Opinion

Let Maui families keep more of their money

Letters to the Editor

Maui County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee has been attracting attention by considering a bill, BF-42, that would increase taxes on short-term rentals by roughly 22 percent. According to the Maui Finance Department, the tax hike would raise an additional $600,000 per year, if the ...

Two-lane, undivided Hana Highway has 55 mph limit

Letters to the Editor

Referring to an Oct. 12 correspondent’s comment of the absurdity of the same (45 mph) speed limit for the Maui Veterans Highway (formerly Mokulele Highway) as for Kaahumanu Avenue in front of Baldwin High School, I offer you a more absurd comparison: the 55 mph limit — that’s five five ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Facebook asked, “Without saying your age, what is something you remember from your childhood that a younger person would not understand?” The answers were a bit startling. The pleasant surprise was realizing that I’m not the oldest person on Facebook, by far. But it was disconcerting to ...

Best friend is a device?

Editorial

Two attractive teenagers were strolling in front of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center a while back. One would have thought it was a romantic moment, except the young man was busy texting or playing games on his cellphone and the girl was similarly engaged on hers. They weren’t talking or holding ...

Incentives needed for retirement savings

Columns

During the past few months, the Tax Review Commission, a group provided for in our state constitution that is supposed to meet once every five years, has been busy at work. The commission is tasked with recommending changes to our tax laws, and its consultant has recommended limiting the ...

State should provide more information on road work

Letters to the Editor

This is regarding the resurfacing work being done on Hana/Haleakalala highways. There have been delays of over an hour to get from Pukalani down the hill to Hana Highway (which usually takes 10 minutes) due to the resurfacing project. It would be in the public’s best interest if the state put ...

Trump’s view of own smarts not shared by others

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump embellishes on his smarts and IQ. Au contraire, says Rex Tillerson, who remains fully committed to a moron’s agenda. “I am standing here today to tell you that I am on the same page as this idiot,” the secretary of state said. Further, the late professor William ...

Campaign donations should not be limited

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Alan Arakawa is being called out for making donations from his campaign funds to Maui’s nonprofits, designating them as “advertisements” because of the “limit” on how much can be donated to nonprofits. However, there is no limit on how much can be spent on advertising. This ...

Irony is palpable in article about mayor’s spending

Letters to the Editor

The irony is palpable. Read the Oct. 13 article about Mayor Alan Arakawa’s wife implicated in the Campaign Spending Commission’s complaint that the mayor is charged with two counts of “false reporting of an expenditure.” The mayor’s attorney is quoted as saying “this is beginning ...

Maui Connections

Columns

When I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in front of 3,000 people at his Maui Film Festival Celestial Cinema tribute last June, we covered lots of ground. The charismatic Irishman talked about the transformative effect of acting, the range of roles he has played, and about the blurry line between ...

The story of a marriage

Editorial

”I maintain that it should cost as much to get married as it does to get divorced. Make it look like marriage is worth as much as divorce, even if it ain’t. That would also make the preachers financially independent like it has the lawyers.” — Will Rogers A few years ago this week, ...

Russian attempts in U.S. at mind control continue

Columns

It is high time we accept the fact that the Russian government is engaged in a massive propaganda campaign aimed at getting Americans to fight with one another. It’s been going on for a long time. You might have thought the Russians would back off their social-media misinformation campaign ...

State’s public pension system in need of reform

Letters to the Editor

Hawaii’s public pension system needs to be reformed. Why? Because it calculates employee benefits based on the last three years of pay received, including overtime. This incentivizes government employees to accumulate overtime just prior to retirement, a practice known as pension ...

Effects of the rumor mill aren’t necessarily all bad

Letters to the Editor

We were disappointed that The Maui News was not able to reach us to comment concerning the rumor mill on county pools (Oct. 14), but do not disagree with any of the content. As an all-volunteer voice for South Maui, the Kihei Community Association, www.gokihei.org, too is upset with ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: When is Waiehu Beach Park going to reopen? I read the announcement that the road was closed due to hazardous trees, but the kupuna really miss going down to the beach park for their exercise and social time. How much longer? A: The tree assessment and removal is actually being coordinated ...

Audit lays groundwork for bright energy future

Columns

Maui County residents are fortunate to enjoy the use of public recreational facilities such as pools, tennis courts and ballfields at relatively no cost. It has been the position of county government to recognize these facilities as a critical piece of the well-being of our community by ...

More worries about the net

Editorial

Well, at the risk once again of sounding like a Luddite and a paranoiac, we grow ever more wary of the unseen presences that follow us around the internet. We’ve written several times about our discomfort with looking at something on the net, then seeing an ad for that product on other ...

Seniors’ access to home health care at risk

Letters to the Editor

A recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could jeopardize seniors’ access to quality home health. Known as the Home Health Groupings Model, the proposal would dramatically change the way Medicare pays for home health. As a result, many providers — especially ...