Letters to the Editor

Fix W. Maui traffic woes before more development

Over the last few weeks, several articles and letters have appeared in multiple Maui newspapers concerning West Maui development and traffic woes. Traffic is horrible now and will only get worse if any new developments are allowed. Government has responded by admitting that they are not doing ...

‘Mauitopia’ promises ‘serious fun’ while working

In many business environments, soon after leaving work, women kick off their high-heel shoes and men loosen their ties. That means they work in a state of discomfort. Seems Victorian, counterproductive and not allowing the benefit of enjoying a kind of relaxed Aloha Friday every day. Is it ...

NYC streets provide lessons in socialization

I was raised in New York City. I lived on a long block of five-story tenements. Without crossing a street, one could meet a thousand kids or more. Each one of these post-war brats had to integrate into one or more of the established groups. I can still recall the day I ran out onto the sidewalk ...

Staggered worker starting times could ease traffic

Lahaina traffic is not an easy problem to fix. There are ways to ease the problem. Hotels and flights must work together. Hotel employees should be bused or have staggering start times at each hotel instead all starting the same times. Just like the check-in times, stagger them throughout ...

Government lied about attack on USS Liberty

June 8 marks 50 years since the attack on the USS Liberty. To this day the attack is lied about by “our” government and to this day the perpetrators have yet to answer for a war crime on an American-flagged ship that killed 134 and injured 70 more. I wonder why this incident is never ...

‘Nuff already’ crowd needs to be held accountable

The angry “nuff already” crowd is at it again. They started with nuff astronomy already. Then came nuff sugar cane already; nuff Lahaina traffic repairs already; nuff union jobs already; nuff Iao flood control already; nuff tourism jobs already; nuff Upcountry water already; nuff airport ...

Kaanapali Redevelopment plan requires transparency

Despite widespread opposition to its extensive Kaanapali Redevelopment plan, the Employee Retirement System (ERS) is pushing ahead with plans to gut the iconic golf course. This will entail removing nine golf holes, essentially all green space makai of the highway, and replacing them with ...

Never returned to store after initial disappointment

I remember my first visit to Kmart. A loudspeaker announced a “Blue Light Special” on the other side of the store. I ran over there and boy was I disappointed, they weren’t selling any blue lights! Never went back. Michael Morrison Kihei

Two articles on two days made good reading

How pleasant to see the June 3 front page. Viewing the next steps in the process of Pacific Biodiesel’s sunflower project, a cooperative effort by this local leading environmental company, it was pleasing to read about a practical large agricultural project with so many benefits and no ...

Vladimir Putin is leader of the new world order

Forget politics, forget ideology, forget government. The die is cast and the world is hardening in the mold of the new world order. Vladimir Putin is its leader and Donald Trump wants to be at his side. Putin was able to coerce Trump with hundreds of millions of borrowed capital together ...

Harsh liquor rules do not apply to for-profit license

Thank you, Maui News, for publishing my June 4 Viewpoint regarding the Liquor Commission rules devastating to Maui’s nonprofit fundraisers. To clarify, I’m not against the Kapalua Food and Wine Festival and its ability to have over 100 wines to choose from in the tasting for the price to ...

Trump needs to act his chronological age

For those who are worried that the news has a negative bias toward Trump, a simple solution is to tell your president, because he sure isn’t mine, to act his chronological age instead of acting like a spoiled child. Come on, most adults would not fire someone who was investigating them. ...

Give Trump credit for saving coal miners’ jobs

Let’s give President Trump full credit for heroically saving the highly coveted and prestigious jobs of coal miners and the coal mining industry! As an added bonus, he will create even more jobs for the health care industry — if the coming health care plan will cover lung diseases. Next ...

Variable climate will raise cost of food crops

Right now, fossil fuels provide 80 percent of all the energy consumed in the USA — reliably and affordably, from relatively small land areas. Wind and solar account for 2 percent of overall energy needs, expensively and intermittently, from facilities across millions of acres. Biofuels ...

Stop stewing and ask what needs to be done

The first 100 days have come and gone, while We the People soldier on. Those of us who live wise and kind should keep a few things firmly in mind: The good folk here, we know who we are — probably not applauded stars. The timer has rung to stop our stewing and ask ourselves what needs saying ...

Trump may be developing Alzheimer’s disease

Is it possible that Trump is developing Alzheimer’s? My husband (now deceased) said and did things that did not make sense for at least 20 years before the formal diagnosis. Gradually, he became more and more paranoid, became unnaturally fearful and spoke in a more childish manner, ...

Multifamily dwellings cause parking problems

The question in the May 29 “Ask the Mayor” column about the street parking and the problems it is causing sounds like my street and many around Kahului. It does get a little too much at times. The density with which the size of the homes are being built (which are looking like ...

Trump’s actions result in his negative press

It was ironic that a June 2 writer’s letter claiming bias against President Trump should appear the day following our fearless leader’s announcement of intent to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The reason he gets bad press is that he’s a bad guy doing a bad job. Dan Rather ...

Despite evidence, Trump denies climate change

The president doesn’t believe in climate change. Given the overwhelming evidence by scientists and environmentalists in the affirmative, one has to wonder whether Trump ponders the shape of the Earth; round or flat? David L. Florence Haiku