Opinion

Democrats’ radicalism problem

Columns

President Trump is deeply unpopular. According to RealClearPolitics, his favorability ratings now stand at just 41 percent — near-historic lows. This means that Democrats have the upper hand heading into 2020. All they have to do is not be radically insane. And they just can’t do ...

Little Brother is watching?

Editorial

For someone who is not a “techie,” an amazing — but a bit scary — demonstration made us wonder who besides Big Brother is watching. Basically, the demonstration showed us how a smartphone can spy on you. And we’re not talking about needing National Security Administration smarts to ...

Legal gambling does not benefit education

Letters to the Editor

You are right in opposing this movement (Today’s Editorial, Jan. 11, “Stay away from legal gambling”). It is a smoke screen. It does not benefit education as advertised. The proof is in the small print, hidden in political agendas. I live in the state of Michigan. We have had the lotto ...

Surprisingly, Trump was the bigger man for once

Letters to the Editor

Trump ends shutdown! “He gave in. He caved. He lost. He is defeated,” screams big brother at his audience. “We won. We were right. We stood strong. We are good,” chants big sister’s screaming mob. Yes, he “gave in” for the good of the 800,000 government workers going without ...

Sand fencing on beaches helps to protect dunes

Letters to the Editor

Maui coastal areas are exceedingly popular and because of the extreme and continued use, the fragile dune system can become trampled and eroded. Sand fencing is often the most important tool in the toolbox for dune restoration projects since it makes it possible to delineate protected areas and ...

Politicians seek to advance at expense of constituents

Letters to the Editor

Politicians are indeed a privileged class of folks. They can announce they are going to seek a career advancement and run for higher office such as president of the United States. During this one- to two-year endeavor, they will be allowed to receive their full government paychecks along with ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: What are the three concepts being mulled for the South Maui Community Park? I read that all of the concepts include a small amphitheater, walking paths and a sports field. Will there also be more parking? A: I am very excited for this much-needed project in our South Maui community and I am ...

Have a safe Super Sunday

Editorial

Well, it’s Super Sunday. Later today, most of us (and the rest of the United States) will watch the Super Bowl to see who prevails — the Los Angeles Rams or perennial contender New England Patriots. It is the 53rd edition of what traditionally is the most watched television event of the ...

Maui has the know-how to deal with wildfire risk

Letters to the Editor

I appreciate your newspaper’s coverage of the West Maui fires (The Maui News, Jan. 27), especially with respect to their impact on the local community. I agree these fires raise many serious questions. However, I’d also offer that many, many people are working on the very answers to those ...

Let Mayor Victorino make his own choices

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Victorino is a good guy. His picks for county department directors do not reflect his campaign promises or the intentions spoken in his victory speech. Completely. It’s not right to assume he intended this to be so. He promised to work with the County Council and yet there has been no ...

Support bill authorizing convention of states

Letters to the Editor

Congress has failed miserably doing their job and now we have a option to correct that. A bill authorizing a convention of states is being introduced at the Hawaii Legislature and I’m inviting everyone to vigorously support it. Sixty percent of the states have to support it and I very much ...

Wall around Pelosi’s estate is not very high

Letters to the Editor

In answer to the Jan. 25 letter writer who, in an attempt to paint House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as hypocritical in objecting to Trump’s proposed wall, suggested I check out the wall around Pelosi’s estate in Napa Valley, Calif. I just Googled a dozen photos of it. I could stand right next to ...

Scheduling conflict forces parishioners to choose

Letters to the Editor

The Maui Catholic parishes encourage our participation in the March For Life. Some Christians are united in our discernment that the unborn child has a life that needs to be respected and protected. Some Maui Catholics also support Catholic education and want the Catholic schools to continue ...

Low-cost housing could serve company, residents

Letters to the Editor

I wish to herald the coming of the farm corporation, Mahi Pono, taking the place of the A&B land. This is good for Maui. I make a suggestion: The newcomer might seriously consider the early development of low-cost housing, village style, for their employees. I hope they will further ...

Throwing red meat to red state Republicans

Letters to the Editor

No way. He did not just do that. Did he just win the 2020 election without doing a thing? It’s like throwing red meat to the red state Republicans. He is giving the “radicalized” Democrats in Congress three weeks to find some money for his border security fence. If they can’t then ...

Shutdown is all part of a political system

Letters to the Editor

“It’s just another manic Monday,” sing the Bangles. The federal government had a partial shutdown for over a month. Eight hundred thousand federal employees didn’t get a paycheck — Congress wrote a law to make sure they get it later. This shutdown is all part of a political system, ...

Role model

Columns

If you ask Linda Carnevale to list every theatrical play or musical she’s directed or performed in — well, you better clear your schedule. “Yes, it’s a very long list,” she laughed. She’s landed a lot of roles over the years, but there are two she was born to play: Carnevale is a ...

We’re in the business of providing public service

Columns

Excellent customer service endures as an underlying principle of business success. It was true when I managed Zales at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. It was true when I managed McDonald’s restaurants and insurance companies. Now, customer service is a core value for me as mayor. Starbucks ...

Out-of-control health care

Editorial

We write here often about how we believe the health care system in the United States is completely out of control — and needs to be dramatically changed. We wrote a couple of years ago about the cost of a generic Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) for arthritis. From that ...

What Trump haters need to remember

Letters to the Editor

As a registered Democrat since 1958, this is my feeling about never Trump or Trump haters: Democrats and their leaders, past and present, have committed transgressions against the American people also. Greg Kauwe Kihei