Letters to the Editor

Backdunes provide a layer of protection

Maui’s coastal dunes can be divided into four unique zones: the beach, foredune, trough and backdune. Backdunes are typically more complex than foredunes, with greater biodiversity and more developed vegetation. Backdunes are where you might find wetlands, dune crests and sand plains ...

Trump defenders suffering from their own disorders

Trump is Trump, probably suffering from one or more brain anomalies. What’s the point of criticizing or ridiculing someone who is damaged? The same cannot be said about the senators and representatives who continue to defend the president, pretending that everything is fine — in fact, ...

Trump should put up his own money for wall

President Trump, your behavior in shutting down a portion of the government is ridiculous. Please put your money where your mouth is. As a self-proclaimed billionaire, you can start the ball rolling by spending those big bucks on your wall! I‘m certain that Congress could be persuaded to ...

An insane way of protecting the public

Recently, Raymond Birano Jr. was arrested at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center after assaulting a female patron and dragging her into the men’ s washroom. The suspect was armed with a knife and he was intent on sexually assaulting the victim. Fortunately, the victim was able to escape her assailant. ...

Two proposals to build a portion of the wall

I have two proposals to build a portion of the wall in Texas. Melt down the Statue of Liberty and sell the ore to China for a great profit. Or in a more poetic fashion, cut down the Statue of Liberty and use the metal strips to actually build the needed barrier. This would show the world that ...

See Trump for what he truly is

Did you vote for Donald Trump? Would you vote for him again, or admit you made a grave mistake? People are still following him like blind sheep being led to the slaughter. He is an egotistical liar, womanizer and has no morals. Look at the shutdown of government he takes credit for at times, ...

Publisher’s Note on Opinion page was sad indeed

The Opinion page of The Maui News has been a brilliant source of information — “Today’s Editorial,” opinions from prominent writers, cartoons speaking volumes, a chance for readers to participate in letters to the editor. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Publisher’s Note was sad indeed: ...

Walls don’t make good neighbors

Good fences make good neighbors, according to Robert Frost. Walls do not, plus they do not work. Let’s start with the Great Wall of China. It didn’t stop the Mongols. How about the Berlin Wall? I have actually guarded the border between east and west. That wall had machine gun ...

New year arrives with more problems

It’s a new year and we are having more problems in government than on the streets. Democrats don’t like the president because he speaks with concern of the people. The Russian probe is another plot to discredit the president. Now they have a battle over building a wall. Rudy ...

Lets show aloha for Coast Guard caught in shutdown

Calling all boaters, swimmers, divers, paddlers, surfers and all water people. Our Coast Guard here on Maui is caught in the shutdown. They don’t get paid while working. Can we all show them some aloha and at least get a food drive going for them and their ohana? Collect from friends, ...

Forget right and left, we are one country

Side-by-side letter writers who refer to leftists and the right wing illustrate what is wrong with this country. Both parties play to their base. We need to stop taking sides with knee-jerk emphasis on issues. We are both on the same side. We are one country and need to start acting like ...

Wall is the best idea for border security?

So a $25,000,000,000 wall can be easily defeated with a $25 ladder. And this is the best idea from our dear leader for border security? It’s no wonder the White House is a total mess. Steve Rhodes Lahaina

Hiring practice at airlines makes no sense

An issue regarding airlines using our airport was recently brought to my attention that I think needs to be looked into and changed, if possible. Evidently, one — if not more — airline company will soon be inviting prospective employees to apply for highly coveted flight attendant ...

Breakup result of church’s intolerance of homosexuals

I have been watching half with fear and with some loathing the breakup of the local Boy Scouts Council motivated by the malevolent consciousness of the Church of the Later-day Saints. Would this newspaper stay silent if the motivation for breaking with the National Boy Scouts was overt racism ...

There is no wall around Nancy Pelosi’s home

Responding to a Jan. 10 letter writer’s contention that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a wall around her home and is therefore a hypocrite when she claims a border wall is immoral, please fact-check before you spew. There is no wall around Nancy Pelosi’s home. The photograph that ...

Illegal immigrants could dwarf U.S. population

My ancestors immigrated to the United States of America from many different countries: Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Ireland, England and Norway. But they all had one thing in common, they all came here legally. The debate about the “rights of illegal immigrants” is just ...

Corrections to writer’s list of evils of Trump

I love the Jan. 8 letter writer’s list of the evils of Trump without any citing to back it up so I’ll correct him on some. Trashes our allies? By making them pay for military protection? In turn lining the coffers of the U.S. Treasury? Europe loves him, just ask the French yellow jackets. ...

President Donald Trump is delivering on his promises

Despite his embarrassing buffoonery, Trump is delivering on promises to get us out of mindless foreign wars and to drain the Washington swamp. We will get out of Syria, etc. And look for news of military tribunals bringing justice to evil deep-state scoundrels. Bill Pfeil Kaunakakai

Opinion column on shutdown was off base

The Jan. 4 opinion piece by syndicated columnist Scott Rasmussen that very few are aware there is a government shutdown and there are more important things for politicians to focus on is completely off base. Fixing the dysfunctional shutdowns that are the “new normal” must be one of the ...