Opinion

Article was best argument for new form of government

Letters to the Editor

Bravo to The Maui News for the June 10 article “Job hunting in the twilight of the Arakawa administration.” This is the best argument I have heard yet for the transition to a new, professional manager form of county government. We don’t need cronyism and careerists running our pubic ...

Campaign donations should be publicized

Letters to the Editor

A recent book, “Can it Happen Here?,” has an essay by Yale Law professor Jack Balkin, who reminded me of what we obscure in our “nonpartisan” elections. “The central goal of the Republican agenda,” Balkin writes, “ . . . is to deliver benefits to the donor class.” Republicans ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Nowadays, when we’ve all got tiny movie screens in our pockets and huge ones at home to watch whatever whenever wherever we want, the Maui Film Festival is a throwback to the simple pleasure of just going to the movies. It’s far more thrilling with a group of total strangers who get molded ...

Reagan at the Berlin Wall

Editorial

Thirty-one years ago today, President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to take a giant step toward peace and freedom and “tear down this wall.” “This wall,” of course was the infamous Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 at the height of the Cold War. It was a ...

Senseless drug death not mentioned in editorial

Letters to the Editor

Yes, many senseless drug deaths but shocked the death of Tom Petty wasn’t mentioned in your June 5 editorial. Cause of death may have been cardiac arrest but was attributed to having Fentanyl and OxyContin, among other prescription drugs, in his system. Curt Wegener Incline Village, Nev.

The Pono Network is the ‘NoNo Network’

Letters to the Editor

Who killed the Superferry? Who sued HC&S forcing them to close down two or three years before they were planning to do so? Who keeps telling farmers what they can and can’t do? Who keeps telling us the plantation days and ways are no good and treating local people like we don’t know any ...

MECO’s suggestions don’t go far enough

Letters to the Editor

With the reported “six or more” tropical cyclones predicted this season, Maui Electric Co.’s storm preparedness suggestions (“MECO advises hurricane preparedness,” The Maui News, June 3) don’t go far enough. Certainly residents should know their emergency radio station and stock up ...

Get the feeling we’re in a deja vu world?

Letters to the Editor

No question the Clintons are behaving badly. Her with the Russian hat and him with “poor me.” Won’t apologize to Monica. But does anyone else get the feeling we’re in a deja vu world? When the new email investigation is over, will it be back to Benghazi? Eeek! Marlene Rea Kihei

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Our kids used to love Napili Park but it’s been closed for so long now. What’s the status of the park? Is it going to reopen again? A: Back in March we had to close the park indefinitely for safety reasons after we discovered damage to the support beams of the playground equipment. The ...

First king ended war

Editorial

Monday marks the birthdate of King Kamehameha I, who united the islands into one kingdom and ruled benevolently by modifying the old ways to fit new conditions brought about by increased foreign influence. While some governmental offices and businesses will be closed Monday in holiday ...

Prefer ‘Ohana candidates? Be sure to vote in primary

Letters to the Editor

The June 3 Maui News article laid out the challenge we face if we want to change the way the county operates (“ ‘Old boy network’ in the crosshairs”). Colin Moore’s assessment made it clear that the big money is on the establishment (more of the same) candidates. If people prefer ...

Op-ed was an unfortunate, misguided commentary

Letters to the Editor

I entered Wailuku Elementary School in 1933 and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1944. Two friends who also attended Wailuku public schools during that time graduated from Harvard Law School. Others became physicians, engineers and educators. The May 20 Viewpoint published in The Maui ...

Song epitomizes where we are at this election

Letters to the Editor

“Should I stay or should I go now? If I go there will be trouble. And if I stay it will be double.” Many of us have found ourselves in this dilemma about terminating our relationships — whether romantic, with an employer, a professional, etc. This famous song by the Clash epitomizes ...

Mayoral candidate creates sense of hope

Letters to the Editor

The increasing frustration and panic expressed by so many people in the greater community about the housing crisis, the increase in unaffordable rents, is making daily life on Maui for the local folks very stressful. The 45-days notice to vacate has to change; folks need 60 days at ...

‘When one rises, we all rise’

Columns

Two months from now, Dean Ishihara will attend a graduation ceremony at Hoapili Hale, the 2nd Circuit courthouse in Wailuku. There will be no tasseled caps, no gowns and no bands belting out “Pomp and Circumstance.” But there will be tears of joy, expressions of heartfelt gratitude and new ...

A cheap way to attention

Editorial

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine reported that doctors are more likely to prescribe a drug if a pharmaceutical company representative has bought the physician a meal. Now, lest you think doctors are being bribed with fancy wining and ...