Opinion

Have a safe Super Sunday

Editorial

Well, it’s Super Sunday. Later today, most of us (and the rest of the United States) will watch the Super Bowl to see who prevails — the Philadelphia Eagles or the always-ferocious (and defending champion) New England Patriots. It is the 52nd edition of what traditionally is the ...

Violent behavior is three bullies with a bullhorn

Letters to the Editor

No, Jan. 28 letter writer, violent behavior is three bullies with an electronic bullhorn disrupting 3,000 citizens peacefully marching in solidarity with women all over the world. I heard demonstrators reply by singing aloha. Although I don’t usually support yelling at people, I understand ...

Community media getting shortchanged

Letters to the Editor

Community media is a powerful tool for our democracy. It is federally mandated to provide us citizens with information regarding our local and state government. Why then would our local cable provider give community media such shoddy treatment? Spectrum, Like Oceanic before them, has little ...

Can’t wait for cinemas to open at Kukui Mall

Letters to the Editor

I’m sure I’m not the only movie fan who can’t wait for Regency Kihei Luxury Cinemas to open its doors at Kukui Mall (The Maui News, Jan. 27). Thrilled to know it will offer not only first-run movies but also special events. Here’s hoping the upgrade will include 1) top-of-the-line ...

Broken promises dishonored lost lives of service people

Letters to the Editor

Jan. 27, 45 years ago, we achieved peace in Vietnam with honor for our lost loved ones and brothers. We also made an agreement with the Vietnamese people that they would, with our promise, have the right to self-determination. Twenty-eight months later, Mr. Nixon was gone and a Democratic ...

With a song in her heart

Columns

When Laura Civitello was 7 years old, a soulful sound caught her ear — and never let go. “It was Wilson Pickett’s ‘In the Midnight Hour,’ ” she said. “As soon as I heard it, I had to have it.” A few days later, she marched up to the front counter of the record store in her ...

Right type of leadership

Editorial

Although we are not great fans of social media, a post on Facebook struck us as showing a major difference between attitudes in the United States now and in past generations. The post featured a young, unidentified black woman holding a sign in front of the United States Capitol sometime in ...

Panels a visual blight for entire Lahaina community

Letters to the Editor

I am a strong supporter of alternative energy to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. However, I am extremely dismayed by the placement of the solar farm on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. This array of panels is a visual blight for the entire Lahaina community and in direct ...

In the fight for $15 minimum wage, this small Kihei business says yes

Columns

It is often said that small businesses cannot afford another hike in the minimum wage. My husband, who is my business partner, and I could not disagree more. Not because we are pious but because we are pragmatic. Small businesses benefit from paying their employees. Here’s how. We bought ...

Fallout from missile alert reveals troubled society

Letters to the Editor

An aftermath of the missile attack alert here underlined what a deeply troubled society ours is: The worker who mistakenly sent the false alert received death threats. America is a violence- and death-obsessed country where common decency and respect for life, for humans and all living ...

New minimum wage law is the bare minimum

Letters to the Editor

If you’re looking for a job, I may know about one for you. Here’s the deal: You’ll be putting in 40 hours a week. It’s hard work most of the time and it’s hot, repetitious and sometimes dirty work. The job pays minimum wage. That means if you stick it out for a full year, you will ...

Learn from the past and avoid trouble in the future

Letters to the Editor

The recent false missile alert shows how fragile our existence here is and how our peace can be upended in short order. It is hopeful to recall that several Jesuit priests survived the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. One explained: “We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home.” Fast ...

2-person, 2-key suggestion may prevent false alerts

Letters to the Editor

I’m sure U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz means well, but putting the responsibility for issuing alerts at the federal level sounds like it might take longer to broadcast. If so, with 15- to 20-minute estimated time to shelter, seconds count. The two-person, two-key suggestion sounds like an ...

Maui’s most controversial permit was approved in only 29 minutes

Columns

It’s a matter of basic human decency to show respect toward each other’s ancestral remains. The Central Maui sand dunes are the resting place for thousands of iwi kupuna (ancestral bones), but landowner Maui Lani Partners has been allowed to illegally mine hundred of thousands of tons of ...

Super week is upon us

Editorial

Try as one might to remember that the Super Bowl is just a football game and that all the hoopla surrounding it is merely marketing hype, it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and enjoyment of the week. This year’s contest is the 52nd such game and features the ...

Biblical concepts are the best choice of governance

Letters to the Editor

An official government shutdown and starting anew is appealing. A compelling alternative is a “government upon His (Jesus’) shoulders” (Isaiah). Real change occurs when hearts and minds are transformed. Congress sanctioned the actions of businessmen, church leaders and military ...

‘Rules’ used to attack global warming deniers

Letters to the Editor

The Jan. 24 editorial about Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals” and how these rules are used as weapons against opponents without having to address the issue was enlightening. In simple terms, SA’s rules advise you to attack the author, not the subject matter. A very good example ...

Disappointed in coverage of Maui Women’s March

Letters to the Editor

I was disappointed in your coverage of the Maui Women’s March on Jan. 20. You chose to send two male reporters who failed to understand or communicate what was newsworthy at the event. Rather than interviewing the thousands of women who marched in solidarity and good humor, they focused ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A reader asked me about a recent column in which I shared my mother’s descriptions of some old photos. On the back of a scenic snapshot, Mom had written “The foreground stinks like Kanaha Pond!” Those words put a smile on my face and a long-forgotten scent in my head that old-time ...

A sign of progress?

Editorial

Well, the construction of the new high school for South Maui continues at breakneck speed. As we reported last January, less than two decades after it was first proposed and two years after the groundbreaking attended by a passel of politicians, there is a little blue sign on the site of the ...