Letters to the Editor

Setting the record straight on handling rodeo animals

As past chairman of the Poway (Calif.) Rodeo and past vice president of the CA Pro Rodeo Circuit, I want to set the record straight about the handling of rodeo animals (Letters, June 7). The sport directly descends from ranching traditions and is a celebration of the Western way of life. ...

Can’t drive 45 mph on Piilani Highway

In the immortal words of Sammy Hagar, who once said to a nice police officer that he couldn’t drive 55, I can’t drive 45. The Piilani Highway needs to be updated with the traffic flow. I drive it nearly every day, and no one does the speed limit. If they do, then they get passed by the vast ...

Mayoral candidates will address housing needs

Our governmental officials have been speaking about Maui’s housing crisis but have no idea how to address this crisis. On June 28, a forum on affordable housing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Valley Isle Fellowship Church in Wailuku. Come listen to our mayoral candidates tell us how they ...

Local watermelon priced higher than Mainland

I can’t help wondering where it is in the supply chain that raises the price of a 20-pound “Hawaii grown” watermelon at a Maui supermarket to $30 when larger watermelons on the Mainland cost a tenth of that. I can understand higher prices on Maui, but 10 times higher? For something grown ...

Career Maui politicians are cause for alarm

The front-page article about career politicians should alarm voters (The Maui News, June 13). A mayor should be limited to only two four-year terms whether consecutive or not; council members should be able to serve five two-year terms, period. Career politicians are usually funded by special ...

Let Molina, Lee and Hokama run for office

I was disappointed to read about a frivolous attempt made by an Ohana Coalition/Maui Pono Network member to disqualify three local candidates from running for the Maui County Council (The Maui News, June 13). Mike Molina, Alice Lee and Riki Hokama come from respected families who have been part ...

Sports writer recognized for covering MIL athletes

Another school year has come to an end. For me as a parent, it is the last school year my children will be home as they graduated from high school this year. I have been fortunate to be the parent of three student athletes and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments both as students and ...

Candidate has the smarts and the experience to lead

Isn’t it time to have a compassionate and socially responsible businessman lead Maui County? Ori Kopelman is running for mayor. He understands how to make organizations efficient and effective. As president of his management consulting firm in the 1990s, he helped NASA’s Space Station ...

Residents would love to see sugar mill preserved

The sugar mill is part of Maui history and should be preserved. To the person who wrote on May 31 saying that the sugar mill is an eyesore, well, what I have to say is that if it bothers you, just don’t look at it. For us born-and-raised lifelong residents, our great-grandparents, ...

Kihei’s public skating rink should be safe for everyone

Did you know that there is a public skating rink here on Maui? Did you know that it is open to the public three nights a week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights)? It is run on a purely volunteer basis by the Maui Inline Hockey Association, which has a lease agreement with the Maui ...

Cochran’s comments show lack of finesse and control

It’s hard to fathom the lack of finesse and control demonstrated by County Council Member Elle Cochran by suggesting publicly, without evidence, that past campaign contributions of Keith Regan, the county’s managing director, had some bearing on his appointment to his current position by ...

Letter writer gave correct take on Pono Network

I couldn’t agree more with the June 12 letter writer regarding the Pono Network. This is the same crowd that killed the Superferry and promoted the bogus campaign against GMO food. Their claim that the court subverted “the will of the people” was equally disingenuous. This was a ...

IQ test: Money on Raging Bull not the Full of Bull!

The mendacious temporary occupant of the White House is obsessed with his perception of IQ test results of others and himself. He often accuses those who have offended him (an easy task committed by countless citizens with functioning brains) with the schoolyard insult of “low IQ.” He ...

Immediate, professional and effective response, rescue

On June 12, my wife and I were having a late morning breakfast at Gazebo. Fifty yards offshore we watched a young mother struggle against a mounting north wind. On the front of her standup paddleboard was a very young child. For 15 or 20 minutes, she paddled and made headway, only to lose it ...

No to ‘Madland’ control, yes to native needs and values

Visited Maui since 2003. Bought in 2011. Made it home in 2016. Have driving and voting rights, all in order to flee the “Madland” with its “NoNo” culture so to love, live and learn from Mauians; not to dictate to longtime residents Madland values. I saw the ferry go, saw the cane ...

Should statehood be a paid holiday for state workers?

Is it about time to stop celebrating statehood — with a paid holiday for state workers? Hawaii has been a state since 1959. Is it time to stop giving state employees a paid day off because we are a state? We need a lame-duck politician (who else would dare?) to at least start the ball ...

Haleakala park is putting businesses out of work

Haleakala National Park is putting local businesses out of work. They removed 14 companies that depend on the park to survive, giving the business to other companies that never did use the park. That’s unfair. Then they put in a reservation system that is to keep out everyone but the rich ...

Will rent house to a Maui family after cleaning mess

You know I won’t name names, but these people lived on our property 14 years. Both were hoarders inside and out. I finally got an attorney; cost me $6,000 and I couldn’t get them out. They finally left owing me $4,000 and the problem to clean up after them. Over $1,000 to Maui Disposal, ...

Article was best argument for new form of government

Bravo to The Maui News for the June 10 article “Job hunting in the twilight of the Arakawa administration.” This is the best argument I have heard yet for the transition to a new, professional manager form of county government. We don’t need cronyism and careerists running our pubic ...

Opportunity involves making this world a ‘home for God’

An incredible opportunity is now bigger and more significant after the 34 years of volunteering in Maui Community Correctional Center as a chaplain and religious service provider. This involves the fulfillment and elevation of previous spirit-led accomplishments to make this world a “home ...