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Editorial

Strength in helping

‘Only the strong survive?’ That isn’t the society we want. Former Colorado City, Texas Mayor Tim Boyd has government all wrong. If there’s one thing people freezing inside their own homes didn’t need, it was an elected official hopping on social media, preaching about only the ...

Longing to travel

Wanderlust is old as humanity itself. From the first Polynesian voyagers who landed on these islands some 1,500 years ago, to frequent flyers claiming bags today at Kahului Airport, the love of travel is undeniable. Mankind started roaming before the first nomads emerged from Africa and will ...

A start toward normal life

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is like the dawn of a new day for a lot of people. In numbers relatively small but growing, they’re looking forward to a quick return to the time when they could snuggle with grandkids, go to the salon, party with the gang, get on the dance floor, host a family ...

Manchin and bipartisanship

With the U.S. Senate politically split 50-50, conservative Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin has positioned himself as the go-to ringmaster, directing debate from the political center to bring bipartisan influence to the lawmaking on Capitol Hill. First up this session, the Biden administration’s ...

Trial’s opening set the tone

Opening arguments set the tone of a trial. Presenting its case first, the prosecution does its utmost to convince a jury the defendant is guilty. Next comes the defense, whose job is to sow seeds of doubt, to poke holes in the prosecution’s argument. Ideally, the two sides fight to a draw, ...

Not fearing one another

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—AOC for short—is an outspoken Democrat from New York City. She is the most recognizable face among the young, left-leaning members of Congress. She also receives more death threats than any other member. Last week, she described hiding in a colleague’s ...

This is Black History Month

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more than 50 ...

Learning to say goodbye

Living on Maui means learning to say goodbye to friends. Some may have been transplants you knew would never last, while others were lifelong residents no one ever expected to leave. Local folks have long pulled up stakes to seek better job opportunities on the Mainland or to relocate where ...

Shot can bring us normalcy

With vaccine enthusiasm increasing across the country, it would be interesting to see updated numbers for a recently released survey that said Maui County residents were the most hesitant in the state to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The survey provided by the state Department of Health was ...

Don’t twist what unity means

Given the state of America’s union — less than three weeks removed from a violent insurrection pushed by the former president of the United States during his final days in office with help from many of his party’s congressional members — calls for national unity are wholly ...

What about getting along?

“If everyone is guilty of something, is no one guilty of anything?” That’s a headline from the folks at Merriam-Webster.com and their “Words We’re Watching” feature on “whataboutism.” Although it does not yet list whataboutism as a bona fide word, Merriam-Webster says it is ...

The legacy of Hank Aaron

Back before it was possible to access any bit of baseball trivia on one’s iPhone, the Baseball Encyclopedia was an essential part of a stats geek’s library. Turn to the player register, and it was possible to see the complete big-league statistics of anyone who ever played. How fitting ...

Patience key in pandemic

COVID-19 deaths and cases have been surging throughout the nation this month. Officials said these cases are tied to gatherings without masks, a lack of distancing, and some who have broken isolation or quarantine guidelines. We are well aware of the “quarantine fatigue” many people ...

Restoring unity will take us all

Wednesday’s inauguration brought sighs of relief heard around the globe. Two weeks after an armed insurrection, putting a close to the most tumultuous presidency in United States history, Joe Biden placed his hand on a 5-inch-thick Bible and took the oath of office. President Biden inherits ...

Ceremony just what we needed

The ceremony that installed Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Devi Harris as vice president was more than an inaugural. It was a much-needed affirmation that despite the most severe test it has ever withstood, this nation’s institutions ...

King’s call for unity, equality

How can we better follow the example and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Area clergy and civic leaders told our reporter last week that in light of events in the past 12 months that included upheaval in our nation’s capital or that led to Black Lives Matter protests nationwide, ...

Local athletes face hard loss

Earlier this month, Maui high school athletes took to the street to wave signs in protest of the Maui Interscholastic League’s decision to cancel its fall and winter seasons. The students had been holding out hope their sports could be played after COVID-19 wiped out most of the prep ...

Happiness in a world of stress

Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos expected around 50 students when she first offered her intro to happiness class titled, “The Psychology of the Good Life.” Imagine her surprise when more than 1,000 students, a full quarter of the stressed-out student body, signed up. When she ...

Giving into unfounded fears

Officials working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to those who need it most have run into an unfathomable problem. Health care workers are buying into the nonsense that the vaccine might not be safe, and are refusing the shot. Not all of them are so bull-headed, of course. Many are doing the right ...

Can we all get along?

In a stunning upset, Georgia voters have sent two Democrats to the U.S. Senate and given that party control of the Senate by the narrowest of margins. The Rev. Raphael Warnock became the first Southern Black Democrat to be voted into the U.S. Senate by defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly ...