Opinion

Stop stewing and ask what needs to be done

Letters to the Editor

The first 100 days have come and gone, while We the People soldier on. Those of us who live wise and kind should keep a few things firmly in mind: The good folk here, we know who we are — probably not applauded stars. The timer has rung to stop our stewing and ask ourselves what needs saying ...

PUC nominee another human casualty of legislative session

Columns

I have written previously about some of the human casualties that took place in this past legislative session. I would be remiss if I failed to mention Tom Gorak, who had been chief counsel of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission before Gov. David Ige appointed him to be one of the three PUC ...

Trump may be developing Alzheimer’s disease

Letters to the Editor

Is it possible that Trump is developing Alzheimer’s? My husband (now deceased) said and did things that did not make sense for at least 20 years before the formal diagnosis. Gradually, he became more and more paranoid, became unnaturally fearful and spoke in a more childish manner, ...

Multifamily dwellings cause parking problems

Letters to the Editor

The question in the May 29 “Ask the Mayor” column about the street parking and the problems it is causing sounds like my street and many around Kahului. It does get a little too much at times. The density with which the size of the homes are being built (which are looking like ...

Trump’s actions result in his negative press

Letters to the Editor

It was ironic that a June 2 writer’s letter claiming bias against President Trump should appear the day following our fearless leader’s announcement of intent to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The reason he gets bad press is that he’s a bad guy doing a bad job. Dan Rather ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Today’s announcement that exotic Freida Pinto will be honored with the 2017 Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award is fanning excitement for the festival, returning June 21 to 25 to Wailea and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. To start getting in shape to cover the festival for the 17th ...

Preserving a legacy

Editorial

“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was ...

Generous donations will help provide food to hungry

Letters to the Editor

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service would like to thank our postal patrons and community volunteers for their support in our 25th annual NALC food drive, which was recently held on Saturday May 13. This is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. ...

Fund the Oahu rail and a Maui tunnel with a lottery

Letters to the Editor

The Oahu light rail is, for the time being, dead on the tracks. Travel to and from the west side of Maui is apparently bottlenecked. Both of these issues are the result of budgetary quagmires in the state Legislature. An article in the April 29 edition of The Maui News told us the ...

Tipping fee will encourage people to dump elsewhere

Letters to the Editor

Our County Council and mayor have very short memories. Adding a $3 tipping fee at the landfill will encourage folks to return to filling up the gulches, shoreline cliffs and abandoned cane and pineapple fields to get rid of their opala. Providing a free and accessible site to dispose of the ...

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Q: I am the general manager at a condominium and some people with medical marijuana licenses are smoking outside the building all of the time, and now it’s encouraging those without marijuana licenses to light up as well. There hasn’t been any trouble so far but I’m afraid this will ...

Panel to discuss challenges facing farming industry

Columns

The County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee, which I chair, will meet Monday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers to discuss the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA. FSMA was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, by then-President Barrack Obama and was ...

A lesson in the past

Editorial

With the 73rd anniversary of D-Day coming Tuesday, it is interesting to look once again at the man chosen to lead the retaking of Europe. In the biography “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” author Jean Edward Smith makes the argument that Dwight David Eisenhower’s willingness to compromise ...

Noble souls gave up their dreams to fulfill ours

Letters to the Editor

Sunday, May 28 — The Maui News: Thanks to the publisher of “Today’s Editorial” — “Memorial Day’s true meanings,” John Heller’s cartoon — “An Eternity of Thanks,” and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard exposing our — “Insatiable thirst for regime change and unintended results.” ...

Griffin’s behavior an embarrassment for U.S.

Letters to the Editor

In this country we are Republicans, Democrats, multicultural and multifaith men and women, but first and foremost, we are Americans. We have rules, values and a moral code that makes us what we are, or at least should be. We are not savages. The do-first and apologize-later ploy made by Kathy ...