Letters to the Editor

Sea level rise and the importance of sand dunes

Regardless of what the drivers are for sea level rise, we know from scientific data that the sea level is rising. We can observe those rises in sea level as we walk on our beaches and drive on our frontal roads during different tide cycles. We also see an increase in storm surges and an ...

New leadership can learn from Cochran and Atay

Now that three members of the ‘Ohana Coalition have managed to get themselves the top three leadership positions in the new County Council, they would do well to remember that they do not have a mandate from the electorate to implement the goals of the coalition. If they do, they will most ...

Victim of elder abuse ready to minister again

As I became a certified paralegal, a notary and prison chaplain in 1999, I read that the Office on Violence Against Women is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. OVW helps provide victims with the protection and services to pursue safe and healthy lives. Also, I learned about elder ...

Lottery fund could mitigate the costs of climate change

The question is how are we going to pay for the huge cost of mitigating the effects of sea level rise and other forms of climate change? The enormous tax increases necessary will not be easily born by residents alone. It seems time to pass laws to create state and county lotteries to fund ...

CEO-type leadership style was very evident

What a disappointing inauguration day. It’s just more of the same ol’ same. The new council chair is the same as the old council chair; a CEO, not a chair. She announced she had “the votes” to be chair nearly two months ago, and just two days after the election. Yet, her CEO-type ...

Border wall would be the epitome of folly

Sure, let’s build a wall. Call it the Trump wall. It would make him truly happy. It’ll be the Trump monument. It’ll rival the monuments in Washington, D.C. It’ll be colossal in scale. It’ll be also know as the Maginot Line II, very impressive but totally useless, the epitome of ...

Lahaina pool locked with no explanation

The Lahaina swimming pool is one of the special hidden secrets of Maui/Lahaina. Morning aquasize classes frequently cater to 35-70 eager participants guided by talented, long-serving volunteer leaders and there are many more frequently in the swimming lanes. The pool is particularly important ...

Kanaka visit Haleakala to embrace their kuleana

Haleakala needed representation as federal furlough reduces park staff, leaving kuahiwi exposed to overuse of facilities, taking of rocks and plants, visitors veering off trails and paths, littering and disrespecting this wao akua. By 8 a.m. the cool crisp, sunny morning saw more than 15 tour ...

Letter about traffic citation quotas refuted

Regarding The Maui News letter to the editor on Dec. 19 about the MPD “end-of-year revenue shortfall,” the Maui Police Department, along with other police departments, do not have traffic citation “quotas”! An officer, eight hours on patrol, is expected to observe traffic violations and ...

Take a deep breath and reconsider Trump

What is it with the never-ending criticism of the current president? I can’t go a day without seeing a letter or bumper sticker attacking Trump. What has he done that’s so bad? Surely not the entire fake Russian collusion narrative? Is it that he wants to control illegal immigration? ...

Threat at the Mexican border is underground

I would assume Mexicans already have tunnels into America from Mexico. Japanese had tunnels on Iwo Jima. Taliban had tunnels in Afghanistan. Only Americans have tunnels called subways. Oahu has rail which is useless. Mauians will end up paying more property tax to pay for rail and now the ...

Letter about former college dorms leads to memories

Reading the Dec. 20 letter of complaint makes me sad, angry, and brings back a lot of memories. In the late ‘70s, when the dorms were still occupied by students, I was the groundskeeper, mowing the lawns, pruning the hedges, and generally keeping the place in decent shape. Eric Fredericksen ...

Communicate with each other in a skillful manner

These days we are all texting and emailing. Some studies say on average we send 23 text messages per day. Teenagers send perhaps even more. Below I list some best practices: 1. Filter out spam messages. 2. Write and rewrite messages. 3. Allow 20 minutes after composing before pressing ...

Neonatal intensive care unit is needed on Maui

In 2017, we had 1,684 births in Maui County. Statistically, this equals 175 premature Maui babies per year, not counting sick babies or Maui maternal transports to Oahu for high-risk deliveries. Maui does not have the required neonatal intensive care unit to take care of these babies. Neonatal ...

Steven Tyler rocked the A&B Amphitheater

Definition of a rock star: Steven Tyler! Backed by his touring band, Loving Mary, Steven rocked the full house at the A&B Amphitheater in a show for the ages. From the minute he hit the stage, no one in the audience sat down for the next two hours. Don’t worry if you missed it; I’m sure ...

High costs force many people to leave Hawaii

Well, there it is folks, they finally are admitting that there are more people leaving Hawaii then there are people moving here. I’ve said it for years, we are the biggest democratic, unionized, anti-business and noncompetition state there is, period. We are forced because of this to pay the ...

When will U.S. military leave our islands alone?

The United States wanted to use Hawaii as a platform from which they could have a dominant military presence in the Pacific, and 120 years later they continue to flex their military power in our islands. Isn’t it enough that they damaged our island of Kahoolawe? During World War II, ...

Ongoing Kihei construction puts pressure on residents

Until someone listens or gives some answers, I think this needs repeating. The building of the Maui Bay Vista (Maui Lu) is underway, but what is being done about the infrastructure — the constant flooding and the traffic that this property will bring to Kaonoulu Street and South Kihei Road? ...

Say no to U.S. Navy war practice in Maui County

Say no to U.S. Navy practice for war — above, on and below our splendid Maui County waters, off shore, near shore and on land! We live in a very special place of Hawaiian aloha and beauty. The Navy in its practice for war has a history in Maui County. The Navy used Kahoolawe, an island ...