Letters to the Editor

Decolonization is a process

The Sioux tribe and Standing Rock supporters are rejoicing in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to seek alternative routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline. In Sioux tradition, the seventh generation is said to be the savior of their people, and after months of protesting and ...

Four-lane highway needed before any development

The latest announced, large scale development for West Maui is the massive changes to the Kaanapali Resort area (The Maui News, Dec. 9). A hotel, condos, clubs, retail area, restaurants, special event area, etc. It will bring more employees and visitors to the area. The development ...

Frown, poor old Charlie Brown!

On the Dec. 10 comics page, Charlie Brown retrieves a letter from the mailbox. Trudging back to his house, he concludes: “This is going to be a bad Christmas.” Sitting in front of the TV with his sister, he tells her: “All my letters to Santa Claus came back unopened.” I know that ...

Housing costs pricing people out of Hawaii

In real time, we are in a real estate bubble. With outside investors buying up real estate and driving up the prices, Hawaii has the least affordable housing in the nation and the highest rate for homelessness. Homeownership has become out of reach for a lot of locals. The average median home ...

Remove the traffic signal immediately

Now that the last Tournahauler has transported the final load of cane to the Puunene mill, it is time for the traffic signal on Mokulele Highway at Cane Haul Road to be deactivated — preferably removed — immediately. There is no longer any reason for vehicles to be crossing the highway ...

Improve infrastructure, homes for working class

When will our planning commission and our politicians start realizing that we need to maintain the essence of Maui? This new plan for Kaanapali (The Maui News, Dec. 9) is ridiculous. The new North Beach developments are horrendous. We keep on spoiling the uniqueness and charm of our beautiful ...

KCA seeks donations for study of nearshore waters

The all-volunteer, unfunded, nonprofit Kihei Community Association is fulfilling by action what we have said in word, “E malama pono.” Dedicated to protecting, sustaining and enhancing our ‘aina, kai and ‘ohana, KCA is championing a drive to fund a professional scientific study to ...

We need more leaders to do what is pono

I hope you can look into the Sandy Baz inappropriate appointment for director of council services viewed on Akaku, Dec. 2. This is a good example of the “old boys politics in action” caught on camera. I am so shocked that the arrogant culprits can get away with it because “the people” ...

Two bills aimed at stopping ‘The Donald’

California legislators are in the process of passing two immigration reform bills to stop “The Donald.” Bill No.1 will aid undocumented immigrants facing deportation, and No. 2 will provide educational resources and training for their public defenders. All states need protection from ...

A&B should return water to East Maui streams

Certainly the final HC&S harvest of sugar cane on Maui was inevitable; it was fate that they should follow all those other big sugar companies that went before them. The once mighty sugar cane will finally take its last gasping breath, ironically experiencing what many of Maui residents ...

Return some plantation land to Native Hawaiians

My concern has to do with the lands that HC&S will no longer use for sugar cane production. Will they use these lands to develop hotels to boost tourism? Or will they sell some to make a profit? One can only wonder if it’ll help our economy or hurt it. In my opinion, I feel that ...

Trump has made ‘SNL’ great again!

Let’s give the man credit. Let’s all get on the thank-you train. Donald Trump has made “Saturday Night Live” great again! And look for the World Wrestling Federation to benefit also. If only Chris Farley were alive as The Donald in the ring facing down an endless stream of ...

Editorial cartoon raises concern about Trump

The Maui News editorial cartoon on Dec. 9, “Your call” should raise fear and concern over where our country is being led by President-elect Donald John Trump from both proponents and antagonists. Trump is depicted burning the Bill of Rights while standing along side a man burning the flag. ...

Action needed to correct Maui government problem

There is far too much cronyism and nepotism in Maui County government. This problem has been with us for years, but the Arakawa administration has taken it to the point of absurdity. Unfortunately, the county council has become complicit in this wrong doing. Citizen action is required to ...

Thief forgot instruction manual, accessories

You came into my garage and removed a portable pressure washer. I’m sure you needed it. You forget the instruction manual and accessories. Have a great holiday! Jerry Edgar Waiehu

Sugar workers deserve big send-off from community

I have had several conversations recently with Maui residents about the demise of sugar on our island. We have all expressed a feeling that this change, this end of an era, indeed of a 145-year history on Maui, needs to be marked, noticed, honored. We have no sense that anything such as this is ...

Demonstrators taking position they oppose

Upon reflecting on the recent uprising in many cities across the Mainland, the racist genre is obviously gaining momentum. Protesters and demonstrators throughout the nation are taking the very position they oppose with the working-class Caucasian male taking the brunt of the attack. This ...

Trump pulling his Cabinet from swamp

Responding to a Dec. 7 letter writer’s argument “democratic-for-life people need to wake up!” We are awake. Democracy is messy and loud. It moves slowly, hopefully forward, but sometimes horribly backward. Pearl Harbor, ironically Dec. 7, is a historic reminder of what-the-hell was ...

Install a stoplight at Kula intersection

Boom! Crash! Shriek! These are the sounds, all too often, of the fender-benders and worse at the intersection of Omaopio Road and Kula Highway — an intersection that is frequently strewn with shattered glass and twisted metal, the consequences of drivers who take unreasonable chances. It is ...