Letters to the Editor

Of ‘fake news’ and influence peddling

The press and the media (and the White House) all try to influence people to either buy something or elect someone to something. The president uses the press and media to spin each disaster in his own favor. The “fake news” is his denials of adultery, his accusations of witch hunts, his ...

Penalizing Cochran for 1994 blunder sends wrong message

Distraction from issues is necessary for Mike Victorino. Otherwise, those who care would never vote for him. Elle Cochran’s record on affordable housing is stellar while Victorino gutted and cut affordable housing requirements in half. He introduced repeal of the “Show Me the Water” ...

Protect our freedom of speech

I commend The Maui News for being one of over 300-plus editorial boards that joined forces to condemn President Trump’s attack on the media of this nation (Today’s Editorial, Aug. 16). The Maui News is a community paper that strives to present a balanced forum for a broad spectrum of ...

Montreal visitors enjoy day with furry friend

On Aug. 15, my wife and I had what was probably the most enriching experience we have had in our 10 years visiting Maui. We took part in the Maui Humane Society’s Beach Buddy program. We were matched with an adorable dog and spent the day exploring the island together. We discovered that ...

‘Fake news’ attacks and terrible consequences

When I was a student journalist, the Nixon administration attempted to take interview notes from a story I did with a participant in the Sioux Indian takeover of a government building at Wounded Knee. I was being called as a witness in a trial. I resisted and was defended by the Reporter’s ...

Elle Cochran is no friend of affordable housing

Mayoral candidate Elle Cochran told the Kula forum that “you can’t build your way out of a housing shortage.” I first heard this particular piece of wisdom from the NIMBY organization Maui Tomorrow. The housing shortage results from a lack of affordable homes. Simple supply and demand. ...

The Maui News is part of an essential free press

The Maui News is a member of an essential corps of free press, bringing Maui’s people local news and stories from across the state of Hawaii and from overseas. Its staffers strive seven days a week (and I hope they can continue to do so) to publish factual and informative, and often ...

Reader mystified by votes in mayor’s race

Will someone please tell me why they would vote for a convicted felon with a pitiful education (GED) for our next mayor? It’s time to change the requirements for the Office of Mayor: 1. Must have a degree from a four-year college. 2. Must have no police record. Thea Engesser Haiku

Issue-based candidates succeed in primary elections

Candidates with honest, positive, issue-based campaigns found success this primary.   Tina Wildberger earned a mandate 55 percent win with a campaign based on clear, well-researched ideas and the integrity to discuss them without backing down. She will serve South Maui at the state ...

Trump does not ‘do’ truth in the conventional sense

The Aug. 15 editorial by our intrepid publisher opined that it would not be a “perjury trap” for our president to testify under oath. The reasoning was that his previous statements were not under oath, so he could, without perjury, just tell the truth even if that contradicted previous ...

Mahalo to The Maui News for its ‘editorial fight’

Thanks to the editorial writer of The Maui News for joining the “editorial fight” against Fascist Trump (“Today’s Editorial,” Aug. 16). There is nothing about the man, including his name, that deserves respect. According to The Associated Press, more than 300 news outlets pledged to ...

Obnoxious car-honking fobs a blight on paradise

Maui and Hawaii as a whole badly need some legislation to let paradise remain paradise. We can begin with a state law outlawing those obnoxious car-honking fobs on rental cars. One cannot go anywhere anymore without hearing that noise that no adult loves to hear. Tourists should not have to ...

Five-month-old dog has great day at shelter

My name is Sally Shaka Harney of Hawaii. I am a 5-month-old goldendoodle. For transparency, my mom is typing this for me. My printing is not that good yet. Recently I had a great day at the Maui Humane Society. First of all, I met a really cute guy. He was a squatting body little mutt, like ...

Gay and lesbian community under fire by administration

The media does not yet include news from the gay and lesbian community. But, I assure you it is pretty physical and pretty bad what is going on. It has been clear for some time Trump is preparing to run against gays and the public accommodations acts. Gays and transsexuals are the new Jews. ...

A rising economic tide lifts everyone’s boats

Don’t worry about Trump’s finances. Everyone’s investments have done well with the healthier economy. Rejoice that the economy is improved! A dislike of President Trump shows ignorance about what Federal Reserve rate increases do: They increase homebuyers’ interest rates to begin ...

Campaign signs are a blight upon the land

The primary election has now come and gone. Can some of the political campaign signs come down now? They are a blight upon the land. Chris Profio Kahului

Take down campaign signs; they are an eyesore

The state primary election is over. Now it is time to remove the signs and posters which ask voters to support certain candidates. The signs (not the candidates) are an eyesore. Please, campaign workers, finish your job. Thanks. Patricia Brint Haiku

Creating a sense of belonging

Community-based collaboration within Maui Coming Home Consortium has its members volunteering their time and professional expertise. Members represent a cross-section of service providers, cultural practitioners, businesses, faith and community groups, former offenders and family members. The ...

Candidates are looking out for themselves

Here’s something to think about: How do people select their candidates for office? What do they know about them? Their background, education or the most signs around the island? What is it? Oh! Race or nationality counts a lot here in Hawaii. It’s not, “I try my best for the islands.” ...

Tradition should continue with Mauna Kea telescope

The ancient Hawaiians studied the stars and used their knowledge of astronomy to come to the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian astronomical tradition should be continued in Hawaii by building the telescope on Mauna Kea. It should be named the King Kamehameha Telescope. Great discoveries will be ...