Letters to the Editor

‘We have met the enemy and he is us’

How is it there are only porn stars? I guess they are all “successful!” We reference “law-abiding citizens.” Some day I hope to meet one. We talk about how drugs are smuggled in from south of the border by bad hombres. This is possible only because we have bad citizens who buy and ...

Passage of HB 1916 is crucial for Hawaii

In Hawaii, there are 27,000 individuals who have Alzheimer’s and 66,000 unpaid family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s. Even though the number of people affected is alarming, there continues to be a lack of priority placed on implementing the Hawaii State Plan on Alzheimer’s and ...

Debate pits gun owners against nongun owners

The great debate in this country pits gun owners against those who do not own guns and know nothing about them. The latter are essentially ignorant. They don’t know an AR from an AK. They don’t know a .22-caliber from a 6 millimeter. They continue to call magazines clips and semi-autos ...

Students need to examine own roles in shootings

Instead of blaming the NRA, Trump or guns, students might look to their own role in these tragedies. Many of these school shooters were bullied and badly treated in school. So, I ask the students that walked out: Did you ever bully anyone or allow bullying? Did you ever see anyone sitting ...

Health care system plan projects savings

On March 1, Indivisible Kihei (a group of independent voters), the Kihei Community Association and Organizing for Change hosted a public meeting to discuss health care in Hawaii. Dr. Stephen Kemble spoke about public options for health care in the Hawaii Legislature this year. Kemble, a ...

AP article on tariffs an example of fake news

Your left-hand lead story on tariffs on March 11 was a perfect example of fake news or of editorializing posing as news. Associated Press writer Paul Wiseman said that Trump’s imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum might (I repeat — might — no facts here, no actual incidents or ...

We can learn to love and mutually exist in Hawaii

I read Kathy Collins’ March 7 column on values with mixed feelings. Not disagreeing, but curiously shifting between my own Mexican-American cultural values, those I carry from growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, and what I’ve absorbed from 30 years living on Maui. I know it’s ...

Debris blowing out of trash trucks on highway

Numerous times I have seen large Maui County trash trucks cruising down Maui Veterans Highway with their tops open so all the Kihei trash they have collected blows out onto the highway and nearby land. Why doesn’t the county environmental management monitor that the huge trash trucks have ...

We need to get back to values that unite

I want to commend Kathy Collins on her well-written column on local values published in the March 7 issue of The Maui News. I learned all about local values from my parents and grandparents. Living with aloha, acceptance and respect for others, coexisting in harmony despite differences, ...

Assisted suicide bill should be opposed by Catholics

Our state House passed an assisted suicide bill, which I oppose. The teaching of our church is clear: Assisted suicide is a sin and Catholics should oppose it. Catholic legislators who don’t oppose this bill create scandal (catechism 2282) and set a poor example for young people. Jesus ...

We allowed documents to extinguish Constitution

Here we go again. A March 11 letter writer huffs and puffs about the Founding Fathers’ intent. I would like to reassure this writer and any other person that if the founders read any part of the U.S. Constitution-nullifying Patriot “Act,” or especially the National Defense Authorization ...

Recently sighted at the Maui Mall Megaplex

Recently sighted at the Maui Mall Megaplex: Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump — sharing popcorn and watching “Black Panther.” Fred Rawe Kula

Tulsi Gabbard has strong record on gun safety reform

In response to the March 9 letter which was filled with false information and unfounded accusations, I thought the writer and others would benefit from the facts regarding Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s strong record on gun safety reform. I’m guessing the writer saw the intentionally ...

Can politics be as scary as sharks?

On Maui we get to enjoy the ocean year-round. But what are the odds of getting killed in a shark attack? One in 3,748,067. In a lifetime, you are more likely to die from lightning, 1 in 79,746, or a car accident, 1 in 84. There are 70 to 100 shark attacks worldwide every year, five to 15 of ...

KCA to host Roz Baker and Kelly King at next meeting

On alternative months on the third Tuesday, the Kihei Community Association conducts our general membership meeting for our participants, but we continue to keep it open to the community with no charge or requirement, but do expect attendees to contribute to our perpetual Maui Food Bank drive. ...

Stop treating vaping like a harmless recreation

At my school, vaping is somewhat common. I can smell it in certain bathrooms at the school and I see kids vaping in my classes. And I must confess, the smell of vapor annoys me to no end. Additionally, I find the trend inherently a little dumb. E-cigs have been marketed as a cool, harmless ...

‘Wild West’ mentality calls for rethinking of policies

Someone pulled a fire alarm at the high school and the fire bell started ringing and teachers ordered their students to evacuate their classrooms into the halls and out into the yard, as usual. The only problem was that a demon with a machine gun had pulled the fire alarm and was waiting in ...

Later start times at high schools yield benefits

Recent studies have shown that teenagers need more sleep. Teens need 8-10 hours of nightly sleep for optimum performance throughout the day. During adolescence, a teenager’s biological clock is different than adults. Melatonin release occurs later in the evening, usually around 11 p.m. and ...

Useful idiots helping to bring on totalitarian regime

More people are killed every year with baseball bats than assault rifles. Do we ban baseball? Have you ever heard of a mass shooting taking place at a National Guard armory, a gun store, a shooting range or a police station? They occur in gun-free zones such as schools. Shall we ban schools? ...