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Editorial

Don’t want to be The One

Nobody wants to be The One, to be the person responsible for infecting a community, congregation, family or team. Imagine knowing you were The One who caused someone to become severely ill and die. That is a lot of weight to shoulder through life, whether the victim was a beloved relative or ...

Great American Outdoors Act

In the midst of the current pandemic and its adjacent challenges, we could all use a little good news. This news is great. If the Great American Outdoors Act, recently passed by the Senate and now sitting on President Trump’s desk, is half of what it claims to be, it’s an amazing ...

Lifestyle change and Maui’s future

When the dust clears, it will be interesting to see which lifestyle changes forced upon us by COVID-19 stick around and which ones are swiftly kicked to the curb. Will folks ever go back to shaking hands with strangers or drinking from water fountains? Will physical distancing persist or will ...

MLB season may end prematurely

We did not need the news from Major League Baseball on Monday to tell us what we did not know already. No matter the sport, no matter the precautions, no matter how secure we seal off athletes from the world, and no matter how much Americans needed the comfy distraction of their national ...

Trump’s latest census gambit

It should come as no surprise that President Donald Trump is making another run at politicizing the U.S. Census. He has repeatedly and wrongly tried to limit who is included in the decennial head count. Having been stymied by the federal courts, he now is attempting to effectively remove them ...

New cases a wake-up call

News that two Maui residents were being treated for COVID-19 at Maui Memorial Medical Center served notice that while the island has done an admirable job flattening the curve, we are far from out of the woods. It had been a month and a half since the hospital treated a coronavirus patient. ...

A civil rights giant

Talk about “turning the other cheek.” Civil rights leader John Robert Lewis, who led protests in the segregated south of the early 1960s, is one of the best modern-day examples of the philosophy of nonviolence championed by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lewis’s ...

A test for Maui County schools

With so many questions about to be answered, there was always a heady mix of hope and trepidation when arriving for the first day of school. Will the teacher be nice? Will any friends be in the same class? How much homework is going to be assigned the first day? Grades, clothes, cliques, love ...

Egregious use of presidential power

Roger Stone has a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back. But it’s the current president, Donald Trump, who had Stone’s back when on July 10 he granted a commutation of the 40-month sentence his friend was facing for lying during the Russian investigation. In doing so Trump turned his back ...

Not all virus aid is going to good use

Members of Congress who are itching to send out more coronavirus relief dollars should take a deep breath and consider how some of the funding they’ve already allocated is being spent. It’s not all going to good use. From the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve cautioned our state and ...

Renaming school the right call

Changing the name of Stonewall Jackson Middle School was clearly, to borrow part of a famous phrase, “an idea whose time has come.” There had been efforts to change the name in the past, all rebuffed. But the groundswell of support from the local Black community and others this time, ...

Tide swinging against Aug. 1

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly across large swaths of America, it is no surprise Gov. David Ige is being urged to reconsider the Aug. 1 date for easing travel restrictions on transpacific travelers. Even in normal times it would be difficult to implement an effective program of testing, ...

Foreign students valuable to keep

President Trump may rant and rail about trade deficits in a global economy that he says rips America off, but one market the U.S. has cornered for decades, to the broader benefit of us all, is higher education. The world’s students — Asia’s especially — flock to our undergraduate and ...

Did TSA enable spread of virus?

The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. That may not always have been the case. February and March were the months in which COVID-19 took the offensive in the United States. They also were a time when supplies and equipment needed to battle the ...

Raising the flag on 4th of July

Sixty years ago today, the 49-star United States flag was lowered at Iolani Palace and replaced by one with 50 stars. Across the nation, the 50-star flag became the official United States flag. Hawaii had gained statehood nearly a year earlier, on Aug. 21, 1959, by executive order of ...

Baltimore vs. Trump states

Anyone with the fortitude to endure President Donald Trump’s wearisome campaign rally June 20 in Tulsa might have caught a passing reference to Baltimore. The reference was to the city’s homicide rate comparing it to that of El Salvador, Guatemala and Afghanistan. And it was purely to ...

Understanding Black history

If you were to somehow be able to spread Mississippi’s history out on a table, the first thing you would notice is a gaping hole in it. It would not be inaccurate to describe it as a black hole. The full story of Mississippi’s history is untold, and will likely remain untold because ...

Celebrate safely on 4th of July

When it comes to Fourth of July traditions, Maui has a boatload. From parades and rodeos to firework displays and family beach barbecues, we celebrate this particular holiday like no other. How many of us have gotten up early to make sure we could find a parking place and still have time to ...

Tiny protest large in heart

In late May, the nation was collectively shell-shocked when a video surfaced of George Floyd dying while in police custody as Officer Dave Chauvin pressed a knee into his neck. Since that incident, several law enforcement leaders have denounced the manner in which the officers in Minneapolis ...

A celebration of equal rights

There was much celebration in the land among people who value equal rights on June 15 after the Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender. The decision that they are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ...