Opinion

Longevity and reality

Editorial

People are living longer today — a lot longer. Whether it is because of better medical care or healthier lifestyles, today’s population is living a lot longer than its parents or grandparents. Recent discussions with friends and a physician prompted us to try to quantify just how much ...

People pose danger by not following transportation rules

Letters to the Editor

The biggest challenge to people using various modes of transportation in South Maui is not the variety but the people. Motor vehicles not yielding to bikes and walkers. Bikes legally riding on sidewalks, where permitted, not yielding to pedestrians. Pedestrians running in bike lanes and ...

Two sides of term limits

Editorial

A few years ago, we wrote a piece here about term limits. While our views have changed a bit, we are more firmly convinced that terms limits are a good idea. Whether one is considering election to the Maui County Council, the state Legislature, the Congress of the United States or even the ...

Correct situation at The Fairways and sell lots

Letters to the Editor

The County of Maui looks to “affordable housing” as the answer to the fiasco called The Fairways. As predicted, the great wall is failing. Kiawe and haole koa trees are sprouting amid the decorative towering retaining wall. Over the years the decorative fence has collapsed with retaining ...

If you are being led by a bully you are being used

Letters to the Editor

I myself was a victim of being bullied when I was in the 4th grade. I was scared, unsure of myself, and as I remember, had no one I trusted enough to talk to about it. In this day and age there should be no reason that any child should feel that way. Bullies, come to find out, are just as ...

Dual citizenship is not a foreign concept

Letters to the Editor

Restoring the Hawaiian Nation and retaining United States’ citizenship is compelling. Like the apostle Paul, consider the greater privileges and freedoms afforded with dual citizenship. “The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time. ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

The kids in my neighborhood were greeted with rain as they returned to school Monday, prompting me to wonder about the several hundred Lahainaluna, Baldwin, and Iao students affected by the school bus driver shortage. According to Maui News articles over the past week, new bus vendor Ground ...

Anniversary of resignation

Editorial

Forty-three years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States. On Aug. 9, 1974, Marine One (the presidential helicopter) took Nixon and his wife, Pat, from the White House lawn to Andrews Air Force Base for a long plane ride to their home in San Clemente, ...

Plant-based diet cuts the risk of many cancers

Letters to the Editor

“Helping the cancer fight” (“Today’s Editorial,” July 23), urged readers to fight cancer by donating to cancer treatment and research. Obviously minimizing the risk of cancer is in everyone’s best interest. Luckily, Maui is home to an abundance of cancer-preventing foods. The ...

Grand skim of things regarding state ‘special funds’ explained

Columns

We have often spoken in this space about funding government with “special funds.” Special funds are pots of money dedicated to a specified purpose. Money in the fund can be spent for the specified purpose without going through the general appropriation process at the Legislature. ...

Accommodations can be made to save our trees

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for the Aug. 3 Viewpoint, “Stop assault on shade trees.” I have lobbied for years to maintain our old-growth trees, to refrain from overpruning newer trees, especially in mall parking lots, and to plant more trees in public spaces as well as around commercial areas. Our island ...

Throwing yourself under a vehicle is not peaceful

Letters to the Editor

Here we go again, another supposedly peaceful demonstration against the telescope on top of the crater. Peaceful is not throwing yourself underneath a vehicle. We went through this demonstration last year. It served no constructive purpose. The demonstrators want everybody to feel sorry for ...

Telescope is something we should be proud of

Letters to the Editor

Regarding a telescope on Haleakala, many of us would ask for new consideration by those protesting against the telescope. The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, when opened in 2019, will be the largest and most powerful solar telescope in existence. This is the best place in the world for it and ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Like icing on the cake of a fun-filled family vacation in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Santa Cruz Film Festival accepted “Kuleana” while we were still in town. The festival runs Oct. 11 to 15 in the Tannery Arts Center; “Kuleana’s” specific time and date on the program have yet to be ...

Fight against distractions

Editorial

Behind the wheel of an automobile is a dangerous place to have a wandering mind. All of us are sometimes distracted by problems at work or family pressures that lead to inattention while driving. Then an accident or near-accident snaps one back to reality. About two years ago, we were ...

Insurance industry takes too much from health care

Letters to the Editor

There will never be universal health care here in America until we move to a tax-supported single-payer system with no co-pays. No one needs health insurance — most all of us will need health care. The health insurance industry extracts far too much money from the health care dollar. Their ...

Atmosphere also has a profound impact on climate

Letters to the Editor

An Aug. 4 letter writer is correct in that the sun does power a planet’s climate system. However, its atmosphere also has a profound impact. For example, although Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is hotter because its atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide. In its report “America’s ...

The sports section was very good on Aug. 4

Letters to the Editor

The Maui News is not worth 75 cents, period! Sorry guys, that’s too much money for we can get off our newest iPhone. However, the 75 cents I spent on the Aug. 4 paper was worth it as I drank my coffee in the morning. And nothing on the front page and first section got my attention — same ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: Upcountry residents are under water restrictions again this summer, and I am wondering where all of the millions of gallons of fresh water per day that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. used to use is going. Why can’t the county purchase any of that water for Upcountry use? A: The ...

Meeting Maui County housing needs is a top priority

Columns

In late June, county and state departments, local nonprofits, developers and many other community stakeholders gathered for the 2017 Maui County Affordable Housing Summit. It was an important meeting of the minds, but it also underscored the importance of moving forward with creating additional ...