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Letters to the Editor

At 3 a.m., my eyes are awake, my brain is awake and I am looking forward to another day in the greatest place on Earth — Maui. By working hard all of our lives, we were not born here but bought our place in 2002, right after Sept. 11, 2001, when prices were low. We moved here in 2007 and ...

Attendee at banquet felt like he didn’t belong

Letters to the Editor

The welcome-home banquet for Vietnam-era veterans on Nov. 11 was a nice event. Unfortunately, when I arrived I had forgotten how far behind I had been left. The denial of a service connection has left me destitute, my jeans were dirty and my shoes were dirty and even though I rounded up a nice ...

Perpetrator of alleged aural assault has to go

Letters to the Editor

Recently reported, an aural assault has allegedly been committed. This man should be banished from the island. Antonio Gimbernat had the nerve and the audacity to use the “N” word in the presence of two teenagers (The Maui News, Nov. 21). Man versus man is one thing. Man versus children is ...

Housing project will make 25 Hana families happy

Letters to the Editor

Twenty-five lucky families in Hana will now be able to plan for their future in a new home. On Nov. 17, the Maui County Council approved, on second and final reading, a seven-acre affordable housing project. In the course of five months, Hana residents attended public meetings, forwarded ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: The area in Kula above the Ali‘i Kula Lavender farm on Waipoli Road is a beautiful, parklike area for walking and hiking. However, it is increasingly being used for parties. And in spite of the ...

Support local businesses when shopping for holidays

Columns

Thanksgiving is always an enjoyable time of year as we pause to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. I hope you ate a lot of delicious food and spent quality time with family and friends. A new tradition that has now become synonymous with the Thanksgiving season is the hunt for ...

A wonderful time of year

Editorial

With less than a month to go before Christmas, the holiday season is off to a rollicking start. Malls, shopping centers and individual stores appeared to be doing brisk business as Mauians rushed out to scoop up Black Friday Week and early-season specials. The holidays are a chance to ...

Tax bill will decimate lower and middle classes

Letters to the Editor

People do not seem to comprehend the end result of the tax “reform” bill being debated in the Senate, along with a similar bill already passed by the House. The Republicans are intentionally creating a hole in the deficit. When you take away revenue from the government, cuts will be ...

USDA’s food triangle is completely upside down

Letters to the Editor

Folks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s food triangle is literally poisoning our society with the concept that you should eat a high-carbohydrate, moderate-low-protein diet. This is completely upside down. Since they adjusted the food triangle, obesity and diabetes went up 300 percent. ...

Enforcement of civilized behavior is long overdue

Letters to the Editor

All of us men who grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s remember when boys were expected to boast among themselves about their — what is today called — “sexual indiscretion.” Misogyny was pervasive and few females dared to protest, even when physically abused. But progress has been made ...

Mortgage interest, Trump and other random thoughts

Letters to the Editor

The difference in mortgage interest for Maui’s average $750,000 home price and the proposed $500,000 cap, would be about $10,000 in first-year interest write-off. This isn’t enough to stifle the housing sales market and/or dissuade someone from buying a house. Remember, special interests ...

Grateful for the opportunity that bell ringers provide

Letters to the Editor

One of my favorite things about the holidays is carrying around $1 bills in my pocket so I can stuff them into the red kettle and put a smile on the face of the hardworking bell ringers! My husband and I rang the bell one year (Rotary Club project) and it is not easy! Standing all that time ...

Minister is a good, kind, generous and godly man

Letters to the Editor

We are saddened by the undeserved, baseless and ignorant vitriol spewed at our friend the Rev. Florentino “Tino” Cordova on the occasion of his formal installation as pastor of Iao UCC, reported by The Maui News on Nov. 17. We know the Rev. Tino as a good, kind, generous and godly man. ...

There are still ways to shop locally in an online world

Letters to the Editor

Mahalo, Maui News, for the Letters section. Online shopping is not necessarily anti-local. When our family visited us, they shopped at many local stores and tried several products until they found the perfect gifts for friends and their employees on the Mainland. They were challenged with ...

Keeping home delivery of newspaper is a good thing

Letters to the Editor

A letter to the editor (Nov. 15) really struck home in my neighborhood. A woman wrote that the walk up to the newspaper tube at the mailbox was the best trip on the morning it was announced that home delivery would continue. She is not alone with that sentiment. Many of my neighbors are ...

Candidate very deft at ‘accidental boob bump’

Letters to the Editor

It happens here too (no big surprise). Women, beware of political glad-handing. There’s a candidate out there that’s very deft at the “accidental boob bump.” Hopefully, all the recent furor will curtail these activities. Meantime, you know who you are and should cease these actions ...

Kihei residents Molly Palmer (left) and Danielle Travis are the co-founders of “The Barrier Method,” a stylish, comfortable and germ-deflecting travel mask.

A breath of fresh air

Columns

Whether you’re on a plane, train or bus, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get your attention: a wet, phlegmy cough erupting over your shoulder. It’s a sound that leaves many of us fumbling for a sleeve, shirt collar — anything — to shield against the invisible army of germs ...

Homeless resource agencies work with landlord and tenant

Columns

At a recent Homeless Alliance meeting, an agency shared how, since last March, it has placed over 200 people into homes, 11 of which were from the Kahului industrial area. Some of these people had been living on the street for 15 years! It is so encouraging to see how well Housing First is ...

Good reasons to be thankful

Editorial

Although this editorial is written a few days before Thanksgiving and, therefore, without the benefit of a stomach full of turkey and stuffing, one aspect of the holiday seems destined to have occurred: At some point on Thursday, all of us who live on Maui realized we have a cornucopia of ...

Future career choice is predicting eruptions

Letters to the Editor

I appreciate The Maui News’ continuing early-morning delivery. I thought I wanted to be reincarnated as a weatherman, particularly one who (mis)predicts hurricanes on Maui. But after reading your article regarding the possibility of Haleakala erupting, I have changed my future career choice ...