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Letters to the Editor

Priority should be relief for families, not students

We seriously may elect a president who wants to forgive student loans as an answer to relieve the stress on our citizens?   In truth, why do college graduates major in a STEM program, the lowest major at the universities? Families pay an enormous price for majors that are meaningless in our ...

Subjects should include civics and sportsmanship

Our schools have been busy teaching a STEAM curriculum, preparing our children to become proficient in science, technology, engineering, art and math.   That will help them to become productive adults. But schools also need to teach civics, sportsmanship and critical thinking. Then America ...

Regularly test at schools until vaccine is ready

My question is simply, if we are allowing hundreds of thousands of visitors into our state with a negative COVID-19 test result, why can we not allow our children to attend school with a negative result? With testing now so available, all students and teachers and staff can easily be tested ...

Claim case based on fraud raised by suspect author

I respond to a recent contributor claiming the 2012 Trayvon Martin case was based on fraud. The author asserted that a documentary and book by one John Gilbert were of recent vintage by claiming his information was “just in.” On the contrary, the book and documentary are well over a year ...

Immense harm caused by conspiracy theories

The harm being caused by “conspiracy theories” is immense. Kool-Aid is readily available for the masses and they chug-a-lug at will. It reminds me of college initiations wherein after each paddle whack, you hear, “Please Sir! May I have another?” I suggest the media use of ...

Pledges allegiance to land, these waters, community

As a settler here in Hawaii, I pledge my allegiance to this land, these waters and this community. I pledge to conduct myself with the utmost respect for the Hawaiian people whose land I am on, and for the land itself. I pledge to not exploit the resources or people of Hawaii. I pledge ...

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center handled Black Friday poorly

Due to COVID-19, no one was to be allowed to wait in line in front of stores. But images show different. At around 4 a.m., hundreds rushed in from all entrances at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center with no social distancing. Mall management handled this very poorly. Aaron Nishibayashi Lahaina

We are on cusp of losing ambulance stations on Maui

We are on the cusp of losing ambulance stations on Maui. The governor has asked for every county to cut costs in their EMS programs. Other counties will be able to cut EMS programs they were going to add, not affecting what they currently have. Maui county is not so fortunate. The last ...

No aloha for elderly people traveling to Maui

I landed in Kahului on Nov. 23. I had a negative COVID-19 test from Hawaii partner Costco and Azona labs within 72 hours of arrival. I had set up a “Safe Travels” Hawaii account: I do not know how to download test to the Safe Travels account. I have both accounts and test results in my ...

As COVID cases rise, so does pandemic fatigue

Nine months into this pandemic, COVID is no longer a mysterious new disease. We’ve learned how to protect ourselves, and we now know that things like wearing masks, washing hands, staying six feet apart, and avoiding gatherings will keep us and our loved ones safe. So why is the virus still ...

Pandemic task force rebuff shows failure to respond

Mayor Victorino rebuffed Maui County Council’s unanimous vote, which urged him to create a COVID-19 rapid response task force.  The mayor has also failed to respond to an offer to even designate a member of his staff to receive regular briefings from a representative of a coalition, which ...

Proposed property tax may mean rent increase

Due to the newly proposed tier in the property tax system, tenants can expect rent increases in proportion to the new tax rates. Do our representatives think this new tax burden will be paid by the owners? Bruce Hughes Kihei

Younger Onset Alzheimer Disease Act support asked

Alzheimer’s Disease is devastating for those suffering with it, as well as their caregivers. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, 29,000 of them here in Hawaii, with 65,000 unpaid family caregivers. While we think of this as impacting older people, 200,000 ...

Supports mayor’s decision to bring lawsuit to court

I support the mayor’s decision to let the Supreme Court decide the injection well case. Though the green crowd has a right to voice their opinion, their voices should not be the only ones heard in the public square. The solutions they are seeking will cost millions of dollars, and who do ...

Book: Trayvon Martin case based on fraud

This just in: The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case from February of 2012 was based on fraud. If you recall, Zimmerman was determined to have acted in self-defense and was released . . . a justifiable homicide. Three weeks later, a lawyer emerged with damning testimony from Trayvon’s ...

How does activism mesh with democratic principles?

I am writing about the recent article on how the Thirty Meter Telescope has inspired activism in other areas. What I wonder is how this meshes with our democratic principles that we live by. Who is deciding what is to be protected? Is there a democratic process to decide that or is this ...

Gabbard would have horrified Patsy Mink

Many voters, once her fans, do not like Tulsi Gabbard, and her anemic performance as our Congressional representative. She represents the 2nd District, which is us, Maui. She was elected to the seat held by Patsy Mink, who I believe, as a former staffer, would be horrified to her bones ...

Grateful for Ohana Mission success

As we persevered with God’s plan and purpose, we obeyed his promise and found him with us on our Ohana Mission to the West Coast from November 6-17.     How great to know that our all-powerful God loves us with infinite love.  With trust, we faced busy airports and full airplanes. ...

Monsanto finally caught for poisoning fields

I feel like the boy that cried wolf, only the wolf was there 1st, 2nd and 3rd times. Finally, my accusations of criminal conduct by Monsanto are validated. Imagine a poison so strong people cannot go into a field where its used for 31 days and this poison is used in food production! Just wow. ...