Opinion

EIS needed now for highway from Olowalu to pali

Letters to the Editor

Let’s get the environmental impact statement for the highway between Olowalu and the pali done now. As I write this, Hawaiian Dredging is on its way to completing Phase 1B2, an extension of the Lahaina bypass from Hokiokio Street to just past Cut Mountain. This segment is 2.7 miles and ...

Farmers should be the ones making decisions

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Mayor Alan Arakawa for very professionally and simply stating just the facts about how Maui can efficiently and cost effectively utilize 36,000 acres formerly dedicated to sugar cane (“Our County,” Oct. 6). While some say to dedicate the land to growing organic vegetables (which ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Like most little boys on the island, my excitement grew as September started to wind down. First you’d see the wooden shacks pop up on the soccer field by the road across the street from the police station. That was the rows and rows of food booths. Then the large scaffolding and folded-up ...

Lofty schools, lofty positions

Editorial

“Voters inclined to loathe and fear elite Ivy League schools rarely make fine distinctions between Yale and Harvard. All they know is that both are full of rich, fancy, stuck-up and possibly dangerous intellectuals who never sit down to supper in their undershirt no matter how hot the weather ...

Media stay silent while Trump wages war on gays

Letters to the Editor

I find it extraordinary that Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, voted with Saudi Arabia to support putting gays to death, and it was not even mentioned in this newspaper. In addition, the Donald has continuously rolled back as many protections for gays as he can — ...

Maui needs farmers and to grow what we have the capacity to grow

Columns

According to the state Department of Agriculture’s “Statewide Agricultural Land Use Baseline” study, released back in 2015, prior to the sugar cane industry shutting down Maui had 44,360 acres in total area of crops being grown. This included seed production, commercial forestry, sugar ...

Pandering to his base is Trump’s only play

Letters to the Editor

It appears that we have now reached the final unrepentant 30 percent of voters who still support Donald Trump. As is the case with all cults, there is no logic or reason for this adhesiveness and no way to dissuade them from taking the poison Kool-Aid. The problem arises when you realize ...

Two troubled leaders have much in common

Letters to the Editor

Are we witnessing between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump the wildest, darkest tango in the history of mankind? Two spoiled and now desperate juvenile monarchs at play. One has a deplorable, disastrous economy; his people are fed propaganda by way of grotesque military parades with impeccable ...

Democrats should not blame the voters who are not racist

Columns

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

Schools, parents need to keep tab on their kids

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing to let you know how the kids drop their classes during school. Many months ago, two accidents happened in front of my house. In the first one, three boys in a car crashed into the neighbor’s house at 11:30 a.m. The police came and found out they’d run away. Police called ...

Maui Medical Group has no problem with Kaiser

Letters to the Editor

I don’t share Dr. Samuel Lyons opinion (Viewpoint Oct. 3) regarding Kaiser’s management of our hospital. The Maui Medical Group has been involved at both the inpatient and outpatient level with the transfer of Maui Memorial Medical Center to Kaiser. While problems have inevitably occurred ...

App may reduce calls but don’t expect response

Letters to the Editor

Has anyone attempted to report problems to the county through its new app called COMConnect? After all the hoopla rolling it out, the new app has done little more than reduce the number of calls to the Mayor’s Office. This app allows one to report problems such as illegal dumping, ...

Breast cancer awareness

Editorial

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere one looks there are flashes of pink to concentrate the message that too many mothers, wives, sisters and daughters still fight the scourge of these diseases every year. The American Cancer Society forecasts these grim facts for 2017: • ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

All my (nine) children have love marriage. I think that better than matchmake kind like us. — Ushii Nakasone, quoted in “Picture Bride Stories” by Barbara F. Kawakami Over 20,000 issei (first-generation Japanese) women immigrated to Hawaii between 1885 and 1924 to marry strangers, men ...

95th Maui Fair begins Thursday

Editorial

The tradition of family fun continues this weekend at the 95th Maui Fair at the War Memorial Complex. The theme of this year’s fair is “Celebrating the Greatest Things in Life.” Kicked off by the annual parade Thursday afternoon at 4:30, the fair is still the biggest family oriented ...

Honoring the soldier and questioning government

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump has condemned those he has felt dishonored our veterans by questioning our government. I honor the soldier. I question government. If you want an example of dishonoring veterans at the highest level, consider Donald Trump’s attack on Sen. John McCain. Jim Killet Lahaina

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 ...