Letters to the Editor

You can live a satisfying life until the age of 120

Why can’t we all live to age 120 while being mostly healthy? I know this sounds hard to believe and many people might just think I’m crazy. Centenarians are people who live past age 100. People seem to live longer and healthier lives based on eating yogurt in Soviet Georgia. Many ...

Alice Lee would brings sense of unity, order back to council

I write in support of former County Council member and Housing and Human Concerns director Alice Lee for the Wailuku seat on the Maui County Council. I base my recommendation on three personal occasions when I had the privilege of working with her. My first occasion was when I served as a ...

Hirono is what an elected official can and ought to be

Sen. Maize Hirono’s recent remark, “Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change,” sure lit up some Maui boys. In recent letters to the editor, they've called Hirono names, attacked her character, accused her of man-hating and claimed she disgraced all of Hawaii. On the ...

State deputy sheriff moving on to DLNR

There is time when forces meet. Old dude trying to regain law enforcement glory with a finely tuned man. I spent four-plus years with such a man. Marcus “Fig” Figgeroa. He is a state deputy sheriff moving on to DLNR. He carried my old 46-year old body to the sheriff’s finish on our ...

Arakawa, Molina are both needed on County Council

Two candidates for County Council should be elected due to extensive experience. Alan Arakawa and Mike Molina are the two most experienced council members that will keep Maui on an even keel. Mayor Arakawa is the hardest-working person, along with Mike Molina. My personal experience has been ...

Wireless radiation is a serious public health hazard

Sen. Brian Schatz has co-sponsored S.3157 that would allow 5G cell towers near homes and schools in the public’s right of way — on neighborhood streetlights, stop signs, lampposts — stripping away local authority. The National League of Cities as well as the Conference of Mayors oppose ...

Editorial on incivility leaves out some obvious examples

Regarding “Incivility in Washington,” an Oct. 7 editorial: Writing about this would be a lot easier if The Maui News and the rest of the country’s media would just state that they are an arm of the Democratic Party. How can The Maui News write numerous editorials on incivility and ...

Questions remain regarding the judicial screening process

Donald Trump had the right to pick his candidate for the Supreme Court. He picked Brett Kavanaugh. Elections have consequences. What followed was a credible allegation that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted a high school classmate and then at Yale committed another assault. Not surprisingly, ...

Rick Nava right choice for council

I believe it is important that I set the record straight between Rick Nava and Tamara Paltin and a letter sent to the editor on Oct. 2. First of all, Paltin did not receive 40,000 votes as the writer claimed, it was closer to 18,000-plus votes and the election was four years ago, not two years ...

Editorial was ignorant and disrespectful

The Maui News apparently decided that Columbus was not worthy of mention on Columbus Day, Sept. 8, a national federal holiday. Followed by an insulting editorial on Sept. 9. Columbus didn’t discover America, but he had the courage to reject those that thought the Earth was flat. He started ...

Perhaps men shocked by comment could ‘suck it up’

It’s interesting that nearly all of the fire-breathing letters to the editor that have criticized Sen. Mazie Hirono for her “shut up and step up” comment have been from men. Men have told women, by word or action, to “sit down and shut up” for centuries, and men calling Sen. Hirono ...

‘Go get ’em Mazie, take no prisoners’

I am proud of the work of our Sen. Mazie Hirono in Washington, D.C.. I am glad that two senators had spine enough to stand up for what is right when the going got tough. Sen. Hirono and Sen. Lisa Murkowski both exhibited courage and strength in the face of angry white men of privilege ...

Game originated in China 2,500 years ago

In your front-page article on Makawao on Oct. 8 you said Go is a popular game from Japan. It in fact originated in China 2,500 years ago. Scott Werden Haiku

Strengthen religious liberty for generations to come

We American people birth the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association to achieve awareness as an evangelical association to encourage, equip and strengthen leaders as they fulfill the Great Commission. Typically working in isolation, as corrections, all are met by administrators with ...

Rumor about Elle Cochran is not true

It’s election season,which means lots of sign-waving, candidate forums and rumors. One rumor that needs clarification is the idea circulating that Elle Cochran, when elected as mayor, will shut down all short-term rentals (including those who have gone through permitting). This rumor is ...

Proposed immigration policy change plain wrong

No one should ever have to choose between feeding their family and staying in this country. But that is exactly the situation many people will find themselves in if proposed changes to U.S. immigration policy are permitted to proceed. According to the new changes, a person can be denied ...

He without sin casts the first stone

Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” Yet an unknown said, “Kill two birds with one stone.” Assuming they meant the one with sin casts the first stone only to have the stone bounce back and therefore killing “two birds.” Michael ...

Have ghosts possessed people on Liquor Control Board?

Reading about the Liquor Control Board. I was wondering if ghosts from pre-Prohibition had come back and are possessing the people who sit on this board. Where else in this country does the liquor board have a say in whether people can dance or not? Where else in this country can the board ...

Castor bean plants are ubiquitous on Maui

Ricin is in the news again. Castor bean plants are ubiquitous on Maui. One of the most toxic substances in nature can cause death in an adult via various means of exposure of only a few powdered seeds. The internet has many sites and videos of how to derive ricin from the seeds. Not ...

Low voter turnout gives special interests more power

Hawaii has had the lowest voter turnout in all 50 states! Various reasons have been given, but the real reason is that voters have lost hope or fled the state. Despite politicians’ promises, it has been decades of the double whammies of low wages and high cost of living. Today, Hawaii ...