Opinion

Socialism a breeding ground for greed

Letters to the Editor

Few will deny that socialism breeds greed. Just look at the health care system. A $500 cash procedure in Mexico will cost $20,000 here. But as long as you have insurance, who cares? It’s called OPM — other people’s money. Socialism is the idea that we can all live at the expense of ...

Fishing permission license another invasion of privacy

Letters to the Editor

So soon we will need a permission slip from “Uncle $am” to fish from the beach (The Maui News, Dec. 7). This is precisely how Colorado became unlivable for me; imagine going “camping” in a outdoor prison where “game wardens” show up at your tent and suddenly are concerned not only ...

Maui Connections

Columns

“Maui Connections” will not appear today. Columnist Rick Chatenever is on the Mainland.

A resolution we need to make

Editorial

Last year we noted some of the biggest stories of 2017 had one repeating theme — man’s inhumanity to man. Whether it was white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, the slaughter of innocent children in Syria, terrorist attacks everywhere, the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar, ...

Hirono is supposed to serve the people, not spew hubris

Letters to the Editor

Lazy Mazie keeps shooting herself in the foot with voters, but after the last election no one seems to care. In her new rant, Sen. Hirono claims Democrats have a hard time “connecting” with voters because of how smart Democrats are, and that they know so much. This coming from a public ...

Get the facts about Paia Inn and Paia Inn Cafe

Letters to the Editor

Judge E. John McConnell took the time to inspect all matters and do a site inspection to review our application and recommended we be fully permitted as we meet the seven required criteria (The Maui News, Nov. 29). The county has already permitted other TVRs in the commercial district of Paia. ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Is it legal for Hawaii residents to carry Tasers and/or stun guns for self-defense? If this is legal, where can we purchase them? A: It is illegal to possess and/or possess “electric guns” in Hawaii, as they are referred to in Hawaii Revised Statutes. Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts ...

Final approval of Molokai Island Community Plan on Dec. 11 agenda

Columns

On Nov. 16, a public hearing, in conjunction with a full County Council meeting, was held at the Kaunakakai Elementary School, where the revisions to the Molokai Island Community Plan were approved. The meeting on Molokai gave residents another important opportunity to share testimony to ...

Counting blessings

Editorial

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep counting my blessings” — From the 1954 movie “White Christmas” People who are lucky enough to live on Maui have many things to be thankful for this holiday season. We live in a free ...

Please respect community when lighting fireworks

Letters to the Editor

In regard to firework usage, please respect the community this holiday season and remember your neighbors are people who have pets, small children, children who go to school and people who work early in the morning. The loud noises from illegal fireworks keep children and adults up at night and ...

Music should be a powerful teaching tool in our schools

Letters to the Editor

When I started nonprofit arts work on Maui about 22 years ago I found that Hawaii, like the rest of the country, de-prioritized music in the schools. So, my nonprofit tried to help remedy the situation with music lessons in the public elementary schools. The argument we often heard was that ...

Locals and visitors need to embrace gift of reading

Letters to the Editor

As an author it was good to see your Nov. 29 editorial on the gift of reading. These days it is unclear whether locals read books. Visitors certainly do to their advantage. On Kaanapali Beach the good news is that a majority of those sunbathing are reading paperbacks. You can also see a ...

The death of George H.W. Bush and the end of civility

Letters to the Editor

The Dec. 4 Maui News contains a story about the passing of George H. W. Bush. The headline reads, “Republicans lament Bush’s death as the end of ‘a culture of civility.’ ” Really? Are these the same Republicans who nominated, elected and continue to defend Donald Trump? Do they ...

Some thoughts as we say aloha to POTUS 41

Letters to the Editor

As we say aloha to POTUS 41, an incredibly accomplished public servant, and as we listen to his many well-deserved eulogies, I can’t help but wonder who will eulogize POTUS 45. I know it will be very short and fact-checkers will be listening. Jeff Bigler Wailuku

On a roll

Columns

They’re ready to rumble — and all for a good cause. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 16, the Azeka Shopping Center parking lot will become a sea of chrome, leather and red Santa hats. That’s when motorcycle enthusiasts of all stripes will rev their engines and ride en masse from Kihei to ...

County workers recognized with awards for excellence

Columns

Throughout my time as Maui County mayor, I’ve tried to support our county departments as best I could. That’s because if you give our county workers the tools and resources they need, the community benefits from better services, programs and projects. Sometimes as a result, their work is ...

Remember our heroes

Editorial

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The memorial at the sunken USS Arizona will be the focal point of the ceremonies. On Dec. 7, 1941, 1,177 sailors and Marines aboard the Arizona died in the attack. Some 360 made it off the ship. Today only five survivors of the ...

Solar project must be moved away from humans, homes

Letters to the Editor

The huge 200-acre solar power plant planned for South Maui may be a good idea but there is more to the story. The project is almost as large as Maui Meadows and its 49,000 panels, humming as they constantly swerve toward the sun, would be jammed very near homes. Many elements of this proposal ...

Some facts about scientific studies of greenhouse effect

Letters to the Editor

Although he was not the first to suggest the greenhouse effect, John Tyndall, in 1859, created the instrumentation to demonstrate and measure the ability of various gases to absorb heat. In his words, “Thus the atmosphere admits the entrance of the solar heat; but checks its exit, and the ...