Opinion

CBRE program helps to make renewable energy accessible

Columns

When people talk about how expensive it is to live here on Maui, there are many things that come to mind: housing, food, gas and electricity to name just a few. You would think that with all the access to natural sources of energy — the sun, the wind and ocean — the cost of electricity at ...

Have ghosts possessed people on Liquor Control Board?

Letters to the Editor

Reading about the Liquor Control Board. I was wondering if ghosts from pre-Prohibition had come back and are possessing the people who sit on this board. Where else in this country does the liquor board have a say in whether people can dance or not? Where else in this country can the board ...

Castor bean plants are ubiquitous on Maui

Letters to the Editor

Ricin is in the news again. Castor bean plants are ubiquitous on Maui. One of the most toxic substances in nature can cause death in an adult via various means of exposure of only a few powdered seeds. The internet has many sites and videos of how to derive ricin from the seeds. Not ...

Low voter turnout gives special interests more power

Letters to the Editor

Hawaii has had the lowest voter turnout in all 50 states! Various reasons have been given, but the real reason is that voters have lost hope or fled the state. Despite politicians’ promises, it has been decades of the double whammies of low wages and high cost of living. Today, Hawaii ...

Teacher working three jobs to afford living here

Letters to the Editor

I’m a teacher and I moved from the Mainland to teach here on Maui. I took a giant pay cut moving here. I’ve always loved the islands and the keiki. I worked really hard to get here. I now work three jobs just so that I can afford to pay the outrageous rent here. I’m a dedicated ...

A threat to our community

Editorial

One of the great myths in our society is that big is always better than small. It is a particularly dangerous myth when your society is based on capitalism. There is no doubt that completely unregulated growth can lead to the creation of monopolies, duopolies, triopolies and various other ...

Maui County Fair showing signs of decline

Letters to the Editor

After an absence of three years, due to medical issues, I went to this year’s fair. I must say, I was underwhelmed. Prices have skyrocketed, the exhibits in the gym have dwindled drastically, and the retail tent area is a shadow of what it was previously. My attendance at future fairs is ...

Mazie Hirono has both chutzpah and courage

Letters to the Editor

Good for you, Sen. Mazie Hirono! You have both the chutzpah and courage to step out of line and challenge our nation’s hoary-haired, calcified white men — an endangered breed whose spittle-charged vitriol will ultimately become little more than the whimper of desperation. Fred Rawe Kula

George Soros takes another defeat

Letters to the Editor

A conformation vote to select Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court passed Sept. 6. Spending millions of dollars on protesters and funding a far-left, sometimes violent, activist group, George Soros takes another defeat to his one world order agenda. Democrats, including local Dems, ...

Two of the 10 principles for living a satisfying life

Letters to the Editor

Do you want to live healthily to age 120? Do you already live by the first two success principles listed below? Honest Ori wrote and published an award-winning book in 1996 on the 10 psychobiological principles for living a satisfying life to age 120. M.D.s understand how significantly a ...

When you’re hot you’re hot

Letters to the Editor

“And The Beat Goes On.” He continues to amaze me. Not enough that he won the GOP nomination and then, surprisingly, the presidential election in 2016; now he somehow manages to get his wounded Supreme Court nominee confirmed! “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” (and when you’re ...

Sen. Mazie Hirono is an embarrassment

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Mazie Hirono is an embarrassment to a lot of the people of Hawaii; definitely including me. She should just stop whining. You rightfully lost. As an older military veteran and voter, I will not just shut up! John V. Duey Wailuku

Victorino should come clean about his true agenda

Letters to the Editor

Why does Mike Victorino sound like an Elle Cochran echo chamber? Imitation is the best form of flattery, but not when it’s disingenuous. Instead of trying to gain votes by parroting what Elle says — and has made good on for her entire political career — Victorino should come clean about ...

Sen. Hirono must be held accountable for her arrogance

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Mazie Hirono, as our elected congresswoman, has betrayed her solemn oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. She is supposed to represent all the residents of our state, not just the left. As a lawyer she knows that all accused are presumed ...

Proposed surcharge would hurt homeowners, tenants

Letters to the Editor

I am very fortunate to own four properties in Haiku. Most of my tenants have been there at least 10 to 15 years in their houses. Every time the property taxes and insurance charges go up, I absorb them until I can’t anymore and then I have to raise their rent. It’s not a good feeling and I ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

News of Sears, Roebuck and Co. declaring bankruptcy triggered a nationwide flood of memories for baby boomers, especially those of us who grew up in small towns, whether surrounded by the Pacific Ocean or Midwest prairies. Here on Maui in the 1960s, we kids knew that our island lifestyle was ...

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, ...

Event used parking space for park users

Letters to the Editor

I am a avid user of the dog park and walking around the park after. Why was the dog park open but there was no parking for the users during the fair? The parking in front of the dog park should be available for dog park users and for those that enjoy walking around the park. It is good for ...

Whither the general income tax credit?

Columns

Those of us who are getting along in years may remember the “general income tax credit,” a line on our state income tax return where we could claim a $1 credit. The saga of this credit tells us a little about a bold move undertaken in the 1978 Constitutional Convention and our lawmakers’ ...