Opinion

Provide universal trash pickup for residents

Letters to the Editor

When Mayor Mike Victorino announced that the Maui County landfills will once again be opened on Sundays, I could not help but feel a warm glow in my heart as I quietly said “yes” to myself. I was deeply moved because I recalled the numerous quarterly community cleanups that I participated ...

Too many distractions

Editorial

As we often write here, the revolution in electronics and mobile devices is undoubtedly a boon for our economy as well as our lifestyles. Yet, we know that talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are major distractions and are, in fact, illegal here. That said, we wonder about some of ...

Reason Mitch McConnell is subservient to Trump

Letters to the Editor

We keep reading and hearing that the leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, will not pass any funding bills without the president’s approval. I wondered for a while why that would be. The only explanation I could come up with is the job held by Mrs. McConnell, the secretary of ...

‘Fifteen minutes of fame’ and other remembrances

Letters to the Editor

Kudos once again to the editorial team at The Maui News for the past 25 years editing and printing many of my letters. One of my early letters, over 20 years ago, was a response to a fellow “haole” who took offense at being called a “haole” by locals in Hawaii. I defended the use of ...

KCA to set priorities at its meeting on Tuesday

Letters to the Editor

Jan. 15 is the third Tuesday of the month, and as we have since incorporation in 1960, the Kihei Community Association general membership meeting commences at 6:30 p.m., now at St. Theresa Church Hall, 25 W. Lipoa St. We will be exploring a list of items and issues of concern this year in our ...

Question about the morality of a wall

Letters to the Editor

The Maui News editorial on Jan. 6 states that Nancy Pelosi said the border wall is “immoral.” So if this border wall is immoral, is the wall surrounding Nancy’s house moral? I doubt if she has any plans of removing her wall. Fred Van Osten Lahaina

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

“You’d have to be a psychotic, narcissistic, masochistic idiot to be an actor.” — Terrence McNally, “It’s Only a Play” That line, delivered in McNally’s play by aging diva Virginia Noyes, could have been written by my late husband. Even though we both worked in radio, Barry ...

So, did you meet your goals this year? — um, we dunno

Columns

Although our Legislature hasn’t opened yet, legislators are at work already. The money committees, for example, have started quizzing the various executive departments on their budget requests for the upcoming biennium (2019-20). According to law, specifically HRS section 37-75, the ...

Productivity and pay

Editorial

An interesting column in The Wall Street Journal a while back addressed the decoupling of compensation from productivity that is shrinking the American middle class. “Closing the Productivity and Pay Gap” by William A. Galston said the trend that has begun in recent decades to not link ...

Oppose Navy’s plan for warfare practice in S. Maui

Letters to the Editor

As Maui residents who love our island and beaches, please write to oppose the Navy’s plans to expand active warfare practice in Maalaea Bay in South Maui. Write to oppose today as comments close on Jan. 10. Comments opposing this military madness can be submitted by email to Naval Facilities ...

Leftists tearing apart the Constitution little by little

Letters to the Editor

The new Democratic Congress is the most anti-American yet. Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib embrace anti-Semite and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer Linda Sarsour on their first day in Congress. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spouts off about 70 percent taxes and a complete green energy ...

Critical issues ignored by Trump administration, GOP

Letters to the Editor

In our latest government shutdown, the term “a revitalized sense of crisis” was used in media. This is apropos to the overall problem in the U.S. “Revitalization” began around 2007 when 24-hour news was attempting to distract from the main culprit of our falling economy — Wall ...

Access pass not honored for visitor at golf tournament

Letters to the Editor

My son traveled 5,000 miles to attend the Sentry Tournament of Champions. We bought him a $140 final day Clubhouse & Grounds Access pass. When he went to the clubhouse at 3 p.m. to refresh and eat, he was told it was now closed for a “Sentry employee party,” three hours before the ...

Maui Connections

Columns

As we rediscover what winter feels like on the Mainland, with temperatures sinking into the 20s overnight and snow putting white doilies on mountain peaks around our temporary home in Tucson, Ariz., friends keep emailing about the fun I’m missing as Maui enters the new year. Joel Katz sent ...

Holding to party lines

Editorial

“However (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of ...

Military training exercises help to protect our freedom

Letters to the Editor

Think about this: We live in a world of great uncertainty. If we were to be invaded by another country, who are you going to call to answer this threat? The Sierra Club? Maui Tomorrow? The Surfrider Foundation? You may but they won’t be of much help. The reason for the training exercises ...

Here’s a short list of what Trump has done

Letters to the Editor

A Jan. 2 letter asked, “What has (Trump) done that is so bad?” A complete answer won’t fit in 250 words, or even 2,500, hence this abbreviated list: He tells multiple lies every day. He uses name-calling to disparage his opponents. His rambling statements make no sense. He started a ...

Maui could be a model for creating a ‘real paradise’

Letters to the Editor

Mauitopia or Oahutopia? Yes, the aloha spirit exists on the main island of Oahu too. A decade ago, before I wrote the pamphlet, or mini-book, “Creating Mauitopia: Making Maui a Real Paradise” (updated edition available for free at mauitopia.org), I had briefly contemplated whether to ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: For years, I have watched children, including my own, walk and ride their bikes to and from school along the mauka side of Waiale Road below Iao Intermediate School. This section is pretty dangerous for kids who live too close to school to ride the bus. Is there something that can be done to ...