Opinion

Maui Connections

Columns

His words are more mystifying, haunting and radiant now, ever since we learned of the death of W.S. Merwin last Friday. The nation’s poet laureate in 2010, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes among countless other literary honors, the self-taught botanist and environmental crusader was 91 when he ...

Technology and hate

Editorial

Some 50 Muslims were slain in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday as they gathered to pray at two mosques. The accused killer is an avowed white supremacist who streamed the massacre live on social media. The shooter apparently wore a body camera to record the atrocity. What is most ...

Maui is totally unprepared for large natural disasters

Letters to the Editor

Maui reminds me of the grasshopper in the fable about preparing for the winter. Throughout the summer, the grasshopper plays and ridicules the ants who are stocking away supplies for when winter comes. When it does come, the ants are nice and warm in their caves and tunnels and fully supplied ...

Try repurposing vacant commercial real estate first

Letters to the Editor

Since the sale of A&B sugar lands to Mahi Pono, many of us feel a sense of cautious optimism for future use of these lands. What I have yet to hear be discussed is A&B’s public statements that it will begin to focus on “commercial real estate.” Anyone with even a shred of ...

President Trump is not a dictator wannabe

Letters to the Editor

For the thousandth time, President Trump is not a dictator wannabe. I am not sure how any sane person can come to that conclusion, when in the past we’ve had presidents who abused their powers unlike the current president. In 1917, President Wilson imprisoned over 5,000 who spoke out against ...

Get ready for a full-on traffic mess explosion

Letters to the Editor

Well, just months since the new charter school has opened in the tech park the traffic nightmare has started. About 2 p.m., it starts with traffic backing up way before Safeway, down Lipoa and around the round — about with 25 to 20 cars stacked up each way waiting to get in. I thought, ‘Oh ...

Letter writer missed something in his studies

Letters to the Editor

Hitler and most dictators over the last 100 years have been socialists. The March 5 letter writer who gained an “in-depth understanding” of world politics in college and is concerned that “those that agree with” Trump are like those who supported Hitler missed something in his ...

Editorial chooses alternative economic outlook to reality

Letters to the Editor

The Maui News’ March 8 editorial represents quite well those who choose to be a miserable and misinformed segment of our population. Our economy is chugging along at 3-plus percent growth, our unemployment is the lowest it has been in 50 years. Wages are rising at a faster rate than ever as ...

Teams represented schools, communities in heroic way

Letters to the Editor

On the night of March 7 Upcountry, King Kekaulike and Lahainaluna squared off in an epic volleyball match that was witnessed by about 100 or so family and fans. There was no one there from The Maui News to report on the action. Nevertheless, those in attendance were privileged to watch a great ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: What is being done about cyberbullying in Hawaii? A: Mahalo for this question because I take bullying very seriously, but I know it is a community issue that we must all work together to solve. First off, families can talk with their children about respecting others, even those different ...

Lets urge lawmakers to modernize voting system

Columns

As an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee, I feel a particular obligation to understand and respond to the plight of the thousands of Native Hawaiian families who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE. Nearly half of all Hawaii households are ALICE and struggling. There are ...

Eyesight is related to cognitive health

Columns

Are you curious about new and emerging research on health and aging? The National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging hosts an excellent webpage (www.nia.nih.gov/news/featured-research) that highlights cutting edge research in brief, easy to understand articles. A recent ...

The wearing of the green

Editorial

Today is St. Patrick’s Day 2019 — the day for the wearin’ o’ the green. March 17 has been celebrated for centuries in honor of an Irish saint who helped Christianize that land in the fourth and fifth centuries. He supposedly used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of the Holy ...

Keep marijuana illegal in Hawaii now and forever

Letters to the Editor

Thank God our lawmakers again didn’t legalize recreational marijuana. It’s disturbing that state Sen. J. Kalani English has repeatedly introduced bills to legalize cannabis. He represents portions of Maui County but doesn’t represent me. As a former pot smoker who has educated himself ...

Mayor’s actions do not support what he writes

Letters to the Editor

Family values guide us as we move county forward, written by Mayor Mike Victorino, could not be further from the truth. The recent actions of Mr. Victorino the past two weeks is a good example of his work. “Our County,” written by him (Opinion, March 1), shows how it’s all being covered ...

Cooking … with a lot of heart

Columns

It’s 9:14 on an overcast Wednesday morning and Jennifer Middleton’s 5th-grade class is gathered outside of the King Kamehameha III Elementary School cafeteria. A minute later, the students file inside, laughing and chatting animatedly. There’s a palpable surge of excitement when they ...

Distracted driving has become a growing problem

Columns

A 2-ton vehicle travels down a highway at 50 mph. Its driver takes two seconds to check a text message. How far has that vehicle gone with the driver’s eyes were off the road? In two seconds, the vehicle has traveled 146.5 feet, nearly half the length of a football field. This is not ...