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Opinion

Someone was listening to the howl in the woods

Letters to the Editor

Here at the Tax Foundation, we watch our state government, and we howl a lot. Often, we don’t know if our message is being heard, or if it’s being taken seriously. A few weeks ago, we complained that multimillion-dollar projects undertaken by state and local government could sink into ...

Walking a tightrope

Editorial

Reopening tourism must feel like walking a tightrope to state and county leaders. Their bid to restart Hawaii’s economic engine balances on the health of its residents and visitors. The void the governor and mayors find themselves inching across is home to all sorts of challenges and ...

Election supplement should arrive earlier

Letters to the Editor

The “Decision 2020” supplement of The Maui News arrived in the Oct. 24 edition. As usual, I had already mailed my ballot.  Please consider submitting this invaluable pamphlet about three weeks prior to elections in order to give us plenty of time to study the issues and ...

We need leaders, not mud slingers

Letters to the Editor

Council person Mike Molina has attacked the Mayor for his COVID-19 response. This is while he and his staff sit at home. I know of many people on the mayor’s staff and team who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions. The first person is my wife, Shirley Blackburn, who is part ...

Where was Sen. Hirono during judiciary hearing?

Letters to the Editor

A reminder to Sen. Hirono: You are in the Senate to represent the people of Hawaii, not yourself.   Where were you when the Judiciary Committee voted on the nominee to the Supreme Court? On the most important vote a senator can make, you didn’t even bother to show up. Hawaii was not ...

More needs to be done to end violence here

Letters to the Editor

I have lived on Maui for more than 20 years. I have mostly farmed. I never was assaulted on the farm. Since I have moved to the city, I have been assaulted multiple times and never received justice. I wonder why. The police, by and large, act as though it’s business as usual for physical ...

Larry Ellison proactive with virus on Lanai?

Letters to the Editor

It is incredible that the island of Lanai went from zero COVID-19 cases to 94 in a very short period of time. None of the press releases from the Maui mayor’s office and Hawaii Department of Health references proactive actions from the owner of 98 percent of the island, Larry Ellison. ...

Pot should be legal for interstate commerce

Letters to the Editor

Marijuana is now fully legal in nine states. How long until that number is 20? Won’t interstate trade follow quickly? Many kupuna remember when Hawaii marijuana competed in interstate trade in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The trade with the Mainland was so robust that the local price was ...

‘Decision 2020’ lacks education of candidates

Letters to the Editor

The recent supplement on ‘Decision 2020’ lacks the education of each candidate. Although I am a Navy vet, I don’t think a military background is as important as your education. This supplement has shown education in the past, but the background of these candidates, as admirable as they ...

When did women become the enemy?

Letters to the Editor

When did women become the enemy? Women are smart and capable. I think most of us can agree with that statement. But yet we don’t trust them with the only thing that is truly theirs — their body. Why would we think that a woman, a good human being, your family member, neighbor, coworker ...

Running out of time to avoid community spread

Letters to the Editor

I am requesting and encouraging all council members to join together and pass a resolution to create a Maui rapid response COVID-19 task force immediately, with or without the mayor. Look at small counties on Mainland; hospitals almost overwhelmed already, before flu season. Look at Alaska ...

Hirono disgraced people of Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Mazie Hirono is an embarrassment! Ms. Hirono is a disgrace to the people of Hawaii!  Her action is not pono, nor is it in the spirit of aloha.  She has gone off the rails several times recently, and we need to call her on her disgraceful behavior!  Please take the time to do so! Gerri ...

Mayor seeking removal of prosecuting attorney?

Letters to the Editor

I spent years before and after Don Guzman was on the county council attending public hearings on affordable housing, such as 670, which has never been approved. I always saw Don as one of the brightest, more interested council members. I also witnessed many, too many, unnecessary cutting ...

Kahului Elementary teachers truly heroes

Letters to the Editor

Kudos and much aloha to our Kahului Elementary School teachers. They are truly heroes who go the distance each and every day for distance learning. They rose to the challenge and accepted that school is not what it was, but what matters is what it can be. My grandson’s Encore teachers, also ...

Ka Lima recognized for their excellent work

Letters to the Editor

 Ka Lima O Maui is the nonprofit contractor that helps adults with disabilities find meaningful employment.  Founded in 1955, it is one of Maui’s oldest nonprofit businesses and is also the island’s largest employer of the disabled.    In our opinion, these workers are the ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

FAmericans pride themselves on creating and keeping an enlightened republic where our leaders are democratically elected. But the way we pick our president doesn’t measure up to our rhetoric. The U.S. Constitution directs the Electoral College to pick the president. Every state in the union ...

Petition demands animal control services on Molokai

Columns

There is an unfilled position on Molokai, that of the animal control officer. Not only is this a solid job for a resident of Molokai, but it is key for the humane treatment of our lost, hurt, and abandoned pets on the island. Would no animal control be tolerated on Maui? No. Then why is it ...

14-day quarantine doubles when Canadians return

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for the excellent article on COVID-19 testing for Canadians. As one who spends six to eight weeks on Maui every winter, the quarantine issues are significant. We still have to quarantine for 14 days when we return to Canada, so a total of 28 days of quarantine will be too much ...

Preserve newspaper for community and beyond

Letters to the Editor

We have been visiting Hawaii each year for over 20 years. One of the highlights of our trips has been to enjoy The Maui News which truly depicts Hawaiian culture which is rich and wonderful. This is how we became immersed in Hawaii for every trip, and this enriched our experience and ...