Letters to the Editor

Violent behavior is three bullies with a bullhorn

No, Jan. 28 letter writer, violent behavior is three bullies with an electronic bullhorn disrupting 3,000 citizens peacefully marching in solidarity with women all over the world. I heard demonstrators reply by singing aloha. Although I don’t usually support yelling at people, I understand ...

Community media getting shortchanged

Community media is a powerful tool for our democracy. It is federally mandated to provide us citizens with information regarding our local and state government. Why then would our local cable provider give community media such shoddy treatment? Spectrum, Like Oceanic before them, has little ...

Can’t wait for cinemas to open at Kukui Mall

I’m sure I’m not the only movie fan who can’t wait for Regency Kihei Luxury Cinemas to open its doors at Kukui Mall (The Maui News, Jan. 27). Thrilled to know it will offer not only first-run movies but also special events. Here’s hoping the upgrade will include 1) top-of-the-line ...

Broken promises dishonored lost lives of service people

Jan. 27, 45 years ago, we achieved peace in Vietnam with honor for our lost loved ones and brothers. We also made an agreement with the Vietnamese people that they would, with our promise, have the right to self-determination. Twenty-eight months later, Mr. Nixon was gone and a Democratic ...

Panels a visual blight for entire Lahaina community

I am a strong supporter of alternative energy to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. However, I am extremely dismayed by the placement of the solar farm on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. This array of panels is a visual blight for the entire Lahaina community and in direct ...

Fallout from missile alert reveals troubled society

An aftermath of the missile attack alert here underlined what a deeply troubled society ours is: The worker who mistakenly sent the false alert received death threats. America is a violence- and death-obsessed country where common decency and respect for life, for humans and all living ...

New minimum wage law is the bare minimum

If you’re looking for a job, I may know about one for you. Here’s the deal: You’ll be putting in 40 hours a week. It’s hard work most of the time and it’s hot, repetitious and sometimes dirty work. The job pays minimum wage. That means if you stick it out for a full year, you will ...

Learn from the past and avoid trouble in the future

The recent false missile alert shows how fragile our existence here is and how our peace can be upended in short order. It is hopeful to recall that several Jesuit priests survived the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. One explained: “We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home.” Fast ...

2-person, 2-key suggestion may prevent false alerts

I’m sure U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz means well, but putting the responsibility for issuing alerts at the federal level sounds like it might take longer to broadcast. If so, with 15- to 20-minute estimated time to shelter, seconds count. The two-person, two-key suggestion sounds like an ...

Biblical concepts are the best choice of governance

An official government shutdown and starting anew is appealing. A compelling alternative is a “government upon His (Jesus’) shoulders” (Isaiah). Real change occurs when hearts and minds are transformed. Congress sanctioned the actions of businessmen, church leaders and military ...

‘Rules’ used to attack global warming deniers

The Jan. 24 editorial about Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals” and how these rules are used as weapons against opponents without having to address the issue was enlightening. In simple terms, SA’s rules advise you to attack the author, not the subject matter. A very good example ...

Disappointed in coverage of Maui Women’s March

I was disappointed in your coverage of the Maui Women’s March on Jan. 20. You chose to send two male reporters who failed to understand or communicate what was newsworthy at the event. Rather than interviewing the thousands of women who marched in solidarity and good humor, they focused ...

State plan moves traffic jam to main intersection

I agree wholeheartedly with a Jan. 19 letter writer that the Lahaina bypass need not be complicated. A four-lane thoroughfare from “cut mountain” to Honokowai, with a few on/off ramps (overpasses). After all, this is the 21st century. What do we do with the traffic mess we have on the ...

Signs should have been the message in article

I’m writing in regard to the Jan. 21 news coverage of the Women’s March on Jan. 20. The newspaper picture and text focused a lot on the presence of three loud, angry protesters, who clearly had a different message than that of the many marchers, women, men and children. The irony lay in ...

Nuclear disarmament is the only realistic path

On Jan. 21, The Maui News printed a front-page story titled “Surviving the Fallout,” referencing the recent erroneous missile attack warning. I believe that this article, which gave instructions for where people might shelter in case a real nuclear-armed ballistic missile were incoming, is ...

Keawe Street roadwork should be done at night

Why is the busiest intersection in Lahaina having construction from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.? The Keawe Street work should be done at night, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Not only is this part of the bypass work going to be an ongoing nightmare once done, they are also going to make us suffer through ...

Closure of HI5 redemption centers not too professional

The recent closure of all the HI5 redemption centers strikes me as the kind of thing that would not happen if we had a professional county manager (The Maui News, Jan. 13). It doesn’t seem very professional for the Department of Health not to pay its bills. It is important that we recycle ...

Writer should leave ideology behind, re-read Constitution

Trump is restoring what the Constitution’s supposed to be? Chilling! The Jan. 17 letter writer displays insults, inaccuracies and for certain a blind allegiance to “that” infallible doctrine. President Ronald Reagan, a good man of the “fiscally” responsible side of the aisle, took the ...

Trio of counterprotesters did not deserve so much ink

Your Jan. 21 front-page article on the Maui Women’s March devoted too much attention to a small fraction of 1 percent of the demonstrators, instead of the thousands who gathered in solidarity to protest injustice to women and excesses of the Trump administration. You chose to focus on ...

Maui News photographer captures revealing image

Thank you, Matt Thayer, once again! Your perceptive eye starkly reveals the frenetic primates we humans sometimes revert to (The Maui News, Jan. 21, Page 1). Hugh Starr Makawao