Editorial

Using some new tools

On a personal basis, we have been slow to adopt ties to social media. We readily admit that Facebook and Twitter are valuable business tools, that likes and thumbs up can direct customers to a company. But it remains alarming to us how many folks are addicted to their phones, tablets and ...

Jewels from McCullough

As noted the other day, we are in the midst of graduation season and it is natural for adults to wish to impart something of value to today’s grads. We found several nuggets in a book loaned to us by a friend. “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For” is a compilation of ...

Catalyst for change

There are a few Supreme Court rulings that are so significant that virtually everyone who attended school has heard of them: • Marbury v. Madison was the first case the court decided that deemed a law passed by Congress was unconstitutional, thereby establishing its right to do so. • ...

Longevity in paradise

We have written here repeatedly about dramatic increases in life spans in the United States. People are living longer today — a lot longer. Whether it is because of better medical care or healthier lifestyles, today’s population is living a lot longer than its parents or ...

Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: When Kulanihakoi Street access to Piilani Highway was first closed, those of us who live off Kulanihakoi Street were given a notice that this closure would last until April 30. Since this date ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day

“One bright and guiding light “That taught me wrong from right “I found in my mother’s eyes . . . “God’s gift sent from above “One real unselfish love “I found in my mother’s eyes.” — From “My Mother’s Eyes” by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer When Mother ...

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 ...