Opinion

Closing an estate tax loophole?

Columns

One of the bills our Legislature sent up to Gov. David Ige to be signed, which is almost certain to become law because the Department of Taxation sponsored it, is one to close an estate tax loophole. The issue isn’t as simple as it might seem, however. First, some background. An estate tax ...

Neighbor Islands lack fair state representation

Letters to the Editor

Maui has been slapped in the face. Repeatedly. The revelation that a solution to the traffic gridlock in, and potential isolation of, West Maui is no longer even in the long-term plan is only the latest. Remember Kihei high school? The West Maui hospital? Not protecting our lifeguards from ...

Using renewable energies keeps earnings at home

Letters to the Editor

Property tax exemption encourages sustaining energy, doing pono and improving living qualities! Let’s celebrate Hokulea’s highly successful worldwide sailing achievement. Hokulea and crews resourced natural ocean currents, wind and solar energies, developed cultural navigation skills and ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Every picture tells a story on the Maui Film Festival posters I began collecting more than a decade ago. There will be a new one for the collection when the festival launches its 18th year Wednesday, continuing through Sunday in Wailea and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle ...

In critical condition

Editorial

One of the stated goals of modern educational reform is to “improve critical thinking skills.” We have heard phrases like this so often that it almost seems like a mantra. But it suddenly dawned on us that we’re not even really sure what “critical thinking” is. Or does. Or c — ...

Unique father-in-law will be missed

Letters to the Editor

Father’s Day encompasses all fathers, and for me it’s my recently passed father-in-law, Joseph William Bertram Jr. I’ve known him since my husband brought me to his home on Maui 30 years ago. We’ve had our ups and downs as any in-laws do, but his support was constant and was ...

Liquor department unable to understand English

Letters to the Editor

Well, as is par for the course with the Maui County liquor department, they seem to be unable to understand the English language. Their latest enforcement scheme is, basically, the harassment of nonprofit organizations in obtaining special event licenses. According to The Maui News (June 8), ...

Spend your money before the government takes it

Letters to the Editor

The double talk which has become second nature to politics at the top echelon of our government has become so crusted with disbelief that my willingness to believe anything anyone says is in direct proportion to my willingness to doubt. The damage to clear and honest thinking is so immense ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: What is the process for obtaining a TWIC card? I need to get one for a job I’m applying for but I’m not sure where to call. A: You can actually apply online for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential card. The Maritime Transportation Security Act requires this card for ...

Use of county pCards must be overhauled

Columns

The topic of county-issued purchasing cards, also known as pCards, is once again in the news. With what started as an unauthorized commercial kitchen in 2015 has evolved into a federal lawsuit that alleges improper pCard spending and other inappropriate and troubling activities. A report ...

The lucky guy’s day

Editorial

Fathers are the luckiest people on Earth. Thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, we get to help create little creatures who love us unconditionally. Oh, they soon get over that unconditional love. But for the first few years, we get to have the joy of having someone’s eyes light up ...

Candidate speaks 4.5 languages, plus pidgin

Letters to the Editor

Is President Trump or fired FBI Director James Comey lying? Are you tired of Washington politics or even local politics? I’m a straight-shooting haole who communicates well. I speak 4.5 languages plus pidgin. Around my Filipina wife I speak Filipino-English. “Throw” means “throw ...

County bag ban affects shoppers’ spending

Letters to the Editor

I know this is beating a dead horse since this bad regulation has already been passed, but the plastic bag ban has really hurt the retail businesses here on Maui. When I go to Target or Walmart or (previously) Kmart, I only buy what I can carry. I see this is true for many other shoppers also ...

County voters favored Clinton over Trump

Letters to the Editor

In the 2016 Maui presidential election, Clinton got 70 per cent of the vote, Trump 28 per cent. Why the wide margin of difference? One reason was that there are many more Democrats than there are Republicans here on Maui. Another reason may be Trump’s accusation that President Obama (a keki ...

Dogs do not belong in food establishments

Letters to the Editor

Dogs, dogs, dogs, they’re everywhere! Unleashed dogs on the beach, in grocery stores, in restaurants, in coffee shops on the streets of Maui. With the recent dog attack on an airplane, when is Maui County going to put a bylaw in place restricting dogs in places that sell and or serve food ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

The official first European to make contact with Native Hawaiians was Capt. James Cook of England in 1778. Sure, everyone knows that. But not everyone agrees that it’s true. The English certainly weren’t the first Europeans to travel the Pacific. Centuries before Cook, Spanish explorers ...

Infamous anniversary

Editorial

With all the controversy surrounding the 2016 presidential election, it is interesting to note that tomorrow marks an infamous date in American politics and history. Forty-five years ago, June 17, 1972, burglars were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee ...

Leftist hysteria aims to destroy Trump presidency

Letters to the Editor

The left lives from one hysterical threat to another, DDT, anorexia/bulimia in little girls, ebola, heterosexual aids, and some of the newer ones, e-cigarettes, Co2 will catastrophically destroy civilization, antisemitism and racism sweeping the country. Saving the best for last, and the ...