Letters to the Editor

Candidate on frontline for pesticide regulation

All I ever see of Rep. Kyle Yamashita is flyers in my mailbox and him standing alone on highways sign-waving. His flyers reveal nothing about what he has really been doing for years: blocking legislation that protects citizenry from agrochemical poisoning while accepting donations. So ...

A country where all women are in prison

While I appreciate the news reports about the fact Saudi Arabia has decided to let women drive, mentioning the names of the women now imprisoned as our feminist leaders were years ago seems like a good idea. Especially when I read they face the possibility of being be put to death — Eman ...

Extension for Molokai plan illustrates broken process

The recent decision by the County Council to extend the deadline for the completion of the Molokai Community Plan demonstrates once again that Maui County’s planning process is a square peg being pushed into the County Charter’s 10-year review requirement’s round hole. It’s not going to ...

Say nono to all Pono candidates this election

Remember who killed the Superferry? All the same people who protested against HC&S and voted to ban GMOs. Also, when people tell you we are better off with a county manager, remember who hires them, the County Council, which means the politics hasn’t changed, just means only one side has ...

Grateful to have safety net of emergency responders

Honest Ori here. I want to let you know that I am so grateful to have the safety net of emergency responders. A lifeguard goes out to save an exhausted old man off Kaanapali Beach, who swam out too far. A paramedic stops the blood flow to save a woman’s life after a shark bites her leg. A few ...

PAC’s goal is to elect women who are pro-choice Dems

In response to a June 21 letter writer regarding gender-based voting, the PAC cited is pretty much the same as Emily’s List, a nationwide organization founded in 1985, with it’s mission being the election of pro-choice Democratic women to office. Its vision seeks a government that ...

Illegal aliens should be turned around at the border

It seems that certain parties in the House can’t see the whole picture at the border. They blame the president, who is trying to enforce the law that was installed in Congress in 2016. Hello, people, stay on track! All that cross the borders without the proper papers are breaking the ...

Why can’t hotels support Lahaina fireworks display?

I am so tired of reading about the record-breaking numbers the hotels on Maui are bringing in and simultaneously reading, year after year, about not having enough money for holiday fireworks display for the community. Do you think these hotels could put their greed aside and kick in a few ...

Opinion page shows both sides of the coin

Interesting combination on the June 26 Opinion Page with the editorial cartoon about The Red Hen restaurant that refused to serve Sarah Sanders, with a sign in the window, “We Serve Liberals only No Conservatives” and the “Today’s Menu: Intolerance — Hate — Bigotry.” Then this ...

Upcountry highway safety ignored by state/county

After a very, very long time, the guardrails and shoulders of both Kekaulike Avenue and Haleakala Highway have been weed-whacked, trimmed, poisoned and maintained; unfortunately, there still exists large stretches of both highways where the debris from the cutting covers the shoulder up to the ...

Photo may show who doesn’t deserve our vote

Two years ago, at election time, The Maui News published a large photo showing a large group of our elected finest all lined up, shovels in hand, “breaking ground” for Kihei high school. All that publicity and what do we have? One weathered sign along the road and a promise? Perhaps you ...

Never ever swim in the ocean with your jewelry

Lost my diamond wedding ring in the ocean while snorkeling in front of the Hyatt Residence Club. After two days of talking about it, I was referred to Dave’s Metal Detecting. After talking to Dave and giving him an approximate location of where I had been snorkeling, I was out in the water ...

County gets community center fees backwards

I want to thank the County Council for raising the community center fees. It only took 12 years of testifying to get it done. But, of course, they made a mistake. They raised all the fees $20 across the board, which caused some problems. I can only write about the fees in West Maui as this is ...

Ing has matured into an ‘Alibi Ike’ public official

In 1915, satirist and short story writer Ring Lardner created the fictional character “Alibi Ike,” so named because of his flagrant use of inept excuses to explain his misconduct. Since then the expression “Alibi Ike” is employed pejoratively to describe someone adept at crafting ...

Challenge is politically motivated to confuse voters

I would like to comment on “Council candidates challenged” (The Maui News, June 13). This is a waste of time and money. This issue is clear-cut. The term limits on council members are restricted to five consecutive terms. Thus, after serving five consecutive terms on the council (10 years), ...

Writer’s arguments are full of logical fallacies

A June 22 letter writer admonished us to think, but his arguments were full of logical fallacies. He said to ignore TV news and press as “left-wing brainwashing.” That’s “tribalism” — prejudging “other side” information — an enemy of actual thinking. Yes, the AR15 has been ...

Would like to see term limits of 10 years total

There have been opinions as to term limits for local politicians. I don’t agree with most of them. Every election cycle I see the same candidates’ names, while their intended offices may be different. I would like to see term limits of 10 years total. I really think 10 years is enough. ...

No logic behind premise regarding Donald Trump

I do not understand the logic behind the premise that Donald Trump just ran for office because he only cares about himself. It is common knowledge that he was already pretty rich, had a nice comfortable life, many successful businesses, a beautiful wife, great kids, many beautiful buildings, ...

Term limits restricted to 5 consecutive terms

I had to write about the article in the June 13 Maui News about “Council candidates challenged.” I am sick and tired of outsiders coming here and trying to insult our intelligence. The law on term limits is restricted to five consecutive terms. That means five two-year terms in a row, ...

Council member advances personal agenda in column

Of all the charter proposals that Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura mentioned in her “Chair’s Three Minutes” (The Maui News, June 24), the only one that she addressed in detail was the one she opposes. I had always considered this courtesy column to be a place for an update, not for ...