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Opinion

The time for Maui County to protect its future is now

Columns

Aloha, Maui County, and Happy New Year! It is with great excitement that we begin a new decade with perfect “2020 vision.” By adopting sustainable environmental practices and policies, we have a unique opportunity to benefit Maui County and, at the same time, incite positive change as we ...

Defense could enable assaults

Editorial

Senate Republicans on Tuesday laid the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice. Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down. Unless several senators changed their positions, votes to acquit Mr. Trump on the House’s ...

Be sure address is updated to receive 2020 ballot

Letters to the Editor

It is our kuleana to vote. Vote by mail, and Automatic Voter Registration would help. According to the state Office of Elections, as of Dec. 30, 2019, there are 767,278 registered voters, of which nearly 80,000 have been identified as having an outdated or non-deliverable address. According ...

Community advisory committees have merit

Letters to the Editor

The idea of community advisory committees has merit if the members of these committees have training, objectivity, the ability to look at projects with no preconceived decisions and, importantly, have decision-making authority. For example, a South Maui committee could review applications ...

Hospital receives 5 stars for husband’s treatment

Letters to the Editor

The Maui News has printed letters from people that complain about Maui Memorial Medical Center. Well, now MMMC will get a very good letter about the hospital, especially fifth floor, Haleakala East. My husband on Jan. 13 was having a hard time to breathe and had chest pains. I called EMS; ...

Crime increase warrants arming security guards

Letters to the Editor

With the increase in crime and violence, it is time for security officers to be armed with some kind of protection, whether it is a taser or service weapon. Security guards are usually the first responder to situations that occur and have to protect themselves and others from harm. Maui or ...

Questions about ID use not concern of DMV here

Letters to the Editor

I recently took my son, who is a college student, to the DMV for a Hawaii State ID. The agent at the DMV was only concerned that his expired driver’s license used to be a real ID and claimed you can only have “one” from one federal ID and that Hawaiian ID cards are real IDs. We were not ...

‘I’m not with them’ photo for Westboro story funny

Letters to the Editor

When members of the Westboro Church of hate showed up on Maui recently, no one really cared. But one member of the community dressed up as Jesus with a sign that read “I’m not with them.” The picture of him standing there next to them in The Maui News (Jan. 18) was too funny. Just ...

Incarceration a concern for all children, families

Letters to the Editor

Pay attention to the negative consequences on children and their well-being and harmful effects. Researchers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that about 5 million children experienced the incarceration of a parent. Let us improve family well-being to avoid substance abuse and ...

Time has come for a water authority on Maui

Letters to the Editor

Now is the time to form a water authority on Maui. According to the state constitution, the water of Hawaii belongs to its citizens. Within a relatively short time, those water rights will be handed over to a foreign-based business. And how long will they hold those rights? Five, 10, 20, 50 ...

Questions liberals’ veracity on topic of climate change

Letters to the Editor

I find it somewhat amusing when I read about how politicians want to take control of the Earth’s climate by changing how we live our lives vis-a-vis changing CO2 emissions et al. I sure wish the liberals would wake up to the fact that CO2 is a beneficial gas without which life as we know it ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Thousands welcomed him at the landing field outside of Paris to greet him. When Charles Lindbergh became the first human being to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, he became an international hero. The shy, slim aviator from Minnesota captured the imagination and hopes of millions of ...

Homeless and houseless can mean different things

Columns

In today’s world, there is always pressure to be politically correct and say things in a way so that no one will be offended. This is a worthwhile goal but often impossible to achieve. With this in mind, there is pressure from some to change the phrasing from home­less to houseless. If it ...

The black and white of guns

Editorial

It is easy to paint any issue in pure, unyielding black and white. Abortion. Environment. Poverty. Health care. Energy. Immigration. Taxes. Everything can boil down to pro or con. But is that accurate? Almost never. Let’s look at guns. Pennsylvania is often tagged as a gun-friendly ...

Couch needs to file papers for his former council seat

Letters to the Editor

Hey, Don Couch, it’s time to file papers to run for your old County Council seat currently held by former council Chairwoman Kelly King. Please do us all a favor and send her back to do whatever it is she does with all those sunflowers growing along the highway. We will support you 100 ...

Community association belonging wonderful thing

Letters to the Editor

Wherever you live, there is a group of people who gather to ensure that neighborhood life will express the needs and desires of the folks who live there. A nonprofit, nonpolitical, noncommercial group of people who care. They care about the quality of life for the residents. This is your ...

Women’s March on Maui pathetic, insignificant

Letters to the Editor

I have been to all four Women’s Marches on Maui. This year’s March was pathetic. The crowd was smaller than the morning opening line at Costco. The protesters were low energy and many of them had signs that were vulgar. The media-made perception that the Maui Women’s March was significant ...

Forcing Trump supporters into gulag would be unwise

Letters to the Editor

Forcing Trump supporters, who are mostly armed, into gulags, as one of Bernie Sanders’ lieutenants was recently caught suggesting on hidden camera, would be most unwise. It would be the quickest civil war in recorded history. So who is the Putin bro, left of Stalin now? Stephen ...

Seriously confused regarding flag-burning

Letters to the Editor

I am now seriously confused: It’s free speech to burn the American flag anywhere, but a “hate crime” to burn the  rainbow flag. Some guy did and is sentenced to 16 years prison in Iowa for doing just that. Can anyone explain to me how that punishment fit that crime, please? I burned ...