve been in the program for over 20 years here on Maui. The doctors are some of the best, and medication has a reasonable deductible because the VA bids on the cost of ...

Actions of some people at odds with position

Why does someone making $9 an hour vote against a state senator who wants to increase the minimum wage? Why does a woman in an upper-management position vote against a member of Congress who supports a proposed equal pay for equal work law? Why does someone with a “What Would Jesus Do?” ...

Liquor commision can do course correction at meeting Wednesday

On Wednesday, the liquor commission will have an opportunity to do a course correction on rule changes it approved in February. The changes to laws governing the sale of alcohol in Maui County were characterized as “housekeeping items” and went unnoticed by most in the community. If not ...

With this logic U.S. could become fascist government

Support our government, support our country (Letters, July 7)? I’m sorry, with this type of logic the United States could become a fascist government! I grew up in the ’60s. This old saw was present then in the right-wing slogans “My country right or wrong,” “USA love it or leave ...

Reader appreciates local focus of The Maui News

In response to the first paragraph of the June 30 letter to the editor about The Maui News Page 1 having a local summer scene of children playing, I want to applaud The Maui News for keeping this newspaper local. I have always appreciated the pictures of local people enjoying life on this ...

Bringing hope and healing to many more incarcerated

Prison Fellowship continues to expand outreaches to incarcerated men and women. The teaching and disciplining organization has a network of thousands who help many men and women each year experience Christ-centered, holistic life transformation. I am honored to represent Prison Fellowship ...

Speaker gives straight story on preparedness

I attended the recent hazard preparedness meeting at the Lahaina Civic Center. The speech was given by the advocate of the American Red Cross. She stated clearly that no safety evacuation structures have been identified and certified as safe, however they hope to have some in the future and ...

DEA admits that weed has never killed anyone

The Drug Enforcement Agency-Department of Justice released its latest 94-page report, “Drugs of Abuse,” on June 28. No deaths from cannabis, ever, Page 75; 88,000 deaths from alcohol (National Institute of Health). Got that? The DEA notes that “no deaths from overdose of marijuana ...

Conserving water means conserving life

Now that July is upon us and we notice the change in the weather and the prolonged lack of rainfall, it’s time for all to prepare for drought conditions. Upcountry is looking dry with once green billowing grasses now brittle and wind whipped. Everyone should begin water conservation within ...

Candidate chose not to raise money from donors

Are you also “sweating like a pig” this summer already? Funnily, pigs don’t sweat much. The expression comes from smelting pig iron, an intermediate product of the iron industry. As the hot metal cools, it “sweats,” or droplets form on the surface. Yes, I am one of “those ...

Housing summit presenters are experts in their fields

The Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns, along with the Chamber of Commerce, recently put on the inaugural Maui County Affordable Housing Summit. This was an exciting and unique event to Maui in that it only included presenters who are experts in their fields. It was good ...

Americans have become so dependent on government

A July 4 letter writer suggested the county do something about the rats/mice in Kihei. Kihei has a community association; wouldn’t that be the proper venue for dealing with this issue? And what is the major concern of someone who lives miles from the location of the problem? We Americans ...

Housing solutions lie within the province of government

The need for affordable housing is no secret. A serious issue for literally decades! The very-well-attended housing summit featured several well-versed and knowledgeable speakers. All acknowledged the problems and the needs. Unfortunately, not much new on the “solution” side. As for ...

Current workforce housing requirements failing people

Our current workforce housing requirements in Maui, and the State of Hawaii, are failing our people. At the current minimum wage of $9.25 an hour, a full-time minimum wage employee makes about $370 a week. At four weeks, that equals about $1,480 per month. Using the formula that people should ...