Opinion

Welcome to the Weekender

Editorial

As we evolve to a six-day per week publishing cycle, this is the first edition of our brand-new Weekender. Delivered on Saturdays, it will have all the special features of our Sunday product, including color comics, The Channel Surfer, expanded sports coverage, community news and Pau Hana, as ...

Budget was collaborative, transparent endeavor

Letters to the Editor

It is often said that a budget is a moral document. Whether for a household, a business, an organization or the County of Maui, a budget reflects priorities, values and principles. This year the County Council’s Economic Development and Budget Committee, working collaboratively with the ...

Do we have a legitimate government in Hawaii?

Letters to the Editor

Every so often, the news reports on people who deny the legitimacy of the government we have here in Hawaii. “We’re not subject to those laws,” they say, “so we don’t have to follow rules or pay taxes.” It pains me to read stories of people who lost their homes after being told that ...

Karmic handicaps made evident by one’s behavior

Letters to the Editor

Over the years I have known people with various karmic handicaps. Those with an instinctual untimeliness and circumstantial insensitivity have always interested me. So, too, individuals whose ideologies or religions have limited their potential; made them backward, or backward looking; and ...

Will federal prosecutors be coming to Maui next?

Letters to the Editor

Corruption in Honolulu required federal prosecutors to intervene. Are they coming to Maui next? Find out what kind of conspiracy and obstruction is happening on Maui by watching Maui Real News segments being aired on Akaku Channel 54 and uploaded to YouTube. Corruption becomes the “normal” ...

Pesticides and herbicides have different applications

Letters to the Editor

This is in regard to your June 23 article on “pesticides.” I believe the word you should be using is herbicide. Roundup (glyphosate) is an herbicide, not a pesticide. A pesticide is used to kill insects while an herbicide is used to kill other plants and weeds. Scott Werden Haiku

Mainland police issue fireworks citations

Letters to the Editor

The Santa Barbara County, Calif.-based Noozhawk site recently reported that the Santa Maria Police Department has already issued 15 citations for fireworks violations in the run-up to this year’s July 4th celebration. Like Maui, Santa Maria allows for the sale of “safe and sane” ...

We must stop genital mutilation of baby boys

Letters to the Editor

In the apply-law-to-religion arena, it would seem the media is keeping secret Iceland’s banning circumcision. Maui should follow suit and ban this horrid primitive practice that has lifelong negative implications for male infants. In fact, any mother watching this “procedure” on YouTube ...

Leading the way

Columns

Over the past three decades, great strides have been made in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus and the disease it causes, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. But the battle isn’t over. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.1 million ...

Maui County finding ways to protect the environment

Columns

Maui County continues to be ahead of the curve in finding ways to protect the environment of our island home. Last year, Maui County was the first county in the state to ban polystyrene foam containers, including those that commonly been used for plate lunches. The Big Island followed, and a ...

Horrible blow to democracy

Editorial

We all tend to think we live in a republic built around democratic principles, with a government, as Abraham Lincoln said, “of the people, by the people, for the people.” We hate to say this, but to some degree, we kid ourselves. It is not hyperbolic to warn against the erosion of our ...

Women’s World Cup has been enjoyable to watch

Letters to the Editor

USA! USA! USA! Do you care if the United States’ women’s soccer team wins the Women’s World Cup in France? I am not a big fan of watching soccer, including on TV. It takes too long with too little scoring. Yeah, I know, some of my snobby European friends say I just don’t understand the ...

Subscribers deserve sad delivery news upfront

Letters to the Editor

Why did you “hide” the fact that The Maui News will no longer deliver on Sundays? (June 26, front page.) It was the “elephant in the room” and was hard to find it among all the hoopla and hollering about the debut of the “Weekender.” Wish you would have stopped beating around the ...

Please keep printing full-page US flag

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the June 28 letter about printing a full-page flag: About 10 years ago I mailed one of those flag pages to my dad, who had moved to a senior living center on the Mainland. He was a WWII pilot in Germany and spent eight months as a prisoner of war. He was impressed that The Maui ...

Hawaiian Tel clueless about recycling its phone books

Letters to the Editor

I contacted Hawaiian Tel to find where I could take my old phone books to be recycled. They didn’t have a clue. I was told they hired a distribution company for the new books and that I should contact them. So let’s see: Hawaiian Tel pockets the revenue from selling ads in the new phone ...

Rising tide of fees may be higher in Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

From a recent Opinions article in reference to the rising tide of fees, I did some research and according to the July edition of Consumer Reports: The average American family gives up $3,278.93, and that number may be higher in Hawaii, since we live in an impacted tourist tax and fee state ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: I have dark-complexioned skin. Do I still have to worry about skin cancer? Dr. Derrick Beech, surgical oncologist, Maui Health System: There are several types of skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell cancer and melanoma. Melanoma is typically considered the more ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Dear Jimmy, I really should be writing my Maui News column instead of this letter, but I haven’t been able to focus on anything other than your birthday and the fact that I now have a (gasp, choke, sigh) middle-aged son. Oh, I know I’ve often repeated the old saws: age is just a state ...

Safety first when using fireworks

Editorial

It’s a little hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Remember to be safe, especially when it comes to lighting fireworks. According to the National Safety Council’s website, nsc.org, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require ...

Tourism industry must embrace quality control

Letters to the Editor

I just got back to Maui after a spectacular cruise on the stellar QE2 to Alaska’s Inland Passage. The trip, what I saw of Alaska, and the ship surpassed my expectations. However, I am also now conflicted given my participation with the obvious effects on Alaska I witnessed from cruises. At ...