Letters to the Editor

Spiritual forces in prison chaplains

As a Hawaii state volunteer chaplain since 1999, we are most often the one who has to find a way to maintain security, bring hope to the hopeless, give reassurance to the fearful, assure the administration that we will let them know of any “rumblings” and satisfy their endorsing authority ...

Hawaiians devised a water plan for Maui

Hey here’s a great idea about the Maui water plan for the next 20 years: How about giving the water rights back to the Hawaiians as part of their sovereignty that they so much deserve? How can something that is given freely and sacred to the Hawaiians, who had the best successful projected ...

It is vital that we restore and manage coastal dunes

Coastal sand dunes are a source of protection for our island. Ideally, Mother Nature has a balanced system in place that would naturally protect us with resilient sand dunes. However, human foot traffic is the greatest detriment to dune growth. Strategically placed pathways can help save dunes ...

Animal ag is poisoning our water and produce

Your Nov. 22 article “Romaine Calm: Lettuce warning looms over Thanksgiving dinner” tells us that the food poisoning across the country from romaine lettuce is linked to E. coli from cow feces migrating into irrigation water. The article points out that tainted water from cows has also ...

Quote by a late president regarding socialism

As the Democrats are led around by their noses believing socialism is the answer to their world, let me give a quote by a late, great president. Socialists can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, and treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner ...

It is ‘vagrant duck’ season on Maui

New neighborhood noises are coming from a couple vagrant mallards. “Vagrant duck” is not a judgment, it is an official description of migrant birds that show up occasionally, for a few weeks or more, in the winter, but don’t make here home. They don’t come here every year and they ...

Lahainaluna football program wins with class

If there’s an ESPN producer out there that wants to do a feel-good, how about a “30 by 30” of the “3peat” of the Lahainaluna football program? I don’t care what level of sports you talk about, but to win three championships in a row at any level is not easy. And the whole program ...

Very professional at Maui Memorial Medical Center

I recently experienced a medical emergency and was sent to the emergency room at our local hospital at 6 p.m. While I waited in triage for a chance to see the doctor on duty that night, I was treated with the utmost respect and concern. Dr. Jason Aines attended me and gave me a detailed plan ...

Article didn’t include those selling trees as fundraisers

Enjoyed your article in the Nov. 22 paper covering some of the Christmas tree vendors this year. You seemed to have left out those selling trees as fundraisers. There are at least three that have been doing it for several if not many years! The volunteers that organize and sell the trees ...

Young actors would have made Cole Porter proud

What an incredible show! The young thespians of the Seabury Hall Performing Arts did an outstanding job with their rendition of the 1934 musical “Anything Goes.” I was fortunate enough to catch the Nov. 11 show and was amazed at the professionalism and dedication of the young actors who ...

Vision of Trump pacing the halls of White House

I have this vision of The Donald pacing the lonely halls of the White House at 2 a.m., thinking of daughter Ivanka’s use of a private email server for government-related correspondence, softly chanting, “Lock her up, lock her up, lock . . .” Must be painful for him. Sigh. Steve ...

Presidencies of Lincoln and Trump offer big contrasts

Thanks to The Maui News for reprinting Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (Today’s Editorial,î Nov. 16). Reading it always stirs in me an audacious hope that this country may fully realize its highest ideals, that all people are created equal, that all are entitled to prosperity, liberty ...

Proposed solar project would negatively impact area

I would like to point out that The Maui News’ Oct. 14 description by the ranch for the location of the 200-acre solar project is directly above Maui Meadows, and is apparently only a portion of a 1,000-acre designated project. While that is indeed the northern end of the ranch, it’s also ...

More money needed to stop further spread of coqui frogs

After driving up Kokomo Road in Haiku the other night, I was very worried about the coqui frogs invading the area. For years the Maui Invasive Species Committee has been spraying citrus type juice in and around Maliko Gulch. Now the coquis and their squeaking are spreading faster than they can ...

Department not maximizing the use of all parks facilities

First of all let me congratulate the county for converting one of the six tennis courts at Waipuilani Park to pickleball courts. They are wonderful and perfectly designed and built. I arrived on a recent morning at the north courts after two hours of tennis on one of the south two courts to ...

Crossing guard needed for students crossing highway

Every school day up to 40 students are crossing Piilani Highway on foot, bicycle or skateboard at the traffic light at Lipoa Street in Kihei. Concerned parents and school officials have begged county officials and county police to offer a crossing guard for Kihei Charter students. The state and ...

Khashoggi murder sparks fake outrage by the left

I would like U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to understand something; no one cares about Jamal Khashoggi. It’s amazing how much fake outrage by the left this guy has brought on, just because he wrote op-eds for the Washington Post occasionally. Are we supposed to be shocked and surprised that the ...

Voted for some ‘Ohana candidates this year

I did not vote for all the ‘Ohana Coalition slate of candidates, but I did vote for some of them. I, along with the majority of voters, felt our perpetual mayor/councilman could use a break from county governance for a couple of years, so I voted for his opponent, the very likable Tasha ...