Opinion

Despite testing, no action yet on ocean water quality

Letters to the Editor

A sterling Matthew Thayer visual captioned “Kihei’s Cove Park and surf spots off Kalama Park’s breakwall are packed with novice surfers and surf schools Thursday morning” drew my eyes (The Maui News, April 6). The article was another monthly report, more visitors, more revenue, but the ...

Crime Victims Rights week not observed in Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

The week of April 7 through 13 was National Crime Victims Rights week, the purpose being to give voice to innocent victims of homicide and violent crime. The week is a teachable moment; an educational tool to ensure the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) 1984 is given light and access to the public, ...

The best political system will borrow from others

Letters to the Editor

In the opening days of the 20th century, Eugene Debs asked: “What is socialism?” His often quoted answer was: “Merely Christianity in action. It recognizes the equality in men.” Of course, those of wealth and power have never stopped frightening the lightly informed with the specter of ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Why are the speed limits on Hana Highway past Paia mostly 30 or 35 mph? The speed limit for a highway shouldn’t be the same as Kaahumanu Avenue. That seems to be a ridiculously slow speed for a ...

Courageous leadership

Editorial

Effective leadership and courage go hand in hand. Sometimes that courage takes the form of the leader revealing something personal about his or her life that can comfort others who have suffered similar experiences. Last week, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino revealed that he had been the ...

‘Vision Zero’ polices create safer communities

Letters to the Editor

Each year, more than 40,000 people are killed in the United States in vehicle crashes. Last year, a record number of 43 pedestrian fatalities were documented in Hawaii, reflecting a dramatic increase from 15 in 2017. In 2018, there were 17 traffic fatalities in Maui County. This year, Maui ...

Sad to see Maui turned into a dumping site

Letters to the Editor

It’s so sad to see our beautiful island of Maui turn into a dumping site. It’s very disgusting to see old tires, appliances, furniture and other household trash being dumped along Kahekili Highway and Pulehu Road. This also includes green waste. People need to be more responsible and take ...

These are the things that are killing Maui

Letters to the Editor

I do not believe that overtourism is killing Maui. I believe that the failure to choose an expert in island urban planning as a planning director, irresponsible and unsustainable development for foreign residents, combined with insufficient infrastructure and a failure to assess and collect ...

Yes, Donald Trump is still ‘our man’

Letters to the Editor

An April 2 letter writer asked, “Conservatives, is Donald Trump still your man?” She implies that Trump is a man of questionable moral character who should not be trusted as the president of the United States. However, has she ever considered just why America voted for him in the first ...

Visitor amazed by local solution to Kihei traffic

Letters to the Editor

After several trips to Maui we found this time we needed to drive more than the other trips. We made many runs up and down South Kihei Road, as well as other parts of the island. Kihei road is low speed but has high traffic volumes. This makes left turns on and off South Kihei Road at ...

Disparity in bail amounts doesn’t reflect the offense

Letters to the Editor

Can someone please explain why a 28-year-old woman arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening of two people would have bail set at $10,000 and a 58-year-old male arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening of hundreds of people in need of and giving medical attention received a ...

Paying it forward

Columns

Thirty years ago, Esther Yap took a leap of faith and applied for a bookkeeping job at a nonprofit she’d never heard of. Fast forward to today, and she’ll tell you it was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. “I was looking for something fulfilling — and I found it,” she said. ...

A deadly anniversary

Editorial

A sad, but important, anniversary is marked Saturday. One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, April 13, 1861, Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate troops, ending the first battle of the Civil War. A day earlier, the rebels had opened fire on the fort that sat in the middle of Charleston ...

Bill is really about having water for Maui County

Letters to the Editor

Upcountry Maui needs water for our people and to restore agriculture in central valley, yet recent articles about HB1326 seem to make it only about A&B. This bill is not about having water for A&B — it is really about having water for Maui County, for our people and for the future of ...

Upcountry’s water supply is threatened

Letters to the Editor

Here are the essential facts in the conflict over House Bill 1326. • With the end of sugar, there is enough water available to accommodate the needs of the taro growers, restore the streams, give Upcountry what it needs and supply Mahi Pono’s plan to replace sugar in the central ...

Is it worth the risk to not pass HB1326?

Letters to the Editor

I live and farm in Omaopio and I know my water comes from East Maui. I remember in the ’60s when water was manually hauled when all of the Upcountry supplies were dry. People today are gambling about what is needed to ensure that we have reliable water supplies. Policymakers should make ...

Democratic Party morphed into a secular socialist party

Letters to the Editor

The Democratic Party has morphed into a secular socialist party by advocating for programs of food, housing, health care, child care, education, guaranteed income for all including undocumented immigrants, the Green New Deal, takeover of private industry, and the maiming of the unborn and ...

Back-passing beach sand can help protect shorelines

Letters to the Editor

A sand “cell” consists of three important parts: sand on the dunes, sand on the beach, and sand that is in the shallow water just offshore. Over time, some offshore sand will drift away laterally and can become captured in areas like a boat harbor or around other shoreline buildings or ...

The Nazis looked, acted and talked like socialists

Letters to the Editor

A March 31 letter writer objected to my listing of the Nazis among socialists who devolved into tyrants (Letters, Marh 19), arguing that the Nazis hated socialists and therefore were not themselves socialists; “far from it,” he wrote. First, socialists hating other socialists is quite ...

Accomplishments of Trump aren’t being acknowledged

Letters to the Editor

As a conservative, to answer the April 2 letter asking if Trump is still my guy, the answer is more yes today than in 2016. In two years we have seen a news media, including this paper, collude with the Democratic Party in spreading a hoax, the Russia collusion. Within those two years we ...