Letters to the Editor

‘Pono policy’ needed to address development

Could we begin the change the world so desperately needs? NIMBY means “Not In My Back Yard,” currently a term used for people considered to selfishly protest development. Developers provide archeologists that report to the State Historic Preservation Department. Archeology is the study ...

Many young lives have been committed to Christ

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit . . . let us esteem others better than himself.” Today, yesterday, and tomorrow, I ask God, “Lord, what will you have me do?” Let Christ be honored in our lives. Trust and give him first place in our lives! Many young lives ...

Vexatious litigation used to harass, subdue adversary

Vexatious litigation is legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary. The extortionists at Maui Tomorrow and Sierra Club used their baseless bully tactics once again to push their extremist agenda. Using over $50,000 of Mainland money, ...

Traffic signal cameras may stop lawbreakers

I have laughingly said here on Maui a yellow light means step on the gas and a red light means step on the gas harder However, I now realize there is no humor to that behavior. I have seen so many Maui drivers run red lights, it is only a matter of time till there is another fatality due to ...

Draining the swamp in order to build a cesspool

For those people who justify their support for Trump because of his promises to make America great again and to drain the swamp, please explain what is meant by those promises. America has the largest economy in the world, $15 trillion a year. The second largest is China at $5 trillion a ...

Two groups possess different consciousness

Trump people and anti-Trump people do not understand each other. They have different mentalities. Clashes of this nature have always occurred when an age changes. Remnants of the old order remain, as a contingent of the new makes its presence known. Presently, we have large numbers of people ...

Hawaii could save money by rethinking rapid transit

Might Hawaii save huge sums of money and add convenience by rethinking the Oahu rapid transit train system now? July 2017 Scientific American: “A moving web of sensor-laden vehicles and smart intersections will transform how we will get around . . . (the island),” Page 55. Also said: ...

Farmers market good for us and good for farmers

As a resident of Upcountry I know I am blessed, but it’s getting better. I have been going to the farmers market past Longs Upcountry and I can pretty much buy whatever vegetables I want for the week. The vegetables are extremely fresh and the variety is terrific and the prices are good. ...

Mental health cuts could improve Trump’s rating

When all credible recent polls are averaged regarding POTUS Trump’s approval rating in all the same areas as our past five presidents, it becomes apparent that GOP’s proposed mental health cuts in Medicaid would increase Trump’s approval ratings. More than 40 GOP senators would lose ...

Neither major party deserves to win in 2018

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, Democrats in Congress have done nothing but obstruct and resist. They keep pushing bogus theories in a useless attempt at an unjustified impeachment. Meanwhile, the Republicans have a golden opportunity to push a really conservative agenda and the ...

Do we want Maui to be a place of ghost malls?

One only has to look around our island to note the vast number of vacant storefronts and other commercial properties. In fact, a recent Colliers Report noted that there is a 30 percent vacancy rate in commercial and business property in Kihei alone. And, according to a Credit Suisse report, ...

There is no tooth to the toothless bill

I am hoping that if there is a shark attack at any state beach park, that sharks are also toothless. Not liable to bite. Michael Matoi Kahului

Park looking great thanks to maintenance work crew

I was just at the Lahaina Recreation Center and was amazed at how good it looked. It hasn’t looked this good since it was opened. Justin Curimao, who is the area park caretaker II, has a crew of three — Danny and the Acain brothers — who work at the center five days a week. They have ...

Local people are suffering because of lack of housing

Folks, I have been here my entire life, raised with the local families of Maui and I hear every day how many work 10-hour days then go to their nighttime jobs and often weekend jobs just to make ends meet. You see multiple families living together just to afford paying the extremely high rents. ...

Coordinator facilitates volunteer opportunities

We have received a number of contacts recently from new Maui residents that are interested in volunteering in South Maui. We send them information about our group with all the details about what we do and where, but most often folks are more interested in volunteer opportunities that don’t ...

Bus dispatchers rely on two sources of information

With regard to a July 7 letter to the editor titled “Maui Bus dispatchers rely on printed schedules,” I would like to clarify for readers and riders that there are actually two separate questions that staff are frequently asked: 1) “What time is my bus supposed to be here?”; and 2) ...

Maui OnStage’s ‘9 to 5’ is a terrific production

Theater is alive and well on Maui. Should you have any doubts, plan to visit the iconic Iao Theater in the next four weeks to enjoy a rollicking evening with Maui OnStage’s production of “9 to 5.” The choreography will dazzle you, the ensemble numbers will have you dancing in your ...

Founding member of VITA deserves acknowledgement

It has come to my attention that the original founder of the Valley Isle Timing Association was Harold “Gilly” Cambra. He, along with help from then-Mayor Elmer Carvalho, got the first 20-year lease, bought the first timing lights and paved the first 50 yards of the drag strip. Why then ...

Free showing of ‘Waiting for Godot’ on July 17

The public is invited to a free performance of “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett at the Historic Iao Theater on Market Street in Wailuku on July 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. The play is part of the One Night Only (O.N.O) series put on by Maui OnStage and organized by Michael Pulliam. ...

Our senators must vote no on Senate’s Trumpcare bill

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is important to a large majority of people. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate’s Trumpcare bill will kick 22 million people — 15 million by next year — off health insurance. Our senators must vote no. Trumpcare will decimate Medicaid ...