Letters to the Editor

Budget was collaborative, transparent endeavor

It is often said that a budget is a moral document. Whether for a household, a business, an organization or the County of Maui, a budget reflects priorities, values and principles. This year the County Council’s Economic Development and Budget Committee, working collaboratively with the ...

Do we have a legitimate government in Hawaii?

Every so often, the news reports on people who deny the legitimacy of the government we have here in Hawaii. “We’re not subject to those laws,” they say, “so we don’t have to follow rules or pay taxes.” It pains me to read stories of people who lost their homes after being told that ...

Karmic handicaps made evident by one’s behavior

Over the years I have known people with various karmic handicaps. Those with an instinctual untimeliness and circumstantial insensitivity have always interested me. So, too, individuals whose ideologies or religions have limited their potential; made them backward, or backward looking; and ...

Will federal prosecutors be coming to Maui next?

Corruption in Honolulu required federal prosecutors to intervene. Are they coming to Maui next? Find out what kind of conspiracy and obstruction is happening on Maui by watching Maui Real News segments being aired on Akaku Channel 54 and uploaded to YouTube. Corruption becomes the “normal” ...

Pesticides and herbicides have different applications

This is in regard to your June 23 article on “pesticides.” I believe the word you should be using is herbicide. Roundup (glyphosate) is an herbicide, not a pesticide. A pesticide is used to kill insects while an herbicide is used to kill other plants and weeds. Scott Werden Haiku

Mainland police issue fireworks citations

The Santa Barbara County, Calif.-based Noozhawk site recently reported that the Santa Maria Police Department has already issued 15 citations for fireworks violations in the run-up to this year’s July 4th celebration. Like Maui, Santa Maria allows for the sale of “safe and sane” ...

We must stop genital mutilation of baby boys

In the apply-law-to-religion arena, it would seem the media is keeping secret Iceland’s banning circumcision. Maui should follow suit and ban this horrid primitive practice that has lifelong negative implications for male infants. In fact, any mother watching this “procedure” on YouTube ...

Women’s World Cup has been enjoyable to watch

USA! USA! USA! Do you care if the United States’ women’s soccer team wins the Women’s World Cup in France? I am not a big fan of watching soccer, including on TV. It takes too long with too little scoring. Yeah, I know, some of my snobby European friends say I just don’t understand the ...

Subscribers deserve sad delivery news upfront

Why did you “hide” the fact that The Maui News will no longer deliver on Sundays? (June 26, front page.) It was the “elephant in the room” and was hard to find it among all the hoopla and hollering about the debut of the “Weekender.” Wish you would have stopped beating around the ...

Please keep printing full-page US flag

Regarding the June 28 letter about printing a full-page flag: About 10 years ago I mailed one of those flag pages to my dad, who had moved to a senior living center on the Mainland. He was a WWII pilot in Germany and spent eight months as a prisoner of war. He was impressed that The Maui ...

Hawaiian Tel clueless about recycling its phone books

I contacted Hawaiian Tel to find where I could take my old phone books to be recycled. They didn’t have a clue. I was told they hired a distribution company for the new books and that I should contact them. So let’s see: Hawaiian Tel pockets the revenue from selling ads in the new phone ...

Rising tide of fees may be higher in Hawaii

From a recent Opinions article in reference to the rising tide of fees, I did some research and according to the July edition of Consumer Reports: The average American family gives up $3,278.93, and that number may be higher in Hawaii, since we live in an impacted tourist tax and fee state ...

Tourism industry must embrace quality control

I just got back to Maui after a spectacular cruise on the stellar QE2 to Alaska’s Inland Passage. The trip, what I saw of Alaska, and the ship surpassed my expectations. However, I am also now conflicted given my participation with the obvious effects on Alaska I witnessed from cruises. At ...

Appropriation for affordable housing is commendable

After reading Council Member Tasha Kama’s report in The Maui News on the funding of affordable housing, (“Council’s 3 Minutes,” June 23), I find it commendable that the council is setting aside 4 percent of the real property tax for affordable housing. Few taxpayers would quibble with ...

The only way to solve injection well problem

The injection well court case is difficult to follow. Maui’s injection wells were permitted under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) with an Underground Injection Control permit. Earthjustice and friends took it to court where the 9th Circuit court changed the permit requirement by changing ...

Common sense absent when county allows development

Can someone please explain why the county allows for the building of more hotel rooms, timeshares, shopping centers, etc., when we don’t even have enough water for the current population? Common sense, people! Su Campos Lahaina

‘It’s the economy, stupid’

“It’s the economy, stupid” is a catchphrase made famous by Bill Clinton when he ran for president in 1992 and won. Recently, we have been getting lots of news about our economy here in the islands, and none of it has been good. The national site WalletHub has pegged our economy 48th ...

Majority female council upsets some old boys

Wow, Maui wahine, watch out for the misogyny! Looks like some of the old boys are upset. I was pleased to finally see the first female majority County Council with all-female leadership this year, and the positive change you have already fostered. On the administrative side we still retain ...

Join Citizens’ Climate Lobby to help make a difference

Lately it seems that young people are the ones with the courage to stand up and insist on action to reduce climate change before it’s too late. If you, too, want to do something, I suggest joining Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nationwide effort with local chapters in every state. This ...

President shows restraint in his dealing with Iran

But, but, but, I thought that the all-knowing mainstream news was right! Trump is a warmongering psychopath who will push the button to slaughter innocents and wage war whenever (sarcasm). What the president did to dial back on retaliation to Iran should show you the opposite. This president ...