Letters to the Editor

Retiring Hale Mahaolu chief applauded

I want to publicly thank Roy Katsuda. His efforts over the past 35 years have directly assisted thousands of seniors, families and disabled with quality affordable housing and support services. My grandfather and mother personally benefited from the incredible community nonprofit organization ...

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Kuleana practices aligned with God’s ideas succeed We need affordable housing and viable agriculture. Existing development policies misuse Hawaii’s limited land and water resources. As written in the Hawaiian Constitution of 1840, “All laws of the Islands shall be in consistency with ...

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To strip insurance assistance is cruelty In an emergency room five years ago, a man pleaded with the physician behind a curtain separating him from my loved one. The other patient was in extreme prostate pain. He said he had to work in the morning and could the doctor please do the procedure. ...

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Idea for solving national health care dilemma The Maui News has been very receptive to contributions from me and others regarding ensuring the quality and provision of the health care on Maui. I have an idea for solving the national health care dilemma, but not on how to access the national ...

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Homeless people can help themselves Who can help the homeless? The state, county, private funding? No. They are the ones who can help themselves! If they don’t have food, teach them how to get to the food bank and other charities that offer food. No place to sleep or park their car? Then ...

Unleashed dogs pose danger at beach parks

A year ago I was charged by a pit bull while crossing the grass at Kamaole III. The dog charged me from about 200 feet away. I had the presence of mind to stand still and talk to it in a low voice when it reached me barking and jumping like a lunatic. No owner in sight. It was frightening, to ...

Homelessness classified as medical condition sought

Hawaii Sen. Josh Green wants homelessness classified as a medical condition under state law — like diabetes, cancer, schizophrenia, etc. The bill would require insurance companies to cover “treatment” i.e., housing. Green, an emergency department physician, claims Medicaid savings, ...

100-day grades for County Council members, mayor

Since it’s time to grade our president, I figure I’d give my 100-day grades for Maui County as well. Mike White — Positive: Remained a class act amongst politically motivated false ethics complaints. Negative: Stoic. Grade: Winna winna chicken dinna. Riki Hokama — Positive: ...

Waiehu rooming house is not fit for habitation

I have witnessed the appalling living conditions that a person was placed in by Maui County. This rooming house in Waiehu is not fit to live in; there is black mold. The unfinished ceiling? There is rain pouring through the ceiling in the bedroom. Who in Maui County approved this facility? ...

‘A Few Good Men’ is a tour de force

If you’re like me and tend to doze off in front of the TV at night or even at movies sometimes, then Maui OnStage’s current performance of “A Few Good Men” will provide the perfect antidote. Musicals, comedies and farce often lend themselves to live theater better than drama, but this ...

Provide services to homeless people that county can afford

Maui County is not doing the homeless any favors. Basically, Maui County simply does not have the financial, health care or administrative capabilities to service an ever-expanding homeless population. The homeless need “special” services and a unique level of care that only a large and ...

Trump wants to repeal the Johnson Amendment

Trump has promised to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from participating in political activities, thereby advancing the angle of the slippery slope toward dissembling the separation of church and state. While religion should encourage ...

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Elected officials don’t have to support president I was gobsmacked by an April 27 letter writer who actually said elected officials, judges and “so forth” must, by law, support the president. He went on to say that if they don’t, Trump ought to remove them from their positions and put ...

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Editorial did not mention sixth mayoral candidate Thanks in part to this paper, politics on Maui is a rigged system. In your editorial of April 11, “Interesting race coming,” you outline five candidates who may run for mayor next year. You have published two of my letters each month for ...

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Letter from Monsanto official prompts response On April 18, the opinions of five judges who presided over the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague released its findings. After taking six months to review the testimony of 28 witnesses the judges decision is as follows: “Monsanto has ...

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Is New Zealand a better fit for people of Hawaii? Kia ora. Aloha. The people of Hawaii should consider whether they are a better fit for the United States or New Zealand. As only one New Zealander, I cannot speak for our country. However, I do suspect that if Hawaii wanted to become part of ...

Sunflowers cause smiles to break out

Congratulations to Pacific Biofuel for selecting a beautiful product for the island of Maui. I wish them the best for success in their hard work, investment of time and money in this project. For Maui it will be a real winner not just for biofuels, but for the island and the people of ...

Treat A&B no differently than other landowners

Your April 20 article reports the Fire Department had a training near Kihei recently to familiarize their staff with how to fight a cane fire. There have been innumerable cane-field fires in the past, but evidently the department used to leave the responsibility of fighting them to HC&S. ...

Post office demolition raises golf course concerns

I read where money earmarked to preserve the historic post office was used instead to demolish it. Mayor Alan Arakawa said that sometimes rehabilitation requires demolition. I hope that any funds raised to rehabilitate Waiehu Golf Course won’t be used to demolish it too. It might be ...

Why do people throw away useful items?

Need a topic for your doctoral thesis or term paper? Answer this question: Why, in a society where the gap widens between haves and have-nots, do people trash things with life left in them? Neither homeless nor broke, I dumpster dive for resalable bottles and cans. Good for the ecology, ...