Letters to the Editor

KCA will present candidates forum

July is a meeting month, as alternative months on the third Tuesday the Kihei Community Association conducts our general membership meeting for our participants. Yet we continue to keep it open to the community with no charge or requirement, but do expect attendees to contribute to our ...

We need solutions, not fearmongering

Mayor Alan Arakawa’s new campaign ad claims there are cultlike groups with a mob mentality using “fake news to bolster their claim to elicit anger and aggressive behavior.” The ad claims this is being done via social media and by people “who have decided that they do not wish to ...

Article fails to mention serious liquor violations

The primary concern I have as a liquor commissioner is the safety of our residents and guests in Maui County. If a license holder oversells drinks, violating the law, and their customer gets into a car and kills an innocent citizen, all the issues in The Maui News article of June 28 about ...

Don’t like the fact that the Russians are coming

I loved the movie “The Russians are Coming” but I don’t like the fact that the Russians are coming. The GOP is facilitating our surrender. Vote in November, and why not do it by mail? Jeff Bigler Wailuku

Piilani tenants are under siege by the management

We the people, by the people, for the people. I, the undersigned am a tenant at Piilani Homes, a community of mostly elders, fixed-income citizens with various health issues and whom are grateful for a shelter over our heads. The project is managed by Hawaii Public Housing Authority ...

Behavior of President Trump helping polarize the country

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, giving Trump the opportunity to fill Kennedy’s seat with an ultra-conservative justice affecting our nation for years to come. Conservatives celebrate the possibilities. Moderates and liberals are at a point when late-night jokes no ...

DOH intent on curbing services for disabled adults

It seems that the state Department of Health is intent on cutting services for our disabled ohana in Hawaii. While blaming it on federal cuts, the state continues to be committed full-steam ahead to building the world’s most expensive railway system. One DOH employee suggested that we vote ...

Sand mining moratorium needs to be extended

The county’s Temporary Moratorium on Sand Mining of Central Maui Inland Sand is set to expire soon. The moratorium’s purpose is to “establish regulations for mining inland sand to protect Maui’s environment and limited natural resources and prevent the disturbance of Hawaiian ...

Candidate has progressive vision for Maui County

Having no political experience, my friend Honest Ori is running for mayor. He cannot be bought as he is not raising any money and is spending only $1,000 on his campaign. He has a wealth of business experience, having been a successful Silicon Valley executive and a management consultant to ...

Hit and run not being identified properly

This too can happen to you. My good friend was hit recently on the way to Kaupo. The guy in the truck zoomed by her and left the scene. Hit and run, right? My friend did get the license plate number. We found out who was the registered owner of the truck. My friend called the police and ...

Incivility motivating the forces of violent conflicts

Is the moral rut pandemic? The Democrats have swallowed a sexist insult by Samantha Bee, targeting Ivanka Trump. It apparently met their approval, their silence was deafening, yet, a racist affront by Roseanne Barr created an uproar, and justly so. It’s different when we do it? Michelle ...

Our democracy depends on all of us to cast a vote

I am an independent voter. I vote in every election. I believe that in our democracy, voting counts all across the nation. Are you disturbed to observe conservatives marching in lockstep with a movement toward an authoritarian government? Are you dismayed to observe our administrative branch ...

Move professional manager proposal to the Nov. ballot

As the end of Mayor Alan Arakawa’s term approaches, we have a front-row seat to management convulsions inherent in the current charter requiring all (political) directors to resign when a mayor’s term ends: The Maui News reports that Managing Director Keith Regan is searching for a job, ...

If ‘cute’ is your criteria, then this is what you get

Some people get all of the breaks. South Maui state Rep. Kaniela Ing was fined $15,422 by the state Campaign Spending Commission recently for deliberate violations of state law and filing false campaign spending reports. He blatantly used his campaign donations — which by law can only be used ...

Upcountry voters have a unique opportunity this year

Upcountry voters have a unique opportunity to turn things around this year. Community leader Tiare Lawrence has been working tirelessly for our community — restoring rivers, lending a helping hand to kalo farmers post-flooding, saving the integrity of our beaches by stopping shoreline ...

Public unions contribute to terrible cycle in Hawaii

Sometime ago I suggested the death knell of unions due to a court ruling that Wisconsin teachers no longer had to have dues paid out of paychecks. Union membership tumbled. On June 27, The U.S. Supreme Court made all states right-to-work states! Hooray. Public unions can no longer compel ...

Organization is as corrupt as any in Washington, D.C.

I have often wondered about the Maui Pono Network so I started researching them on the internet. I discovered a website related to them that discussed many of their stances on issues. One of them was the transparency in funding issue, which they have actively been using in an attempt to ...

Spending reports don’t match Cochran’s rhetoric

Just read Mayor Alan Arakawa’s piece about how campaign-spending reports don’t match up to County Council Member Elle Cochran’s rhetoric (“Our County,” June 15). Arakawa can be cantankerous at times but he does his homework it seems. Not only was the councilwoman wrong about his ...

How much taxpayer money wasted to fight travel ban?

Now that the Supreme Court has voted to uphold President Trump’s travel ban, can we please find out how much taxpayer money then-Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin wasted trying to fight the travel ban? I suggest candidates running against Chin for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s U.S. House ...

Four stories in recent news cycle said it all

In one recent news cycle, we had four stories that said it all. A Walgreens pharmacist refused to sell miscarriage medication to a woman because it “goes against his ethics.” He was selling more than a drug. The U.S. Supreme Court kicked the can on a baker who refused to decorate a ...