Opinion

Important county bills moving at Legislature

Columns

Although this past week has been relatively quiet for the Maui County Council, I have been closely monitoring many bills being scheduled for consideration at the state Legislature with potential impact on the counties. Two important bills are Senate Bills 2963 and 2999, relating to taxing ...

Big Three meet at Yalta

Editorial

Seventy-three years ago today, Feb. 11, 1945, the final meeting of the Big Three of the Allied Forces in World War II took place at Yalta on the Black Sea in what today is Ukraine. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin met to discuss the division of Europe following the war ...

Grass-roots organizing can prevail against government

Letters to the Editor

In October 2017, Michael Miyamoto, deputy director of the Maui County Department of Environmental Management, announced that construction of a 1 million-gallon treated wastewater tank would begin in 2018. It would be located on Puukolii adjacent to Kaanapali Hillside above the resort. The ...

Democrats need to wake up, pay attention

Letters to the Editor

Hey, Dems, please tell me why you have more compassion for illegal aliens (Dreamers) than you do for my dreamer legal children and our veterans. Did the Dreamers vote you into office? Probably not as they are here illegally. What galls me is you totally ignore the folks that pay taxes and ...

News media run on, but without resolution

Letters to the Editor

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m so sick and tired of the TV news media reporting on a topic and running on and on and on for days, sometimes weeks on that topic. But, of course, no matter what happens, who’s guilty or what’s brought to light, nothing ever happens. We can turn on ...

Parallel seen in reclaimed water, protecting iwi

Letters to the Editor

There’s hope for the future. Maui County resolved to do what is right. The Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility’s reclaimed water is designated for irrigation. Utilizing an existing reservoir is superior to injection wells and water tanks for aesthetics, wildlife habitat and ecological ...

Spend billions on missile defense, not a border wall

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the missile alert false alarm: Instead of spending $25 billion to build Trump’s wall, why not use that money to help in the development of an effective anti-missile defense system to keep all of us safe from a ballistic missile threat? Sheldon Zimmerman Lahaina

The State of Aloha

Columns

People usually don’t characterize the 1950s as a radical time. But beyond the conformist and suffocating culture of the United States, the mid-20th century saw waves of momentous change and optimism. After World War II, colonialism was on its way out. Empires were collapsing. Europe ...

Out-of-control health system

Editorial

We write here often about how we believe the health care system in the United States is completely out of control — and needs to be dramatically changed. Last year, we wrote about the cost of a generic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for arthritis. From that editorial: “A ...

God has compassion for the homeless, incarcerated

Letters to the Editor

Our Almighty Lord blesses you all with special care. He looks with compassion to all who are homeless and incarcerated. Let us guide and protect those who have returned to the world. Released and rehoused with grace and help of the Holy Spirit, may they persevere in ways of obedience and ...

Document release shamefully partisan

Letters to the Editor

It’s national not local news but I know you’ll be reporting it. Here is what I wrote to Rep. Devin Nunes. In my view: 1. This action allows our enemies to examine this particular instance in detail, in order to learn more about how we gather intelligence and how our allies do — ...

Arrogance, stupidity guiding too many leaders

Letters to the Editor

I was a state employee for 40 years working alongside many dedicated, loyal and hardworking colleagues. I know firsthand that most of us were a credit to the State of Hawaii and to our professions. I can count on my hands the number who were not, yet whose small numbers seem to reflect what ...

Inaction noted on personal floatation device suggestion

Letters to the Editor

Several years ago, when I was still a Maui paramedic, I wrote to The Maui News suggesting personal floatation devices should be available and their use encouraged at our beaches and by vendors. The idea was apparently so preposterous that our Department of Public Safety and local elected ...

Little Brother is watching?

Editorial

For someone who is not a “techie,” we were amazed — and a bit scared — by a demonstration that made us wonder who besides Big Brother is watching. Basically, the demonstration showed us how a smartphone can spy on you. And we’re not talking about needing National Security ...

Strong swimmer has to adjust to use of snorkel

Letters to the Editor

A neck problem resulting from decades of lap swimming caused pain in my right arm and elbow. My physical therapist recommended the use of a specially designed snorkel for lap swimming, which would keep my head steady, eliminating the need turn my head to breathe. I have been using the device ...

Women should inform themselves of misconduct

Letters to the Editor

Progressive Democratic women, politicians and citizens, have been very vocal and active condemning acts of sexual misconduct by men in powerful positions. This has been noticeable in Hawaii. And yet, some years ago, when a woman spoke out against one of the most powerful men in Hawaii, there ...

Beer can holders not environmentally friendly

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to the gang at Maui Brewing Co. for literally putting Maui on the map of world-class microbreweries. I, myself, have taken quite a liking to its Big Swell IPA, which probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to those who know me. On the other hand, its packaging, while clever, is ...

Useless referrals the rule at Maui Memorial

Letters to the Editor

All emergency department patients at the “Kaiser” Maui Memorial emergency department should be warned. If they are not Kaiser patients they should question the attending physician carefully about any referral. They will preferentially refer you to a Kaiser physician or specialist, even if ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

“I ain’t dead yet. Don’t be putting me in the coffin already.” — Willie K Since Willie K’s bout with lung cancer became public, he and his family have been inundated with calls and messages expressing shock and sorrow. While the legendary entertainer sincerely appreciates the ...

How much does a crosswalk cost?

Columns

Most of us are familiar with crosswalks and traffic signals. We pass a few of them every day. We might get stopped by a red light at one of them. But have we ever stopped to think how much one of these things costs? One of the bills introduced in the current legislative session, Senate Bill ...