Editorial

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 ...

A daunting challenge

Almost three years ago, we had an enlightening experience when we attended an appreciation luncheon for Hale Makua Health Service’s supporters. The guest speaker for the event was Mary Ann Barnes, then president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. ...

Primary Saturday

Maui and the state of Hawaii suffer from almost chronic low voter turnout for elections. And, as bad as the turnout for general elections is, it is usually even worse for primaries. That is too bad because primaries are where the winnowing of candidates begins. Saturday, voters will decide ...

Anniversary of a resignation

Forty-four 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 the long plane ride to their home in San Clemente, ...

2018 primary endorsements III

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. As with all editorials, opinions in this space have no effect on news coverage by ...

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 ...

Of primaries and demeanor

Next Saturday is primary election day in Hawaii for 2018. At the county level, the top two vote-getters next Saturday in each County Council race will run against each other in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Also on the county level, we will begin the whittling process to see who ...

Laughing last laughing best

Twenty-one years ago, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, took back the reins of the company as its chief executive officer. The company was, shall we say, in not too good a shape. In fact, at a meeting of technology managers that year, competitor Michael Dell of Dell Computers was ...

2018 primary endorsements II

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. There are many races where no preference will be expressed. As with all ...

2018 primary endorsements I

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. There are many races where no preference will be expressed. As with all ...

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 three years ago, we were ...

The death of civility

Several years ago, we wrote that boorish behavior is taking over public discourse. Whether it was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives shouting “You lie!” at President Obama during an address to a joint session of Congress or an ill-mannered Kanye West ruining an award ...

Amendment’s anniversary

Saturday is the anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution On July 28, 1868, the amendment became part of the Constitution when it was ratified by three-quarters of the states. Congress had passed it in 1866.* The original purpose of the amendment was to ...

Right Stuff still needed

This weekend will mark the 60th anniversary of a very important institution. On July 29, 1958, Congress established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The space agency was created, in large part, out of fear. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite to orbit ...

Disclaimers everywhere

Have you noticed that we now live in a world of legal disclaimers? During a news program on television, a commercial came on touting the success of a firm that invests in mutual funds. While spending a good part of the 30-second spot telling the viewing audience that over the past few ...

The reason for a leash law

As a dog owner, it is a matter of faith that our trusted companion would not hurt a fly. As a resident of Maui County, that matter of faith takes second place to a county ordinance, commonly referred to as a “leash law.” Under Title 6, Chapter 6.04.040 Animal Regulations — General is ...

Help in the cancer fight

It was just a year ago this week that we wrote here asking for prayers for an American hero, John McCain, who had just received a devastating diagnosis of brain cancer. Sen. McCain is hanging in there, still weighing in on the important issues facing our country. But, his opinions this year ...

A momentous day in history

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-nine 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 ...

The answer is at home

Well, here comes our broken record again urging our readers to patronize local businesses. It is awfully easy to shop on the internet. Too easy. Heck, if you even express interest in a product, a bot will follow you to almost every web site you visit reminding you about it. It’s almost ...

One keystroke is not enough

Email is an easy, inexpensive tool. Maybe too easy. Many clubs, professional organizations, governmental offices and even law enforcement agencies and fire officials now use “e-blasts” to alert bunches of people about events in one easy keystroke. The only problem, as we have ...