Editorial

Slack key fest today

For well over a decade, The Maui News has been proud to sponsor the Ki Ho‘alu Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. It is our way to say thank you to all our readers for your support and patronage. Today, the 27th edition of the festival takes place at the ...

An influential figure dies

The death yesterday of Charles Krauthammer stilled the mind of one of the most influential conservative commentators of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Krauthammer’s column has been missing from the pages of The Maui News since last August when he went on leave for surgery for the ...

Important date for civil rights

June 21 is an important date in the history of the United States civil rights movement. On June 21, 1964, two members of the original “Freedom Riders” and a young black man were murdered near Philadelphia, Miss. The deaths of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney caused a ...

In critical condition

One of the stated goals of modern educational reform is to “improve critical thinking skills.” We have heard phrases like this so often that it almost seems like a mantra. But it suddenly dawned on us that we’re not even really sure what “critical thinking” is. Or does. Or c — all ...

Watergate’s anniversary

A noted anniversary quietly passed Sunday. Forty-six years ago, June 17, 1972, burglars were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C. That was the beginning of a two-year nightmare that ended on Aug. 9, ...

The lucky guy’s day

Fathers are the luckiest people on Earth. Thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, we get to help create little creatures who love us unconditionally. Oh, they soon get over that unconditional love. But for the first few years, we get to have the joy of having someone’s eyes light up ...

Father’s role larger today

Sunday is Father’s Day. In the natural order of things, children have an automatic attachment to their mothers. The bonds between fathers and children must be consciously forged by time in a crucible of care and concern. In the days when father went off to work each day and mother stayed ...

Today is Flag Day

There will be a lot of red, white and blue on display today as Maui residents show off their patriotism on Flag Day. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 of that year as Flag Day. Thirty-three years later, Congress resolved that every June 14 would be observed as Flag ...

A lesson in the past

In the biography “Eisenhower in War and Peace,” author Jean Edward Smith makes the argument that Dwight David Eisenhower’s willingness to compromise made him the only selection for supreme commander of the European Theater of Operations during World War II. That same spirit of ...

Reagan at the Berlin Wall

Thirty-one years ago today, President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to take a giant step toward peace and freedom and “tear down this wall.” “This wall,” of course was the infamous Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 at the height of the Cold War. It was a ...

First king ended war

Monday marks the birthdate of King Kamehameha I, who united the islands into one kingdom and ruled benevolently by modifying the old ways to fit new conditions brought about by increased foreign influence. While some governmental offices and businesses will be closed Monday in holiday ...

A cheap way to attention

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine reported that doctors are more likely to prescribe a drug if a pharmaceutical company representative has bought the physician a meal. Now, lest you think doctors are being bribed with fancy wining and ...

Be careful on those calls

We ran an editorial a few months ago expressing frustration with the increasing number of robot calls we are getting on our cellphone. As we expressed at the time, it is obvious from the outset that the company behind the call has absolutely no information about us and is phishing for some. ...

Preserving a legacy

“We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was ...

Senseless drug deaths

Two years ago a medical examiner in Minnesota announced that superstar rocker Prince died of “fentanyl toxicity.” That is a fancy way of saying he died of a drug overdose. The tweet from the ME’s office went on to say the death was accidental, from a self-administered dose. USA ...

Please back amendment

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Maui County Council, meeting as the Policy, Economic Development and Agricultural Committee, will study three proposed charter amendments that could find their way on the ballot this November. Of particular importance is a proposed amendment on County Governance ...

First ‘death camp’ killings exposed

As the world watches in astonished wonder while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses gases and chemical weapons to kill civilians and rebels indiscriminately, today is an interesting day to think back on other monsters who led countries. The most monstrous leader of modern times was, of ...

Some political odds and ends

We really like election years on Maui. Signs for candidates are showing up on fences on virtually every street corner. People here are so polite they’ll grant space even to competing candidates. It is not unusual to see signs for two candidates running for the same council seat (or even ...

Prepare for storm season

Watching the storms in the Eastern United States over the weekend reminds us we will soon be entering storm season here in the Pacific. Every year we write editorials about preparation. June 1 through Nov. 30 is officially hurricane season here. The Hawaiian Islands lie in an area of the ...

Old pros go to college

What is an amateur? In old-time parlance, it was simply an athlete who did not receive monetary compensation for his participation in an athletic pursuit. For decades, that line has been winked at as athletes received educations valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for ...