Letters to the Editor

When will U.S. military leave our islands alone?

The United States wanted to use Hawaii as a platform from which they could have a dominant military presence in the Pacific, and 120 years later they continue to flex their military power in our islands. Isn’t it enough that they damaged our island of Kahoolawe? During World War II, ...

Ongoing Kihei construction puts pressure on residents

Until someone listens or gives some answers, I think this needs repeating. The building of the Maui Bay Vista (Maui Lu) is underway, but what is being done about the infrastructure — the constant flooding and the traffic that this property will bring to Kaonoulu Street and South Kihei Road? ...

Say no to U.S. Navy war practice in Maui County

Say no to U.S. Navy practice for war — above, on and below our splendid Maui County waters, off shore, near shore and on land! We live in a very special place of Hawaiian aloha and beauty. The Navy in its practice for war has a history in Maui County. The Navy used Kahoolawe, an island ...

Go Maui Inc. supports Mahi Pono farm plan

Go Maui Inc. supports the partnership announced between A&B and Mahi Pono, a farming venture between Pomona Farming LLC, a California-based agricultural group, and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers. The Mahi Pono farm plan ...

Move the proposed naval training activities

The Naval Special Warfare Command has proposed to conduct special naval training activities offshore and on land in Maui, Molokai and Lanai. I respectfully suggest that those activities be moved to where they can be best observed by the commander in chief, i.e., offshore and on the beach at ...

Linda Lingle is urged to re-enter Hawaii politics

Seeing the experienced former Gov. Linda Lingle on the cover of The Maui News Dec. 17 sent my endorphin levels through the roof. How I long to see her govern again in Honolulu or Washington, D.C. I was critical of Lingle at times when she was mayor of Maui County, but my admiration grew to ...

MPD could do better to stop illegal fireworks

So, once again the yearly article appears in The Maui News wherein the Police Department mildly reminds people of what the fireworks laws are, and then do just about nothing to enforce these laws except to respond to complaints occasionally (The Maui News, Dec. 23). This approach is just not ...

Special warfare command proposal should be opposed

Whoa! We have only until Jan. 7 to respond to/protest against the Naval Special Warfare Command proposal to conduct land and ocean special naval training activities offshore and on land in Maui, Molokai and Lanai (The Maui News, Dec. 8)? According to the Navy draft assessment at ...

Naval special warfare command proposal opposed

I strongly oppose any and all land-ocean and air-based training activities for naval special operations personnel within the County of Maui, which includes Maui, Molokai and Lanai. These practices for war, inclusive and not limited to active explosives, would devastate our island home, cause ...

Democrats create undue hardship by resisting wall

The front-page article of The Maui News on Dec. 22 titled “Federal shutdown begins; lawmakers fail to reach deal. Democrats fulfill their promise to deny funds for Trump’s border wall,” says a lot. The Democrats are so obsessed with resisting President Donald Trump that they are ...

‘Capt. Ahab’ and the ‘Great White Wall’

Shutting down the government was a brilliant idea. The obsession of the “Great White Wall” is brilliant — so brilliant it baffles those who are not ones who follow the POTUS. To keep Americans in. Democrats who work in federal government have been laid off, but so have Republicans. Less ...

If Hawaiians had built a wall things would look different

Again I ask, “What if the ancient Hawaiians had built a wall 250 years ago?” There would be no homeless, no jobless, no poverty, no gated communities, no supermarkets, no traffic jams, no life sentence for murderers, no free lunch, no insurance policies, no racism, no boom boxes, no Maize ...

Let the sand stay where the people lay

Mahalo to The Maui News for its informative piece Dec. 12 about the Inland Sand Quantification study. David Goode, director of the Department of Public Works, recommends the sand not be shipped off-island but rather be stockpiled on Maui for future uses, such as beach replenishment and cement ...

County’s zipline resolution seen as a major betrayal

The county’s handling of the Northshore Zipline Co. resolution — behind closed doors and a “confidential” settlement — is betrayal and abandonment of victimized citizens (The Maui News, Dec 12). On the thinnest of threads, the planning director bought into the questionable theory that ...

Too much chlorine smelled in Upcountry water supply

What’s up with the Upcountry water system? I have never before smelt so much chlorine in our drinking water. I use a water filter, but taking a bath is like dunking in a swimming pool. Is someone trying to poison us? Do those in charge realize excessive chlorination is a health hazard that ...

Looking forward to new Maui County Council

I look forward with great anticipation about the new County Council leadership. While I have reservations about some of their policy views, and see some of their philosophy as limited in scope, I believe their aspirations, new leadership and new energy will revitalize the council — a body ...

Build infrastructure along with development; don’t wait

Development concurrent with infrastructure has long been the island’s unfulfilled mantra, and 2019 is the time to begin fulfillment in South Maui. For the Kihei Community Association (www.gokihei.org) that step is the north segment of the north-south collector road, running from Uwapo Road to ...

Hale Mua developer says, ‘auwe’ to affordable housing

Sorry to see that the foreclosure people have no interest in helping with the affordable housing problem. I had found funding for the 238 affordable housing units of the 466 total homes for Hale Mua starting at $270,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home. They refused. Auwe, talk about ...

Hoping investigation results in Trump being impeached

A Dec. 14 letter by a gentleman from Kihei claims, “There was and is no collusion, case closed, special counsel done,” regarding Russian influence on the latest presidential election. Ironically, there was an article in the same issue about a Maria Butina who pleaded “guilty” to ...