Opinion

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: What is Maui Health System doing to address the primary care and specialist doctor shortage on Maui? Michael Rembis, CEO, Maui Health System: Physician recruitment is critical to Maui Health System’s mission to provide excellent health care to the communities we serve. We have been ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A dental emergency sent me down Memory Lane last week. Thirty years after my father capped my upper left wisdom tooth with a gold crown, the crown fell victim to an old-fashioned gumdrop candy, the kind Daddy and I sometimes enjoyed together. Dental crowns generally last 10 to 15 years if ...

Maui Connections

Columns

When this column turns to matters of the heart, it’s usually about some movie I’ve just seen, some play I’ve attended, some music I’ve heard. Not this week. Heart attacks are statistics. They’re sudden, frightening, mysterious tragedies that happen to other people . . . right up ...

Dr. King was a light for the world

Columns

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Ga. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not like to ...

The Congress that we need

Editorial

Should being a politician be a full-time job? Should being a member of Congress be a good job, with great benefits? Should being a member of Congress be a lifetime job? Currently, the Congress of the United States is made up of professional legislators. Legislating is their principal ...

We deserve more from the president of the U.S.

Letters to the Editor

I am old enough to remember President Harry Truman’s sign on his desk: “The Buck Stops Here!” The phrase speaks for itself and surely reminds us of how far the presidency has fallen from assuming responsibility for its egregious errors. Today, according to the current resident of the ...

Backdunes provide a layer of protection

Letters to the Editor

Maui’s coastal dunes can be divided into four unique zones: the beach, foredune, trough and backdune. Backdunes are typically more complex than foredunes, with greater biodiversity and more developed vegetation. Backdunes are where you might find wetlands, dune crests and sand plains ...

Trump defenders suffering from their own disorders

Letters to the Editor

Trump is Trump, probably suffering from one or more brain anomalies. What’s the point of criticizing or ridiculing someone who is damaged? The same cannot be said about the senators and representatives who continue to defend the president, pretending that everything is fine — in fact, ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I live in a residential area in Kihei and there has been very loud construction going on in my area for the past couple of months. Trucks start beeping and gravel is being broken starting as early as 6 a.m., including on weekends. I don’t know if these are construction trucks or garbage ...

Trump should put up his own money for wall

Letters to the Editor

President Trump, your behavior in shutting down a portion of the government is ridiculous. Please put your money where your mouth is. As a self-proclaimed billionaire, you can start the ball rolling by spending those big bucks on your wall! I‘m certain that Congress could be persuaded to ...

Monday is a historic day

Editorial

Monday is the national holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Without his courage and leadership, without his inspiration of others, a President Barack Obama could not have happened. When President Obama served in the White House, he was the living embodiment of Dr. ...

An insane way of protecting the public

Letters to the Editor

Recently, Raymond Birano Jr. was arrested at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center after assaulting a female patron and dragging her into the men’ s washroom. The suspect was armed with a knife and he was intent on sexually assaulting the victim. Fortunately, the victim was able to escape her assailant. ...

Two proposals to build a portion of the wall

Letters to the Editor

I have two proposals to build a portion of the wall in Texas. Melt down the Statue of Liberty and sell the ore to China for a great profit. Or in a more poetic fashion, cut down the Statue of Liberty and use the metal strips to actually build the needed barrier. This would show the world that ...

See Trump for what he truly is

Letters to the Editor

Did you vote for Donald Trump? Would you vote for him again, or admit you made a grave mistake? People are still following him like blind sheep being led to the slaughter. He is an egotistical liar, womanizer and has no morals. Look at the shutdown of government he takes credit for at times, ...

Publisher’s Note on Opinion page was sad indeed

Letters to the Editor

The Opinion page of The Maui News has been a brilliant source of information — “Today’s Editorial,” opinions from prominent writers, cartoons speaking volumes, a chance for readers to participate in letters to the editor. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Publisher’s Note was sad indeed: ...

Keeping It Clean By Recycling, Volunteering

Columns

Dozens of old washing machines. Hundreds of defunct flat-screen TVs. And more rusty refrigerators than she can count. Liz May has seen her share of electronic waste over the years — and she’s doing her part to make sure it is properly disposed of and recycled. “When you see that ...

Radical rules a way of life

Editorial

In the age of polarized politics and government shutdowns, an old playbook has been dusted off and is now embraced by all sides of the political spectrum. In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote the book “Rules for Radicals,” a guidebook for grassroots organizations to get the better of government ...

Walls don’t make good neighbors

Letters to the Editor

Good fences make good neighbors, according to Robert Frost. Walls do not, plus they do not work. Let’s start with the Great Wall of China. It didn’t stop the Mongols. How about the Berlin Wall? I have actually guarded the border between east and west. That wall had machine gun ...

New year arrives with more problems

Letters to the Editor

It’s a new year and we are having more problems in government than on the streets. Democrats don’t like the president because he speaks with concern of the people. The Russian probe is another plot to discredit the president. Now they have a battle over building a wall. Rudy ...

Lets show aloha for Coast Guard caught in shutdown

Letters to the Editor

Calling all boaters, swimmers, divers, paddlers, surfers and all water people. Our Coast Guard here on Maui is caught in the shutdown. They don’t get paid while working. Can we all show them some aloha and at least get a food drive going for them and their ohana? Collect from friends, ...