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Editorial

Indoor rally a reckless event

We know from reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” that last spring, when the coronavirus pandemic was spreading across the United States, President Trump was aware that it posed a grave threat. Still, he lied to the public frequently and unforgivably, saying the virus would just go ...

Big Pharma takes a stand

Perhaps you assumed, as many Americans do, that pharmaceutical companies believe in science. It’s the main component of their business model, after all, and their corporate lifeblood — the use of science to discover new lifesaving drugs and boost profits. So it was more than a bit ...

Look before you leap

“Watch this.” Whether it is a kid on a bike about to christen a homemade jump or a tourist set to leap off a waterfall without first checking the depth of the mountain pool below, good things rarely happen after those two words are spoken. The declaration is where risk meets a suspension ...

Duty, honor lost on Trump

America’s armed forces impress certain core values upon their recruits. The Army’s, for example, are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. “In serving your country,” the Army explains, “you are doing your duty loyally without thought of ...

Credit where credit’s due

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would be ...

Labor Day amid COVID-19

AFor the past 126 years in America, the first Monday of September has been celebrated as Labor Day. According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, the federal holiday is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It ...

Let’s take a walk

You glimpse them roaming neighborhoods in family packs or sometimes moving solo along a remote bike path or sidewalk. Many sport bright plumage, while others are covered head to toe. Maui people who may never have walked for exercise in their lives are lacing up their shoes and discovering ...

Do better on social distancing

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, three guidelines have been driven home by health experts over and over again. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Social distance. Simple, but invaluable steps we all should embrace. Incredible as it is this far into the global COVID-19 crisis, however, ...

Dialogue with citizenry needed

An Upcountry resident of 25 years described the fall from “enjoying my best life” to being “plunged into a darkness of confusion, despair and fear of the likes of which I had never known before” due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergency orders that destroyed the economy. It’s a ...

Parents teach wrong lesson

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestigious colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

Suffragists’ dream slowly coming true

A woman named Shelly Tolhurst offered a sadly prophetic observation at a Sept. 7, 1920, event in Los Angeles celebrating the passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. “For a thousand years we have had a certain viewpoint,” Tolhurst said. “This celebration ...

Find good role models on Maui

When did it become cool to be selfish? The behavior has been with us forever, everyone’s been guilty of it, but we don’t remember entitlement ever being so embraced. From quarantine breakers to the Narcissist in Chief, our world is rife with individuals putting their desires first. It ...

‘Tariff Man’ strikes again

Donald Trump might have learned some basics about tariffs — such as who pays for them — during his more than 3 1/2 years of waging unwise trade wars. Instead, the Republican president still doesn’t get, or simply ignores, the financial burden on regular Americans. Trump continues to ...

Cellphone apps are vulnerable

Even before President Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video service. Now, Twitter and several investment companies are also reportedly talking to TikTok’s owner, ...

DOE turning in C grade work

Tuesday’s announcement that most neighbor island public schools would join Oahu in beginning the school year with distance learning came as no surprise. The Hawaii State Teachers Association had called on the Hawaii State Department of Education to make the move five days earlier. Continued ...

Barr attacks Democrats

Only a few months from a presidential election, at a time when the nation is on edge, a prudent attorney general would take care to stay above the fray, reassuring all Americans that he or she would bring rigorous impartiality to the conduct of the election and the fair counting of votes. ...

Surge in used vehicle sales

The pandemic is affecting things in ways none of us could have imagined. In May, the Nebraska State Patrol put out a news release stating that 200 speeders had been ticketed for exceeding 100 mph over the previous two months. Perhaps the drivers were releasing pent-up energy from ...

Today’s election historically unique

When the State of Hawaii adopted all-mail voting in 2019 we all knew today’s primary election would be different. Nobody anticipated just how unique this first election under the new rules would be. Along with election officials who are navigating an array of challenges due to the global ...

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 ...