Letters to the Editor

Trump is not quite sane for a number of reasons

Why doesn’t someone in the press corps ask the president when he will stop lying? I know that licensed professionals in the mental health fraternity have agreed not to analyze a sitting president, but there is no law forbidding it. Trump is a classic case of someone not quite sane for a ...

Two lanes are not enough for access to West Maui

Are we going to let the planners cut us off from the rest of the island? Does anyone realize that the plan is to permanently close the coastal highway when they open the upper road that is now being built? This will leave us forever with just two lanes to access West Maui. This is just wrong. ...

Even small changes can slow global warming

Even if many of us have been complaining recently about how cold it’s getting on Maui, our world continues to experience global warming, a problem which concerns me greatly. Global warming is the process of our planet heating up. When global warming occurs, the climate changes more than ...

Change the financial dynamic for homeless

I’m very thankful to my doctor and all the nursing staff during my brief hospitalization at Maui Memorial Medical Center on Christmas Eve and the next two nights. My roommate was a homeless man around my son’s age. He was in with a broken arm. When he’s released he’ll have nothing. ...

Make good use of time because life is short

Time, time, time is on my side, yes it is. Remember those lyrics sung by the Rolling Stones? Funnily, while in college I couldn’t get those words out of my head, while I had no time. I was studying for final exams at Stanford University. Perhaps it helped me, as I graduated with ...

Inadequate health care lowers life expectancy

The Dec. 28 editorial on the drop in U.S. life expectancy in 2016 was interesting but would have been more enlightening if it had included information on where we rank in comparison with the other countries of the world. According to the World Health Organization, in 2015 we were number 31. ...

Cutting of roadside grass, weeds poorly done

You decide which you prefer — waist-high weeds/grass, covered road railings and easements, line of sight blocked by high, uncut grass, or roads littered with rocks, twigs, cut grass and weeds along with miles of easement carpeted with cut grass and debris? In the past two weeks, they ...

Gender-equal marriage a positive influence

I recently submitted a letter with my opinion of what the next group of candidates for public office on Maui needs to present. A vision of our island that truly reflects the expressed desire of our community as “a town within a park.” My intention is to make this my swan song and include ...

AG using taxpayer money to promote himself

How come the Hawaii press hasn’t reported that state Attorney General Doug Chin is using state taxpayer money to run for Congress in his travel ban challenge? Chin (as the State of Hawaii) is using a high-powered D.C. law firm to fight his anti-Trump battle and exposure to run for office. Is ...

On the contrary, VA is doing a good job for vets

In reference to the Dec. 26 letter to the editor: “Veterans are not getting what they need from VA.” Let’s correct: The VA, both state and local do an excellent job, especially helping homeless. A proud, patriotic combat American veteran says, “Thank you VA.” Fred Ruge Wailuku

Questions raised about park’s irrigation system

Reading the “Ask the Mayor” column on Christmas morning and the response concerning the irrigation system being installed at Waipuilani Park, I had to ask myself a couple questions. Please note, I am not in the habit of talking to myself. However, my first question was, “With a project ...

Kiwanis Club of Maui welcomes used magazines

There have been a couple letters recently to the editor concerning the fact that the county no longer supports recycling magazines, and the writers are asking what to do with them. The Kiwanis Club of Maui has been recycling magazines and bringing them to the hospital for a number of years ...

Reminder to check home exemption

I want to remind all of our homeowners who do not need to file a state tax return that you should check with the county Real Property Tax office to verify if you need to submit your 2016 income tax return in order to continue receiving the home exemption for property taxes. I believe that our ...

Using others’ money comes with strings

A Dec. 26 letter writer believes that restrictions on how VA money is spent reduce the benefits to veterans. While I totally stand for helping vets, I also realize that when you use other people’s money for something, strings are attached. If you accept money from somebody else, whether ...

Open up space in your home to help homeless

Recent letters about homeless people on Maui is a subject we cannot ignore. Some of our visitors end up with a one-way ticket to warm temperature and are smart enough to inquire in human services. Some are living in their cars, and some have recycled fashion in their wardrobe. Nonetheless, we ...

Alternative solution needed to issue of cats

Costco realizes and appreciates that there are two equally compelling sides to the cat issue — those who would like the trap-neuter-release program to be continued and those who believe that the program is a detriment to native wildlife. Costco is not taking a side on this issue. Rather, ...

Mayor’s shortcomings continue to mount

The mayor’s debacle regarding firing Dave Taylor of the water department shows two clear needs. First that the mayor was 100 percent wrong in his decision to fire Mr. Taylor, as the Maui County Council voted 9-0 to not allow the loss of a excellent, trained and experienced manager for the ...

Veterans are not getting what they need from VA

Homelessness was certainly not something I considered when joining the U.S. Army in the ’70s, and sure never thought the bureaucracy would work against solutions. The VA’s current policy is to deny veterans homeless status if they are not staying at certain shelters with restrictive ...

Molokai needs to be more friendly to tourism

A Dec. 24 letter writer from Kaunakakai bemoans the recent tax legislation that, in the writer’s opinion, will cause welfare benefit losses. This comes from the same island that routinely turns away visitor cruises and other tourism-related industries. Like it or not, tourism drives the ...

Hawaii needs to restore agricultural industries

Considering the overthrow is responsible for destroying Hawaii’s agrarian society, it is appropriate to redeem rural/agriculture land, build the necessary infrastructure and provide resources to restore agricultural industries. Doing this right thing promotes food security. The U.S. ...