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IRS quick to cash check but extends refund date

June 3, 2015 I read your May 28 editorial about how the state Department of Taxation won’t be sending tax refunds until as late as July 20. more »»

Mayor’s op-ed piece draws fire, apology demanded

June 2, 2015 Mayor Alan Arakawa owes me an apology. As a taxpayer, regular voter and resident of Maui County, I pay part of his wages and expenses. more »»

Veterans’ frustrations over Iraq debate well justified

June 2, 2015 Today’s veterans are no different than those who liberated my country seven decades ago, they are “patriots,” the best! Veterans’ frustrations by the current debate on Iraq (The Maui News, May 24)... more »»

Police chief’s marijuana comments found offensive

June 2, 2015 On May 14, I was outraged to see certain quotes by Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu in The Maui News. He accuses, in essence (in the ongoing marijuana debate), all physicians (and I quote): “ . . . more »»

Better treatment of those with mental illness needed

June 2, 2015 Public Safety must make our communities safer and do it with the most cost-effective way by focusing on treatment of mental illness and addiction. more »»

Election reform: Voters need more choices with third-party candidates

May 31, 2015 The Green Party of Hawai‘i held its annual state convention Saturday in Waimea on the Big Island. more »»

Dispensary law continues expensive war on weed

May 29, 2015 I was one of the original creators of what is now called “medical marijuana” on Maui in the 1970s before the war on drugs criminalized cannabis for their financial gain. more »»

Taxpayers not paying for county building EV stations

May 29, 2015 In a May 26 letter to The Maui News, the writer expressed concern that Maui County taxpayers were paying for the electricity used by the electric vehicle charging station at the county building (Ka... more »»

There’s no patent on the Hawaiian word ‘aloha’

May 28, 2015 Regarding the title of the soon to be released motion picture of that name (The Maui News, May 26), we of Native and part Native Hawaiian descent hold no patent or copyright on the word “aloha. more »»

Some suffer from the curse of ideological certainty

May 28, 2015 Some of the most pernicious influences in America today are those TV and radio programs where the hosts pretend to be experts on every topic under the sun. more »»

Ireland is more progressive than the United States

May 28, 2015 It’s a great day to be Irish. Who knew Ireland was more progressive than the United States? Next battle will be women priests. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church hates women more than gays. more »»

‘Art of Caregiving,’ lauded as an eye-opening workshop

May 28, 2015 I’m home now absorbing all I learned in a wonderful workshop at the Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall in Kahului. Author Frances Kakugawa gave her presentation on “The Art of Caregiving. more »»

Dream of equality in society proves difficult to achieve

May 28, 2015 Inflation is upon us every day, especially for the locals and the native trying to stay afloat. more »»

Electric vehicle owners should pay for their fuel

May 26, 2015 Taxpayers are currently providing free fuel (electricity) to electric vehicle owners who have been charging the batteries in their vehicles at the county parking lot in Wailuku. more »»

Licensing fee for cannabis dispensary an open racket

May 26, 2015 I am in disbelief that somehow the proposed “licensing fees” for a cannabis dispensary do not fall obviously under the terms of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. more »»

Surveys due June 1 on whether to continue curbside recycling program

May 24, 2015 The 3 Can Plan — a pilot program for curbside recycling in some South Maui neighborhoods — was discontinued by the county’s Department of Environmental Management in February after two year. more »»

Charter change needed for Maui Police Commission

May 24, 2015 The Police Commission should be a community check and control on the Maui Police Department. The commission’s most important power is hiring the police chief. more »»

Decrying liberal thinking and lauding hope from the GOP

May 24, 2015 Liberal thinking has gotten us into this $18 billion welfare-state mess, and it can’t get us out of it. more »»

Continue work on repairs of Kaupakalua Road

May 24, 2015 This letter is to call attention to the partial, temporary repairs to Kaupakalua Road. I’ve lived on this street 31 years and I travel to Pukalani at least three times a week. more »»

Author makes profound statement about Hillary

May 22, 2015 We watched an interview with Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric Co.) and his wife, who has written a book about the Clintons. When Mr. more »»



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