Letters to the Editor

Share talents with others who need role models

Let us achieve self-gratification by sharing our talents with others who need positive role models. In our accomplishments as retirees we have skills and job experiences to share. My own years of community service have served as a bridge for those who are incarcerated and who have a chance ...

Time limit would encourage enrollment in health plans

The recent letter by Sen. Mazie Hirono expressed concern that the replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would leave those with pre-existing conditions without coverage. The problem is that the ACA itself does not and will not have a reasonable amount of funds to provide that coverage ...

People abuse system with so-called comfort animals

Well, folks, like anything else you can think of, we as civilized society have learned for decades to push the envelope to the extreme with every opportunity. It took years for people with disabilities to finally have their service animals, travel with them and have no restrictions of places ...

First name of president was Woodrow, not Woodwork

We’ve been reading the fair and balanced news in your paper for over 30 years and hate to be critical. However, referring to your editorial of June 14 (Flag Day), every grammar school kid knows the first name of the 28th president of the United States was Woodrow, not Woodwork! When you ...

Trump and son-in-law display conflict of interest

In what ethics experts are calling a glaring direct conflict of interest, a significant business partner of both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is pursuing a $2 billion government contract to build new headquarters for the FBI. I would encourage ...

How does starting a conflict make America great again?

The USS Nimitz is joining U.S. warships USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan in the western Pacific amid warnings against North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear program. No surprise. Sending three aircraft carriers in the same region is rare for the U.S. military. President Donald ...

Speeding and tailgating will likely lead to an accident

Speeding is not going to help! Stop tailgating, you get nowhere but an accident that you will cause. Flicking the finger, yelling, please get some respect! We have speed limits, please follow them and not get like you own the road. We all own the road because we pay taxes. All drivers should ...

Planned route defeats the purpose of a bypass

I would like to know when the route of the Lahaina bypass changed. I have lived in West Maui for over 46 years and I remember being told that the bypass would go from Launiupoko to Honokowai. Now all of a sudden I am hearing that it is heading the other way toward Olowalu. That totally defeats ...

Department spreads cannabis misinformation

Unfortunately the Department of Health has decided to spread misinformation about the plant they’ve been entrusted with by including a list of lies along with my medical cannabis card. These include: don’t use while pregnant or nursing (no evidence), don’t drive (does not impair like ...

People who want Trump impeached are out of touch

Impeachment should always be an absolute last option for a president. But President Trump’s opposition has been calling for impeachment since before he even took office. They seem to forget that impeachment doesn’t actually do anything. Ask Bill Clinton. It is only through a trial that ...

‘Supreme Leader’ editorial is inflammatory, unjustified

June 15 Editorial, “All hail the Supreme Leader”: References such as “underlings gathered to sing praises . . . (to)Supreme Leader.” “No . . . not North Korea.” “Trump gathered his whole Cabinet . . . pay homage to him.” This editorial went on to quote several ...

President Trump may transcend ideology

For decades we have observed Trump’s egotistical bullying. His ongoing embarrassing behavior is often at-odds with moral sensibilities. However, in contrast to Hillary, Trump offers a unique opportunity to form a partnership with China and Russia and others to avoid catastrophic war. A far ...

Much of the stock market’s strength reflects bad advice

It’s not surprising that 50-60 million Americans still believe in Trump. After all, 37-38 million Americans smoke cigarettes; and another 17 million smoke cigars. Of course, there is some overlap in those numbers. And another 50 million Americans breathe into their lungs the smoke or vapor of ...

Father created map for the trail system in Kihei

The recent obituary published for my father, Joseph William Bertram Jr., listed some of the community benefits he accomplished in his long life. Even though I was unable to gather at his bedside before he died, we spoke on the phone and he assured me it was OK. I was able to attend the ...

Neighbor Islands lack fair state representation

Maui has been slapped in the face. Repeatedly. The revelation that a solution to the traffic gridlock in, and potential isolation of, West Maui is no longer even in the long-term plan is only the latest. Remember Kihei high school? The West Maui hospital? Not protecting our lifeguards from ...

Using renewable energies keeps earnings at home

Property tax exemption encourages sustaining energy, doing pono and improving living qualities! Let’s celebrate Hokulea’s highly successful worldwide sailing achievement. Hokulea and crews resourced natural ocean currents, wind and solar energies, developed cultural navigation skills and ...

A thought about media’s treatment of Donald Trump

Just maybe if the media would cease and desist their constant spewing of negativism regarding our president, all the nut cases out there that are looking for encouragement would stop shooting people! Just a thought. David P. Ward Lahaina

Unique father-in-law will be missed

Father’s Day encompasses all fathers, and for me it’s my recently passed father-in-law, Joseph William Bertram Jr. I’ve known him since my husband brought me to his home on Maui 30 years ago. We’ve had our ups and downs as any in-laws do, but his support was constant and was ...

Liquor department unable to understand English

Well, as is par for the course with the Maui County liquor department, they seem to be unable to understand the English language. Their latest enforcement scheme is, basically, the harassment of nonprofit organizations in obtaining special event licenses. According to The Maui News (June 8), ...

Spend your money before the government takes it

The double talk which has become second nature to politics at the top echelon of our government has become so crusted with disbelief that my willingness to believe anything anyone says is in direct proportion to my willingness to doubt. The damage to clear and honest thinking is so immense ...