Letters to the Editor

Wake up, the people voted for Donald Trump

I voted, based on the coverage of media, the tilt of democracy and the undying truth of voter competence. The what? The red light syndrome. The people voted, the red states took more than the blue. Very simple, very basic and very blue for some Christmas shoppers dreading the 2017 ...

Double crew and finish Haiku culvert project

The Haiku culvert project completion has been delayed by one year, thus far. This project has been a great inconvenience to the community with Haiku Road closed. My home is right next the gulch project and I have had health issues (headaches due to diesel), noise issues (loud swearing, etc. ...

Set priorities for protecting Maui County water resources

What are our short-term priorities for sustainability of long-term needs of our Maui paradise? Water, its use and reuses and sewage treatment are two which have many tentacles of cause and effect for our growing population and tourist industry, and deficient agricultural sustainability. We ...

What is the future plan for HC&S land?

I know that this topic must come up quite frequently but my main issue is that it seems like the county and state are keeping the future plans for HC&S a secret. All that is ever posted is the last harvest and the unemployment rates, but people’s main concern and priority is the ...

Kudos to policeman who killed terrorist

The recent terrorist incident at Ohio State University made me incredibly grateful that something like that didn’t happen while I attended college. Kudos to the policeman who shot dead the ISIS-inspired, knife-wielding “soldier,” before he hurt more people. As we commemorate the 75th ...

Many ways to help less fortunate this season

As we enter the days of family gatherings, plenty of food and Christmas, our hearts begin to fill with a familiar joy. A time of giving and generosity, gifts and laughter. As we count the hours to this holiday, we put up our lights and our trees, but many of us forget that these fortunate ...

County needs to work to become housing facilitator

This is in response to County Council Member Elle Cochran’s Dec. 1 Viewpoint on the council’s efforts to deal with Maui County’s housing crisis. Ms. Cochran graciously asked for comments on the council’s efforts and plans, so here are a few. The council’s Planning Committee ...

Election recount can expose voter fraud

Investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of email, but also investigate any public leader using Twitter. President Trump uses Twitter for private and public. Considered a fast way of chat. Information at a twit of the finger. If email sent by Hillary Clinton is a breach of security, the media is ...

Lesson of college debt forgiveness

I am just amazed at how we coddle our kids and fail to teach them financial responsibility through life. Now the government is trying to implement a program of debt forgiveness for college loans taken out by students. Now, wait a minute — isn’t that why it’s called a loan in the first ...

Oceans are filling up with plastic

Scientific research shows that our oceans are filling up with plastic. On Maui, we see it for ourselves. A recent CNN video about Midway Island shows piles of plastic garbage and albatross carcasses filled with plastic. Fish, monk seals and birds ingest toxic plastic. Tiny plastic particles are ...

Let’s seek and stand for a real change

Harsh realities and truths are being unveiled today. With the election of Trump as president, America has shown the world that racism, sexism and homophobia can be disregarded to “rebuild” the privileges America fights to maintain. To accept racism, sexism and homophobia shows how rooted it ...

All votes should count in presidential election

Presidential candidates will focus on states that have the most electoral votes where they make their promises if elected. California (55), Texas (38), New York (29), Florida (29), Illinois (20) and Pennsylvania (20), also Georgia (16), Michigan (16), Ohio (18), North Carolina (15). Hawaii is ...

Thankful for the Electoral College

While some would argue against continued use of the Electoral College, I for one am grateful that the Electoral College prevented a single state — California — from determining who our next president would be. As one letter to the editor so succinctly pointed out, our Founding Fathers ...

Things may get out of control with Trump

The two things that concern me the most about our new president-elect is that he may change or destroy our planet by ignoring climate change and starting a nuclear war, which would be catastrophic. I guess the best thing we can do is try to enjoy one day at a time as things may get out of ...

Take another look at how we choose electors

Once again, people bemoan the Electoral College and call for its elimination. I find it an ingenious solution to preventing the mob rule inherent in pure democracies yet providing an opportunity for The People to voice their will over vast areas. One only needs read the writings of our founders ...

This election represents the height of hypocrisy

Does anyone else think this election represents the height of hypocrisy? Complaining that Obama failed to accomplish enough in eight years when McConnell promised from day one to do everything possible to assure he’d be a “one-term president,” as in “approve nothing?” Well, we ...

Consider term limits for housing board members

For the past 15 years the residents of Ka Hale a Ke Ola Resource Center for the Homeless and Hale Makana public housing have not had seats on the KHAO board of directors. I feel strongly that it is time we looked at term limits for the KHAO/Hale Makana board members in addition to adding seats ...

We are blessed to vote in historic election

In March of this year, prior to the primary election, I wrote a letter to The Maui News, “Parties have formed independent groups,” regarding two independent groups that were formed within the two major parties: Democrat: “ABC = Anybody But Clinton;” Republican: “ABT = Anybody But ...

Closing of mill merits a community ceremony

Our community will soon say farewell to a faithful old servant and witness the end of a major part of our history. I’m referring to the mill at Puunene. The mill has helped shape our community for decades and provided employment to generations of our people. I hope we will say “aloha” ...

New park rule makes it hard for locals to gather

As a high school student, my friends and I would often decide on a whim to drive up to Haleakala to see the sunrise. When we would all be back during winter and summer vacations, this tradition was something that kept our friendship together. While I do understand the need for the new ...