Letters to the Editor

Nowhere near half the country chose Trump

Really? This is the best you could do to raise our hearts and spirits on Thanksgiving Day? Of the four items in your letters on Nov. 24, two dealt with the results of the presidential election. One correspondent crows of God’s intervention on behalf of the candidate who spoke the truth. ...

Superdelegates let us practice our voting skills

What is this nonsense about a “popular” vote? We are a union of independent states. We enjoy our state sovereignty with limited interference from others. The presidential election was not contested in a number of states (Calif., Ore., Wash., etc.) as a candidate chose wisely not to fund a ...

The rights of the minority are protected in a republic

Our Founding Fathers wanted all of America to participate in the selection of our president. That is the bottom line reason for the Electoral College. The 15 most populous states have 65 percent of the population. The 15 most populous metropolitan areas contain 107 million people. If the ...

Obama took his party to brink of destruction

Over the past eight years, I have criticized Obama very harshly. But reflecting on his presidency, there is one thing that Obama has accomplished better than anyone else ever could. He has taken the Democratic Party to new lows and has them on the brink of destruction. Under his leadership, the ...

Founding Fathers had foresight to protect us

Three weeks later, Americans are still sleeping off their post-election hangover. With fitful dreams and violent nightmares interrupting their slumber, counting and recounting the votes, hoping the math won’t add up after all. Loudly protesting and hoping against hope that it was all a bad ...

Defense of Electoral College unconvincing

A Nov. 23 letter writer defended the Electoral College with unconvincing arguments. Let’s turn the arguments around and see how they look. One argument was: “The losing side is always the one calling to abolish the Electoral College.” Conversely, it is only defended by surprise winners ...

Truth is not one of Trump’s strong suits

I just can’t stay silent any longer when people take to the media and bluster about how Trump won because he told the truth (Letters, Nov. 24). Nothing could be further from the truth. Can’t we use our brains and fact-check? Like his assumption that “climate change was started by the ...

Housing project is wrong use for historic property

To “Make America Great Again,” stop rationalizing and justifying exploitation! Instead, demonstrate virtues of integrity and honor like David Malo (1793-1853). He’s the Hawaiian version of Gandhi or Sun Yat-sen. Malo’s homestead, gifted to him by Kamehameha III (L.C.A. 3702) is the ...

Hospice Maui ready to open housing facility

As the opening of the Hospice Maui Hale approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of our nonprofit hospice services to so many in our community. As with many folks, my first exposure to hospice end-of-life care was when one of my uncles was nearing the end of his battle with ...

Gray water systems should be used in construction

I propose, in response to the recent articles on injection wells and their danger to reefs, that we engineer gray water and/or catchment systems into home construction. Let’s face it, catchment, laundry and wash water can easily be recycled for on-site irrigation at substantial savings to ...

Tree roots creating hazardous conditions

While driving on South Kihei Road between Waipuilani and Kulanihakoi streets, I noticed monkeypod trees on the makai side fronting the Maui Schooner Resort and adjacent condos and am in awe that these trees are labeled exceptional and therefore stop the widening of South Kihei Road from Lipoa ...

Stand up for all the holy land: Earth

We are now being challenged to stand up for the sacred. To do that we need to know if there is such a thing and where it can be found. Is the sacred somewhere up in the sky, removed from life here on Earth? This is a big question. Can the holy land only be found in one place on Earth? What ...

Pool user angered by lack of information

Another crack news report which told the reader absolutely nothing. Nov. 23 on KGMB and in The Maui News it was announced that the Kihei pool was closed Tuesday. The pool has been closed for almost two weeks. I was hoping this reporting would give us, the pool users, information about when ...

Every time they lose, Democrats claim crisis

How can people protest an election? Who voted in this election? Russians? No! Registered voters from all the different communities all across America voted and the results came out just like American baseball. The one with the highest score wins. Which part is hard to understand? Every time ...

Republicans’ hypocrisy seems to have no limits

The hypocrisy of the right knows no bounds. For eight years they have denigrated President Barack Obama, using racial slurs, calling him a liar during a State of the Union address and, of course, the birther movement. Now they are demanding respect and deference for Donald Trump and Mike ...

Grand Wailea’s generous donations appreciated

As a member of Hawaii State Deputy Sheriff Maui Division, you quietly work for your county and state, not expecting anything in return. Then, the Grand Wailea brings us all the fixings that would make my mother blush the day before Thanksgiving to my cellblock. Mahalo nui loa, Grand Wailea. ...

White the best choice to lead County Council

I think Mike White is the best choice to head the County Council. He is intelligent, well educated, has extensive business experience and seems to be fair-minded. He comes from an old kamaaina family, so he has love for the aina and the native and local people. I don’t understand the fuss ...

Trump didn’t even get the majority of votes

A Nov. 24 letter writer stated that “over half the country voted for Donald Trump.” As of Nov. 24’s numbers, 62,139,188 out of 324 million voted for Trump (approximately 19.2 percent); 63,964,956 out of 324 million voted for Hillary Clinton (approximately 19.7 percent). So less than 20 ...

KCA website has more information on water

I wanted to extend a big mahalo to The Maui News for the coverage (Nov. 20) of our last Kihei Community Association community meeting. Based on the community turnout, we suspect this is an important issue to all of us who live on Maui. To be fair, however, I think that the article would ...

Trump’s voters were clearly in minority

While I applaud The Maui News’ policy of printing letters with a range of opinions, surely the paper has a responsibility to indicate when something stated in a letter is factually wrong so the paper is not used — purposely or through ignorance — to spread misinformation. Otherwise, it is ...