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Opinion

Vaccination is the equation for a healthy, joyful graduation

Columns

The end of the pandemic is in sight. If we want it. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old. Just last month, the same vaccine was authorized for use by older teens aged 16 and 17. The decision ...

Mayor Victorino deserves thanks, not blame

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Mike Victorino has been blamed for everything COVID-related and then some. Time to set the record straight as to what the mayor deals with. The following state agencies set mandates: Hawaii Departments of Health, Transportation, Education (school policies), Land and Natural Resources ...

COVID coda playing out

Editorial

In quite the change of tune this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is time for fully vaccinated folks to take off their masks and mingle. While this is a welcome benchmark that says vaccines are working, the sudden easing of guidelines reflects the scattershot ...

Mahalo for state response to dangerous Wailea turn

Letters to the Editor

There have probably been more than 100 crashes where Wailea Ike terminates with a sharp 90-degree turn onto Piilani Highway since that section of the highway was opened 30 years ago. Almost all of the crashes are by visitors who are unaware of that sharp turn. I have made many requests ...

Focus our resources on Maui’s real crimes

Letters to the Editor

I read with shame the recent convictions of two kupuna involved in sports betting. These poor men were not only heavily fined, but one had to forfeit his vehicle after a protracted five-year court case. I cannot support this unjust seizure of private property, especially when the “crime” ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

A pernicious rumor is floating around like a bad odor. Word is that despite high unemployment and high demand from customers, employers are facing a labor shortage. The April jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor released last week disappointed many. Unemployment hovers at around 6 ...

At what point does tourism growth reach its limit?

Letters to the Editor

Tourism and the infrastructure associated with it have been in the news a lot lately. When a plan for a new hotel or condominium project is presented, supporters usually claim that it must be approved to preserve jobs. I’m the first person that wants to support the trades, but this ...

George Floyd no hero; there’s no systemic racism

Letters to the Editor

On George Floyd’s death, I’m agnostic as to cause. I would be willing to entertain an involuntary manslaughter charge, however. Everyone on the left seems to have given no thought to the facts, many on tape, that occurred prior to the knee. For those who do look into it, and can ...

Proposed property tax change discriminatory

Letters to the Editor

We believe the proposed property tax change targeting non-rental units in complexes that allow short-term rentals is discriminatory and probably illegal. Federal constitutional rules generally require nonresidents to be taxed as favorably as residents. We have been condo owners on Maui ...

Thank you, Colt Brennan

Editorial

On Tuesday morning, reading the news that Colt Brennan had passed away, the immediate reaction was “Oh no, please don’t be true.” Sadly it was. The people of Hawaii have amazing memories of Colt and the University of Hawaii football team that we will cherish for a lifetime. The 2007 ...

No Ka Oi Health

Columns

May is Mental Health Awareness month. It’s been over a year that we’ve been living in a pandemic. Now more than ever, our mental wellness is important for all of us to focus on, including youth, parents, kupuna, teachers, first responders, etc. Whether you are living with a mental health ...

Hospital Week is a time to celebrate heroes

Columns

National Hospital Week began Sunday and provides a formal opportunity to salute our employees and health care workers across Maui County and to thank them for all they do. This year, Hospital Week is incredibly special because it’s a chance to celebrate and recognize the incredible work of ...

Emergency proclamation greatly abused in pandemic

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Ige has signed a climate emergency proclamation that invokes state of emergency authorization. Now Hawaii is the first state in the country that will allow the governor and mayors the same powers so greatly abused in the COVID “pandemic” response. The Hawaii State Legislature is ...

Affordable housing problem needs community solution

Letters to the Editor

There has been much said about what laws we need to change to improve our community’s chances to find a home to live in. All the talk is for naught if we cannot agree together to build the homes our people need. Hawaiian Community Assets is working on developing a housing plan for us. We ...

Sky falling and nobody knows what to do next

Letters to the Editor

The sky is falling! What shall we do? Build more roads? Reflect more heat? Oh no! Global warming! Install more solar panels? Reflect more heat? Oh no! Global warming! Remove shade trees? Oh no! Save. Plant more! The glaciers are melting! Polar bears can learn to live on land. (We ...

Hawaiian burial practice bill arguments inaccurate

Letters to the Editor

State lawmakers are now advancing a bill that will permit traditional Hawaiian burial practices that will include the recovery of entire bones. One of the methods for this would be a recently developed technology that utilizes alkaline hydrolysis. Some states have begun allowing ...

Opening lane for nuclear talks

Editorial

President Joe Biden’s call for “stern deterrence” in response to North Korea’s nuclear program and Pyongyang’s angry reaction, accusing the Biden administration of being “hostile”, suggest that both countries are headed towards a diplomatic showdown. In his first congressional ...

Further tax reform needed to fight affordable housing crisis

Columns

As the Maui County Council’s budget session comes to a close — with first reading of the fiscal year budget 2022 set for May 21 — I am grateful to our community and my fellow council members for sharing their experiences and priorities with passion and wisdom. I hear you loud and ...

Citizens Climate Lobby goals endorsed by Biden

Letters to the Editor

I was delighted this week to see that President Biden has decided to join us in our pledge to reach a 30 percent reduction in global greenhouse gases by 2030. This action puts the U.S. firmly in its once-abandoned leadership position in the global fight to beat the most serious threat our ...