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Editorial

Clock ticking, money wasting

Well, it’s late Monday morning and according to the U.S. National Debt Clock the country is in hock to the tune of $22,567,766,958,481. That’s our official national debt. For those of you who are comma-challenged, that’s about 22 trillion, 567 billion dollars. And, just in the time it ...

Baby, it’s hot outside!

If you think things have felt a little warmer in 2019 in general, and this summer in particular, it’s because they have been. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that the average daily global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the average July day ...

Watching over your shoulder

Did you ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? Ever get the feeling someone is following you? Well, someone is. As Jack Paar once put it, “Even paranoid people can have enemies.” Now the folks keeping tabs on you are not necessarily enemies — unless you count people who are ...

Maui watches, waits, mourns

EDITOR’S NOTE: This editorial appeared Sept. 12, 2001, in The Maui News. Maui County awoke to a new, more frightening world yesterday. The United States had been attacked by a skilled, well-prepared, unidentified enemy using commercial jetliners as weapons. An eerie quiet settled over ...

Anniversary of sadness

Wednesday will mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and the dramatic crash of United 93. We are now several wars and thousands of service people’s lives removed from that tragic day. The controversy and the bitterness go on. It is ...

Aftermath of an attack

This Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Nineteen al-Qaida infiltrators hijacked four commercial airliners, slamming two into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York and another into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, ...

Arizona Memorial reopens to visitors

One very welcome bit of good news occurred over the weekend as visitors were allowed to set foot on the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor for the first time in 15 months. The National Park Service reopened foot traffic on the memorial Sunday for the first time since May 2018. Visitors were ...

Celebrating the 19th Amendment

The wording of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is simple and straightforward: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by ...

Unheralded act broke the dam

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are largely — and deservedly so — credited with assuring that black Americans could not be denied the right to vote. Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Congress’ passage of the first bill since the Reconstruction era that ...

Big hearts in a little league

Maui is very proud of the players, coaches and parents associated with the Central East Maui Little League All-Star team. These youngsters finished fourth out of some 6,500 teams that competed to take the title in the 2019 Little League World Series. They lost the United States championship ...

Neil Armstrong – the Right Stuff

Sunday marks the ninth anniversary of the death of Neil Armstrong. As regular readers know, we are big fans of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Folks like John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, were our ...

Definition of a hero

The death last August of Sen. John S. McCain brought an end to the saga of a true American hero. Duty. Honor. Country. Those three words represented the ideals McCain himself said he wished to live and be remembered by. McCain was born into a military family. His grandfather and father both ...

Still performing an essential job

We have always been very proud of the number of letters to the editor that appear in The Maui News. It is safe to say the volume of letters that appear in this small community newspaper reflects an engaged public that cares deeply about governmental and societal matters. To recap, in the ...

A time to step up to the plate

Whether one calls the malady white nationalism, white supremacy, neo-Nazism or any similar label, the resurrection of hate-based politics is a troubling development in society. While the United States is not alone in facing this stain on our humanity, a lot of us hoped that the combination of ...

Admission Day marked

State and county governments are closed today in observance of Admission Day — the day 60 years ago that Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. Admission Day, also known as Statehood Day, was established as a holiday to be observed on the third Friday of August. The actual ...

The two sides of term limits

A few years ago, we wrote a piece here about term limits. While our views have changed a bit, we are more firmly convinced that terms limits are a good idea. Whether one is considering election to the Maui County Council, the state Legislature, the Congress of the United States or even the ...

Learning from JFK

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy was not yet president when he ...

Anniversary of a resignation

Forty-five years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States. On Aug. 9, 1974, Marine One (the presidential helicopter) took Nixon and his wife, Pat, from the White House lawn to Andrews Air Force Base for a long plane ride to their home in San Clemente, ...

A deadly weekend

Another deadly weekend for the United States thanks to two more mass shootings that — at this writing — took a combined 31 lives and left dozens more injured. Two more people died in El Paso, Texas, Monday from wounds suffered Saturday at a Walmart as parents shopped for back-to-school ...

Fight against distractions

Behind the wheel of an automobile is a dangerous place to have a wandering mind. All of us are sometimes distracted by problems at work or family pressures that lead to inattention while driving. Then an accident or near-accident snaps one back to reality. About four years ago, we were ...