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Editorial

Another kind of viral spread

There’s another worrisome, COVID-related healthcare scare infecting politically connected doctors who have a bullhorn and a bully pulpit. Unlike the coronavirus that emanated from China, or Omicron, just discovered in South Africa, this virus comes from the land of MAGA. “Here comes the ...

Political purity toxic to nation

From the dumb messaging of “defund the police” to fearmongering over critical race theory, extreme ideas and rhetoric from the left and right have become, for too many, litmus tests of loyalty. If one party is for it, everyone in that party must be for it; if the party is against it, ...

COVID is a shifty, tireless opponent

While we may be done with COVID-19, it is not done with us. Just as the State of Hawaii and Maui County announce plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings and business capacities, a new highly transmissible variant named omicron has governments banning flights and imposing ...

Rittenhouse trial aftershock

What a seismic difference a trial has made to public and media perceptions of Kyle Rittenhouse. When he was charged at age 17 with shooting three men, two fatally, during racial unrest in Kenosha last year, various media accounts described him as a rifle-toting white supremacist who drove ...

Kamala Harris’ low approval

Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating has plummeted to 28 percent, according to a new Suffolk University/USA Today poll. That is lower than her four predecessors in their first years. It’s also lower than the approval rating for President Joe Biden, who sits at 38 percent, and ...

Homelessness test of humanity

It has been two months since Maui County and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources cleared the homeless encampment at Amala Place in Kanaha. Called an “intervention,” the action forced about 60 residents of the camp to relocate. Some had lived downwind of the Kahului ...