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Letters to the Editor

Nominating Trump for Golden Broom Award

With all his chronic whining about the greatest witch hunt against him, I hereby nominate Trump for the Golden Broom Award! Frank Suda Kihei

Kahoma Village resulted in irreparable damage

In 2014, Maui Planning Commission rejected local residents’ request to participate in the SMA approval. Those objections and concerns are now a reality as the project has been developed. As Lahaina News and The Maui News reported in September 2020, the appeal was sustained voiding the ...

Current e-cigarette use erases decades of progress

Hawaii’s keiki are facing a crisis. One in three high schoolers and one in five middle schoolers currently uses e-cigarettes, erasing decades of progress in reducing tobacco use. Hawaii’s successful tobacco prevention and cessation program is in jeopardy as lawmakers want to raid the ...

Maui coronavirus numbers indicating system failure

Come on, Mayor Vic. You’ve done such a good job holding the reins through most of this pandemic. When are you going to stop ignoring today’s reality? While daily infection counts are on the decline in the state and throughout most of the country, Maui’s numbers now often exceed number ...

Questions why Maui’s vaccination lowest

Maui’s vaccination rate is 8.5 percent, far below any other county. What can you do to help bring Maui’s numbers in line with the rest of the state? News agencies need to be the government’s watchdog, and the government is not getting the job done on Maui. It seems once government ...

For the People Act would strenghten democracy

For generations, we’ve been told that money is power. It’s an axiom that continues to drive our politics. Despite being able to vote for our elected officials, once they reach public office, they’re all too often swayed by lobbyists and big money interests. Instead of representing the ...

Living wage responsibility of individual workers

Business owners should not be required to provide a living wage. An individual employee living alone would need well over $15 an hour for the most basic living. Requiring a business owner to provide a living wage to every employee, regardless of that employee’s education, skills and ability ...

Don’t repeat huge mistake of One Main Plaza renting

We need not repeat the huge mistake of One Main Plaza. The county has outgrown the current building and needs more space desperately. Take advantage of record low current interest rates and buy The Maui News campus. With a built-in revenue stream from a worthy tenant in place, it’s a ...

Staying home only way to prevent coronavirus

In reference to your recent article “Businesses navigate mask exemptions,” I question whether Whole Foods whistleblower William Makozak should be working with the public. In any public setting, you are exposed to germs, mask or not; if he is not comfortable with this fact, he should ...

Reform voting laws before it’s too late

The American people have found themselves in a precarious position. Democrats, who have won a trifecta, seem powerless to enact much of their agenda. We ended up in this situation because our democracy was designed to give tremendous power to a small minority and Republicans have spent ...

Just open your doors and windows in stores

Please everyone, just open your doors and windows in stores, offices, homes — everywhere, especially busy areas! If you really want to reduce exposure to COVID-19, then air circulation is your top choice along with masking. UVC air filters also kill bacteria and viruses and are used in ...

After impeachment, deadly winter weather

The severe winter weather has taken a terrible toll on our country. But not to worry. It is rumored that our Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, who has never been one to miss taking advantage of a tragedy or disaster, will spring into action and prepare articles of impeachment against Donald Trump ...

Loyalist appointments failed military takeover

After the loss of the Legislature, a loser in the electoral college, countered by the courts, frustrated by fellow Republicans in state vote counting, what is an aspiring autocrat to do? Send sleeper agents into the military, of course. Recent reports say that in his last few months in ...

Quakers here compelled to speak out against bigotry

As the nation watched in horror on Jan. 6, Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol building — overpowering Capitol police and threatening legislators, including members of our congressional delegation. This brazen and deadly attack on our democratic institutions, focused on halting ...

Natural gas alternative to diesel power plants

Can someone share with me and the readers how our current diesel electric power plants will generate sufficient power to cover the requirements of an all-electric (mostly) vehicle population? As I observe it would require the doubling or more of existing power plants. Is the diesel they burn ...

‘High time’ for Hawaii to legalize marijuana

I would like to add my voice to the growing number of persons who recognize it is high time (pun intended) Hawaii, the first state to legalize medical marijuana, join the other states and Canada in legalizing adult use recreational cannabis. There are several reasons to do this, including a ...

Continue the narrative and waste more money

I am a registered Democrat and dismayed at the recent impeachment outcomes that would appear to be more of public shaming than getting facts or at least an indictment. In short, it is a waste of time and taxpayers’ money. It is just a travesty and abuse to the system. Why collect a paycheck ...

Grateful for health care received at MMMC

My heart is filled with so much gratitude for my health care team at Maui Memorial Medical Center. I would like to sincerely and specifically thank the following individuals for the highest level of care during my stay at Maui Memorial Medical Center from Feb. 2 to 8. Thank you to my ...

Job program needed now to stop economic tragedy

Maui needs a broadly funded job program now or will face ongoing social and economic tragedy. At the start of the pandemic, Maui posted among the highest rates of unemployed in the entire United States, at around 35 percent. These levels matched and exceeded those at the height of the Great ...

Haiku association hosts water discussion

Haiku Community Association will hold its first 2021 meeting at 6:30 on Feb. 24, via Zoom (at haikumaui.org and on HCA Facebook page). Water will be the main topic. Fresh water, how it is a public trust resource, its history, and all about it will be discussed by hydrologists, politicians, ...