Letters to the Editor

Hospital employees have no one to fight/bargain for them

Someone is finally speaking up regarding our hospitals! I believe in unions. Unions remember your members. Members, families and friends, remember who voted to give our Maui County hospitals to a private for-profit entity due to poor state management. Is this private entity doing better for ...

Climate change facts backed by majority of climatologists

It always amazes me how people will take the word of someone just because it aligns with their beliefs when the facts don’t support that opinion. Plankton and trees do absorb CO2 but not in the quantities we are putting into the atmosphere. Again, 98 percent of scientists who study climate ...

Stop approving construction and expansion of hotels

The volume has risen recently about the overwhelming numbers of visitors to Maui. I can only think of one way to reduce those numbers. The County of Maui needs to quit approving the construction of new hotels and the expansion of existing ones. If there are no available rooms, fewer visitors ...

Time for the law to be respected and the collateral damage to end

Leadership entails not only planning for possible obstructions to your chosen plan of action, but also having the resolve to follow through with your plan. Sadly, this is not what was demonstrated on Mauna Kea. Ever since the state issued its Notice to Proceed to the folks that are building ...

50/50 chance we’ll get new president in 15 months

Some are saying that the “white supremacist” fueled El Paso shooting will prove to be Trump’s “Waterloo,” or his downfall, and he will be voted out of office and packing his wife’s bags by the end of next year. I would not be surprised if that actually happened: that one of the 20 ...

Law forbidding parking on sidewalks should be enforced

Alamaha Street in Kahului is mess, especially on the mauka side. In spite of a dozen signs reminding drivers that parking on the sidewalk and adjacent grass is illegal, which everyone knows anyway, people still do it. Even when there are plenty of spots open on the street they park ...

Upcountry-South Maui road not answer to recent fires

In the Aug. 10-11 “Council’s 3 Minutes” by County Council Member Alice Lee, in response to the recent fires she proposed that the long-standing Kihei to Upcountry Road project be built as soon as possible. Not only is this not the answer to these fires, but such a road would likely make ...

Appalled by treatment of woman for speaking Spanish

It was simply appalling to read in The Maui News on Aug. 12 of the young American servicewoman from Puerto Rico who was accosted verbally in a Honolulu Starbucks for speaking in Spanish. Her attacker told her that speaking Spanish was “distasteful” and “does not represent America and the ...

The story of ‘white man rules’ not ending quietly

It appears the story of “white man rules” is finally coming to an end. Like many things that have gone on way too long and have too much momentum, it’s not going quietly and in its last gasp, there is grasping to hold onto power with indignation, righteousness and defensiveness in ...

Largest mass killing of Latinos in U.S. history

The week of Aug. 4 we witnessed the largest mass killing of Latinos in our history. The killer told police he wanted to kill Hispanics and stop the “invasion.” The next day we saw the largest raid by immigration police in the history of any state. For months we have watched as families were ...

Aloha Paul, we live on Maui and not in Maui

For the most talented songwriter ever, Mr. Paul Simon, who certainly knows about “rocks,” appears to differ on one thing. We live on Maui (aka: the Rock) and not in Maui. Takes some time to get used to saying it as such. Appears that you can take the boy out of New York City but not New ...

Investment in Alzheimer’s research must continue

Diverse research was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 in Los Angeles that offers new insights and hope around Alzheimer’s and dementia. As a surviving daughter of one of the more than 5 million Americans, including 29,000 Hawaii residents living with ...

DHHL needs to be removed completely

In May of 2019, the commissioners of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands canceled my 99-year lease because of a loan I never knew existed between my deceased father and Bank of America since 2002. My father passed away in 2003. My mother took over after dad’s death and she too passed, in 2008. ...

Wastewater injection well case could hurt tourism

Why has Maui spent over $4.3 million taxpayer dollars and aligned ourselves with big oil and other polluting groups and not settled the wastewater inject well case heading the U.S. Supreme Court? Mayor Michael Victorino, do you think that tourism will suffer from the fact that Maui is ...

Message latest in long list of hate President Trump letters

In the Aug. 10 paper was a letter titled “Love and compassion are so much easier than hate” that is just the latest in a very long list of hate President Trump letters. What would be more telling is if the writers of such letters would actually give some examples to back up their ...

UPW criticizes medical care delivered by its members

Medical care is delivered by people. The medical care at the Maui hospitals that UPW criticizes in its full-page ad (Aug. 12) is delivered by its own union members. It’s hard to understand what’s going on here. Richard Thompson Kula

Overpopulation of tourists strains East Maui resources

The Hana Highway traveling to the remote and isolated community of Hana has been impacted by the overpopulation of tourists. This is a serious concern when it comes to utilizing our limited emergency personnel. Accidents are almost a daily thing in Hana, because tourists refuse to obey the ...

Round up shopping carts and jail thieves who steal them

Everywhere you go you see shopping carts discarded on the sidewalks, on empty lots, on street corners, piled together to make shelters for the homeless. Last time I checked this was called theft! These carts cost businesses thousands of dollars a year in lost merchandise and is ongoing. They ...

How the reality TV host sees our presidential office

The current temporary occupant of our White House continued his tirade of nonsensical utterances by whining that no one blamed President Obama for the Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren. This was Twitterholic’s response to President Obama’s unifying message to reject language from any of ...

Do what it takes to enforce the law regarding protestors

As a property owner and taxpayer in Maui County and the State of Hawaii, I find it puzzling why there is a total lack of law enforcement when it comes to a bunch of protesters on Mauna Kea. These people had their day in court and lost. Their objections had due process. The governor has given ...