Letters to the Editor

Trump is comically impotent and psychologically deranged

Americans are aware of but do not reckon the significance of the group of dark souls who have surrounded Trump. Men in power, who possess selfish, materialistic and separatistic attitudes, purposes and goals, have always gathered less powerful men around them, but those who possess equally ...

Bullying at council meeting appalling

Last campaign season I worked hard to get council members in office who were going to make decisions that didn’t support overdevelopment, who will stop the mismanagement of water and natural resources, and instead make decisions based on aloha aina principles that benefit the community, ...

Donald Trump finally goes to Vietnam

Donald Trump finally went to Vietnam, where he met with the North Korean Dictator Kim. Does this mean that the bone spurs that kept him out of the Army, and probably a free trip to Vietnam 50 years ago, have finally been cured? There was no mention of bone spurs in the reports about his latest ...

New movie demonstrates that random evolution is possible

Two humans, two contrasting “cubicles” assigned at birth — two opposite behaviors! Then they began a journey, affecting them equally — same road, same obstacles — and their differences yielded to common grounds. Their teamwork will ensure survival, no poison pill stifling compromise! ...

Isn’t this a heinous abuse of the probate process?

OK, local boy enters a partnership to get out of foreclosure situation. Partner dies. Partner’s executrix uses the probate process to transfer the property to herself and her brother. They keep the property for 10 years. Operate it illegally as a bed-and-breakfast for that time, taking ...

Applied for Mexican passport and here’s why

Hola. Just applied for the Mexican passport, and here is why. Trump proclaimed that he will build the wall and Mexico is going to pay for it. The paying part obviously is not going to happen. It’s therefore every taxpayer’s civil duty to protect the president from being called a liar by ...

The irony of President Trump and his wall

Irony is, if the president gets his wall, not one more person will support him. Conversely, if the president doesn't get his wall, not one less person will support him. Michael Blaz Kihei

Sexist views in Victorino’s appointment committee

I am writing about my concern about Mayor Michael Victorino’s appointment committee and its members, who seem to hold very disturbing views on how women in power should behave. Specifically, on Feb. 15, Madge Schaefer testified in a prepared speech that women were “too emotional to be in ...

Incredibly realistic exhibit at the Maui Ocean Center

I have just had the opportunity to experience the Maui Ocean Center’s new Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & Sphere. It is an incredible experience, allowing participants to sit within the illusion of the ocean as 3-D 40-ton whales glide overhead or swim by looking at you in the eye, seemingly ...

Mahi Pono should explore options to cattle ranching

Maui is a beautiful paradise that deserves to foster harmless and environmentally benign activities. Cattle and cattle slaughter are the opposite of harmlessness and benign activities. The strong trend worldwide is to end the inefficient and environmentally costly raising of cattle. There are ...

Pathways over sand dunes can greatly reduce erosion

Sand dunes serve as a natural buffer to protect us from storm and flood damage. Designated pathways over those sand dunes can greatly reduce erosion by allowing public access to beach areas without damaging the native plants that are necessary for sand dune growth. Dune pathways are designed to ...

Without a living wage we have no future

Both SB789 and SB1248 increase the minimum wage, but they fall short of the $17 per hour wage that’s needed for full-time workers to support themselves and afford their basic needs. I am a sophomore at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The minimum wage directly affects me and students around ...

Individual Development Accounts, Version 2.0

Individual Development Accounts, a program that seems to be gaining traction at our Legislature, is a way to help lower-income people build self-sufficiency. Under conventional welfare rules, applicants are awarded assistance based on need, which means that if the applicants have assets that ...

Opportunity lost when park rangers close road

On Feb. 10 and 11, Maui residents had a rare opportunity to experience snow on their mountain, but it was not to be as Haleakala Park rangers closed the park to that opportunity lost. If the rangers feel conditions were too dangerous, they should have witnessed the hundreds of vehicles on the ...

Many minorities support President Trump in 2020

In response to “Undereducated white men approve of Trump” (Letters, Feb. 12): As a military combat veteran, college graduate and millennial, I find it hilariously ignorant that liberals hold dear to the fact that President Trump was elected because of the evil white men. Liberals like to ...

Socialist Democrat tries to sell pipe dream as reality

Boy, just when you thought you heard it all from the socialist left Democrats. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is championing for the Green New Deal and trying to stuff this pipe dream down our throats as reality. If you believe this will help our country, you have to have lost half your brain ...

Story of fire risk relief sparked many thoughts

Read the story “Lawmakers mull ways to deal with fire risk relief” (The Maui News, Jan. 27) a time or two. Thought some excellent ideas were being exchanged by West Maui Rep. Angus McKelvey and West Maui County Council Member and Chair of the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee ...

Teacher pay should reflect Hawaii’s high cost of living

Hawaii is the No. 1 most expensive state in the U.S. to live in. No. 2 is Washington, D.C.; No. 3 is New York; No. 4 California; and No. 5 New Jersey. Yet the average teacher pay in New York is $81,902; California is $79,128; Washington, D.C is $75,692; New Jersey is $69,623 while Hawaii is ...

How is growing and slaughtering cattle pono?

So happy that we will not burn sugar cane anymore. Yet, I am horrified at what Mahi Pono is planning to do with the island and to the island. Cattle farming and slaughterhouse. Really? Pono means to do right, to be with integrity. How is growing and slaughtering cattle congruent with that? ...

County manager, outsourcing could streamline government

We endured a Pacific winter storm. It packed a punch including 60-foot waves and winds gusting to near 100 mph at Haleakala’s summit. Being our mayor might continuously feel like this kind of storm. It is an all-consuming job, including many public appearances. To create Mauitopia, I want ...