Letters to the Editor

Trump needs to grow up and stop blaming others

President Trump said it again recently, “I inherited a mess!” He says that time and time again. Why? He’s 70 years old and it’s about time he started acting like a grown-up. I believe President Obama “inherited” two active wars, double-digit unemployment, a collapsing global ...

County should provide basic services for homeless

With all the land this prosperous County of Maui has at its disposal, why can’t a homeless park be created? Please, Mayor Alan Arakawa, provide basic human conditions for the homeless such as bathrooms, showers (cold water is fine,) and trash pickup! As a people, we will be judged on how ...

Demand real investigation into the fraud of century

I am left confused again. I read the FBI is “releasing” photos of the supposed 9/11 “terrorist” attacks 16 years later? How and who decided these photos and any other evidence is not the public property of the American people? The whole attack belongs to everyone, every aspect of it. ...

Tea Party co-founder critical of Donald Trump

Donald Trump told us if elected president he would “drain the swamp.” Now, it seems what we have is “The Creature from the Black Lagoon in the White House” as viewed by Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots. David L. Florence Haiku

Upcountry needs improved catchment, reservoirs

Mr. mayor, why after a very wet year with plenty rain do we have a water shortage Upcountry? We need improved water catchment and more reservoirs! Robert Bird Pukalani

Homeless situation at parks poses safety risk

After reading April 2 article about beach park in Kahului being taken over by the homeless, it makes me wonder: Why not be proactive instead of reactive? Every day at Honokowai Park there is a band of miscreants that do nothing but sit and drink and take up valuable park space. One homeless ...

KCA brings attention to important concern

Congratulations are in order for the Kihei Community Association’s successful fundraising campaign to address issues to be covered by a South Maui Ocean Water Quality Study. Tom Blackburn and Associates Ltd. was happy to make a donation and I encourage other companies to do the same. While ...

‘Travelers’ ruining what was a family-friendly park

In the April 3 “Ask the Mayor” column, Mayor Alan Arakawa was asked what was being done about the growing presence and problems caused by homeless people at Baldwin Beach Park. He said that several agencies had contacted some of the “homeless” and it was determined that the overriding ...

Liberal teens should consider quote by JFK

As a junior at Baldwin, I’ve come to realize that many of my peers are liberal. But I often question myself, why do they react this way? Many respond with emotions versus the facts. Is it because I notice liberal Democrats in the media tend to answer all issues playing the race card and ...

Freedom of expression crisis in Mexico cause for concern

An April 3 Associated Press story in The Maui News left me with a sense of foreboding regarding our sacrosanct First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; ...

Known neurotoxin a threat to Maui keiki

In a move that wasn’t surprising given the recent move by the Trump administration ignoring climate science, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt rejected scientists in a petition’s claim that a dangerous insecticide can harm children’s developing brains and nervous systems. He refused to ban ...

Professional could expedite and improve process

Every year our council and mayor go through the grueling multi-month process of devising and approving a budget. This process is overly time consuming, often contentious, and takes our officials away from their real duties of governing. There is a better way! The majority of municipalities ...

State Legislature fails to pass two important bills

Recently our state Legislature failed to pass a law banning the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone. Studies have proven that oxybenzone causes damage to coral. If our coral reefs die, our beaches will disappear and our many beautiful reef fish will have no home. How could the ...

A&B should be made to follow fenced-animal law

A&B does not want to follow the laws regarding proper care of fenced animals. Instead they aim to remove long-standing laws so they do not have to provide cows shade. A&B should plant trees in the fields, and include the many gulches in the fields they are currently fencing but instead ...

Housing shortage could give hotel workers leverage

There are too many vacation rentals on Maui. These neighborhood businesses have decreased the number of long-term rentals and have driven up rents to painful levels. But there is good news for hotel workers. That is, if they have courage and right leadership. Were these workers to walk out on ...

Please give us budget that respects taxpayers’ abilities

Where is Nancy Reagan when we really need her! Can anyone in our county government just say “No”? The mayor is asking for a 10 percent budget increase, a huge increase in property tax and, as always, to build the empire and hire more folks so we can have more unfunded pension and health ...

Let’s recommit ourselves to working for peace on Earth

April 9, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan, a historic event, immortalized by the heroic and inspiring sacrifice of 12,000 American and 60,000 Filipino soldiers, fighting together in defense of freedom and democracy in World War II. What followed was the infamous Bataan ...

Letter promotes false claim regarding Roundup

A March 31 letter promoting the false claim that Roundup causes all kinds of cancer deserves to be addressed. To refer to an article in the New York Times as scientific evidence should be proof that the source is another activist promotion of dread and fear — their normal procedure. The ...

Some letter writers asking taxpayers to fund leisure

There has been an outpouring of letters recently supporting county assistance (taxpayer money) to maintain and keep open the municipal golf course. Many state, wrongfully, that county parks and beaches do not pay for themselves. Without those parks and beaches, many visitors would not bother ...

Congress should reject Trump’s budget proposal

The recent budget proposal from the White House included a shocker: The president wants to eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the main federal funding stream for afterschool programs. More astonishing was the rationale the White House offered: The budget chief ...