Opinion

Community rallies to assist, bless W. Maui fire victims

Letters to the Editor

With eagerness and special care, we honor those Maui firefighters who faithfully labored to protect and battle the fires in Maalaea, Kaanapali and Lahaina. We also celebrate those volunteers in these areas who guided and protected many homeowners. Kauaula Valley residents Ke‘eaumoku and ...

Tree trimming needed for public safety

Letters to the Editor

What will it take for Maui County to realize that tree trimming needs to be done — a natural disaster? The keawe tree at Kamaole III in South Kihei that hangs over South Kihei Road lower than 10 feet is ridiculous! Fortunately, Hurricane Lane didn’t impact us with the anticipated winds! ...

Hurricane coverage was way overblown

Letters to the Editor

First and foremost, thanks that nothing really bad happened, other than the fires and lost property due to fire. However, I just can’t help it that the coverage of hurricane “Lame” was way overblown, to the point it is best described as ridiculous. While I rate the media and officials ...

Thanks for the sunlight on the Atay situation

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to The Maui News for its excellent reporting on the staffing situation at the Maui County Council. The sunlight of public review can only help correct the situation, either administratively or at the polls. I am curious about the proposed $20,000 grant for a “natural farming ...

Appalled by lack of shelter preparedness for hurricane

Letters to the Editor

I was appalled at the lack of shelter capacity and preparedness during Hurricane Lane. Listening to news reports, it seemed like locations hadn’t been identified in advance that were suitable for a shelter and the government was in the process of identifying locations as Lane approached. But ...

Leaders must be required to have higher morals

Letters to the Editor

Noose is slowly but surely tightening around the neck of Putin’s poodle in the White House. How long are the Republicans going to support this president whose conduct even as a human being is so disgraceful? Our leaders must be required to have a higher moral and honesty standards than the ...

Tales of great electioneering

Editorial

A few years ago we wrote about some of the strange, funny elections of our youth in 1950s New Mexico. Back then, New Mexico was a one-party state. Even though it had not been a state during the Civil War, there were many residents whose ancestors had favored the South. The prevailing sentiment ...

Chicago chaplain says he was falsely accused

Letters to the Editor

I was the subject of a July 29 letter to the editor in which I, “a prison volunteer-minister from Chicago,” was falsely accused by the former Maui Community Correctional Center facility chaplain of causing her three years of physical and/or emotional pain. In the letter, she states that ...

Following the Donald with fascination and horror

Letters to the Editor

I don’t know why people like me write letters like this in our deep blue state, but . . . I have followed Despicable Donald, our national embarrassment, with fascination and horror since his descent on the golden escalator and have never understood how anyone could countenance this man, ...

A strong economy makes disgraceful president OK?

Letters to the Editor

Mitt Romney said on Twitter: “No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service, sacrifice and country first than Sen. John McCain. His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by our friendship.” This comes from a man who would have far ...

All talk, no listen

Editorial

If you are like most people who use a computer, your email is probably riddled with all kinds of pieces forwarded by friends or acquaintances. Much of what is routinely forwarded is political in nature and, by reading these notes, you can pretty much determine what side of the political ...

Time to bring back responsible journalism

Letters to the Editor

I am old enough to know and appreciate a free and responsible press. We have not had that in a long time. Hundreds of newspaper editorial boards across the country made it clear that they do not see any problem with the way they are currently reporting. Their readers know better. Critical ...

Firebreaks prevent brush fires, put them into law

Letters to the Editor

Fires on Maui can happen anywhere. All the families that lost their homes, the schools that got caught in this fire — it was preventable! They call them firebreaks! All this can be avoided if the planning commission just put it into law to have firebreaks before building housing or schools ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

My face is Copper Hide. Not literally, of course. I’m talking skin tone. That’s tone as in color, not physical condition. I should explain. The other night, while scrolling through Facebook, my attention was caught by an African-American comedian declaring, “I’m not black.” Sam ...

Raising taxes means decreasing prices?

Columns

I’ve often heard the argument that taxes on Hawaii real property are too low. Because the taxes are low, the argument goes, prices are driven sky high, leading to economic pandemonium. But is that really true? Maybe it’s just a question of semantics. Suppose I agree to sell you a ...

Unheralded act broke the dam

Editorial

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are largely — and deservedly so — credited with assuring that black Americans could not be denied the right to vote. Today marks the 61st anniversary of Congress’ passage of the first bill since the reconstruction era that ...

Recent song competition criticized as unfair

Letters to the Editor

Recently, I went to watch the Disney Song Competition at the mall. First, the rules didn’t make any sense, which is why a competitor who didn’t know the correct answer got to move on to the finals and possibly win up to $93,000. Next, other competitors didn’t even get a chance to try to ...