Editorial

Helping the cancer fight

On Friday, we wrote here asking for prayers for an American hero, John McCain, who received a devastating diagnosis of brain cancer last week. The subject needs to be expanded because cancer is so pervasive in our society that attention to finding preventions and cures needs to be kept in the ...

Praying for Sen. McCain

Sen. John McCain is a genuine American hero. Wednesday, it was revealed he has yet another daunting battle to wage. McCain’s office announced that he has glioblastoma — a very aggressive form of brain cancer. The tumor was discovered after McCain underwent surgery late last week to remove ...

A momentous day in history

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-eight years ago — July 20, 1969 — astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke those words as he became the first human being to set foot on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration fulfilled the challenge a ...

Nature is not always kind

A couple of weeks ago, some friends told us about some strong tides they had encountered unexpectedly off Spreckelsville. It reminded us again of something an old colleague wrote about being lured into dangerous situations by forgetting that Maui’s beauty is a force of nature and, as such, ...

Nothing new in the sky

A couple of years ago, we wrote a piece here lamenting the lack of any plans by major manufacturers to build faster commercial airliners. The fact of the matter is that Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’ Super Jumbo A380 fly no faster than the first U.S. jetliner introduced into ...

A profile in courage

“Profiles in Courage” was a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by John F. Kennedy about actions taken by eight senators that involved great political risk. Three years ago, a man who was not a senator but who was a living example of a profile in courage died. James Brady was Ronald ...

Part of a lab experiment?

A long time ago, a college professor told his sociology class about a study that related the behavior of lab rodents to the density of their population. Now, the study was a mid-20th century warning about the population explosion and how overcrowding might change the behavior — and the ...

Heroism in the grief

For over a half century, our country has been rocked by senseless violence. In 1969, Elvis Presley sang a song called “In the Ghetto.” It told the story of a youngster born in poverty in Chicago. (Yes, that same Chicago where there were 114 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend this ...

Longevity and reality

People are living longer today — a lot longer. Whether it is because of better medical care or healthier lifestyles, today’s population is living a lot longer than its parents or grandparents. Recent discussions with friends and a physician prompted us to try to quantify just how much ...

Letters are reader opinions

At the time this nation was founded, it was common for the colonial government to jail printers who dared to publish ideas that opposed official policy. It was called sedition. To prevent that from happening in the newly formed United States of America, the First Amendment in the ...

An internet challenge

The internet daily offers challenges to people in the business of information. More and more, the public is demanding instantaneous reporting of the news and asserting its right to comment immediately on those stories. In general, that is a good thing. But a real problem with allowing ...

A testament to cooperation

During last fall’s presidential election campaign and the first 5¢ months of the Trump administration, there has been a lot of discussion about rebuilding and shoring up America’s infrastructure. It is interesting to note, then, that construction of one of the most massive pieces of ...

All nations must send message

As this is written, the United States is conducting military exercises at sea off the coast of Southeast Asia. The exercises are a show of strength in response to the apparent development of a new long-range ballistic missile by North Korea. One of the accepted tenets of life in the nuclear ...

Watching out for skimmers

Credit cards and debit cards are very easy to use and many of us have replaced most of our cash transactions with them. We wrote a piece here describing the shock of having our debit card information stolen. That information was used to purchase items at a hardware store in Ohio. We assume, ...

July 4, 1776, a world date

On July 4, 1776, the ruler of the British Empire, King George III, sat down with his diary and wrote, “Nothing of importance happened today.” Little did he know that the world would long note the Declaration of Independence signed that day by representatives of 13 British colonies in ...

Landmark legislation

With the celebration of the Declaration of Independence only two days away, it is well worth noting that today is the 53rd anniversary of another famous date in American history. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. With one sweep of the pen, ...

Time for bipartisanship

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is using the threat of having to negotiate with Democrats as leverage with his caucus to get them to pass the Republican health care bill he crafted over the past month or so. Our view is that if Democrats had reached across the aisle and allowed ...

Missing the boat

As the rebound in Hawaii’s visitor industry continues, one question that comes to mind is: Why hasn’t Norwegian Cruise Lines taken advantage of the boom and sent a couple of more ships back here? Maui County’s visitor growth has surged for most of this decade since recovering from the ...

Patriotism and principles

There’s no better time to consider patriotism than around July 4, the date commemorating the creation of the United States of America, and, more importantly, the principles that spawned that birth. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are ...

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 ...