Letters to the Editor

Support our government, you support our country

Please be advised that federal law 18 U.S. Code sub 2385 title 18 states that it is illegal to advocate the violent overthrow of any of our state and federal governments including by act of assassination. Just as it is not free speech to yell fire in a crowded movie theater it is illegal to try ...

Maui Bus dispatchers rely on printed schedules

Lacking a personal vehicle, I’ve been using the Maui Bus. I wouldn’t expect a bus to always arrive right on the minute, but I’ve noticed that the one I use (South Kamehameha and Molokai Akau) is often 20 minutes early. Not the blessing it would seem. If I miss the bus and call a ...

U.S. did not distribute money in the proper way

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has a brutal theory of how America went wrong. “In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $14.2 trillion . . . no matter how good your strategy is you’re supposed to spend money on your own people,” Ma said. “The money goes to Wall Street. Then ...

Trump’s Cabinet willing to tackle difficult issues

Your June 15 editorial calling President Trump the “Supreme Leader” was more negativity and fake news. It was all I could do to not call and immediately cancel my subscription. If you would try to look at the positive and stop constantly berating a man who gave up his private life to try ...

Impossible to satisfy needs of Mainland investors

As I look around South Maui and Kahului, it feels like we are in a race to pave over paradise and put up a parking lot. At the end of this letter, I’ve copied the description of one piece of land currently under development, worded by the developer themselves. Actually, it’s the best ...

Recreational marijuana taxes could aid Hawaii

The state of Washington is expected to make $360 million this year in taxes off recreational marijuana. Colorado is close behind with $250 million a year. With our tourist industry, we would be over $500 million a year in taxes off recreational marijuana. When is the Legislature going to ...

Encourage council to act on affordable housing

I attended the Chamber/Maui County Affordable Housing Summit on June 30. Most of the speakers agreed on one theme — we must work together to solve this community problem. However, I did not hear any new way to do this. FACE Maui believes that we need an outside entity to bring us together and ...

Officials need to correct Kihei mice and rat problem

As most people realize, residents of Kihei are being inundated with mice and rats, and no state or county official has come forward to correct the serious situation. Help should be forthcoming immediately. If it is not, then our county and state officials are indeed victims of invincible ...

Tragic to witness president reduce himself, country

June 29 in The Washington Post, President Trump tweeted “heard poorly rated @Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came . . . to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She ...

Unintended consequences of trash fee to be apparent

Well, here we go again. The county, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to charge its citizens $3 to drop off their trash at the landfill. All they’ve accomplished is guaranteeing that there is going to be more and more rubbish on our roadsides. There is already plenty of this occurring, ...

Trump’s flaws obvious to anyone older than 10

“Dan from Pukalani” called and so announced himself. He said that he had been reading my “anti-Trump” letters and wanted to know what I had against the man. He also accused The Maui News of being biased against Trump, citing the fact that Trump’s name had been recently excluded from ...

Community plan update focus of next KCA meeting

We look forward to a very productive general membership meeting for the Kihei Community Association (KCA), www.gokihei.org, on July 18. The focus is the community plan update process with guests County Council Planning Committee Chair Kelly King and a team of county long-range planners from the ...

Companies ship items to Maui packed in Styrofoam

I know it’s too late but the County Council should think about this now that it’s illegal to use Styrofoam. Did you tell Samsung, Panasonic, all packing companies shipping to Maui that Styrofoam is illegal? How many things we buy come packed in Styrofoam? You got to be fair and stop ...

Assistance requested to forward health plan idea

At this time, a health plan with means for care for all Americans and sustainability is not present or being agreed on. In previous letters in The Maui News, I have provided a means for providing those, but am not able to get this plan to our politicians or national news/television. It is ...

Clock ticking for mayoral candidate to realize dream

Can you believe scientists estimate that sharks in Greenland live 270 to 400 years? They reach sexual maturity at age 150. That seems like a long time to wait. Since I can’t count on living that long, I hope to become our mayor in next year’s election. I’m a pretty healthy ...

Politicians steal our money to fund their boondoggles

Read “Anatomy of epic fail on rail offered” by Tom Yamachika (Opinion, June 28) three times and still had trouble following the maze the politicians and bureaucrats create on better ways to steal our hard-earned money to fund their boondoggles. Wow, what’s wrong with people? Now these ...

Not much thought needed to hold extreme position

The writer of a June 27 letter, “after much soul searching,” concluded: I am white, a Christian male, my religion is the only true religion . . . I am white conservative, let us run the world and the world would be a much better place. In 1897 Mark Twain wrote, “There are many ...

Statement about P-cards seems to conflict with audit

Purchase card programs have become commonplace in both local and federal governments. However, there are always those who will misuse the cards. Penalties must be established based on the severity of the improper use of cards. In the federal government, personnel have lost their jobs as a ...

More voters are rejecting bias by the liberal media

International news of the king of Saudi Arabia’s royal welcome of the POTUS to an impressive meeting of 50 leaders of the Middle East should have been on Page One of The Maui News. Instead, a scene of children playing was featured. A sweet summer scene, but vital to our national ...

Letter writer’s opinions may be ‘reactionary’

When I was studying theology at a major interdenominational seminary, the professor of a course on the Sociology of Religion was helpful in characterizing the spectrum of religious viewpoints. A “conservative” was described as someone who would want to keep things the same as they are (the ...