Opinion

Keep Hawaii Hawaii; vote no on ‘Con-Con’

Letters to the Editor

When I started my campaign for State House, the long list of questionnaires started rolling in addressing so many subjects of import statewide. I spent a lot of time getting smart on issues I hadn’t considered previously. The idea of a constitutional convention, for one, sounded like a great ...

Don’t cut down trees to discourage encampments

Letters to the Editor

I see that a homeless encampment has developed beneath large mango trees on the vacant lot between Vevau and School streets, across from the Kahului library. Recently, to deter the homeless, trees have been cut down around other homeless communities. I realize that the homeless shelter beneath ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: Does Maui have a sobering center or a place to treat people with a problem before they have to go to jail. When I say jail, I mean a place for people who can’t be rehabilitated and have to be taken away from the rest of us. I truly believe most people don’t need jail but rehabilitation. ...

Voters deserve facts on proposed constitutional amendment

Columns

NOTE: This article is the second of a three-part informational series. On this year’s general election ballot, the following question will be posed to voters: “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to ...

Hottest days of the Cold War

Editorial

Fifty-six 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 nuclear warheads only 90 miles from the United States. Further reconnaissance by U.S. planes confirmed they were ...

American history has been shameful for 200 years

Letters to the Editor

Corruption, hypocrisy, inconsistency, unnecessary or illegal secrecy, criminal activity, influence peddling, money-grubbing, incompetence, disregard of the Constitution, tyrannical legislation in the face of fear, abuse of civil rights, and threats and violence toward minorities have all or in ...

Seaweed not the solution to global climate change

Letters to the Editor

So a Massachusetts company wants to feed cows seaweed to cut climate change-causing methane greenhouse gas emissions. There are a few problems here: (1) A James Cook University study six years ago found that “the main methane mitigation effects came from the chemical bromoform that is ...

Is it time for council dynasties to go away?

Letters to the Editor

There are two positions on the Maui County Council for voters to check out closely. Both have to do with whether our local government is a place for dynasties to keep families in government for decades. Riki Hokama and his father have held the Lanai seat for 59 of 61 years. Riki doesn’t live ...

‘It’s where my heart is happiest’

Columns

It’s all fun and games at Maui Adult Day Care Centers. Literally. On any given day, the nonprofit organization hosts a variety of social and mind-stimulating activities — from card games to dancing to karaoke — that bring joy to its 300-plus clients. And there’s plenty of joy to go ...

Hawaiian Homes Commission convenes Monday and Tuesday

Columns

The piko, or center, of the Native Hawaiian universe well may be Wailuku starting 9:30 Monday morning. And residents and visitors alike are welcome when the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) convenes Monday and Tuesday to consider Hawaiian issues and concerns on the Valley Isle and statewide. To ...

A fogey in an e-world

Editorial

Social media don’t set our heart atwitter. We were born in a society where old sayings like “good fences make good neighbors” also implied that the only way to assure an ongoing friendship was to never reveal the real you. Today’s generation doesn’t believe in fences and intimate ...

Hirono needs to ‘shut up’ and resign immediately

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Hirono, you “shut up!” And at the same time, resign! The citizens of this great state deserve to be represented by a person who believes in and upholds our Constitution . . . something you were sworn to do! You have betrayed that oath and, as a result, you have betrayed the good ...

Article in The Maui News is appreciated

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to commend The Maui News for running the “Women in favor of Kavanaugh” article in Sunday’s edition (Sept. 30). Many other major news outlets would not have published the article at all, much less on the front page. Tim Walsh Makawao

Support for letters denouncing Sen. Hirono

Letters to the Editor

“Right on!” I exclaimed in reading three letters in The Maui News Sept. 26 in response to Sen. Mazie Hirono’s despicable comments and how “due process” is being denied to Judge Kavanaugh. I would like to add my comments: We all feel compassion for victims of sexual harassment & ...

Double standards exist for men and women

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Mazie Hirono has a knack for making remarks that catch my attention. She recently used the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings to castigate American men on public television, telling us to “shut up!” But if a male politician were to say that to women, he would be ...

Sen. Hirono is right to seek better solutions

Letters to the Editor

To those of you who wrote that Sen. Mazie Hirono was mean and you don’t think she’s like you — did she trap you in a room, pin you down, sexually assault you and muffle your screams while another person watched? No. You were asked to shut up and step up. You were asked to listen to the ...

Heading off a disaster

Editorial

Well, as Hurricane Michael plows through the panhandle of Florida, we are watching another storm with incredible strength. Michael made landfall yesterday just east of Panama City, Fla., with winds of 155 miles-per-hour — just two mph short of the Category 4 hurricane being labeled a ...

Proud to be represented by Hirono in the U.S. Senate

Letters to the Editor

I wasn’t born, nor did I go to school, on Maui. However there are many, many things about Maui that make me proud to be a resident of this marvelous community, not the least of which is the way our congressional representatives portray the Hawaiian sensibilities of kindness, practicality and ...

Taxpayers are being taken for a ride

Letters to the Editor

There was a story in the Sept. 26 Maui News about dangerous conditions at the Maui Community Correctional Center regarding fire safety issues. It went on to say that this is the second time this summer that the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the corrections center ...