Opinion

Trump represents eclipsing of the American soul

Letters to the Editor

After the age of 35, the state of, but especially the changes in, one’s consciousness are reflected in the form and face of a person. Of course, someone in his or her 60s or 70s displays accurately the nature, character and quality of the many changes undergone by one’s personality or soul. ...

DLNR biggest obstacle to outdoor recreation

Letters to the Editor

I always enjoy “Kia‘i Moku” by Lisa Fox Strohecker. Her article of Aug. 13 on anchialine pools was especially interesting. That these pools have been closed since 2008 shows the mismanagement, anti-recreational attitude and pure arrogance of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural ...

Please explain Trump comment, Sen. Schatz

Letters to the Editor

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted that Donald Trump is not his president. What does that mean? Did he declare that he is an anarchist and he does not recognize the legitimacy of the federal government? Is he calling for a coup? Has Sen. Schatz declared Hawaii as a sovereign country? Please ...

Neighbor Islands should not pay for Oahu’s rail

Letters to the Editor

Everything Oahu wants they get! Again I say when they first started this it was only Oahu will pay for the rail. Now it will affect everyone — Hawaii, Kauai and Maui county taxpayers will pay for the rail. Think about it, is it fair when the majority of the lawmakers are from Oahu? How ...

Fairy Godmother for Maui children in crisis

Columns

When Rainelle Lushina joined the staff of Imua Family Services nearly two years ago, it didn’t take long for her to realize she’d landed the job of her dreams. “It’s a perfect fit for me,” she said. “I really love what I do.” And it’s a dream job in every sense of the term: ...

Admission Day today

Editorial

State and county governments are closed today in observance of Admission Day — the day 58 years ago that Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Admission Day, also known as Statehood Day, was established as a holiday to be observed on the third Friday of August. The actual ...

Are events a coincidence or a sign of the times?

Letters to the Editor

The annual U.S./South Korea military exercises are on schedule for Aug. 21, the very same day as the first total solar eclipse over the entire USA since June 8, 1918, 99 years before. World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918. “There shall be signs in the heavens.” It should also be noted that ...

Interact with county by using app

Columns

We live in a mobile world. With new research indicating that smartphone users outnumber basic phone users and millions of Americans rely on iPhone, Android, or a Samsung to power their day, it’s no surprise that more local government entities are heeding the call of mobile tools. In 2015, ...

Protest fights are counterproductive

Letters to the Editor

Remember the 1970 film “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came”? What if no protesters or TV showed up at a white nationalist rally? Without attention drawn to them, their adherents and influence would diminish. And, they would likely realize their ideology has little future. If people ...

War being waged on full-grown trees

Letters to the Editor

I was recently driving south on Piilani Highway, just north of Safeway, and observed a landscaping company trimming back all the monkeypod trees along the roadway and I said I hope they’re just trimming them. Later, I passed the same area and, lo and behold, they’re trimming the trees to ...

Useful idiots doing little to resolve differences

Letters to the Editor

Watching on TV these racists groups fighting with each other in Charlottesville is so sad, it reminds me of a what Vladimir Lenin said regarding “useful idiots.” These hate groups, “all of them,” — Black Lives Matter included — are more concerned with color of skin and ...

Burden of repairing road falls on homeowners

Letters to the Editor

Twenty years ago, Maui Lani Parkway was built by Maui Lani Partners in the then new Maui Lani Development. It was their “intent” that the county would take control and maintain this street. That did not happen. The section of this street from the new Sandhills entrance near Safeway to ...

Stop the mining and preserve the Central Maui sand dunes

Columns

Maui’s Environmental Court recently reaffirmed its order stopping all sand mining and other activities that disturb the natural dune systems in a section of the Maui Lani Project District. Sierra Club Maui and many other concerned residents have long advocated to preserve the unique natural ...

Time to step up to plate

Editorial

This is one of the most disturbing times of our life. In fact, it may well be the most troubling. We lived through the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s. We’ve seen films of Ku Klux Klan marches in the first half of the 20th century. We are not old enough to have been alive during ...

Perspectives from Sam Adams and others

Letters to the Editor

Fake news — “There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly terrible to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a free press. — Samuel Adams Sue ’em, buy ’em, fire ’em, — “Intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves ...

Narcissistic personality disorder defined in manual

Letters to the Editor

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, is the primary reference manual for diagnosis of mental conditions. This manual is also used by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment. DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic ...

Area of personal freedom remains firmly forbidden

Letters to the Editor

Our society has come a long way toward protecting individual liberties but in one area freedom remains firmly forbidden. That is the freedom to choose one’s own death. A maze of legal obstacles makes death with dignity nearly impossible to achieve. It’s time to stop this government ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Thirty-three years and one month ago, I met the man who would become my partner in broadcasting and in life. Barry Shannon and I had each returned to Maui after living off-island for several years. I had come home to heal after a painful divorce and got a job with Encantada Broadcasting. When ...

A force of the universe

Editorial

Forty years ago today, we stepped off an airplane in Kansas City, Mo. Our nerves were somewhat frayed because it was the first day of an attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Our attention was quickly diverted from nicotine withdrawal, though, when the business associate meeting us at the ...

Personnel change needed on the liquor commission

Letters to the Editor

It’s evident the liquor commission is failing. Its recent actions imposing onerous, unnecessary and frankly ridiculous restrictions on nonprofit organizations seeking single-day licenses for fundraising events is screaming proof that change of personnel and thinking is sorely needed. An ...