Opinion

Trump will lead charge for ‘tremendous’ immigrants

Letters to the Editor

President Donald Trump, all by himself (which he is full of), has managed to bring unemployment down tremendously! And, he is not done as he is promising to bring back millions more jobs we have lost to foreign countries. He will be so successful that we will have the biggest labor shortage ...

Arbitrary bureaucratic rulings hurt community

Letters to the Editor

Checking out Christmas trees in the Lahaina Cannery Mall, I found the Rotary folks on the grass selling trees for $80 with all profits going to local youth groups. I learned that for approximately 10 years the charitable group sold the trees next to the highway but are now forbidden due to ...

Respect the past but move forward with racial equality

Letters to the Editor

Robert E. Lee led a secessionist Confederacy. He lost the Civil War, but proud Southerners built statues of him celebrating their heritage while defiantly saying “The South shall rise again.” Today we deplore those sentiments, calling them race-nationalist. A revolution overthrew the ...

Children of inmates happy to be remembered

Letters to the Editor

I remember my first Christmas in Maui Community Correctional Center as a religious services volunteer in 1984 with Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree Ministry. The children of inmates were so happy to be remembered at Christmas and to receive something from their incarcerated parent. Angel ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: I kindly ask your help in dealing with the homeless invasion we have been experiencing at the Salvation Army, Coach Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool and Kahului Union Church area. I do know that they ...

Maximizing affordable housing requires creativity

Columns

This past Friday, the Maui County Council adopted a resolution urging the state Legislature and governor to keep Front Street Apartments in Lahaina affordable. Front Street Apartments is home to almost 300 low-income tenants who could be priced out of their homes if no action is taken to keep ...

Online growth is ominous

Editorial

Some of our readers have been critical of The Maui News’ aggressive Save Our Stores campaign urging our citizens to forego shopping online this holiday season and, instead, spend that money locally. New reports released last week underscore some of the reasons we feel online sites, ...

Veteran’s reception adds insult to injury

Letters to the Editor

There was an amazing letter Nov. 28 from a veteran of the Vietnam War. A banquet on Nov. 11 made this war-torn veteran run for the door as his attire matched a homeless man. Did someone not get the memo on attire? Or, maybe, the writer might be the only veteran left on Maui? A banquet fix ...

Illegal beach fires are completely unaddressed

Letters to the Editor

With more visitors pouring into our island and local residents desiring to enjoy a TV-show-style beach fire, there are an increasing number of illegal and destructive beach fires taking place in the late evening and early-morning hours. I have witnessed several wild beach parties taking ...

Pilot program suggested by King a great idea

Letters to the Editor

What a great idea — a pilot program to make one specific area exempt from the Maui law prohibiting people from sleeping in their cars. Thanks to County Council Member Kelly King and others for pushing this problem-solving idea! There is no magic wand solution for the homeless problem, but ...

Price listings for condo units high on west side

Letters to the Editor

I just read the story in the Nov. 29 Maui News about the Mahinahina Beach condos getting fined $100,000 for illegal structures. Within that story was the price listing for units in that condo from nearly $600,000 for a one-bedroom unit to over $1.27 million for a two-bedroom unit. And we ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

The National Football League is the best melodrama on television geared toward American men. Every year, the NFL — or rather the coverage of the NFL — manages to create a lot drama and get a lot of folks talking (and ranting) at work, around the dinner table and especially on social media. ...

The death of Jim Nabors

Editorial

The passing of Jim Nabors Thursday in Honolulu at age 87 was very sad news for our state and the nation. The star who first made his mark as country bumpkin Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s proved to be an enduring performer — for over five decades he graced ...

County Council should consider all arguments

Letters to the Editor

Should the County Council consider the impact on coral reefs when proposed developments are considered? Yes! Should the council consider preserving historical and cultural areas impacted by development? Yes! Should a county employee criticize a nonworking citizen for testifying before the ...

Lawmakers need to act decisively to protect public

Letters to the Editor

Are our county and state lawmakers paying attention to the court-ordered ads Big Tobacco must run on the deadly effects of tobacco smoking? Without a doubt, the most important danger the ads mention is there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Listening lawmakers? This ...

Believing in miracles

Editorial

Thirteen years ago this holiday season, an elderly woman lay dying in a hospital bed. Her two sons stood by as the doctor, a family friend, told the old woman there was nothing more that could be done for her. “That’s OK, Lisa,” the woman replied, “I believe in miracles.” One of ...

Retiree on Medicare has learned a lot from others

Letters to the Editor

As a person now on Medicare, here’s what have I learned. Hanging out with other retirees, I’ve learned where to buy the cheapest coffee and get a free Honolulu newspaper, discounted food from Longs and other food establishments. There are senior discounts on Tuesday at Ross, fresh pork at ...

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ outstanding performance

Letters to the Editor

Maui OnStage is certainly wrapping up their season with a bang — a “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” in fact! Perhaps the year’s most ambitious performance, the 1968 British musical is brought to life on stage at the iconic Iao Theater by visiting Director David Kaye. As he describes it, ...

Fighting to continue Whale Day event at Kalama Park

Letters to the Editor

I am the event sponsor and coordinator for savewhaleday.org, which is the event at Kalama Park in February. I have been working for two months on saving this yearly event. The event is ready, however for some reason Parks Director Ka‘ala Buenconsejo has stated that “Kalama Park is ...

Substitute teacher will be watching for shoplifter

Letters to the Editor

To the haole boy (stocky build, sandy hair) who shoplifted the orange T-shirt from a department store the other evening: No one else seems to have seen you, but I did. You were bare-chested. Then you walked past a pile of shirts and put one on. You and a woman (your mother?) walked on out to ...