Opinion

We should care about Peter Fritz v. Department of Taxation

Columns

Over the past several months there has been a court fight brewing that could have changed how the Department of Taxation lobbies for legislation. That’s right. Not only special interest groups and activists lobby for legislation. The department does too. Every year the department ...

Welfare fraud yields no justice for taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the Oct. 1 story in The Maui News of a woman convicted of welfare fraud in the amount of $40,000 over four years, where’s the “social justice”? At the $75 per month ordered for restitution, it’s going to take her 45 years to pay that back, assuming 0 percent interest. I and ...

Marijuana dispensaries need to be investigated

Letters to the Editor

There should be an investigation on these medical marijuana dispensaries and how they operate. If a doctor says you need it and legally you can use it, why is it so expensive? You don’t get a co-pay since it is prescribed? Can a patient afford this? Some of us don’t have a place to ...

October is no time for Christmas decorations

Letters to the Editor

I went to Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center on Oct. 1 and saw that at least two stores had put up some Christmas decorations. I suddenly felt sad and angry at the same time. October is not and never will be “Christmastime in the city.” So, Sears and Macy’s, you better watch out because he’s ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Hold the presses, this just in from our Guam bureau: “Kuleana” has been named “Best of Fest” at the 2017 Guam International Film Festival! Writer-director Brian Kohne emailed from Hagnata where the Hafa Adai! Festival was winding down. He was excited to pick up the film’s first ...

More slaughter of innocents

Editorial

The Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival was a family-friendly affair in Las Vegas that attracted over 20,000 fans. Lasting three days, it was staged across Las Vegas Boulevard (aka “The Strip”) from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in a converted parking lot. Revelers were preparing for ...

Residents are still being locked out of park

Letters to the Editor

In 2012, the homeowners and board members of Kehalani subdivision appealed to the Maui County Council to ask that they please unlock the gate at the lovely park across from the prison, located on Waiale Road. Mike White and other council members promised us that the park would be open ...

This emperor has no clothes

Columns

I am writing early in the transition of the Kaiser assumption of management of Maui community hospital to give my initial impressions. I am a surgeon/physician, in practice on Maui for over 25 years. Moreover, I have made a substantial investment in the Maui community recently by founding ...

Trump divides America as only he knows how

Letters to the Editor

If you get dialysis, like lots of people in Hawaii do, you’d better take notice of what is happening on another American island, Puerto Rico. There are now dead American citizens who lived for years on kidney dialysis, until the power went out from a hurricane. Trump explained: Puerto Rico ...

Clubs have championed dictionary distribution

Letters to the Editor

I would like to respond to the Sept. 24 letter on asking students to purchase one book, a dictionary. In 1999, the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise began giving every 3rd-grader at Kihei and Kamalii elementary schools their own dictionary. These were for the students to keep. This was done at no ...

Books show how to make Maui a real paradise

Letters to the Editor

When is the last time you read a whole book? Like many of us, it may have been a while. We are always reading something: Perhaps an email, the newspaper, a website or a blog. I own several thousand books, some of which I have digested word for word, most of which I’ve scanned. Why do I ...

Council needs to learn definition of a ‘hotel’

Letters to the Editor

The Oxford dictionary is a good place for County Council members to review the meaning of hotel: “noun — An establishment providing accommodations, meals and other services for travelers and tourists.” Webster’s Dictionary: “building that provides lodging, meals and other services ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: After watching Hurricane Irma devastate Florida, I wonder what buildings Maui has, specifically Upcountry, that would serve as storm shelters for a Category 4 or 5 hurricane? Where do we find a list for shelters nearby? A: While there are a number of concrete or reinforced buildings and ...

Community plan updates set for Molokai, West Maui

Columns

This past Tuesday, the County Council’s Planning Committee continued its review of the Molokai Community Plan. The special meeting on Molokai allowed the committee to hear directly from residents on an updated blueprint for their island’s future. Molokai’s community plan was last ...

Shop locally – help all of us

Editorial

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother you for weeks.” — Modem Times, “Maxims for the Internet Age” It may seem like we are beating readers over the head with a club, but here comes another editorial urging you to patronize ...

President Obama did not persecute Christians

Letters to the Editor

The writer of the letter Sept. 20 stated that he hated Obama more than others hated Trump. That appears to be true. He writes like a champion hater. He asserted that more Christians were killed in foreign sectarian violence than Muslims. Therefore, Obama persecuted Christians, since it ...

3 Equifax officers quickly dumped company stock

Letters to the Editor

Information-mongering by credit-reporting companies is a sleazy business. It’s the high-tech version of back fence gossip — unsavory at best, dangerous to your financial life at worst as recently noted by the hack of 143 million Equifax accounts. Equifax, one of three predominant firms, ...

Don’t let politicians get away with this easy out

Letters to the Editor

A Sept. 27 letter to the editor talks about how County Council members shouldn’t miss meetings. I’d like to go a bit further to suggest that if a council member misses a meeting, particularly one that requires them to vote, they should be fined. Legislative members of government on all ...

Senior housing complex invaded by homeless lady

Letters to the Editor

I live in senior housing in Lahaina. Our complex has been invaded by a homeless lady with her dog. She has verbally attacked me and another senior tenant, who subsequently died shortly after. The police have escorted her off the premises but the manager has allowed a male tenant to allow the ...

Diane Petropulos is a lead mediator and trainer for Maui Mediation Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides alternative dispute resolution, facilitation and training to Maui, Molokai and Lanai residents.

A Guiding Light

Columns

Diane Petropulos has always had a knack for seeing both sides of an issue. Perhaps that’s why, as an elementary school student, she wrote an essay titled: “I want to be a judge when I grow up.” Today, Petropulos isn’t presiding over court proceedings — but on any given day ...