Letters to the Editor

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez advocates for community

As a Molokai resident, I’m writing to share my impressions of Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, a candidate for the Molokai seat on the Maui County Council. Over the past several years, I have enjoyed the opportunity of seeing her as a tireless advocate for the betterment of the Molokai community, ...

Elle Cochran has a proven track record

Elle Cochran has a proven track record voting in favor of the environment, the working class and public health for her eight years on the County Council. Mike Victorino has consistently voted against environment and public health, and in favor of big corporate and luxury development ...

Vote for politicians with ‘can’ attitude about housing

I started working on the lack of housing for the poor, the disabled and our workers in 1986. To this day, I with others have struggled against the lack of affordable housing for our people because of the “no can” attitude of our political leaders. The “no can” reasons are land is too ...

Is the FCC is monitoring Spectrum’s poor performance?

Is it just me that has TV outages for no apparent reason, sometimes several times a day? I hope the FCC is monitoring Spectrum’s poor performance. Promises made, promises not kept. Jeff Bigler Wailuku

Consider these things before voting Nov. 6

Will more low-paying jobs and more work relieve our high prices and high costs? Wouldn’t that require better wages and a lower cost of living? Could it also require shifting taxes to those who benefit from higher costs, those with money to buy up lands, homes and opportunities the average ...

Hirono works tirelessly for the people of Hawaii

It was upsetting to read the letters to the editor on Oct. 13 concerning Mazie Hirono, Hawaii’s U.S. senator, the first Asian-American female senator at that, who has worked tirelessly to promote the values we cherish, Hawaii’s values. She supports women’s right to choose, health care as ...

Will support any candidate with these two agenda items

Any candidate who has term limits at the top of his/her agenda and global warming as a threat to our planet has my support. Unlimited terms along with Electoral College are enemies of our democracy. If term limits had been in place for our country 20 years ago we would not have the enablers to ...

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

Maybe we should rethink this. We are as a nation spending $650 billion on our military. Russia spends $60 billion and China $200 billion. The military advisers say we are vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down our defense and our ability to attack. Maybe we should put more money ...

Rick Nava would bring lots of experience to council

Rick Nava is an excellent choice for Maui County Council because he has proven leadership skills, is a local business owner, veteran and a community leader who has a global view. For example, his service as police commissioner allows him to bring a depth of experience about how to best protect ...

Hirono, other Asian females are true American heroes

Mazie Hirono is a hero of Hawaii and America, just like Hawaii’s immortal Patsy Mink. Both these Asian females fearlessly took on the male-dominated political hierarchy in Washington, D.C., challenging the same stiffs who’ve rigged policy and politics there. Like Chuck Grassley, Orrin ...

Government ‘affordable’ programs taxing the public

I am not against government “affordable housing.” But, I do object to the label. More accurately it is “tax-subsidized housing.” Taxing the public for the benefit of a few. Now we have “affordable” $500,000 homes! Ditto for the “affordable” flights to Kalaupapa. Government ...

Sen. Hirono helped expose so-called judge for what he is

An Oct. 12 letter writer rudely told our Sen. Mazie Hirono to shut up in his rant. Well, I’m glad she didn’t and instead used her freedom of speech as well as her role as a representative of the people and helped expose this so-called judge for what he is. She helped bring out his ...

Character and maturity important traits in a mayor

Here is why I support Mike Victorino for mayor. Mike is pro-housing. He understands the terrible impacts the lack of homes causes local families. If you are not rich, this is a tough place to live economically. And the cost of housing is the main factor making Maui unaffordable for working ...

Hirono’s behavior not a way for congresswoman to act

As we know we have a new Supreme Court judge, they go through extreme background checks. But yet, even then several Congress members don’t believe him. But now what happens to his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford? If he was convicted of a crime he loses his standing, honor and job? He ...

Questionable things are still taking place in Hawaii

Decades of corruption and exploitation are adding up. “How long will the wicked triumph? How long, Lord?” (Psalm.) Questionable things are still taking place in Hawaii. For instance, if interveners prevail in Lahaina’s Kahoma Village pending lawsuit, should developers be required to ...

Each of us can help to reverse global warming

Each of us bears responsibility for the catastrophic global warming scientists warn about in the U.N. report (The Maui News, Oct. 8). What to do to make a difference for our planet and all its inhabitants, humans and all other creatures? The two most meaningful actions each person can take ...

Nava has the experience and character to lead

This is in response to the letter titled, “Paltin much better candidate than Nava.” Mr. Rick Nava has dedicated decades to Maui as a community leader and public servant; mentoring and tutoring youths, running a successful small business and has served three terms as president of Rotary ...

We’ve had enough ‘balance’ from Maui’s old guard

Some who support the “old boys” continuing to run Maui County suggest that Elle Cochran and the nine ‘Ohana candidates are supported by Mainlanders. This is not true. These candidates are overwhelmingly supported by residents of Maui County. However, we now know that Maui County ...

Choices: Don’t vote, vote for some, or vote in all races

No need vote. Don’t vote. Really, no need. Low turnout generally favors professional politicians with recognizable names that have pretty much been in charge up till now. They’ve been doing a great job! Development is under control. Housing is not a problem. Maui County’s infrastructure ...

Letter writer insults and advances no facts

An Oct. 11 letter to the editor demonstrates, if anything, the KISS method — Keep It Snarling Snappy. The writer calls Sen. Mazie Hirono “brainless” and asked her to stop embarrassing Hawaii. Our senator was duly elected by a majority, “brainless” too? The writer insults and ...