Letters to the Editor

Second Amendment defended for liberty

A writer to the March 29 Maui News believes AR-15 assault style rifles are unnecessary. The Second Amendment does not say “shall not be infringed but only if the arms are deemed necessary.” It says “shall not be infringed.” Owning a Ferrari is not necessary, either. Yet I never hear ...

Politicians could lose votes with political sign litter

Here we are at the beginning of April, a full seven months until the general election, and already hundreds of ugly political signs are all over our beautiful island home — impossible to ignore! Politicians, I ask you, do you really intellectually think that anyone votes for a candidate ...

Lie, fiasco, farce; history to take note of Obama legacy

To the writer of a March 30 letter about the Obama presidency: Did you miss the Big Lie — “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” Did you miss the ‘Fast and Furious’ fiasco? Did you miss the Benghazi farce? Did you miss the weaponization of the IRS, FBI and Justice ...

Affordable housing needed, not visitor spending

As the County Council holds meetings in every corner of the county to consider the mayor’s proposed 2019 budget, please demand elimination of $4.2 million for the Maui Visitors Bureau. The last thing we need is more tourists. And tell the council we don’t need an $85 million, glorified ...

Handheld sign to greet Wounded Warrior denied

Although a parking stall at OGG is as elusive as Amelia Earhart, a small group of Maui County Veterans Council members with a mayor’s representative went to the Kahului Airport to greet a Wounded Warrior and his family on March 29, 2018. Armed with a very large U.S. flag, multiple lei, gift ...

Bypass solution is to not sell out the public

Sold out — many think they are with the new Lahaina bypass. Initially it was to provide a bypass above Lahaina for island traffic to and from Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili and Kapalua — better for them and Lahaina. The first half of the bypass was placed over south Lahaina, but the next ...

Southwest Airlines flights urged for Neighbor Islands

The Maui News reported on March 19 that the state Department of Transportation granted Southwest Airlines a permit to operate at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Service is expected to commence early next year. This letter is a simple but urgent plea to all readers who want ...

Vote intelligently or face same old problems

Well, here we are again entering a voting cycle. Most, and I mean most, just roll their eyes. Some say here we go again with sign-waving, but most just don’t care because it’s the sense of helplessness with the same old candidates winning over and over again. This is why the turnout is so ...

Vacation rental story was ‘disingenuous,’ ‘misleading’

A March 27 article in The Maui News states that one in seven homes in the county is a vacation rental is disingenuous and misleading. The article equates legal vacation rental condos with resident housing. For nearly a half-century, we have had condos, timeshare and vacation rental properties ...

Discerning God’s call to be a bridge builder

I am called in one hope, edifying the body of Yeshua Lord, in love, serving one another. Together we need to solve our problems, teaching and conducting all in a civil manner. Our lifestyles have become too isolated, missing to study together and to honor the Word of God. Our powerful ...

Will lawmakers put the people before corporations?

Are our lawmakers ready to put people first and regulate restricted-use pesticides? As a mortgage lender, I have over the past 18 months had eight clients express interest in the Kihei Kamalani subdivision. This project sits next to a Monsanto field. After becoming aware of Kamalani’s ...

Hawaii already has very strict gun laws

I’m fed up with people who are totally uneducated about the gun laws already in effect in Hawaii. Again, I will tell you people that the National Rifle Association’s responsibility is to educate and train our citizens in the responsibility and safety of owning a firearm. On March 28, ...

‘Maui no ka oi’ is rarely heard anymore

I rarely hear the expression “Maui no ka oi” anymore. In the 1970s, that saying was used frequently and with great pride. A possible reason for the lack of current use is the great increase in traffic over the years. In the early ’70s, traffic was such that only three traffic lights ...

Housing advocate needs to get facts straight

A March 27 Maui News story quoting a study by the Honolulu-based housing advocacy group Appleseed Foundation about the impact that vacation rentals are having on Maui’s housing availability badly tripped over the facts. While The Maui News story was well balanced, the headline announcing ...

Remembering Pacific Whale Foundation’s Greg Kaufman

I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Greg Kaufman, founder of the Pacific Whale Foundation. I worked for Greg as a consultant for nearly eight years. I would like to offer my personal observations. Anyone can Google Greg’s accomplishments in humpback whale ...

Stricter gun control not needed in Hawaii

A letter published March 28 suggests that gun owners should be required to purchase liability insurance. Then, the letter writer says people should be required to prove they know gun safety through a test and that all guns be registered. Evidently, the author is clueless in regards to the legal ...

Post a positive opinion here

I just want to say that you can post some “positive opinion” here. Every day, I read the Opinion page and a lot of negative opinions! They’re mostly all complaints and how and what the people should do, not only here but on the Mainland. But maybe, readers here and now try to post some ...

A lifetime of public service destroyed for a hug, kiss

Virtually every male ever born has offended some female, probably many females, many times, usually unintentionally, by comment, complement, joke, look, something said or not said, done or not done. The current “#Me Too” movement has great validity but is subject to abuse. Looking at the ...

Government that’s honest, efficient and responsive

A woman sat in her car at a red light in the adjacent lane to mine. She saw the name on my car and said out the window that she reads my letters. I asked her how she likes them. She said she doesn’t. Swallowing my pride, I calmly said, “What don’t you like about them?” She said she was ...

Fact-checking applauded for the president’s claims

This past year has seen the political narrative of our country hijacked into a reality show circus with the president as the midway carnival barker, exploiting a fed-up voter base. Enter your March 25 issue featuring a “Fact Check” column that was illuminating, not so much for the facts ...