Letters to the Editor

9/11 blame deniers must believe in alternative facts

Did the writer of the 9/11 “anomalies” letter (Sept. 13) live anywhere near a TV on that day? He contends there is no video evidence of these horrendous events. We watched it all enfold at 3 a.m. here on Maui. One vivid scene of the situation at the Pentagon is unforgettable. These ...

Absence of 3 council members prevents vote

On Sept. 12, the County Council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee was scheduled to hear testimony and vote on the proposed sand mining moratorium. The committee members were polled the week prior to ensure quorum and the item was put on the agenda. How is it that ...

Three council members fail to attend meeting

I was very disappointed in the three Maui County Council members, Yuki Lei Sugimura, Riki Hokama and Mike White, who all failed to attend the Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m. Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee (IEMC) meeting, which was initially scheduled last month on Aug. 14. However, ...

Question for climate change deniers

A simple question for climate change/global warming deniers: When you stick your head in the proverbial sand, do the granules of disbelief sift through your ears and your nostrils and into your cranium, precluding any inclination to accept scientific fact? Fred Rawe Kula

Time for progressive columnist to resign

My dear progressive woman (syndicated columnist Froma Harrop). Reading your unresearched articles about our president and your total lack of understanding of the American economy keeps you, I won’t say “stupid,” but let’s just say most of your life you read liberal drivel based on ...

‘Running’ for office a barbaric game?

Football is a barbaric sport. In 9th grade, I played quarterback behind John Harbaugh. He is today’s coach of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens. I am so glad football season is back as I love to watch other people play. But I don’t want to subject my body to that kind of physical ...

Climate change denial destroys GOP’s credibility

How many extreme weather events will it take before people stop believing the false prophets who deny climate change? The true prophets — scientists — have been telling us what will happen as a result of our addiction to fossil fuels. They have predicted more powerful storms, rising sea ...

Many anomalies with official story of 9/11

I read with interest your Sept. 8 editorial commemorating the anniversary of the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. In the interest of truth and fairness, there are a few points I’d like to add. There is no evidence a plane crashed in Shanksville that day — no wreckage, no bodies, not a single ...

What is emergency siren system preparing us for?

I was informed via an email on the internet that some new sirens would be tested this past week at Makena and Kihei locations. It started me to wonder why we really have a siren system. I have been here since 1967, so I know the original reason. Then it seemed to morph into a tsunami ...

Tourists, cat colonies and derelicts change beach

The sun sets, the green flash. The locked gates, keep out! Why I don’t go to the beach anymore. Between too many tourists, cat colonies, imported homeless and the derelicts, it’s just not the same as it was. I refuse to walk through a kitty litter box to swim in a cesspool. David ...

Welakahou Road is not an acceleration ramp

Aloha, fellow road warriors! I am writing to remind those who travel Welakahou Road that the speed limit is 20 miles an hour for a reason. Akai Street, which intersects with Welakahou, provides egress for a residential subdivision. Vehicles and people on bicycles frequent this ...

Dopamine level may show predilection for addiction

Reading the Sept. 7 editorial headed “When reality isn’t enough,” questioning the reasons for addiction and abusive behavior, causes me to recommend the lead article in the September edition of National Geographic magazine. The topic of the article is addiction: what is it, and what ...

Neo-Nazis, others, spit on graves of Holocaust victims

An Aug. 23 letter writer states, “I see no place for neo-Nazis or white supremacists in our society but I would defend their right to speak their mind publicly.” Eighty million lives (Jews, Russians, Europeans, etc.) savagely taken away — gas chambers, execution galore — in chorus-like ...

What columnist fails to mention is obvious

John Stossel’s opinion piece (The Maui News, Sept. 5) demonstrates the “let them eat cake” attitude of libertarian economic theory. He opines that charging $99 for water (aka illegal price gouging) is a perfectly acceptable outcome of a natural disaster. He states that these higher prices ...

Free film about protecting coral reefs will screen

Thank you for providing your readers with the monthly column “Ka Mo‘olelo Moana” by Maui Ocean Center staff members. I am writing regarding the Sept. 3 column, “’Zinc’-twice about sun protection alternatives,” by Evan Pascual. He talked about his involvement in the World ...

County created problem by closing park toilets

It was recently reported that people without homes and business owners in Kahului were forced to confront one another regarding lack of toilets. Kanaha Beach Park had available toilets and showers until it was closed, forcing our houseless neighbors into the industrial area, causing the ...

Trump not used to people disagreeing with him

Did anybody think that Donald Trump wouldn’t fire anyone? Remember “The Apprentice”? The phrase from the Donald was, “You’re fired.” Only one was left. Now, he is no politician. What he says goes or you do. He is not used to people being in disagreement with him as he is paying ...

Expect the rail system to be back for more money

The Ige administration has negligently failed to collect the hotel tax from transient vacation rental operators (such as AirBnB and others). The new 1 percent hotel tax will not produce the anticipated funds for the Honolulu rail system. Expect the rail system to be back for more ...

What to do about guns, N. Korea and minimum wage

What to do about the serious gun problems in America? Very simple. Only allow women to own or use guns. That would reduce gun violence by about 90 percent! Can we come up with a simple alternative to our problem with North Korea? Very simple. Bring back dueling as an easy way to end disputes, ...

Council member ran clock in attempt to halt testimony

Over 200 people showed up at the County Council Sept. 5 to testify on A&B’s new diversified agriculture plan. The chair of the Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee was Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura, who changed the agenda of the meeting to make the public wait until ...