Letters to the Editor

Let’s take ‘bite’ out of 72 percent tooth decay statistic

In September 2016, a report came out regarding children and tooth decay in Hawaii. Of all the states, Hawaii had the highest prevalence of tooth decay among kids. Whereas the national average was 52 percent, Hawaii 3rd-graders had a whopping 72 percent. Well, you can figure it’s the same ...

Well water filtration system solution for cesspool issue

All the cesspool owners are complaining about the closure by the certain year. The developers are saying that their well water is contaminated by the cesspool and other sources. All the developers have to do is install a good water filtration system in the well waterlines. That way they ...

Rental condo owners already support economy

In response to our tax-happy mayor, who wants rental condo owners to “pay a little more” to help Maui’s economy, let me mention a few things. We condo owners buy furniture for our rental units from dealers here on Maui. We pay local people to paint, decorate and maintain our units. We ...

Is Trump himself biggest perpetrator of fake news?

An April 12 letter writer repeats Trump’s bragging that over 1.8 million new jobs have been created since he took office, that black and Hispanic unemployment is the lowest in history, that 250 companies have given out bonuses and raises since the tax cut, that border crossings are down 40 ...

Candidates humbly ask for your vote in Hawaii

A little lesson to the April 15 letter writer that stated, “Do not humbly ask for my vote.” This is our culture to humbly ask for one’s vote. It is the polite thing to do — lady, this ain’t the Mainland.” Leona Rocha Wilson Wailuku

Surface of bridge appears lower than surroundings

The completed bridge project replacing the culvert on South Kihei Road is now a welcome relief for residents and visitors. The workmanship looks great and the style is close to other historical bridges on Maui. Mahalo to the workers. There is one concern that is a puzzle to me: The surface of ...

Second Amendment was created for two purposes

In “Without arms, we would still be subjects of the British Crown” (Letters, Feb. 27), the writer builds a straw man and apparently makes things up, as ideologues are prone to do. The United States won independence from England because we had an army, a great general and providence on our ...

Harsh fines aim to limit short-term rental impact

South Lake Tahoe has engaged pretty harsh fines for limiting impacts of short-term rentals: Each violation results in a $1,000 fine for the guest and an additional $1,000 for the homeowner. Violations subject to $2,000 (split) fine are: street parking, excessive noise anytime but especially ...

Trump is not making America great in any way

Donald Trump is a terrible president; the facts support it. First off, 83 percent of the benefits of his tax bill go to the top 1 percent in the U.S, and because of the tax bill, the budget deficit will hit $1 trillion by 2019. Next, he abandoned the DACA kids when almost 9 out of 10 ...

Infrastructure not keeping up with development

I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time on Maui over the past 33 years and would like to offer the following observations/opinions. 1. The wonderful aloha spirit is still alive. 2. The Mauians are keeping/practicing the beautiful Hawaiian culture (history, music, dance, arts and ...

Warehouse could serve as a one-stop center

Over three decades ago Japanese developer Omori had the foresight to buy the Baldwin Packers Cannery in Lahaina and convert it into the first air-conditioned shopping center on Maui. With similar out-of-the-box thinking, the County of Maui could buy the enormous warehouse that HC&S used ...

Targeting high-end second residences makes no sense

What is wrong with our leaders? They are trying to chase away numerous small enterprises that contribute significantly to our local economy while consuming few public resources. These enterprises employ local people directly, and create further jobs by using services to maintain themselves. ...

HTA makes correct decision on fight

Thank God the Hawaii Tourism Authority has rejected spending $6 million to have a mixed martial arts title fight in Hawaii, although the reason was economic, not moral. This so-called sport fighting is brutal. Am I the only person that cringes when a fellow human being is brutally beaten? I ...

Water source in Iao Valley being chlorinated

I recently decided to start getting water in Iao Valley at Kepaniwai Park again. I knew it would benefit my health to consume that wonderful, mineral-rich water straight from the aquifer with no added chemicals. Sadly, I’ve learned that since the big flood the water has been chlorinated. ...

Letter writer highlights our effective gun laws

Kudos to an April 9 letter writer for highlighting the effectiveness of Hawaii’s common-sense gun control laws. In “Hawaii already has very strict gun laws,” the writer states, “Hawaii, being a very Democratic state, is very strict on only allowing guns in the hands of well-qualified ...

Article about MPD suspensions disturbing

I found the article on MPD suspensions as discipline rather disturbing (The Maui News, April 12). Had many of these offenses occurred in the private sector, the offenders would have been “disciplined” by being terminated. Government employees, especially those in law enforcement, need to ...

Isn’t answer to ethics question obvious?

The Maui county Board of Ethics asks, “reward for behavior?” (The Maui News, April 12). Really, isn’t the answer obvious? Interesting, two candidates for mayor were on the receiving end of the gifts, Don Guzman and Elle Cochran. If it is an honest gift, Maui Jim should be giving those ...

Fake news claim prompts review

Once again a letter writer takes the country’s major news networks to task (“Fake news ignores positive Trump news,” April 12) for fake news reporting. Fake news: Anything that does not agree with your opinion. It must be true because so many letters complain about it. So, I culled old ...

Realignment can work with common-sense adjustments

The governor says he supports the state Department of Transportation. I guess Maui knows who not to vote for. Deputy DOT Director Ed Sniffen claims the main reason for the now-called realignment is because of coastal erosion. This is a classic example of how out of touch Honolulu is with ...

Hololani revetment project received approval from all necessary agencies

Your readers deserve a better understanding of the history of the Hololani revetment project (“Kahana shoreline hardening project runs into opposition,” The Maui News, April 15) and why it has received approval from all necessary local, state and federal agencies. Hololani has lawfully ...