Opinion

Ballot questions to amend county charter progressing

Columns

Last week, the County Council’s Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture committee, which I chair, recommended the passage of two resolutions to amend the Maui County Charter. The first of two proposed charter amendments increases the fine for the illegal operation of transient ...

Slack key fest today

Editorial

For well over a decade, The Maui News has been proud to sponsor the Ki Ho‘alu Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. It is our way to say thank you to all our readers for your support and patronage. Today, the 27th edition of the festival takes place at the ...

God ordered timing of events for chaplain

Letters to the Editor

Do not compromise or be deceived, but be strong and very courageous; I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. Back in the late ’70s on Oahu when I attended the Assembly of God, Pastor Anne Fujii and Pastor James and ...

Reading pro and con letters about Cochran

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank some of the recent letter writers for their opinions of Ms. Elle Cochran. There have been pro and con letters. Is she a real “stand up for us little guys” or just a gadfly? I’ll keep reading. Marlene Rea Kihei

Thoughts on Maui politics past and present

Letters to the Editor

Been thinking about The Maui News’ June 15 story about the SHAKA Movement and local politics. Some thoughts. I’m old — maybe as old as the spokesman for the SHAKA Movement — I’m male and I think I have been good, so why hasn’t anyone clued me in on the existence of Maui’s Good ...

An open book

Columns

Alika Seki knows a thing or two about comic books. “I could talk about comics all day long,” he laughed. “I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid.” Seki has lost track of how many he’s read over the years, but estimates he now has between 50,000 and 70,000 comics. When Seki was 12, ...

Maui’s ‘hidden homeless’ live temporarily with others

Columns

A common phrase that is often used but isn’t often understood is the term “hidden homeless.” Just for clarification, I will be using this term to refer to people who live temporarily with others, those who are staying with relatives, friends, neighbors or others because they can’t ...

An influential figure dies

Editorial

The death yesterday of Charles Krauthammer stilled the mind of one of the most influential conservative commentators of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Krauthammer’s column has been missing from the pages of The Maui News since last August when he went on leave for surgery for the ...

KCA’s first candidate forum set for July 17

Letters to the Editor

As the deadline for declaring candidacy has passed, we know who is running for each office. The Kihei Community Association, www.gokihei.org, will have three candidate forums, and the first one is established for July 17 at 6:30 p.m. This is our only state forum, inviting all candidates for ...

Thousands of ‘laws’ are enforced arbitrarily

Letters to the Editor

Well, the true local mentality is on display here for all to see. In spite of laws preventing people from being career politicians, those laws are ignored at no cost to anyone. Now, imagine waiting 50 years for a law to be carried out, like the release of our last legitimate president’s ...

Gun debate points to ponder and discuss

Letters to the Editor

Most of the letters and opinions seem to be Second Amendment rights versus, banning “assault weapons” (another made up leftist term), disbanding the NRA, the mentality ill, and graphic violence in entertainment. Turn off the TV news, it’s mostly leftist brainwashing. Stop reading the ...

Important date for civil rights

Editorial

June 21 is an important date in the history of the United States civil rights movement. On June 21, 1964, two members of the original “Freedom Riders” and a young black man were murdered near Philadelphia, Miss. The deaths of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney caused a ...

Change will have positive impact on local government

Letters to the Editor

Professional management of county operations will have several positive impacts on our local government — if at least six members of the County Council let us decide the question in November and the proposed charter changes win. If you’ve been paying attention to recent stories in The ...

Our elected leaders are failing us big time

Letters to the Editor

The OAS (Organization of American States) is comprised of 35 nations in North, Central and South America. The concept was to unite us in democratic and human rights principles. But the U.S. has been so preoccupied with oil wars in the Mideast that OAS oversight has been neglected to the point ...

PAC not affiliated with Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation

Letters to the Editor

When I read in The Maui News (June 13) that the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee endorsed Democrats Tina Wildberger and Tiare Lawrence for the South Maui (District 11) and Upcountry (District 12) seats in the Hawaii Legislature, it caused me to look up information about the PAC, which, ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

My father, Dr. Masayoshi Nelson Yogi, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Dec. 17, 1999. Over the past 18 1/2 years, not a day has passed without me thinking about him, usually with a smile or an observation like, “Daddy would have loved that!” Occasionally, I find myself overcome with tears ...

Allowing a motion to amend agenda could facilitate business

Columns

Recently, State Auditor Les Kondo shocked the public and some Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Board members when he charged, at a HART board meeting, that HART employees had been required to record all interviews with State Auditor personnel and then submit the recordings to ...

In critical condition

Editorial

One of the stated goals of modern educational reform is to “improve critical thinking skills.” We have heard phrases like this so often that it almost seems like a mantra. But it suddenly dawned on us that we’re not even really sure what “critical thinking” is. Or does. Or c — all ...

Regan’s ICMA designation a step in the right direction

Letters to the Editor

The headline on Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Viewpoint (The Maui News, June 15) states, “Cochran gets numbers wrong in campaign pay-to-play claim,” after which the mayor asserts that Managing Director Keith Regan only donated $3,770 to the mayor’s campaigns between 2006 and 2012. State records ...