Opinion

Expand water opportunities

Letters to the Editor

Make policy getting more water capacities. Reduce managing water usage and limiting metering for water conserving. Instead, go get water resources, incorporate private well capacities into public system and assess usage. Increase water rates for all users. Concomitantly, increase resourceful ...

Maui women: Vote to get good old boys out

Letters to the Editor

Let me get this straight. The male-managed Maui News publishes an article (Aug. 19) by a male editor quoting four male “pundits,” one of whom is a disgraced sexual harasser, explaining why some very qualified women aren’t electable. Wow, Maui News, how patronizing and paternalistic can ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

The word hurricane seems to stick out as one of the more exotic words in the English language. And for good reason. Ancient Mayan peoples who lived in what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras worshiped a creator god named Hurakan. This god blew across ...

Persistent callers waste limited resources

Columns

In the March 2017 column, I wrote about a woman, Ann (not her real name), who lived at the airport. The story is sad. The police and outreach workers were persistently being called and asked to take care of her. Despite addressing the calls, there was little anyone could do because Ann did not ...

Neil Armstrong: The Right Stuff

Editorial

Saturday marks the sixth anniversary of the death of Neil Armstrong. As regular readers know, we are big fans of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Folks like John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon, were our ...

Mahalo, Mayor Arakawa, for Tropic Care Maui

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Mayor Arakawa, for your capable leadership in bringing Tropic Care Maui 2018 to the people of Maui County. Tropic Care Maui 2018 removed barriers many people often face to receiving dental fillings and extractions, medical care, vision exams and prescription eyeglasses. They ...

Post-primary election observations

Letters to the Editor

It’s been a few days since the primary election. All incumbents on Maui were successful in their races. The five Maui County Council members who are seeking re-election will each face a challenger. Four seats are opened, and we will have new individuals serving our community. In the ...

Take the pledge: one movie per month in Kihei

Letters to the Editor

I urge you all to take a pledge to go see at least one movie per month. We have a great theater at the Kukui Mall, and if everyone follows through with their pledge, it will be there for years to come. It was so nice to jump in the car, 10 minutes prior to the start time, then 10 minutes ...

Freedom of the press is not absolute

Letters to the Editor

Freedom of the press does not mean the freedom to lie or the freedom to tell half-truths. All news outlets have a duty to inform no matter who is in office and leave their personal feelings at home. Sorry you don’t like the current president, tough. I didn’t like President Obama, but he ...

Of ‘fake news’ and influence peddling

Letters to the Editor

The press and the media (and the White House) all try to influence people to either buy something or elect someone to something. The president uses the press and media to spin each disaster in his own favor. The “fake news” is his denials of adultery, his accusations of witch hunts, his ...

Preparing for a hurricane

Editorial

As this is written Wednesday morning, Hurricane Lane has been downgraded from a Category 5 storm to Category 4. Basically that means the associated winds have dropped from about 155 mph to 140 mph. Still dangerous, still threatening. For days now, we have watched Lane march inexorably west ...

Penalizing Cochran for 1994 blunder sends wrong message

Letters to the Editor

Distraction from issues is necessary for Mike Victorino. Otherwise, those who care would never vote for him. Elle Cochran’s record on affordable housing is stellar while Victorino gutted and cut affordable housing requirements in half. He introduced repeal of the “Show Me the Water” ...

Protect our freedom of speech

Letters to the Editor

I commend The Maui News for being one of over 300-plus editorial boards that joined forces to condemn President Trump’s attack on the media of this nation (Today’s Editorial, Aug. 16). The Maui News is a community paper that strives to present a balanced forum for a broad spectrum of ...

Montreal visitors enjoy day with furry friend

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 15, my wife and I had what was probably the most enriching experience we have had in our 10 years visiting Maui. We took part in the Maui Humane Society’s Beach Buddy program. We were matched with an adorable dog and spent the day exploring the island together. We discovered that ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

As I write this, Hurricane Lane is heading our way. Hopefully by the time you read this, the good fortune we Mauians have enjoyed in recent years will hold out, and Lane will have veered away or petered out. Just in case, I joined dozens of shoppers in stocking up on emergency supplies and ...

Cashing in on production credits

Columns

In this space, I often have unflattering things to say about tax credits. Every year, legislators propose tax credits for some little-noticed niche in an industry. Sometimes the credit is well thought out, and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes the desired effect can be accomplished more cheaply ...

The evolution of an old man

Editorial

One of the seldom mentioned benefits of getting old is that at some point you realize that all the indiscretions and vices of your youth have already come home to roost and there is not much else you can do to hurt your body further. Oh, sure, you can forget to take your 16th pill of the day ...

‘Fake news’ attacks and terrible consequences

Letters to the Editor

When I was a student journalist, the Nixon administration attempted to take interview notes from a story I did with a participant in the Sioux Indian takeover of a government building at Wounded Knee. I was being called as a witness in a trial. I resisted and was defended by the Reporter’s ...

Elle Cochran is no friend of affordable housing

Letters to the Editor

Mayoral candidate Elle Cochran told the Kula forum that “you can’t build your way out of a housing shortage.” I first heard this particular piece of wisdom from the NIMBY organization Maui Tomorrow. The housing shortage results from a lack of affordable homes. Simple supply and demand. ...

The Maui News is part of an essential free press

Letters to the Editor

The Maui News is a member of an essential corps of free press, bringing Maui’s people local news and stories from across the state of Hawaii and from overseas. Its staffers strive seven days a week (and I hope they can continue to do so) to publish factual and informative, and often ...