Letters to the Editor

Why S. Maui should elect Don Couch to the state House

South Maui gets one seat in the 51-member state House of Representatives. If that person does not perform, then the community suffers. Roads don’t get improved, schools don’t get funded, and your ability to affect state law is diminished. In short, this position is a big deal for the future ...

We will all do what we love in Mauitopia

I graduated in the top 10 percent of my class from one of the top engineering schools in the country, Stanford University. In my freshman year, the dean of admissions told a story about someone who had applied with an all “D” average. In his essay, the student wrote that he knew Stanford ...

If you support better schools Justin Hughey is your man

If you believe we should improve our public schools, you need to vote for the well-qualified candidate teacher Justin Hughey, who is running for state representative in the 8th District (Central Maui, including Wailuku). This letter on Hughey is one of several to appear in The Maui News, an ...

Writer confuses Maui’s intellect with apathy

Yet another letter writer (Letters, July 25) has confused Maui’s superior intellect with “apathy.” Hawaii and Maui in particular have the lowest voter turnout in loser USA for good reason. Folks here have realized if people aren’t counting ballots but corrupt corporations are instead, ...

Tell County Council to bring professional to help run Maui

Disgraceful! That’s the job done by the County Council working on the amendment to add a sorely needed professional managing director to run the county. Not one of the candidates running for mayor has ever managed a large organization, especially one with a multimillion-dollar budget. All ...

County should consider limitations on fireworks

Independence Day — 4th of July — family fun, picnics and fireworks. But on this particular 4th of July, due to errant fireworks set off by children, several families and individuals suffered considerable damage and even total loss of their homes in Kihei. My home was damaged; the two homes ...

Vote your choice and avoid influence of small-minded

This election cycle we have had two candidates for state House District 11 knock on our door asking for our vote. How lucky we are in South Maui to have a number of fine candidates wanting to serve our community. Each candidate has unique strengths and it will be important to sort through the ...

What are mayor’s intentions with his council candidacy?

I heard a man stand at a public meeting and talk of behind-closed-doors words attributed to our mayor that makes me not trust the present mayor for his manipulative plan to run for County Council and then run yet again for mayor, knowing that the County Charter is broken. Mr. Mayor, let’s ...

Campaign contributions letter contains nothing new

Re: “Curious lists of candidates’ campaign contributions” (Letters, July 25). This is not news. Everyone knows Mike Victorino is pro-developers and Don Guzman is all about balance between development and environment. What I find interesting is when Pono supporters wave the righteous ...

If you want change, stop bellyaching and vote!

Everywhere you go on Maui these days — from the checkout lines at big-box stores to the family table — citizens are complaining about our deteriorating quality of island life. Traffic is miserable, housing is nonexistent, roads are crumbling and visitors overwhelming. Why? Because our ...

Mike Victorino cares about the community and shows it

You can tell it’s political season because all of the politicians are suddenly showing up at local events. I think you can tell a lot about a political wanna-be when they are not campaigning. That’s why I am voting for Mike Victorino. He and his family were at Relay for Life again this ...

Getting USPS delivery on Sunday a fun surprise

Getting a package delivered on Sunday is such a fun surprise. Thanks to Wailuku post office — third time this year I’ve had the pleasure. USPS is thriving — resist privatization! Victoria Cheromcka Wailuku

Don Couch rolls up sleeves and jumps in

I respect a politician who rolls up his/her sleeves and jumps in to help when and where help is needed. Don Couch, who is running for South Maui’s seat in the state House, is that kind of person. Whether it’s volunteering almost every month at the hugely popular Kihei Fourth Friday ...

Landlord gets punished for doing a good deed

No good deed goes unpunished. This must be the motto at the Maui County taxation department. My new landlord thought he would be doing a good thing renting out a small unit to a disabled and homeless U.S. Army veteran. He jumped through a great many bureaucratic hoops and then does not even ...

Reasons why Don Guzman is right person for mayor

Where is our aloha? With so much negativity, rumors and lies being spread about candidates, I felt I needed to step up, be positive and stick to the facts to tell you why I am voting for Don Guzman for mayor. I believe Maui is ready to return back to being a community of neighbors. Maui ...

Everyone should work in ethical ways

Honest Ori here again to urge everyone to work in ethical ways. I was a successful Silicon Valley executive. We know we are not supposed to do it. Surfing the internet while at work. Yet we all do it. Our organizations lose many hours of productivity. As an outsider, I am running for mayor, ...

To make a difference, walk away from Democratic Party

There have been lots of letters over the last few months about being uncivil, mostly attributed to Mr. Trump, and they are increasing in number each day. I continue to try and warn my fellow countrymen, Democrats and Libertarians alike that leftism should be your greatest fear, not the right ...

Visitor industry generates important financial support

The July 22 “Chair’s 3 Minutes” column about the visitor industry is appreciated! It seems that it’s been too long since this type of factual information about our visitor industry has been published in the media. The column by Maui County Council Chair Mike White states important ...

Candidates picks to best represent state, county

I would like to see David Ige, Jill Tokuda, Donna Mercado Kim and Tulsi Gabbard represent the State of Hawaii along with Dain Kane and Roz Baker in the state House and Senate. I trust Mike Victorino, Alice Lee and Mike Molina with Maui County business. Mark Kanae Smith Wailuku

Some reasons to vote for Don Couch

A record of accomplishments is important; for one thing, it proves actions speak louder than words. Here are some reasons to vote for Don Couch for state House Representative, District 11, South Maui (Kihei-Wailea-Makena) on primary day, Aug. 11. He fought for the Lipoa Street roundabout, he ...