Letters to the Editor

The left unhinged over $25,000 donation

Really? In-N-Out Burger has been found out for donating $25,000 to the California Republican Party and once again the spineless lunatics have become unhinged. This same corporation has donated thousands of dollars to many Democrats that share similar values but we never hear about anything ...

Will send memory disks as soon as they are found

Life has its funny moments. The other day, my mother-in-law told me she had ordered these memory disks. She said these disks have helped me a lot. I would like you to listen to them. I replied I don’t have a memory issue. She said, “Do you recall losing your car keys last week?” I told ...

Visionary political perspectives

The exorbitant amount of money necessary to stand for office is out of control. We have so many super PACs and PACs spending money from sources which are not always transparent. We must legislate to adopt campaign finance reform and the public financing of elections. This year, many ...

Here’s how fact-based voting would work

I don’t find many of the letters to The Maui News written for or against particular candidates for office very helpful. I have a suggestion: Let’s make candidates clearly state their views on critical issues facing our county and insist they say how they would address them. Then we can ...

Headline referencing the president was misleading

In The Maui News of Sept. 1, there was a headline “President, stars bid epic farewell to Queen of Soul.” Imagine my surprise, after reading the story, that you meant “former” President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.” Our current president, ...

Rebuttal of explanation of ‘witch hunts’ offered

An Aug. 28 letter writer asked, “Are you as tired as I am about hearing of a Russian connection?” I couldn’t agree more. After all, our spoiled, vindictive, ignorant, classless juvenile monarch stated repeatedly “there is no collusion,” but then “collusion is not a crime.” His ...

Far-left liberals want to make U.S. socialist

Simply because President Trump wants to stop people from entering our country illegally and to stop terrorists from entering our country, the “progressive movement” has called him a racist. This is totally ridiculous and everyone who has any intellectual honesty will agree with me. It all ...

Fire Department requests essential to protect island

Fortunate and grateful. That’s what most of us in West Maui ought to be feeling after the recent hurricane and fires. This is all because of the tireless work of the entire Maui Fire Department, Maui Police Department, National Guard and various federal, state and county agencies. The ...

Mayor’s words to victims were defensive and arrogant

Mayor Arakawa was reported on Aug. 30 in The Maui News to say that “Talk is Cheap” to those who challenged what they believed to be the county’s inadequate response and assistance after the devastating Lahaina fire. Regardless of the mayor’s position, his words display an attitude ...

Congratulations to Kihei Charter School

I was delighted to read (Maui News, Aug. 17) of the tremendous progress the Kihei Charter School has made toward achieving a permanent home in the Maui Research and Technology Park. This is a milestone achievement by a volunteer group of dedicated community leaders over many years and over ...

Aloha spirit transcends culture of verbalism

This quote from William Barrett’s “The Illusion of Technique” has given me much food for thought over the years: “We are a culture consumed by verbalism, and the effect of our words is to place a screen between us and things. Nothing exists until we have assigned it its name; and then, ...

Hurricane aftermath leaves some short of paying rent

My son saw a Facebook message from a friend who wasn’t working because of Hurricane Lane. She wondered how people like her were going to be able to pay their rent when that event comes around at the end of this pay period. So sad the housing challenges! So many of us here in Maui are in the ...

Mahalo to Costco, Safeway for food, water donations

The community would like to send many thanks to Tony, manager of Maui’s Costco, and Robin from Kehalani’s Safeway, for their support and aloha spirit! Without hesitation, you both offered your food and water to supply our Maui firefighters who were working hard to fight the fires in ...

Kaiser runs hospital as a business

Kaiser is a business. Thus, they run the hospital like a business. Patients who are seen in the emergency room or admitted and discharged are all being approached to change from private insurance to Kaiser. Patients are being sent home from ER that should be admitted. Thank you, Gov. Ige, for ...

Public review coming for good, bad developments

The Maui Planning Commission and the public will soon have an opportunity to review a very good development proposal, Mike Atherton’s in Waikapu, and a very bad proposal, Doug Spencer’s above Maalaea. Atherton’s Waikapu project features truly affordable housing, a sewage treatment ...

Some blank votes can signal voters’ discontent

On Aug. 26, a letter written by the president of the Kihei Community Association was published. In it, he complains about blank votes being cast, and that voters are “unaware” of the process. I voted, and I left a couple of spaces blank. When you don’t like a candidate, but she/he is ...

Federal probe fatigue? No, keep investigating Trump

A recent letter writer asked readers if they are finally tired of the ongoing Department of Justice investigation. As loud as I can, I’ll shout, “No!” The Bill Clinton investigation began in 1994 with the Whitewater probe. The same investigation was broadened by the DOJ to include the ...

First responders in harm’s way to protect community

While the island hurriedly prepared for what could have been one of the worst storms to hit Maui, hundreds of our fellow citizens were preparing to protect and assist us if such a storm did indeed hit — putting their lives on the line as first responders: firefighters, police and scores of ...

Grateful for first responders’ help with W. Maui brush fire

Words cannot express how grateful I am to our firefighters, police, medics, businesses, volunteers and everyone who helped here in Lahaina. It looks bad, and it is horrible for everyone affected. But it could have been so much worse. We came so close to the whole town burning down.  This ...

Community rallies to assist, bless W. Maui fire victims

With eagerness and special care, we honor those Maui firefighters who faithfully labored to protect and battle the fires in Maalaea, Kaanapali and Lahaina. We also celebrate those volunteers in these areas who guided and protected many homeowners. Kauaula Valley residents Ke‘eaumoku and ...