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Editorial

Gasoline on a political fire

We love you? Called on to diffuse the occupation of the United States Capitol Building on Wednesday, President Donald Trump began his taped remarks by pouring gasoline on the fire. He ranted how the election was “stolen” and once again promoted his discredited conspiracy theories. All ...

Standing up for democracy

As soon-to-depart President Trump flails about attempting something — anything — to change the election results from November, we should note a pillar of democracy that has stood strong. Our judicial system. Judges and Supreme Court justices on both the state and federal levels have ...

The science of gratitude

What does it mean to be grateful? At its root, it’s a dual action, a combination of appreciating the good things in life and recognizing that someone else is responsible for them. Last year has provided no shortage of things to decry. There’s no need to list them here, but for evidence of ...

Hope for a new year

Following on the heels of such a troublesome year, the bar has been set pretty low for 2021. The world’s not asking for home runs. For most of us, a return to normalcy will do just fine, thank you. During last Saturday’s drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic for frontline health care ...

Top opinion issues of 2020

The elections: Yes, all of them. By far, the single most galvanizing topic of the year from local readers on The Sentinel’s opinion page was the presidential election. From how people viewed the President Donald Trump’s day-to-day performance, to his oversight of the response to COVID-19, ...

The lessons of Watergate

Subject to revisionism and neglected in the era of obsession with screens small and large, history is instructive to those who bother to contemplate it. Watergate endures principally for the purpose of providing the suffix for the scandal of the moment, but that drama and its climax leave ...

Holidays in hard times

In honor of her plantation camp roots, the Christmas tree featured in Ethel Nagata’s barbershop window was a bare citrus limb spray-painted white and decorated with garlands of folded gum wrappers and simple homemade ornaments. This was about 25 years ago, back when Nagata’s Kahului ...

Even Scrooge could give a bit

The Christmas season is often characterized by charity. Even Scrooges and Grinches can be convinced to give a little and to help the less fortunate. We understand that real life is no Christmas carol, but at a time when millions of Americans are facing hunger, unemployment and the potential ...

Stepping off the treadmill

The motorist dragged an electric razor across his face as he sat waiting for a Kihei traffic light to change. The way he continued mowing his chin as he motored through the intersection conjured memories of a not-so-distant past when busy island residents had to do two things at once just to ...

Evictions fuel COVID flames

As COVID-19 became the dominant presence in American life in 2020, most of us resigned ourselves to a year absent of familiar trappings, hoping the reward for enduring these difficult times would be a return to normalcy in 2021. But the pandemic was never going to magically disappear by ...

Quit harming our democracy

Enough is enough. Facts still matter. Evidence requires, well, evidence. Any Republican leader who’s still publicly denying — or at least failing to admit — that Democrat Joe Biden is America’s president-elect is a coward. They’re probably scared of the bully still occupying the ...

What candles could tell us about COVID

Before submitting that one-star review for the lousy scented candle you bought that has no scent, you may want to be tested for COVID-19. Yes, in this very strange year, stinky candles may turn out to be our canaries in the coal mine. An anecdotal study by Kate Petrova, a Harvard Study of ...

Educating about the vaccine

Elected officials at all levels need to start right now on working to convince the public that the COVID-19 vaccines we’ll soon be able to take are safe. They’ll have to help us put disinformation aside and see that the only way we’ll put this pandemic behind us is with as close as we can ...

Can our house be saved?

America is in dire straits, mired in problems and seemingly unable to solve any of them. We have a pandemic that’s killing Americans by the tens of thousands in addition to causing unrest over any effort by our government to try to protect us via mask mandates and shutdowns. We have ...

Relocating tourney tough, but right call

Yes, the Maui Invitational men’s college basketball tournament was moved to Asheville, N.C., for all the right reasons. The health of players, coaches, fans and Maui residents had to come first. It would have made absolutely no sense to fly teams here to play in an empty, or near-empty, ...

AG Barr can take the heat

Bill Barr can take the heat and on Tuesday the stalwart Attorney General guaranteed he’ll get it when he said “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.” Mr. Barr told the Associated Press that allegations of ...

A symbolic milestone

The American economy is a wonderful engine of prosperity left to its own devices, and on Nov. 24 it proved this again with another surge in equity prices that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 30,000 for the first time. Stock prices rise and fall, but this symbolic milestone of ...

Trust in vaccine may improve

A Herculean effort by the science community has produced several vaccines for COVID-19 in record time. With preliminary efficacy results around 95 percent, the vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are far more effective than anyone dared hope. AstraZeneca has also posted a ...

TP hoarding fuels anxiety

You’ve got packages of toilet paper stacked in your bathroom closet. But then you throw some more rolls into your grocery cart, while food shopping. And you’re tempted to add some to your online cart as you take advantage of those Black Friday deals. Just in case. Sound familiar? We bet ...

Slowdown on Pi‘ilani

Before Pi‘ilani Highway opened in the early 1980s, South Kihei Road was South Maui’s only north-south artery. During rush hours, the oceanfront road became a congested mess. It could take an hour to travel the length of rapidly growing Kihei. Left turns were impossible without the ...