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Editorial

Encourage future visitors

The Aloha State’s strict enforcement of its mandatory 14-day quarantine for Mainland and international travelers has sent a message that’s being heard around the world. National Geographic, Time, CNN and Reuters are just a few of the outlets to post stories about visitors being busted for ...

Look before locking car

Every summer, disturbing news reports arrive about children left in sweltering vehicles. Many of these cases are fatal. The National Safety Council reports that on average 39 children under the age of 15 die from heat stroke after being left in a vehicle each year in the U.S. More than half ...

Planning for the next school year

We don’t think there’s any argument with the statement that this has been one of the strangest school years in history thanks to the coronavirus and the disease it can lead to, COVID-19. Schools were emptied in most parts of the country in March and students did not return to those ...

Masks are new norm

Wearing protective masks in public has become the norm on Maui. While out shopping you see all kinds of folks wearing all kinds of facial coverings. From plain surgical to bright homemade aloha prints, they run a gamut nearly as diverse as our island population. While most businesses have ...

Our nation deserves better

George Floyd and his family were owed a memorial to his full but tragically shortened life. Tuesday was a day of preaching and singing, praising and remembering. He was always more than a man who was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police, even before his death reignited a national ...

More petulance than policy

President Donald Trump’s preposterous executive order, attempting to regulate speech on the internet, actually could do some good. It would force social media platforms to rein in . . . Trump. After Trump added a vicious smear against a dead woman and falsehoods about mail-in ballot fraud ...

Little fanfare this year

The candidate filing deadline for the primary election Aug. 8 and the general election Nov. 4 came and went Tuesday without the usual fanfare. The final slate of candidates would normally be the lead story on most media outlets in Hawaii but that was not the case this year. Blame that on the ...

Public health vs open RNC

For those who’ve long wanted Charlotte to rid itself of the 2020 Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s tweets on Tuesday were a strong reminder why. The president packed a lot of wrong into a handful of words. He said N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper refused to guarantee Republicans “use ...

Set limit on assistance

Activities such as that which, in recent weeks, embroiled this country and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it ...

E komo mai with caution

We support Congressman Ed Case’s call for the Federal Aviation Administration to confirm Hawaii’s ability to impose or enforce COVID-19 public health prevention conditions on air travel to the islands. Case’s May 13 letter to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson says these conditions could ...

Hawaii deserves pat on the back

While it is far too early in the coronavirus pandemic to declare victory, the entire state of Hawaii deserves a pat on the back for a job well done. We still have a fight ahead of us, and it may be a drawn-out affair, but things are looking good with new cases at zero or low single-digits on ...

Stock sales suspicious

Things do not look good for Sen. Richard Burr. Last week, the FBI seized Burr’s cellphone as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into whether he and his wife, Brooke, sold stocks worth about $1 million using insider information he gained during congressional briefings about ...

Remember other vaccines

Hearts and markets leaped Monday at news that an experimental vaccine against COVID-19 had produced promising results in a test. And in many of the world’s foremost research institutions, intense work continues on more than 100 potential coronavirus vaccines, eight of which are in early trial ...

Bad timing for new rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s long-planned overhaul of regulations governing how schools and colleges handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault has been released in final form. As expected, they came under almost immediate court challenge from advocates for sexual abuse victims ...

Reopen US very carefully

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lockdown” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...

Stessors of the pandemic

Stressed about being out of work? Facing mounting pressure over unpaid bills? Cooped up at home with an abuser? Or just unable to sleep after binge scrolling COVID-19 updates on the internet? People on Maui are enduring all manner of stressors during this global coronavirus pandemic. While ...

Elon Musk isn’t taking it anymore

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no Paul Revere. But his defiance of Alameda County’s shutdown order captures the frustration among businesses like Howard Beale’s primal scream in the movie “Network.” California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week allowed some non-essential businesses to begin to ...

End the murder hornets

Like the rest of America, we’ve been following the coverage of the so-called murder hornets showing up in northern Washington state and just across the border in Canada. We still don’t know how deeply these hornets from Asia have integrated themselves into North America or whether this will ...

Pause 4th of July fireworks

A helicopter pilot who fought July 11th’s massive brush fire on Maui later described it as “bear claws” digging across the island’s parched midsection. Every time a stand of kiawe trees or patch of haole koa bushes erupted into flames, they shot embers high into the air. Powerful, ...

Journalists pay the price

"What breaks my heart is to see how much he aged since being imprisoned. He used to be a man full of energy and vigor. Now, he is old, sickly, skinny, and there’s no way out of this situation for him.” So reported Khadicha Askarova, the wife of Kyrgyzstan journalist Azimjon Askarov, last ...