Group has use for unharvested fruit
Another Earth Day has come and gone. So, how did you commemorate that special day? There are so many options to consider. I spent my morning harvesting oranges with the nonprofit organization Waste Not Want Not Foundation, whose goal is to harvest all unused fruit from being wasted and to distribute this fruit to those that need it.
If you have a few hours to spare each week, think about lending a hand. We harvest all over the island and you get to spend quality time outdoors enjoying the beautiful views Maui has to offer, not to mention you get to enjoy what you harvested. Now what better way to help those in need? And you'll be surprised by what's out there. There's such a variety of fruit, you'll be amazed.
If you're a homeowner with fruit you're not going to use and would like us to harvest it for you, please contact Waste Not Want Not Foundation. For more information, check out the website, waste-not-want-not.org, or call 874-8038.
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Maui Democratic Party is alive and well
I noticed this paper published the news of our May 1 Maui Democratic Party County Convention next to the obituaries.
Though not sure what policy The Maui News has with the placement and thus the association of community press releases nor if it really means anything by the location, I do want to say one thing, so I'm paraphrasing the words of Mark Twain: "The rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated."
With 39,727 Maui County voters casting their ballots for Democratic President Barrack Obama (The largest vote in the history of Maui Nui for a president), I would say that the Maui Democratic Party is alive, well and prospering.
Further, come the general election in November, in all likelihood the headlines will be discussing the new Democratic governor of Hawaii and the new governor's next four years prioritizing and highlighting education, economic recovery and jobs, protecting social justice and the protection, preservation and enhancement of our public trust, Hawaii's unique and bountiful natural resources.
Maui County Democratic Party
Property tax increase will hurt hotel/resort operators
We unconditionally oppose an increase in property tax in Maui County, especially for hotel/resort properties - most of whom have experienced a reduction of income due to the poor economy. Rationalizing the proposal by saying the increased tax is revenue neutral is misleading in the long term. What happens when the county decides property values have returned but income remains low? Will the tax increase be repealed?Not likely.
Instead of trying to balance the budget on the backs of hotel/resort operators, the county must reduce spending, just like our families must do when income is lost or expenses increase.We are especially concerned about the many condominium owners operating their properties as vacation rentals. Competition is tough and many of us operate our properties to just pay the taxes and association fees and are hopeful to break even. Because we offerless costly vacation rentals, we are responsible for bringing in many tourist dollars to the county.
The county should also consider the increasing rate of property foreclosures in Maui County. Because many of thesevacation rentals arealso second homes for their owners, many are having to walk away from their properties, leading to foreclosures and short sales, neither of which is good for the county.
John and Kathryn McNitt
Honokowai / San Francisco