Letters to the Editor

Women should have more to say

Astrologically, we are less than 100 years into the Epoch of Woman. Change may appear slow, but much progress has been made. And this change will accelerate. It is a fact that through women life enters the world. Men must realize that the life-bringers should have more to say about how life ...

Who are the real undesirables here?

I just heard on the local news that the Hawaii Tourist Authority is saying it does not want the Ultimate Fighting Championship to bring a championship fight to Hawaii where our own Max Holloway is the champ. They say they do not want “undesirable“ people to visit our great state. Is this ...

Ex-state representative has challenge for candidates

As former state representative for South Maui, I challenge all upcoming candidates for Maui County to produce and support a community vision that reflects proposals put forth by various groups to maintain the agricultural base of Maui’s economy by implementing family farms from county lands ...

Give the gift of life for Christmas

The most valuable Christmas present that you can give to someone in Hawaii is a pint of blood. Your gift of life can save up to three lives during this holiday season. The old adage “it is more blessed to give than to receive” is true when it come to donating blood for those who need it ...

The homeless will abuse whatever you give them

I busted out laughing the other week when I read about the idea being tossed around about letting the homeless sleep overnight in their cars. Are you kidding me? Now we’ll have junk cars everywhere they can find to park. Let’s look at it from their view: “I can’t afford to rent a ...

Trusting in God, Hawaii can be restored as a nation

The United States government, businessmen and churches are responsible for Hawaii’s 1893 overthrow. President Donald Trump’s stance regarding Jerusalem is relevant to restoring Hawaii. “It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done” in response to the 1993 ...

Raise GET tax and dedicate funds to road improvement

Maui County is in desperate need of new and more and improved roadways. Whether the state or county is responsible, nevertheless the ones that suffer are the citizens and visitors. The hundreds of dollars that are wasted every year by the average Maui roadway user waiting in traffic or looking ...

Kihei roadwork creates entrepreneurial opportunity

I’m retired. Recently I went for a walk in the afternoon. I live in north Kihei near where North Kihei Road has been closed by a roadblock for several months while crews work to replace the old culvert bridge near what was Suda Store and is now an ABC. It has been reported that the work ...

Permitting a sleeping area shows compassion

I was filled with joy when the county announced a plan to help our neighbors use their cars for nighttime homes. During the day, our friends use their vehicles to keep their children and possessions. At night, their daytime housing locations are closed, putting them at risk. Permitting a ...

Trees help overcome sizzling temperatures

How I miss those chopped-down monkeypods once ventilating Piilani Highway at Kulanihakoi Street in Kihei. Trees overcome sizzling temperatures with three major outputs: refreshing shade; lowered ambient temperature since less heat reflects off the adjacent shaded sections; cool air discharged ...

Everything left of far right isn’t always propaganda

In response to a Nov. 29 letter writer regarding people “throwing away precious longtime relationships” when they “find out they voted for Trump and now they are all of a sudden (considered to be) racist, white supremacist, homophobic, misogynist, global-warming denying haters. You might ...

Staff has improved water quality and capacity

The leadership and technical knowledge of water department Director Dave Taylor and staff have improved delivered freshwater qualities and water capacities (efficient transfer of aquifer waters to treatment facilities) within budget. The water department’s regularly published water quality ...

Council wasting time considering suntan lotion

Why are County Council members dealing with something that cannot be stopped? The small-minded County Council is wasting time and money on suntan lotion? Time for a reality check! You think you can do anything about it? What makes you think they are buying it here? Get real now — why should ...

Hawaii is one of the top taxed states in America

Raising the excise tax from 4 to 4.5 percent is not a 0.5 percent increase. The amount is 0.5, but the percentage increase is 12.5 percent. Our current excise tax of 4 percent equates to somewhere near 11 percent if there were a more standard sales tax that does not apply to services and, ...

Foot officers could enforce illegal fireworks laws better

I appreciate The Maui News bringing attention to the issue of illegal fireworks (Dec. 10). We have to medicate one of our dogs on a regular basis because of her terror of the explosions and flashes. Just a few explosions turn a normally confident dog into a quivering, panting, drooling mess, ...

Include a healthy lifetime sport when setting goals

A lifetime sport should energize you and keep you fit for life. I was taught in high school about lifetime sports like tennis, running and swimming. I became a high school state tennis champion. Thanks to biofeedback and Feldenkrais (a yogalike mind-body practice), I no longer have shoulder ...

No white, racist, fascist Republicans at protests

Hey, did you see all those white, racist, fascist Republicans at all those protests? The ones burning down their neighborhoods, throwing bricks at cops, looting and breaking the windows of local storefronts? Marching in the streets, shutting down traffic because a criminal illegal immigrant, ...

Event may be canceled due to liquor requirements

Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church has held its Tasteful Benefit for two years. It is a once-a-year, four-hour event on church grounds. Its focus is to build community, to enjoy food, to talk story and to help fund outreach ministries for work on Maui. Our bishop’s warden recently went ...

Selfish people lighting fireworks, driving recklessly

I know a lot of people are tired of these illegal fireworks and more frustrated that not much can be done. It got so bad one day recently that at least one explosion was happening every 10 minutes. I had to bring my shivering pit bull inside my kitchen and blast the radio for her to sleep. ...

Allow Maui Whale Day to continue

The Maui Whale Day event has been a tradition for Maui residents and thousands of visitors from around the globe. Businesses flourish and the event brings the community together! Please allow the festival tradition to continue, it is part of what makes Maui a top vacation destination ...