Letters to the Editor

First hombres, then Australia; who’s next?

Can’t anyone muzzle this guy? When a pit bull is deemed a biter, he is required to wear a muzzle. First Mexican hombres, then Australia. Who’s next? Oh well, having Russia as a great ally is comforting. God bless (help?) America. Marlene Rea Kihei

Maui physician against physician-assisted suicide

The state Legislature is debating Hawaii allowing physician-assisted suicide. I am adamantly opposed to Hawaii allowing physicians to prescribe medication to cause someone to die. It is inhumane and Hawaii should not take part in this. I will agree that this is a complex issue. Hospice care ...

Putin seeks to undermine American national security

Two Republican senators warned Trump not to unilaterally ease sanctions against Russia/Putin. If he does try such a reckless course, Sen. John McCain will work with his colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law. Sen. Rob Portman also is urging fellow senators to take proactive ...

Setting record straight on Hawaiian Telcom TV

In response to a Jan. 31 letter asking when Hawaiian Telcom TV service is coming to Maui, we’d like to thank the writer for his interest and apologize for any inaccurate information he may have received. To set the record straight, while we continue to evaluate opportunities to expand the ...

A few thoughts about B&Bs and TVRs

I am a longtime visitor from Canada and have been a real estate agent in Victoria, British Columbia, for 40 years. I see so many rezoning signs in Lahaina for B&Bs and TVRs that I think a few thoughts might be helpful. Firstly, it is quite understandable that owners no longer living ...

Connivers and loudmouths masquerading as leaders

We are watching “The Brothers of the Shadow” take over the administration and leadership of this country. Although we have more checks and balances than did the shaky and opposed government of Germany during the buildup of the Nazi party, we continue to underestimate the effects of ...

Beaches, refuge land, parks littered with trash

We are owners on Haoule Street near the Haycraft Park. We walk each morning to see the gorgeous sunrise, and to our disappointment the beach is littered with alcohol bottles, cans, cigarette butts and so much trash. We carry a trash bag each morning and try our best to get it all, then go home ...

Suspicious drone activity warrants call to police

Beware of drones. For the past three to four weeks, our neighborhood has been “droned” on. Darting in between our houses, hovering over windows, and lately outside a young girl’s window, leaving eerie and angry feelings of having our privacy invaded. Then, a neighbor’s home, also a ...

Hate coming from those on the left has just begun

Let me share the pejoratives against Mr. Trump in The Maui News since Dec. 22, 2016. Below are just from the Letters section; if we counted those in the columns, cartoons and news articles, the numbers would more than double. So here we go: impeachable, misogynist, disgusting, megalomaniac, ...

Parallels between history and Trump

Ninety years ago, the Bolshevik revolution began its reign of terror by stifling information and disseminating false information. These campaigns were continued by the Soviet Union and its cohorts. Adolf Hitler conducted the same kinds of repressions during the evil era of Nazism. In less ...

Global warming, climate change remain beliefs

There is a human activity called “science.” “Science” means “knowledge.” “Science” does not mean “belief.” “Global warming”/“climate change” remain “beliefs,” based on “faith,” not “knowledge.” Belief in “man-made climate change” remains just ...

Take care of our residents first

I just read in the paper that Gov. David Ige welcomes refugees and others looking for a better place (The Maui News, Jan. 30). Before you do that, governor, practice on our homeless and improve our salaries so we the local people can afford to keep living in Hawaii. From your own pocket you ...

Elected officials should consider all points of view

How decisions are made. There are many issues that could be considered controversial for us to discuss and decide. I ask that our elected officials listen to both sides of the issue, really listen, and make decisions that take every point of view into consideration. We need more ...

Long delays illustrate inefficiency of bureaucracy

Read your Jan. 29 editorial. Eleven years for one project and the South Maui high school has not broken ground in over 10 years with no hope in the near future. This should tell you how inefficient the bureaucracy is and tell all the people complaining about President Trump why he got ...

Federal lawsuit filed against Trump

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Zephyr Teachout this week filed a federal lawsuit against Trump for violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prevents federal officials from accepting gifts of any kind from foreign governments. There are no ...

Tennis was well served in finals Down Under

The Australian Open 2017 was one for the ages. The finals had four magnificent warriors and, sorry folks, no losers. What a script! Sisters Venus and Serena Williams’ journey to this historic pinnacle, I doubt, will ever be repeated. Rafael Nadal’s and Roger Federer’s unflinching ...

Selective teaching of history ensures repeat

I do wonder what people would think to read the nightmarish book by Theodore N. Kaufman titled “Germany Must Die.” This selective intake of history promoted in “our” school system has seriously clouded the American thinking. Learning only one side of history ensures a repeat. Maybe, ...

Muslim country travel ban makes us less safe

President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim countries is being challenged in the courts for, among other things, its unconstitutional interference with free exercise of religion and denial of due process. The fact that it is unconstitutional is ...

Mayor should declare us a ‘sanctuary county’

I am waiting for a proclamation from Mayor Alan Arakawa. I want him to declare we are a safe community. A “sanctuary” community. Will he join other mayors across the country to protect the community and refuse any attempt by this new administration to make a Muslim registry, to deport ...

Preserve Hawaii’s status as a beacon of aloha

Our family stems from Hawaiian, Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Irish and Swedish roots. My Native Hawaiian ancestors were whipped for simply speaking their language and praying to their gods. This goes for my Buddhist and Christian ancestors too. It was the ...