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Editorial

Come together

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be ...

Praise for grocers

You cannot log on to the internet, pick up a newspaper or turn on a television and not see people offering prayers, gratitude and support for health care professionals struggling to cope with the coronavirus. It’s absolutely deserved and we loudly add our voices to the chorus. The stories ...

Maui is no ka ‘oi

Maui no ka ‘oi, Maui is the best. We’ve all heard it many times, but what does it mean? And has that meaning changed in these trying days of COVID-19? Was it just a catchy saying to be placed on a shelf until this novel coronavirus is kicked and the planes start flying again? Maui no ka ...

Be creative reaching seniors

The most vulnerable in our population to the coronavirus are those who have other health issues and the elderly. Many senior citizens check both boxes. So, extra precautions are being taken to prevent those living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and retirement centers from ...

The pitfalls of outsourcing

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...

Time to help each other

An eerie feeling has engulfed Maui County with usually busy Front Street empty like a ghost town, benches plastic wrapped at the banyan tree in Lahaina and fewer cars on the road. This is all thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Very few, if any, visitors are arriving. Earlier this week, air ...

It’s OK to ask for help

Humans are naturally social creatures, to varying individual degrees. But public health experts agree: To slow the growth of the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus, people need to stay at home and limit social interaction unless it’s essential. As this crisis grows, social ...

Fill out the census form

In case you hadn’t heard, the census is coming. Actually, it’s already here. The Census Bureau mailed out questionnaires. Every household should have received one by March 20. Filling out these forms and returning them is important. What’s at stake? The most obvious is that the ...

Enhance feral animal plans

We are pleased that the Healthy Families and Communities Committee, led by Maui County Council Member Riki Hokama, is taking a hard look at feral animal management in Maui County. In his Council’s 3 Minutes column published in The Maui News on March 14, Hokama said he realizes the council ...

Take care of yourself

Another coronavirus rise: Your anxiety, your inactivity and your fridge. Here’s what to do. You’re worried about coronavirus, both as a health peril and a financial threat. You’re out of sorts because you’ve joined the emergency work-from-home brigade. Nothing feels certain, except ...

Lower voting age for local elections

A key tenet of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has been his ability to appeal to young people, and thus expand the electorate. Or so he hoped: The Vermont senator has found that convincing the TikTok demographic to show up at the polls in surging numbers ...

Let’s do our part

As the outbreak of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 expands, we all need to do our part to prevent the spread of the illness, accept advice from credible sources and not panic. Washing your hands, staying home from work and places with large numbers of people when ill, considering ...

The rewards of fostering

Foster families are something special. South Dakota has a shortage of foster families. And that certainly doesn’t set us apart from other places. But providing love and stability — and maybe even safety and regular meals — to kids who might not know those things is one of the finest ...

Her example must live on

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson on Feb. 24 came as a bit of a surprise. Giants like she was seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, a West Virginian and American giant. Despite all the challenges that came with being ...

Maui time year-round

Most of the United States will “spring ahead” tomorrow. Hawaii hasn’t observed Daylight Savings Time since Sept. 30, 1945, but the majority of Americans will set their clocks one hour ahead before going to bed tonight. Hawaii is closer to the equator and changes in daylight hours are ...

Listen to the experts

Coronavirus is a real global threat, and it’s arrived in the United States. It will almost certainly spread around the world and throughout the nation. But like the seasonal flu that infects people every year, this new disease will not wipe out the population. That’s the general consensus ...

Women’s museum belongs in D.C.

A women’s history museum in Washington, D.C. would give the depth and context to our nation’s history that paints a more complete picture of how women were involved in the formation and evolution of the country. Our nation’s capital offers a rich variety of museums that appeal to ...

Scouting broke its own law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. These are worthy character traits to instill in our young people, especially in our more divided and angry nation and county with ever-growing coarse discourse and ...

Racist hype on the rise

This country waged a civil war over slavery in the mid-19th century. It struggled with the advancement of civil rights for all people, regardless of race and religion, in the 20th century. The fight for equality has been going on for more than 200 years, and often it seems like real progress ...

First digital census

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...