Opinion

Council revives county’s First-Time Homebuyers Program

Columns

Earlier this month, the County Council approved a recommendation from the Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee, which I chair, to adopt parameters for the county’s First-Time Homebuyers Program. Findings from a recent Hawaii housing planning study identify down-payment costs ...

Endorsements

Editorial

David Ige for Governor Gov. David Ige has proved to be an astonishing overperformer in statewide races. Four years ago, he ousted then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie in a primary challenge and then went on to beat Republican James Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann in the general election. In fact, ...

Hawaii government audits are called for

Letters to the Editor

Hawaii residents being the most heavily taxed individuals in the United States and not seeming to get back the bang for the buck; audits of various government departments are definitely needed. The Department Of Education is one of the departments in Hawaii that needs to get audited. Hawaii ...

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

Letters to the Editor

Lowering Hawaii’s cost of living would be a better way to help our public school teachers than the proposed constitutional amendment that was thrown out Oct. 19 by the Hawaii Supreme Court. The proposed amendment would have let the state impose a tax on investment real property via a Nov. 6 ...

Lawsuit filed against mayoral candidate

Letters to the Editor

There is no information in The Maui News about a lawsuit that was filed against chair of County Council’s Infrastructure Committee, mayoral candidate Elle Cochran, on Oct 5, accusing Ms. Cochran and two county government attorneys of unlawfully granting roadway infrastructure exemptions, ...

Mike Victorino is the pro-housing candidate

Letters to the Editor

An Oct. 11 letter chastised mayoral candidate Mike Victorino for once proposing the repeal of the so-called county “Show Me The Water” rule. Victorino — a former member of the county Board of Water Supply and longtime County Council Water Committee chairman — made that proposal because ...

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez advocates for community

Letters to the Editor

As a Molokai resident, I’m writing to share my impressions of Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, a candidate for the Molokai seat on the Maui County Council. Over the past several years, I have enjoyed the opportunity of seeing her as a tireless advocate for the betterment of the Molokai community, ...

Elle Cochran has a proven track record

Letters to the Editor

Elle Cochran has a proven track record voting in favor of the environment, the working class and public health for her eight years on the County Council. Mike Victorino has consistently voted against environment and public health, and in favor of big corporate and luxury development ...

Consider these things before voting Nov. 6

Letters to the Editor

Will more low-paying jobs and more work relieve our high prices and high costs? Wouldn’t that require better wages and a lower cost of living? Could it also require shifting taxes to those who benefit from higher costs, those with money to buy up lands, homes and opportunities the average ...

Hirono works tirelessly for the people of Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

It was upsetting to read the letters to the editor on Oct. 13 concerning Mazie Hirono, Hawaii’s U.S. senator, the first Asian-American female senator at that, who has worked tirelessly to promote the values we cherish, Hawaii’s values. She supports women’s right to choose, health care as ...

Will support any candidate with these two agenda items

Letters to the Editor

Any candidate who has term limits at the top of his/her agenda and global warming as a threat to our planet has my support. Unlimited terms along with Electoral College are enemies of our democracy. If term limits had been in place for our country 20 years ago we would not have the enablers to ...

Cultivating lives

Columns

This is no ordinary farm. The 2-acre plot of land has all of the trappings: rows of planted vegetables, towering mango and papaya trees, grazing goats, chicken coops and pig pens. But there’s something else taking root in the soil here. Hope. “This place is magic,” said Stacey ...

Welcome to the whales

Editorial

The first whales of the season have already been spotted in Hawaii’s waters. Each winter, thousands of humpback whales migrate here, mirroring activity on land where residents of the cold states on the Mainland come to warm up in the semitropics of Hawaii. The increasing numbers of ...

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

Letters to the Editor

Maybe we should rethink this. We are as a nation spending $650 billion on our military. Russia spends $60 billion and China $200 billion. The military advisers say we are vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down our defense and our ability to attack. Maybe we should put more money ...

Rick Nava would bring lots of experience to council

Letters to the Editor

Rick Nava is an excellent choice for Maui County Council because he has proven leadership skills, is a local business owner, veteran and a community leader who has a global view. For example, his service as police commissioner allows him to bring a depth of experience about how to best protect ...

Hirono, other Asian females are true American heroes

Letters to the Editor

Mazie Hirono is a hero of Hawaii and America, just like Hawaii’s immortal Patsy Mink. Both these Asian females fearlessly took on the male-dominated political hierarchy in Washington, D.C., challenging the same stiffs who’ve rigged policy and politics there. Like Chuck Grassley, Orrin ...

Government ‘affordable’ programs taxing the public

Letters to the Editor

I am not against government “affordable housing.” But, I do object to the label. More accurately it is “tax-subsidized housing.” Taxing the public for the benefit of a few. Now we have “affordable” $500,000 homes! Ditto for the “affordable” flights to Kalaupapa. Government ...