Opinion

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: What is ALS? A: Dr. Christopher Taleghani, neurosurgeon: ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — is a neurological disease. It’s often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the Hall of Fame baseball player who died of the affliction in 1941. In ALS, nerve cells in the brain and spinal ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Those were the days, my friend We thought they’d never end We’d sing and dance, forever and a day . . . — “Those Were the Days,” lyrics by Gene Raskin That tune has been running almost continuously in the back of my mind ever since I was asked to emcee the Maui Choral Arts ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Bob Stone had lots of friends and admirers of his work. They paid their respects to the late Maui filmmaker Saturday at a screening of his documentary “The Edge of Paradise,” about Kauai’s renowned Taylor Camp hippie treehouse community of the ’60s and ’70s, in a packed tribute at the ...

Anniversary of a hero’s death

Editorial

Seventy-four years ago Friday, April 12, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt quietly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga. The hero who led the United States out of the Great Depression had been elected to the presidency four times. The brave leader who championed the Allies in World ...

Tell your senators to vote no on HB593

Letters to the Editor

There is a measure coming up in the state Legislature which is trying to bypass existing law. It’s HB593, which wants to allow placing solar farms on prime (Class A) agricultural lands. Please contact our state senators and tell them to vote “no” on this bill. You can’t eat ...

Hawaiian language never illegal or banned in schools

Letters to the Editor

PBS “Insights” show said Hawaiian language was “forbidden in schools.” Hawaiian grievance industry often repeats that falsehood, seeking sympathy and reparations. It stirs racial hostility toward “haoles.” Hawaiian language nearly died because native leaders and parents saw ...

‘New science’ questioned following presentation

Letters to the Editor

I recently attended the “Food Security In The Climate Change Era” presentation. Climate change is the pre-eminent issue of our time. In Hawaii, we are particularly vulnerable because most of our food comes to us by boat. With any climate-related disaster where the boats can’t reach us we ...

Program for inmates should be considered here

Letters to the Editor

Former Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Cathy Malloy speak with inmates inside institutions that highlight the T.R.U.E. program. “Providing inmates with education, training, addiction services and other resources is money well spent.” “Improving the way inmates are ...

A partnership can move us toward walkable town

Letters to the Editor

Mike Moran’s excellent letter (March 29) highlighted our community plan’s emphasis on an off-road bike/pedestrian trail system as an alternative to auto-centrism. He goes on to challenge our county officials to implement the plan as they must. But the challenge is to the community as well. ...

It’s up to people of Maui to say no to civic project

Letters to the Editor

It will be interesting to see which County Council members vote for the biggest publicly funded swindle on Maui in a generation — $124,695,026 in taxpayer money to subsidize 1,500,000 square feet of development with a value of $265,000,000. Nine hundred and thirteen residences at $500,000 ...

Letter inspires steps to weaponize family

Letters to the Editor

I enthusiastically support the opinion of our “Armed Citizenry” advocate (Letters, March 29). Taking to heart the need to weaponize all Mauians in the face of impending terrorism, I initiated several steps to ensure the safety of my friends and family. I already have in place a tadpole ...

An effective solution for Maui’s cat problem

Letters to the Editor

There is only one proven solution to solving Maui’s cat problem. TNRM — Trap, Neuter, Return, Manage. This humane strategy has been an effective solution in over 500 major cities worldwide. Because of the near perfect year-round weather, the lack of predators and the ample resources here ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: The trees along Hookele Street from Target to Zippy’s are overgrown. They are blocking the traffic lights, which are a hazard for both drivers and pedestrians as they cross the street. How can we arrange to have these trees trimmed? A: Mahalo for your question and concerns. My staff ...

A perspective on political fights

Editorial

There is a tendency to look at history — particularly at our historical heroes — through rose-colored glasses. We look at political deadlock and fighting in today’s Washington with a sense of opprobrium and ask why our leaders can’t work together like those in the past. That’s why ...

Revenue raisers already sent to the governor

Letters to the Editor

We’ve previously warned that our Legislature has a dogged focus on new taxes — “ARF! Don’t make fun of me like that!” It’s the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie, with a report on recent bills! Q: What would you like to report? A: Our Legislature is wasting no time pushing those ...

Council bills on water list only help developers

Letters to the Editor

The new bills passed by Maui County Council affecting the Upcountry water meter list (The Maui News, March 23) miss the real problem facing individual residents who have applied for new or upgraded water service. It appears that these two bills were passed solely for the benefit of developers ...

Hatred of all things Obama reflects Trump’s mindset

Letters to the Editor

Since he began his presidential candidacy in 2015, Donald Trump has never shied away from showing his loathing for everything associated with former President Barack Obama. Now he has shown the country his intent to deal the coup de grace on the Affordable Care Act — with no replacement ...

Full funding needed for coqui frog eradication

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Michael Victorino’s proposed budget includes much needed funding for coqui frog eradication that goes to the Maui Invasive Species Committee. Please testify in support of the mayor’s proposed budget in person — April 11, Paia Community Center Social Hall at 6 p.m.; or Kihei ...

No respect being shown for turtles at Hookipa

Letters to the Editor

People are totally disregarding the sign and rope that are supposed to deter harassment of the turtles at Hookipa. There needs to be a real fence or someone there to monitor the situation. The turtles are a blessing for all, but people are showing no respect for them or the law that protects ...