Opinion

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Editorial

For 88 years the term St. Valentine’s Day Massacre referred to the murder of seven gang members during Prohibition in a fight over control of organized crime in Chicago. On Feb. 14, 1929, hoodlums working for Al Capone killed the seven members of a rival gang. It was considered a bloody, ...

Appropriate training called for after false alarm

Letters to the Editor

In the matter of the false alarm, it seems to me we can implement methodology we had 50 years ago. First, all individuals that are required to implement a procedure shall receive the appropriate training. There shall be a training certificate on file signed by a supervisor. Recertification is ...

Columnist didn’t go very far for her facts

Letters to the Editor

Syndicated columnist Froma Harrop didn’t go very far for her facts and figures (“Clean energy and dollars are both green, so why tax the wind?” Feb. 8). She tapped a couple of Google sentences and made an article that feels good but was woefully incomplete. Norwegians buy a large ...

No portable toilet available at harbor

Letters to the Editor

My annoyed concern is the Kahului small-boat harbor ramp area. With all the food trucks, with all the tourist traffic in and out, with all the hype of big surf, the harbor ramp area has become crowded on days of events. There is no portable toilet anywhere except the private portable located at ...

Toothless tiger pretty slow too

Editorial

The Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest is an organization devoted to “forging solutions that promote transparency and responsiveness in government to better serve the people of Hawaii.” With this motivation, the law center works to make sure that agencies, committees and ...

Not enough aloha anymore on Maui

Letters to the Editor

Too many new cars. Too many new hotels. Too many new roads. Too many new shopping centers. Too many new homes. Too many new residents. Too many traffic jams. Too many traffic lights. Too many auto accidents. Too many county workers. Too little aloha. Mark Kanae Smith Wailuku

Use safe sun protection, not harmful chemicals

Letters to the Editor

Maui proudly holds the position of the most sustainable and caring county, taking the lead with eliminating extraneous trash and damaging litter on land and sea. Why would we not take the next step and encourage the elimination of endocrine-disrupting chemicals we slather on our bodies and ...

Tackle the African tulip tree invasion on island

Letters to the Editor

Next time you drive any of the roads from Paia to Hana, count the African tulip trees. They are taking over the landscape. Recently, I went to a gulch on Haiku Road that I regularly visited some 30 years ago. What I saw there was shocking. When I stretched my arms out in any direction, I ...

Keep Front Street apartments affordable

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the Feb. 4 front page-article “Tenants look to Legislature to keep rent affordable,” three pieces of information are strikingly clear. 1. The apartment owners are stated to be “Front Street Affordable Housing Partners.” 2. “Now, Front Street Affordable Housing Partners ...

Warning signs needed at Kahekili Beach Park

Letters to the Editor

Please urge Maui County to post a health safety sign at Kahekili Beach Park warning that county wastewater (sewage) from the nearby treatment plant is in the water there and poses major health risks. I snorkeled there daily during the first two weeks of July 2017 and developed a near-fatal ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

It’s too late for this Valentine’s Day, but if your sweetheart is an old-fashioned gal or guy, I’ve found the perfect card for you! It’s a bit pricey, but you should probably buy it now because it’s sure to cost more next February, if it’s even available by then. An eBay collector ...

Devil’s in the details for Hawaii’s earned income tax credit

Columns

In the 2017 session, our Legislature passed an earned income tax credit, which its supporters maintain is the best solution to lift families out of poverty since sliced bread. At the Department of Taxation‘s urging, however, the tax credit was made nonrefundable. Advocates clearly didn’t ...

A Valentine’s Day thought

Editorial

For those of us who were born married, Valentine’s Day is sort of the acid test of the relationship. “Please, don’t get me anything. I don’t need anything. We can’t afford anything this year.” Yeah, sure, Buster. Just try showing up without anything. Talk about cruisin’ for a ...

Don’t open south end of bypass until north is ready

Letters to the Editor

Adjustments at the Keawe/Honoapilani intersection being suggested to lessen the disastrous effect on traffic and businesses from the newly extended Lahaina bypass exiting at Keawe will fail.      The initial plan was for the Lahaina bypass to go above Lahaina so traffic to and from ...

Questioning America’s ‘greatness’ is treasonous

Letters to the Editor

Those who support the notion and say and that our nation must be made great “again” are, in my opinion, un-American and, perhaps, treasonous. Regardless of the rhetoric from the Oval Office fool, ours has been, and continues to be, the greatest nation on Earth. America and Americans must ...

Global warming as an apocalyptic faith

Letters to the Editor

“Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed,” said Aldous Huxley. The climate change movement has taken on all the trappings of a creed — and one with apocalyptic trappings at that. It has its saints, sinners and rituals. “Believers” are honored for their purity. Their mantra ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Lots of names to drop this week, and lots of help from friends telling me about events I missed as I was busy entertaining family here for a whirlwind visit. Under stormy skies a week ago, a bolt of lightning and thunderous boom struck during a cover of the Doors classic “Riders On the ...