Opinion

Area of personal freedom remains firmly forbidden

Letters to the Editor

Our society has come a long way toward protecting individual liberties but in one area freedom remains firmly forbidden. That is the freedom to choose one’s own death. A maze of legal obstacles makes death with dignity nearly impossible to achieve. It’s time to stop this government ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Thirty-three years and one month ago, I met the man who would become my partner in broadcasting and in life. Barry Shannon and I had each returned to Maui after living off-island for several years. I had come home to heal after a painful divorce and got a job with Encantada Broadcasting. When ...

A force of the universe

Editorial

Forty years ago today, we stepped off an airplane in Kansas City, Mo. Our nerves were somewhat frayed because it was the first day of an attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Our attention was quickly diverted from nicotine withdrawal, though, when the business associate meeting us at the ...

Personnel change needed on the liquor commission

Letters to the Editor

It’s evident the liquor commission is failing. Its recent actions imposing onerous, unnecessary and frankly ridiculous restrictions on nonprofit organizations seeking single-day licenses for fundraising events is screaming proof that change of personnel and thinking is sorely needed. An ...

Exemptions pose dangers

Columns

Last week we began a discussion about the 5 percent charge that is assessed against the “special funds” in Hawaii government, which we called the “Central Services Skim.” For the last few fiscal years, the skim has redirected about $45 million a year from the special funds to the state ...

Not an Einstein but got a degree in engineering

Letters to the Editor

I’m no Einstein! I learned that while taking an honors physics class at college at Stanford University. I could barely comprehend my 20 genius classmates, who might be some of today’s Einsteins. I was sure I failed the class. Happily, I got a B. Amazingly, I got an A in the next ...

Health care needs to be regulated

Letters to the Editor

It was recently time for my yearly bloodwork again, so off I go to Kaiser Permanente in Kihei, five minutes and we were done. I had barely time to get home before the results were available online, and I thought this is probably going to set me back 50-60 bucks, but that is OK since it was so ...

White House does not belong to President Trump

Letters to the Editor

I take exception to the Aug. 12 Maui News caption headline that appeared below a photo of work presently being done in the West Wing of the White House. The headline read, “Renovations underway at the president’s house.” The White House is not the personal property of this or any ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Turtle Rick got back into action on Thursday. It was many years ago — decades now — that I first claimed that title. It wasn’t long after we moved to Maui. We still lived in Kihei and got lots of visitors from the Mainland whom I’d take out snorkeling. In those days, I was one of ...

Troubling report

Editorial

Two years ago, a Pew Research Center report showed a decline in religious affiliation in general — and Christianity, in particular — in the United States. Still, over 70 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians. But that is down from 78.4 percent in 2007, the last time Pew ...

Some of us remember war we initiated in Korea

Letters to the Editor

There are some of us left that remember the war we initiated in Korea. The unrelenting cold, a topography that made it nearly impossible to maintain the basic supplies of combat: adequate food, shelter and ammunition. The Korean War came to an end after three years and some 5 million ...

Honolulu rail tax a done deal?

Letters to the Editor

I am coming straight out and saying the Honolulu rail system is an absolute scam! It was ill-conceived and faces massive financial problems which Maui people will more than likely pay for. Personally, I’m for tearing it down for it shouldn’t have been built in the first place as many ...

From albatross to cats, animal abuse unacceptable

Letters to the Editor

From albatross to feral cats, the incidents of animal abuse in Hawaii are unacceptable. There has evolved a social acceptance of cruelty, neglect, abandonment and killing that depicts a society in need of moral and ethical help. It is common knowledge backed by scientific study that animal ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: I was interested in finding the map of hotel-designated condos in the Wailea area of Maui. Can you direct me to the link? A: Since you didn’t specify why this information would be useful for you, it’s a little difficult to know how best to help you. I can tell you that in Kihei and ...

Neighbor Islands should not pay for rail in Honolulu

Columns

The issue of funding Honolulu’s controversial rail project is on the verge of boiling over to the Neighbor Islands and residents should be concerned. As mentioned in my July 17 “Chair’s 3 Minutes,” the state Legislature has scheduled a special session starting on Aug. 28 to determine a ...

A bad week for sunshine

Editorial

It was another bad week for sunshine on Maui. A judge’s decision on Tuesday that a lawsuit protesting the way the Liquor Control Commission promulgated changes in rules about alcohol sales was “moot” because the changes have since been reversed missed the point of the suit. Kihei ...

Sunday puzzle is a simple pleasure

Letters to the Editor

What a pleasant surprise! Sounds silly, but one of my simple pleasures is the Sunday crossword puzzle. To find out the wrong one was printed on Aug. 6 was a big disappointment. Thank you so much for printing the correct one in the Aug. 8 issue. Good thing I saved the answers from Sunday. ...

Marijuana is illegal under federal law

Letters to the Editor

The article of Aug. 9 about the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries is incorrect in saying that marijuana is now legal. Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by U.S. law and is illegal to posses, grow, sell or transport. The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

William Brooke O’Shaughnessy was a brilliant young man from the small city of Limerick in the midwestern region of Ireland. There was little opportunity on the Emerald Isle so he did what many promising students did: he moved. O’Shaughnessy was lucky and smart enough to transfer to the ...