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Editorial

Forgetful? Join the club

Well, here’s a depressing thought: According to an article in The Wall Street Journal titled “Why We Keep Losing Our Keys; Absentminded at Any Age,” the brain’s cognitive functioning peaks at age 20 — and your brain shrinks as you age. If that be true, our brain must be the size of ...

Playing for keeps

To reiterate, this is an editorial written last year about the slaying of a Washington Post columnist by agents of the government of Saudi Arabia — a regime the Trump administration continues to cozy up to and has committed to sending 2,800 more of our troops to help with their war against ...

Flying faster, higher, better

On Oct. 24, 2003, a British Airways Concorde flying from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to London’s Heathrow Airport made the last commercial flight of a supersonic transport. That flight marked 30 years of service for the SST. Unfortunately, the cost of operating the plane made it a ...

A threat to our community

One of the great myths in our society is that big is always better than small. It is a particularly dangerous myth when your society is based on capitalism. There is no doubt that completely unregulated growth can lead to the creation of monopolies, duopolies, triopolies and various other ...

Hottest days of the Cold War

Fifty-seven years ago, Monday, Oct. 14, 1962, a U-2 spy plane flying high over the island nation of Cuba took surveillance photographs that showed Soviet missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads only 90 miles from the United States. Further reconnaissance by U.S. planes confirmed they ...

Sort of a holiday

Monday is one of those sort-of holidays. Title 5 of the United States Code set aside the second Monday of October as Columbus Day. Later, the holiday was renamed and different calendars list it as Discoverers Day or Discoverer’s Day or Discoverers’ Day. You pick. Columbus Day was set aside ...

More worries about the ’net

Well, at the risk once again of sounding like a Luddite and a paranoiac, we grow ever more wary of the unseen presences that follow us around the internet. We’ve written several times about our discomfort with looking at something on the ’net, then seeing an ad for that product on other ...

Best friend is a device?

Two attractive teenagers were strolling in front of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center a while back. One would have thought it was a romantic moment except the young man was busy texting or playing games on his cellphone and the girl was similarly engaged on hers. They weren’t talking or holding ...

Breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere one looks there are flashes of pink to concentrate the message that too many mothers, wives, sisters and daughters still fight the scourge of these diseases every year. The American Cancer Society press website also reminds us that over 3 ...

Domestic abuse needs reporting

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The much-publicized instances involving celebrities and star athletes may make the issue seem distant but it is a daily problem here, too. It has been decades since authorities on Maui considered domestic violence “a family matter.” There ...

Lofty schools, lofty positions

“Voters inclined to loathe and fear elite Ivy League schools rarely make fine distinctions between Yale and Harvard. All they know is that both are full of rich, fancy, stuck-up and possibly dangerous intellectuals who never sit down to supper in their undershirt no matter how hot the weather ...

Rebels who changed us

At about the same time Bill Haley & His Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock,” introducing a new rebellious tone to pop music, there was a small group of actors who were bringing the same kind of rebellion to movie and TV screens. Probably the most famous of those rebels was Marlon ...

Shop locally help all of us

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother you for weeks.” — Modem Times, “Maxims for the Internet Age” It may seem like we are beating readers over the head with a club, but here comes another editorial urging you to patronize ...

An idol worth admiring

Most of us had childhood idols. Some were adults who influenced us on a daily basis, like teachers and coaches. Others were celebrities, either in the entertainment business or sports. Our sports heroes when we were growing up were Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, Milwaukee Braves ...

A significant date in history

Sunday is the 157th anniversary of a very important event in American history. On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln informed states that had seceded from the United States that they had until Jan. 1, 1863 to end their rebellion or he would issue a proclamation freeing all slaves in ...

An angry country

If one had to choose one word to describe today’s American politics, an almost universal choice would be the word “anger.” Two years ago, Alabama Republicans nominated a man for Jeff Sessions‘ open U.S. Senate seat who showed his “commitment” to the Second Amendment by pulling a ...

Clock ticking, money wasting

Well, it’s late Monday morning and according to the U.S. National Debt Clock the country is in hock to the tune of $22,567,766,958,481. That’s our official national debt. For those of you who are comma-challenged, that’s about 22 trillion, 567 billion dollars. And, just in the time it ...

Baby, it’s hot outside!

If you think things have felt a little warmer in 2019 in general, and this summer in particular, it’s because they have been. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that the average daily global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the average July day ...

Watching over your shoulder

Did you ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? Ever get the feeling someone is following you? Well, someone is. As Jack Paar once put it, “Even paranoid people can have enemies.” Now the folks keeping tabs on you are not necessarily enemies — unless you count people who are ...

Maui watches, waits, mourns

EDITOR’S NOTE: This editorial appeared Sept. 12, 2001, in The Maui News. Maui County awoke to a new, more frightening world yesterday. The United States had been attacked by a skilled, well-prepared, unidentified enemy using commercial jetliners as weapons. An eerie quiet settled over ...