Letters to the Editor

Sorry, the economy has not improved

For the writer (Letters, Aug. 19) suggesting that the economy has improved, sorry but the economy has not improved. The stock market is still not at the level it was when George Bush crashed the economy. The stock market is better than it was, but that’s because corporations got a 30 ...

Let’s try something else; give the women a chance

In the “Not ready for prime time” article (Aug. 19), you state “Arakawa reportedly did not campaign prior to the primary race.” Really? What do you call running full-page ads every week in Maui Time Weekly? Alan Arakawa, Mike Molina and Mike Victorino are the same candidate: on the ...

Mahalo, wallet-returning stranger, you saved my life

Recently, while getting gas for my tractor mower at a Pukalani gas station, I needed to leave suddenly. Several miles up the road to my Kula home, I realized I had left my wallet full of newly cashed, big-dollar bills and my credit cards on the outside of my truck. That awakening scared me, ...

Explaining why Trump speaks of ‘witch hunts’

Are you as tired as I am about hearing of a Russia connection? For almost two years of investigating and $17 million taxpayer money have not brought any evidence against the president. Donald Trump was a citizen when Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, sold 20 percent of our uranium to ...

Primary election winner is ‘blank’?

While we see voter participation “progress” on Aug. 11 as more registered Maui voters did vote this time, — going from very, very poor to just very poor? — we’re more baffled at those registered to vote who do vote, but leave so many blanks. We expect guys who do vote in the County ...

How the county is paring down water meter wait list

An Aug. 17 article touted Maui County Water Department progress on paring down the Upcountry water meter list. Engineering program manager Wendy Taomoto was quoted as saying that about half of the water meters offered have been declined. We were one of the 43 applicants in 2017 who were ...

Expand water opportunities

Make policy getting more water capacities. Reduce managing water usage and limiting metering for water conserving. Instead, go get water resources, incorporate private well capacities into public system and assess usage. Increase water rates for all users. Concomitantly, increase resourceful ...

Maui women: Vote to get good old boys out

Let me get this straight. The male-managed Maui News publishes an article (Aug. 19) by a male editor quoting four male “pundits,” one of whom is a disgraced sexual harasser, explaining why some very qualified women aren’t electable. Wow, Maui News, how patronizing and paternalistic can ...

Mahalo, Mayor Arakawa, for Tropic Care Maui

Thank you, Mayor Arakawa, for your capable leadership in bringing Tropic Care Maui 2018 to the people of Maui County. Tropic Care Maui 2018 removed barriers many people often face to receiving dental fillings and extractions, medical care, vision exams and prescription eyeglasses. They ...

Post-primary election observations

It’s been a few days since the primary election. All incumbents on Maui were successful in their races. The five Maui County Council members who are seeking re-election will each face a challenger. Four seats are opened, and we will have new individuals serving our community. In the ...

Take the pledge: one movie per month in Kihei

I urge you all to take a pledge to go see at least one movie per month. We have a great theater at the Kukui Mall, and if everyone follows through with their pledge, it will be there for years to come. It was so nice to jump in the car, 10 minutes prior to the start time, then 10 minutes ...

Freedom of the press is not absolute

Freedom of the press does not mean the freedom to lie or the freedom to tell half-truths. All news outlets have a duty to inform no matter who is in office and leave their personal feelings at home. Sorry you don’t like the current president, tough. I didn’t like President Obama, but he ...

Of ‘fake news’ and influence peddling

The press and the media (and the White House) all try to influence people to either buy something or elect someone to something. The president uses the press and media to spin each disaster in his own favor. The “fake news” is his denials of adultery, his accusations of witch hunts, his ...

Penalizing Cochran for 1994 blunder sends wrong message

Distraction from issues is necessary for Mike Victorino. Otherwise, those who care would never vote for him. Elle Cochran’s record on affordable housing is stellar while Victorino gutted and cut affordable housing requirements in half. He introduced repeal of the “Show Me the Water” ...

Protect our freedom of speech

I commend The Maui News for being one of over 300-plus editorial boards that joined forces to condemn President Trump’s attack on the media of this nation (Today’s Editorial, Aug. 16). The Maui News is a community paper that strives to present a balanced forum for a broad spectrum of ...

Montreal visitors enjoy day with furry friend

On Aug. 15, my wife and I had what was probably the most enriching experience we have had in our 10 years visiting Maui. We took part in the Maui Humane Society’s Beach Buddy program. We were matched with an adorable dog and spent the day exploring the island together. We discovered that ...

‘Fake news’ attacks and terrible consequences

When I was a student journalist, the Nixon administration attempted to take interview notes from a story I did with a participant in the Sioux Indian takeover of a government building at Wounded Knee. I was being called as a witness in a trial. I resisted and was defended by the Reporter’s ...

Elle Cochran is no friend of affordable housing

Mayoral candidate Elle Cochran told the Kula forum that “you can’t build your way out of a housing shortage.” I first heard this particular piece of wisdom from the NIMBY organization Maui Tomorrow. The housing shortage results from a lack of affordable homes. Simple supply and demand. ...

The Maui News is part of an essential free press

The Maui News is a member of an essential corps of free press, bringing Maui’s people local news and stories from across the state of Hawaii and from overseas. Its staffers strive seven days a week (and I hope they can continue to do so) to publish factual and informative, and often ...

Reader mystified by votes in mayor’s race

Will someone please tell me why they would vote for a convicted felon with a pitiful education (GED) for our next mayor? It’s time to change the requirements for the Office of Mayor: 1. Must have a degree from a four-year college. 2. Must have no police record. Thea Engesser Haiku