Editorial

Graduation day wishes

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” — Will Rogers The fastest years of a parent’s life are those that fall between the initial tears of seeing Junior off to kindergarten and ...

Anniversary of VE-Day

Wednesday is the 74th celebration of victory in Europe. May 8, 1945, is marked as the day that Germany surrendered, when the Nazis laid down their arms, ending the European part of World War II. The conflict that began with the Nazis occupying the Rhineland in 1936 continued as German troops ...

Boys’ Day a tradition

Today is another opportunity for all of Maui to enjoy one of the cultural contributions to the island’s calendar of special days. In Japan, and for the island’s many residents — regardless of their ethnic background — May 5 is Tangu No Sekku, or Boys’ Day, a way of celebrating the ...

Be skeptical on social media

Many of us innocently post items on Facebook about friends and family, likes and activities and, occasionally, politics. Those innocent posts represent a data trove about us. Social media has become sort of an addiction for many Americans. Hours on end are spent clicking on Facebook items ...

The meanings of May Day

Wednesday is May Day. (No, not like the disaster call — that is one word, “Mayday,” and is radio shorthand for “My plane, boat or water wings have failed me and I’m about to need doctors, ambulances and somebody versed in the last rites.”) No, the kind of May Day we’re talking ...

Constitutional crisis looming?

For about the last dozen years or so, editorial writers and television analysts have always had one issue they could return to as a regular topic most readers and viewers could agree about: Washington, D.C., is hopelessly gridlocked. Compromise is a dirty word, seeing the other person’s ...

Our data at risk

Data, data everywhere. It is collected and sold, hacked and stolen. Foreign governments use it to interfere in elections, thieves use it to steal our money and our identities. There is data, data everywhere and a lot of power and money to be had by getting one’s hands on it. And, ...

Protect Front Street housing

The Maui News joins business and labor groups in calling upon the state Legislature to keep Front Street Apartments as a resource for low-income housing. The reasons are pretty straight forward, and we think they are best expressed by this bit of information furnished by Front Street ...

Easter a time of hope for all

Easter is a Christian holiday with a universal message. The Apostle Mark chronicled the event being celebrated by Christians today in two short verses in the King James Bible: “And the angel answered and said unto the women, fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. ...

Important day in two religions

Today is an incredibly important day in the calendars of two major religions. Good Friday marks the day in Holy Week when Jesus Christ suffered and died on the Cross at Golgotha (Calvary). Christians worldwide believe that Christ died to atone for the sins of mortals. According to Christian ...

Individual tax reform simple

Monday was April 15 — the dreaded “tax day.” Congress passed what it called “tax reform” in 2017. But it did nothing about simplification — creating a tax filing the average citizen can understand. Here’s what we think true income tax reform would look like: Thousands of pages ...

Courageous leadership

Effective leadership and courage go hand in hand. Sometimes that courage takes the form of the leader revealing something personal about his or her life that can comfort others who have suffered similar experiences. Last week, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino revealed that he had been the ...

A deadly anniversary

A sad, but important, anniversary is marked Saturday. One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, April 13, 1861, Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate troops, ending the first battle of the Civil War. A day earlier, the rebels had opened fire on the fort that sat in the middle of Charleston ...

Anniversary of a hero’s death

Seventy-four years ago Friday, April 12, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt quietly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga. The hero who led the United States out of the Great Depression had been elected to the presidency four times. The brave leader who championed the Allies in World ...

A perspective on political fights

There is a tendency to look at history — particularly at our historical heroes — through rose-colored glasses. We look at political deadlock and fighting in today’s Washington with a sense of opprobrium and ask why our leaders can’t work together like those in the past. That’s why ...

A hero’s dream remembered

It is hard for some of us old folks to believe, but it was 51 years ago Thursday that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. He was a hero when we were young — a man who battled for civil rights, but who was committed to ...

Inspiration for freedom

Fourteen years ago today, a man died who was as responsible for the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the demise of the Soviet Union as any other figure of the 20th century. Karol Jozef Wojtyla, better known as Pope John Paul II, was born in Poland in 1920. He entered a seminary in ...

Going off half-cocked

In December, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the individual mandate in the landmark Affordable Care Act “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’ tax power.” According to The Washington Post, O’Connor based his opinion on Republican changes made to the tax law in ...

Complaining about Eden

A group of men here on Maui were discussing the weather and some of the comments reflected poorly on our rather pampered lifestyle. The heart of the discussion was all the rain Maui had this winter. We didn’t join in because we have been delighted that rainfall has allowed us to go many ...

Missing an old friend

We were reminded again that there is no longer a print version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. To be sure, the knowledge is still available digitally (Britannica.com), but we think today’s youths are missing something by not having those hardbacked volumes to pore over. Certainly, it was ...