Letters to the Editor

Teacher working three jobs to afford living here

I’m a teacher and I moved from the Mainland to teach here on Maui. I took a giant pay cut moving here. I’ve always loved the islands and the keiki. I worked really hard to get here. I now work three jobs just so that I can afford to pay the outrageous rent here. I’m a dedicated ...

Maui County Fair showing signs of decline

After an absence of three years, due to medical issues, I went to this year’s fair. I must say, I was underwhelmed. Prices have skyrocketed, the exhibits in the gym have dwindled drastically, and the retail tent area is a shadow of what it was previously. My attendance at future fairs is ...

Mazie Hirono has both chutzpah and courage

Good for you, Sen. Mazie Hirono! You have both the chutzpah and courage to step out of line and challenge our nation’s hoary-haired, calcified white men — an endangered breed whose spittle-charged vitriol will ultimately become little more than the whimper of desperation. Fred Rawe Kula

George Soros takes another defeat

A conformation vote to select Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court passed Sept. 6. Spending millions of dollars on protesters and funding a far-left, sometimes violent, activist group, George Soros takes another defeat to his one world order agenda. Democrats, including local Dems, ...

Two of the 10 principles for living a satisfying life

Do you want to live healthily to age 120? Do you already live by the first two success principles listed below? Honest Ori wrote and published an award-winning book in 1996 on the 10 psychobiological principles for living a satisfying life to age 120. M.D.s understand how significantly a ...

When you’re hot you’re hot

“And The Beat Goes On.” He continues to amaze me. Not enough that he won the GOP nomination and then, surprisingly, the presidential election in 2016; now he somehow manages to get his wounded Supreme Court nominee confirmed! “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” (and when you’re ...

Sen. Mazie Hirono is an embarrassment

Sen. Mazie Hirono is an embarrassment to a lot of the people of Hawaii; definitely including me. She should just stop whining. You rightfully lost. As an older military veteran and voter, I will not just shut up! John V. Duey Wailuku

Victorino should come clean about his true agenda

Why does Mike Victorino sound like an Elle Cochran echo chamber? Imitation is the best form of flattery, but not when it’s disingenuous. Instead of trying to gain votes by parroting what Elle says — and has made good on for her entire political career — Victorino should come clean about ...

Sen. Hirono must be held accountable for her arrogance

Sen. Mazie Hirono, as our elected congresswoman, has betrayed her solemn oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. She is supposed to represent all the residents of our state, not just the left. As a lawyer she knows that all accused are presumed ...

Proposed surcharge would hurt homeowners, tenants

I am very fortunate to own four properties in Haiku. Most of my tenants have been there at least 10 to 15 years in their houses. Every time the property taxes and insurance charges go up, I absorb them until I can’t anymore and then I have to raise their rent. It’s not a good feeling and I ...

Event used parking space for park users

I am a avid user of the dog park and walking around the park after. Why was the dog park open but there was no parking for the users during the fair? The parking in front of the dog park should be available for dog park users and for those that enjoy walking around the park. It is good for ...

Crivello’s leadership ability has had positive outcomes

During her three terms of office as Molokai’s residency area council member, Stacey Helm Crivello has served Maui County well. As chair of the Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee, she has directed several affordable housing bills that eventually became approved county ...

Dems need to understand reasons for Trump success

It appears that the national Democratic Party and their leaders still do not understand what caused them to lose the 2016 presidential election. They are quite likely to repeat their dismal performance in the upcoming 2018 midterm election also. In the 2016 election, Mr. Trump’s trump card ...

Inherent double standard for a woman’s behavior

I want to stand up for our Sen. Mazie Hirono. When she told men to shut up and do the right thing, I’m pretty sure she was referring to the 11 white Republican men on the Judiciary Committee. It must have been difficult for her to sit there and listen to them sing the praises of the Supreme ...

Checking in advance can help assure quorum

I just read the letter (Sept. 30) regarding attendance at council committee meetings. First of all, council members are still considered part time, so the “snide remark” about Mike White being at his day job is rather out of order. Riki Hokama has represented Maui County at national ...

Keep Hawaii Hawaii; vote no on ‘Con-Con’

When I started my campaign for State House, the long list of questionnaires started rolling in addressing so many subjects of import statewide. I spent a lot of time getting smart on issues I hadn’t considered previously. The idea of a constitutional convention, for one, sounded like a great ...

Don’t cut down trees to discourage encampments

I see that a homeless encampment has developed beneath large mango trees on the vacant lot between Vevau and School streets, across from the Kahului library. Recently, to deter the homeless, trees have been cut down around other homeless communities. I realize that the homeless shelter beneath ...

American history has been shameful for 200 years

Corruption, hypocrisy, inconsistency, unnecessary or illegal secrecy, criminal activity, influence peddling, money-grubbing, incompetence, disregard of the Constitution, tyrannical legislation in the face of fear, abuse of civil rights, and threats and violence toward minorities have all or in ...

Seaweed not the solution to global climate change

So a Massachusetts company wants to feed cows seaweed to cut climate change-causing methane greenhouse gas emissions. There are a few problems here: (1) A James Cook University study six years ago found that “the main methane mitigation effects came from the chemical bromoform that is ...

Is it time for council dynasties to go away?

There are two positions on the Maui County Council for voters to check out closely. Both have to do with whether our local government is a place for dynasties to keep families in government for decades. Riki Hokama and his father have held the Lanai seat for 59 of 61 years. Riki doesn’t live ...