Opinion

Abortion is not a reason for declining birthrate

Letters to the Editor

The May 29 letter to the editor, “Abortions may be reason for declining U.S. birthrate” stirred thought. Prohibiting abortions is not a solution. The causes of a declining birthrate are likely more diligent birth control and less conception. Why is a declining birthrate even a problem? Oh ...

Telegram describes 1868 Hawaii volcanic eruption

Letters to the Editor

A telegram, dated San Francisco, May 7, 1868, describes: A terrific volcanic eruption by Mauna Loa, which began its demonstration on March 27. On the 28th, 100 earthquake shocks were felt, and during the two weeks following to April 13, 2000 earthquake shocks occurred. At Waischina, the ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: There seems to have been an increase in homeless activity at the vacant lot behind Uilani’s (Old Suda Store) in north Kihei. There has not been a chain blocking the Uwapo Road entrance for nearly eight months. Traffic entering and leaving the area occurs at all hours of the day. Myself and ...

Are you prepared for hurricane season?

Columns

In the wake of several natural disasters wreaking havoc around the state, and with summer and hurricane season quickly approaching, this week’s column serves as a reminder of the precautionary measures the public should take in the event of a natural disaster. Hurricane season runs from ...

Please back amendment

Editorial

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Maui County Council, meeting as the Policy, Economic Development and Agricultural Committee, will study three proposed charter amendments that could find their way on the ballot this November. Of particular importance is a proposed amendment on County Governance ...

Boycott stores that don’t celebrate national holidays

Letters to the Editor

On Memorial Day, which I hold close to my heart because of my military upbringing, I went to our name-brand coffee store for my cup of java. As I approached, I noticed the lack of a flag or any kind of poster or banners in the window celebrating the national holiday. When I walked in there was ...

The County of Maui must accept access trail

Letters to the Editor

Aina O Ka Hale Pili subdivision was granted a special management area permit on Oct. 6, 1992. Condition No. 27 requires access to Uaoa Bay on the Fisherman’s Trail. This trail was quit claimed by the developer to the county. The county and state both deny responsibility. The County of Maui ...

Sierra Club gets it wrong supporting Elle Cochran

Letters to the Editor

The Sierra Club’s endorsement of Elle Cochran for mayor is most unfortunate. First, those outside Lahaina are in no position to know that Cochran has done a very poor job representing her West Maui constituents. Those on the other side may favor her because of her so-called good ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Late one night I was in my car on Hansen Road waiting at the red light next to the old sugar mill in Puunene. I was not focused on the intersection in front of me. My attention was fixed on my favorite radio show that usually discusses aliens, ghosts and Sasquatch. When the light changed, I ...

Maui County’s parks grow to meet needs of the community

Columns

When this administration came on board in 2011, we noticed that Maui County had one of those good news/bad news issues with our parks. The good news was our parks are incredibly popular and everyone wanted to use them for everything from family gatherings and community events to soccer ...

First ‘death camp’ killings exposed

Editorial

As the world watches in astonished wonder while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses gases and chemical weapons to kill civilians and rebels indiscriminately, today is an interesting day to think back on other monsters who led countries. The most monstrous leader of modern times was, of ...

Trump more of a threat to Russia’s economic health

Letters to the Editor

Have you seen any Russian-made automobiles on the road lately? Bought any Russian-made television sets in the last 20 years? How about washing machines? Toaster ovens? Refrigerators? Computers? Food stocks? Building materials? Clothing? The very simple economic fact is that Russian exports ...

Ahupua‘a signs could show Maui ancient land divisions

Letters to the Editor

Over the Memorial Day weekend, while I was on Oahu, I noticed a sign that stated “Ahupua‘a Waikiki” along South King Street in Honolulu. It caught my eye because we learned about ahupua‘a in my 7th-grade history class, and how Hawaii divided its lands from mountain to ocean. I tried ...

Some political odds and ends

Editorial

We really like election years on Maui. Signs for candidates are showing up on fences on virtually every street corner. People here are so polite they’ll grant space even to competing candidates. It is not unusual to see signs for two candidates running for the same council seat (or even ...

Homelessness survey is incomplete and misleading

Letters to the Editor

The 2018 PIT (Point In Time) survey results which attempt to quantify the number of homeless people on Maui are questionable. At least one poorly researched column in The Maui News (“Confronting Homelessness,” May 25) suggests that homelessness is on the decline. Anyone that has lived on ...

Mueller should prosecute so Trump can pardon

Letters to the Editor

Based on Trump’s liking for the attention when giving out pardons, I think Mueller should wrap this up quickly, prosecute the whole gang and The Donald can pardon them right away. Libby didn’t deserve his pardon and that poor boxer shouldn’t have to have waited 100 years for ...

Traffic signal at intersection would be a better project

Letters to the Editor

Let’s all unite with the May 24 letter writer in asking the question, “Why the intersection on Maui Veterans Highway at the animal shelter is being improved?” Let’s also echo opinion that the project seems like a huge waste of taxpayer funds. A more needed improvement is installing a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A last-minute emcee gig necessitated an overnighter on Oahu this past weekend. Yes, Memorial Day weekend — one of the five worst times of the year to travel, according to USA Today. To my surprise and relief, the airports were busy, but not insanely so. It only took 20 minutes or so to get ...