Opinion

True story of how the drag strip came to be

Letters to the Editor

In answer to an Aug. 2 letter regarding the funding for the original drag strip back in the 1950s: After numerous meetings by myself — the founder of the Valley Isle Timing Association — along with the county and Mayor Eddie Tam, there was no support from the mayor’s administration to ...

Police need to have pride in their appearances

Letters to the Editor

I recently attended the Maui Fair. It was a great experience. However, I noticed the police presence and saw that our Police Department is light years behind the recognized national police ideology. The police presence was primarily composed of sergeants. Since they are the first-line ...

A&B’s negligence putting lives and property at risk

Letters to the Editor

Who will be liable for loss of life and property due to Alexander & Baldwin’s negligence leaving thousands of acres of cane to burn across this island? Our public schools, homes, churches and businesses are all at risk as the cane is not replaced, plowed under or mowed down. Does A&B ...

Maui’s first responders deserve praise and aloha

Letters to the Editor

I was sitting on the lanai the afternoon of Oct. 9, enjoying the aftereffects of a light rain, when I saw smoke in the Kahului direction. I immediately got on the scanner app. What a shock to find out a fire was headed in my direction. I cannot describe to everyone how fast our first ...

President can’t prove he is as smart as he says

Letters to the Editor

Popular vote loser Russian-assisted President Donald Trump constantly brays about how smart he is. Yet, day in and out, his words and conduct prove that claim false along with just about everything else he says or produces with his stubby thumbs. His own Cabinet member called him a ...

Funding needed to address problems at Kahului library

Letters to the Editor

I have been a patron of the Kahului, Maui, branch (at 90 School St.) of the Hawaii State Public Library since August 1990. It saddens me to see how long this branch has struggled with air-conditioning issues, resulting in deterioration of microfilm, creating unhealthy fumes being released ...

Theft leaves a bitter taste for Maui visitor

Letters to the Editor

To the thief that stole my camera and gear, while I was at hidden beach: You could have had the camera and lenses. However, you basically stole the memories from my vacation. You smile and expect me to tip you 20 percent during the day. And, at night, you break into our vehicles and steal ...

Warren Blum is living his dream as a dive instructor for Mike Severns Diving and a ride-share driver for Uber and Lyft.

A sense of direction

Columns

It’s quite evident that Warren Blum has a talent for explaining things. And it’s a skill that certainly comes in handy: As a scuba instructor and ride-share driver, Blum routinely fields questions about marine life, island life — and his life, too. In fact, Blum says it’s not ...

Hottest days of the Cold War

Editorial

With the current nuclear crisis with North Korea, it seems like a good time to revisit the closest parallel. Fifty-five years ago today, Oct. 14, 1962, a U-2 spy plane flying high over the island nation of Cuba took surveillance photographs that showed Soviet missiles capable of delivering ...

More to the Las Vegas story than what’s reported

Letters to the Editor

It appears conspiracies can be discussed if they are 16 years old, but not 16 days. I am disturbed by The Maui News’ one-sided coverage of the alleged mass murder in Las Vegas. One doesn’t have to look very deep to discover massive incongruities, anomalies and lies in the published ...

Congress steps up to control court-ordered guardianships

Columns

Finally, Washington is taking steps to protect older Americans who have fallen into an exploitation trap set for them by state courts. Federal officials should soon be empowered to go into states to investigate — and prosecute — unscrupulous court-appointed guardians and conservators who ...

Trump’s behavior in Puerto Rico appalling

Letters to the Editor

I was appalled when I saw the news clip of Donald Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico. All he did was put on a show patting himself on the back for the great job the U.S. did in helping them after the hurricane. He made face-slapping statements about how only 17 people died as compared to the ...

U.S. creates industry to clean up massacres

Columns

America woke up Oct. 2 to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this story stand out. It was the ...

A dangerous suggestion

Editorial

One of the more troubling aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency is the almost casual way he daily denigrates the First Amendment. On Tuesday, he suggested that perhaps NBC should lose its broadcasting license for airing a story he didn’t like. NBC cited three folks in a meeting as sources ...

Newly renamed highway needs higher speed limit

Letters to the Editor

Well, now that we veterans now have our own highway, I think we should be able to set an actually reasonable speed limit for it. The absurdity of that highway having the same speed limit as Kaahumanu Avenue has in front of Baldwin High School boggles the mind. Jerry Piller Kihei

Conservatives try to foster their ideals on others

Letters to the Editor

Attempting to understand America’s most conservative voters, I have concluded that these individuals must feel like victims — victims of LGBT rights, of easy access to birth control, of an environment impeding their jobs. Left, center and mildly right Americans can feel victimized, yes. ...

Real farmers support all farmers and ranchers

Letters to the Editor

A big mahalo to Mayor Alan Arakawa for his spot-on analysis of the current agricultural situation on Maui (“Our County,” Oct. 6). As a 70-year-old life-long farmer, I have learned a few things from my experience, formed some opinions and am not shy about sharing them. The mayor is right ...

Citizens could help replace ‘broken’ bench

Letters to the Editor

Our community is blessed with citizens who perform public services which can be done right out in the open. But there are other tasks which might require more subtlety. The Hawaiians have legends about the menehune: little people who did things like build heiau, starting after sundown and not ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

With the exception of this weekly column, most of my writing is intended to be heard rather than read. Storytelling and speechmaking are the usual objectives. Recently, though, I have received a varied spate of writing assignments, from adapting a classic fairytale into a children’s play, to ...