Letters to the Editor

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 ...

True health comes from contributing to society

Recently, economist Dr. John Goodman, the father of health savings accounts, pointed out that when people wait for a meeting at a company they wait in the lobby. When they wait for an appointment with a doctor they spend their time in a waiting room — a term invented by the medical ...

AP dominates coverage in The Maui News

Despite numerous attempts over the years to encourage The Maui News to publish equal front-page press of political news, the seemingly ubiquitous Associated Press continues to totally dominate the coverage. Newspapers should rightfully adhere to the ostensible doctrines of the so-called ...

Let’s give this president a chance

With regards to the Jan. 26 letter “March was not an end, but a beginning,” I echo the writer’s call for positive not negative change. I guess, who in the world would really support “negative change” anyway? But change is in fact coming — look at the president’s first seven ...

The real reason for high drug prices

Ever since the publisher expressed his shock at high drug prices (Today’s Editorial, Jan. 24), several letter writers have opined about the reason, but all, including the publisher, miss the real cause even though it has been pointed out in the past. As a reporter, I was there about 20 ...

Calif. secession would be great for the U.S.

There has been a lot of talk in California about seceding from the rest of the nation. It is funny because if the election would have gone the other way, Texas would be doing it. But California has no interest in trying to work with President Trump so many wish to secede. While it does seem ...

‘Mistaken’ is a cushier word than ‘wrong’

Alternative facts seem to be the soup de jour not only at the national level but also right here on Maui. And here’s a prime example: After insisting the police were wrong and that he was just sitting in his car outside his Kihei residence and not driving it illegally on South Kihei Road ...

Disappointed in Gabbard’s behavior

I had the great fortune to work for Patsy Mink both on Maui and in her Washington office on Capitol Hill. Patsy was fiercely independent, very liberal, outspoken, highly dedicated to her constituents, accessible, passionate about human and civil rights, honest, transparent, unafraid to tackle ...

Something fishy about promised TV service

While watching the network evening news, 90 percent of the commercials were for drugs. They used to list the side effects, including death, but now there’s a tag for where to get help if you can’t afford it. Marketing has figured out people are not interested in side effects, only instant ...

Listen to Trump’s heartfelt words; give him a chance

“There is none so deaf as those who will not hear.” Donald Trump has been trying to tell Americans that he wants to work for all people in this country, no matter their sex or color. He has elevated women in the workplace, most visibly his daughter and his campaign manager. In his ...

Windstorm could be a teachable moment

I’m a Lanai resident of over 12 years. I’m so very proud of the small community of Lanai City and how we took care of our own during the electrical power outage on Jan. 21-24. So many people came together and pitched in to make sure the people’s needs were met. Everyone has a story. ...