Letters to the Editor

Legend among volunteers will be sorely missed

We want to share our thoughts on the recent passing of Bruce Peter Camilli. We knew Bruce because of his volunteer work at the Kamaole beach parks. For many years, Bruce and Karin would be out at first light picking up the rubbish left from the previous day along the beach and park areas. ...

Change yourself and everything with prayer

Start your day with prayer and put on your breastplate of righteousness, of Christ. We ask to stand on the solid ground of faith, truth and the holiness of almighty God. Transformation does not happen easily. So it is with bad habits. When habits are young it is easier to end or pull ...

The more you work the more you pay

I got curious the other day and started wondering what percentage of my hourly salary do I get to keep versus the number of hours I work in a two-week pay period. The results are rather astonishing. My method of calculation was my take-home pay plus the money that was taken out for my pension ...

Adjustments needed to Electoral College

My Nov. 15 letter was incorrect about the population of the U.S., which affected my math. Here’s a correction: Hillary Clinton got nearly 2 million more votes than Donald Trump. Al Gore got 500,000 more votes than George W. Bush in 2000, and that election had to be decided in the Supreme ...

Golf course shouldn’t be using potable water

Recently, we had a meeting on Lanai with the state Land Use Commission in regard to the use of two wells being used to water the golf course at Manele. Condition number 10 in our agreement clearly states that there will be no potable water used on the golf course. We feel that those wells are ...

County is in fact a corporate-run nightmare

How very nice of unelected Judge Consuelo Callahan (The Maui News, Nov. 19) to prove democracy in the republic is dead. When citizens are deprived of voting in laws (especially laws regarding informed consent regarding exposure to unknown substances), you do not have a democracy or a republic ...

Being impoverished and old is a curse

It is possible to be joyful and old because joy comes from the soul, not from the body or the mind of desire. Generally, a thoughtful elder will possess compassion with or without knowledge or wisdom. But it is a curse to be old and impoverished. Societies down through the ages, whether ...

Obama has proved to be an exemplary president

Since President Barack Obama took office we’ve had 76 straight months of job growth (the longest in history). Unemployment has been cut in half. For 95 percent of American taxpayers, income taxes are the same or lower than they were at any point in the past 50 years. Consumption of ...

County Council may have violated Sunshine Law

Council Member Mike White’s recent actions are suspicious. The Maui County Council election is now over but White could have violated the law. White’s office announced the chairmanships for the upcoming term in The Maui News (Nov. 12) and on the County Council’s website before the ...

Trump’s own words tell everything about him

In the Nov. 16 Maui News’ letters to the editor, a writer said in his defense of Donald Trump’s election, “I’ve spent the last year reading the harsh words and thoughts about Mr. Trump online and in newspapers. . . . Everything the writers know comes from watching MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC ...

Trump isn’t saying what ‘great’ actually means

Donald Trump says he will make America great again without saying what “great” means. So how will we know if he has succeeded? From his campaign speeches, you might think that “great” means fewer immigrants. How can that be right? America was founded and populated by wave after wave ...

Visitor alive because of strangers’ actions

On Oct. 9, I nearly died at Charley Young Beach after being pounded into the ocean floor by a wave while swimming. My otherwise fantastic 40th wedding anniversary special trip to Maui from Michigan ended with this horrific accident. I want to let all of those strangers on the beach know that ...

Lots of questions, but where are the answers?

Is it true that Wailuku translates to waters of destruction? If so, why was the Wailuku River devastation so surprising? Now that he is the president-elect, determined by the Electoral College system, in spite of losing the popular vote, was Donald Trump right that the election was ...

Is work at West Maui’s Kahoma Village premature?

Stanford Carr Development plans to begin the construction of Kahoma Village even though there is a pending court case in the Intermediate Court of Appeals. A representative for Kahoma Village said that the dust fence will begin to be erected this week. Then begins grading and grubbing of the ...

Democrats’ bad behavior in keeping with history

With all the post-election riots going on, it is becoming clear that some things never change with the Democratic Party. They have a long history of resorting to to criminal activity when things don’t go their way and then finding a way to push the blame on someone else. It is a fact the ...

With election over, now real work begins

The election is over and the results are in! As a first-time candidate, I felt honored to be running for an office with a group of exceptional individuals. I want to thank the residents of Maui County for participating in the electoral process. Thank you for allowing us to put up our signs ...

Council in violation of County Charter

I’ve always believed that serving on the County Council is a full-time job. How could anyone do right by the people of Maui while holding another full-time job? Well, Mike White tries to pull it off. But I notice when I testify that he rarely looks up from his iPad and I suspect he’s ...

Campaign is over, remove the signs

Comedian Alan Sherman observed: “I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree; in fact, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.” Billboards can now be recycled. What about campaign signs? Isn’t there a deadline for candidates to remove their signs? ...

Letter had wrong figure for U.S. population

A letter on Nov. 15 regarding the Electoral College was in error stating that the population of the U.S. is 240 million. The population of the U.S. was actually approximately 321 million in 2015. One needs to go back to the 1980s to find a time when the U.S. population was 240 million. I ...

Council doesn’t appear to be following the rules

I am curious as to how Mike White and Robert Carroll will be chairman and vice chairman for the incoming Maui County Council. Did the rules change? “Section 3-5. Procedure; Meetings; Rules and Journal; Voting. “1. The council shall meet in the council room at the county building for its ...