Opinion

Learning from JFK

Editorial

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was not yet president when he ...

Candidate with no political experience wants to be mayor

Letters to the Editor

Having no political experience, honest Ori Kopelman is running for mayor and hoping to show you business can move quickly and still be socially responsible and ethical. I was a successful Silicon Valley executive. Companies developing new drugs which have been fast-tracked have proven you ...

Voting balances power of the few with will of the many

Letters to the Editor

From the beginning of civilization, kings, nobles and the ruling class have never wanted majority rule and always do whatever they can to stop it, because the majority of the population will not let them keep the overwhelming majority of the riches and power to decide the course of history. ...

Don Couch serves the whole community

Letters to the Editor

I admire everyone who chooses to run for office. That’s how our democracy works. The more choices the better. Sometimes the winning candidates turn out to be losers. Other times, we get winners, people who truly serve all the people. Don Couch is in the latter group, a true public ...

Teachers deserve a living wage in Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

Public education in Hawaii has failed our teachers. Our frontline teachers deserve respect and appreciation but also a living wage, especially in our expensive state. Coupling a significant pay increase around 20 percent with initiatives to help them with housing, food and affordable health ...

Letter was outdated and serves no positive purpose

Letters to the Editor

Response to the “Curious of candidates’ campaign contribution” letter on July 25. There is nothing “alarming” about my campaign contribution to Don Guzman. I am a 40-year resident of Paia supporting his positive vision for our community and the county. We would like to thank Don ...

We need Tina Wildberger in state government

Letters to the Editor

In the 1990s I worked with Tina Wildberger as an ILWU union employee at the Grand Wailea. When the hotel was sold, the new owners recognized Tina’s skills and moved her to management. I am a wharf clerk now and I’ve built my own home while raising two kids. I know how to work hard, and ...

Mike Victorino always remembers the little guy

Letters to the Editor

I am casting my vote for Mike Victorino for mayor. Mike cares about our community and can often be found supporting and advocating for our local nonprofits. In fact, he is the only candidate for mayor that even takes the time to mention our nonprofits by name in candidate forums. Mike ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: We have the same problem in Maalaea at Haycraft Park. Campers come and stay. What are you going to do about them? A: Although you don’t mention it in your question, I’m going to assume you saw the question a couple weeks ago about illegal camping going on at Papalaua Park and were ...

Of primaries and demeanor

Editorial

Next Saturday is primary election day in Hawaii for 2018. At the county level, the top two vote-getters next Saturday in each County Council race will run against each other in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Also on the county level, we will begin the whittling process to see who ...

Why S. Maui should elect Don Couch to the state House

Letters to the Editor

South Maui gets one seat in the 51-member state House of Representatives. If that person does not perform, then the community suffers. Roads don’t get improved, schools don’t get funded, and your ability to affect state law is diminished. In short, this position is a big deal for the future ...

We will all do what we love in Mauitopia

Letters to the Editor

I graduated in the top 10 percent of my class from one of the top engineering schools in the country, Stanford University. In my freshman year, the dean of admissions told a story about someone who had applied with an all “D” average. In his essay, the student wrote that he knew Stanford ...

If you support better schools Justin Hughey is your man

Letters to the Editor

If you believe we should improve our public schools, you need to vote for the well-qualified candidate teacher Justin Hughey, who is running for state representative in the 8th District (Central Maui, including Wailuku). This letter on Hughey is one of several to appear in The Maui News, an ...

Writer confuses Maui’s intellect with apathy

Letters to the Editor

Yet another letter writer (Letters, July 25) has confused Maui’s superior intellect with “apathy.” Hawaii and Maui in particular have the lowest voter turnout in loser USA for good reason. Folks here have realized if people aren’t counting ballots but corrupt corporations are instead, ...

County should consider limitations on fireworks

Letters to the Editor

Independence Day — 4th of July — family fun, picnics and fireworks. But on this particular 4th of July, due to errant fireworks set off by children, several families and individuals suffered considerable damage and even total loss of their homes in Kihei. My home was damaged; the two homes ...

Vote your choice and avoid influence of small-minded

Letters to the Editor

This election cycle we have had two candidates for state House District 11 knock on our door asking for our vote. How lucky we are in South Maui to have a number of fine candidates wanting to serve our community. Each candidate has unique strengths and it will be important to sort through the ...

Campaign contributions letter contains nothing new

Letters to the Editor

Re: “Curious lists of candidates’ campaign contributions” (Letters, July 25). This is not news. Everyone knows Mike Victorino is pro-developers and Don Guzman is all about balance between development and environment. What I find interesting is when Pono supporters wave the righteous ...