Opinion

Ask the Mayor

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Whoever OK’d the removal of the monkeypod trees on Piilani Highway in Kihei should be fired. Apparently, they were destroyed because the county and adjacent homeowners association did not want ...

Taxing Neighbor Islands to fund rail seems a done deal

Columns

The State Legislature announced Thursday a plan to pay for the Honolulu rail project by raising the transient accommodations tax by 1 percent across the state. The proposed TAT hike is coupled with extending the 0.5 percent Oahu general excise tax surcharge. With the special session scheduled ...

A good job

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono’s bout with kidney cancer this year has left her more determined than ever to protect Americans’ access to quality health care. “I firmly believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” Hawaii’s junior senator told us in an interview Thursday afternoon. With ...

Were naval ship collisions caused by cyberattacks?

Letters to the Editor

The United States has had two U.S. Navy ships collide with other ships in the last two weeks. It’s just not believable. It is, however, believable that the U.S. is getting a strong message from an enemy state that they can manipulate the computer navigation systems of our military ships or ...

Alma Henderson made contributions to MCC

Letters to the Editor

Time tempers memories. In the Aug. 20 edition of The Maui News, I learned of the passing of Alma Henderson, my former provost at Maui Community College. Our relationship was far from smooth, and throughout our tenure we were often at odds about any number of faculty-administrative issues. ...

Tired of the swamp telling us how to run our lives

Letters to the Editor

Trump’s list of accomplishments is pretty good for a guy Maxine Waters calls incompetent. Not sure who the incompetent is? Maxine, who has done nothing her whole time in Congress other than race-bait? Maxine, who in several interviews is so confused she calls Trump Putin or Bush? Maxine, ...

Media spend zero time reporting the good news

Letters to the Editor

The morning of the peace rally on the East Coast with demonstrators rallying for free speech, I was completely amazed that the news stations were all dumbfounded because the rally went without any of the protesters getting out of hand. I flipped through all the other stations and it was the ...

The only divide in this great country comes from the left

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the Aug. 23 writer of the insanely incorrect statement that President “Trump wants to kill Muslims with pig blood,” if he did 30 seconds of research he would find that Trump was noting a story about Gen. John J. Pershing in the Philippines almost a hundred years ago. If he goes to ...

Schatz needs to give earlier notice of town hall meetings

Letters to the Editor

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz tiptoed onto Maui for a “town hall” meeting. The meeting was not on his website and was not announced in the local media until the day of the town hall meeting. The Maui News reported that the meeting would take place at noon the same day it was first reported on Aug. ...

Dodgers fans have a lot to like this baseball season

Letters to the Editor

It’s a great year to be a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. I was just 10 years old 1968 when I attended my first Dodgers game. It was the red-hot, first-place St. Louis Cardinals, with legendary pitcher Bob Gibson on the mound, going against our boys in blue and our own local hero, the equally ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Labor Day is around the corner. It’s more than a holiday, you know. The labor movement was once the most radical movement in the islands. And it can be traced back to a pair of haoles who crashed a homegrown movement on Maui. Bill Bailey was a real, live, flesh and blood Communist in San ...

Celebrating 19th Amendment

Editorial

The wording of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is simple and straightforward: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by ...

Prevent destruction of any more heritage trees

Letters to the Editor

I was under the impression that 50-year-old trees (heritage trees) were protected from being cut down. The Haden mango trees across the street from Maria Lanikila in Lahaina were completely destroyed. I know they were more than 50 years old, because when I came to Lahaina in 1967, they were ...

‘Rapid Re-Housing’ an effective method for helping homeless

Columns

What are some of the causes of homelessness and what are solutions? The most common cause of homelessness is the cost of housing. Now more than ever, homes that low-income people can afford are not available. It’s a hard reality but without affordable rental options, people face ...

Residents helped at boat ramp during king tide

Letters to the Editor

Aloha is alive and well. I am writing to share our extreme gratitude for several Kihei residents who helped at the boat ramp on Aug. 18. We returned to the harbor early afternoon to find both docks almost submerged (king tide?) with rocking, following seas. Vandy from Blue Water Rafting ...

Writer has it right; Maui should be independent

Letters to the Editor

An Aug. 15 letter writer has it right. Maui needs to separate from Oahu and be independent. We can be our own state. There isn’t anything that the “state” does for Maui that Maui can’t do for itself. It will take hard work and we would have to suffer without the repaving of Mokulele ...

Invasion of privacy leads to refusal to vote

Letters to the Editor

In reference to a recent article about our county officials sending our personal voter information to the Washington, D.C., council on how we voted and other personal information; my wife and I will not be voting anymore. I thought voting was not only a right, but a private matter. Good luck ...

Real bargain in medical care

Editorial

As reluctant, but very active, members of what has been described as the aging of America, our family is concerned about the medical system. We marvel at what today’s medical establishment can do. Between the wife and us, there are more new hips, knees and shoulders than you can shake a ...