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Letters to the Editor

Hosts and guests must be courteous to each other

Last Saturday, a group of Maui residents (I was among them) staged what was called a “take back our beach” demonstration in front of the Grand Wailea. Frustrated residents met early in the morning with chairs and beach towels and umbrellas to make the point that “saving territory” on ...

Leaders not on same page on vaccinated visitors

Governor Ige has announced a plan to allow vaccinated travelers to bypass testing and quarantine when arriving in the state. The only hurdle is that this proclamation must be approved by Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Seems to make sense, ...

Electric car drivers triple-dipping on tax avoidance

I find it difficult to award a $7,500 federal gift to someone that can afford to buy an $80,000 car because it’s electric, then he or she is given a tax credit for installing a charging station. Finally, they can drive the highways free of 18 cents per gallon federal tax and 11 cents per ...

GOP hierarchy hides behind smiling masks

Matt Gaetz, Mitch McConnell, Tucker Carlson, Jim Jordan and others in the Republican hierarchy are dim, but not nearly denounced enough. Here is a message, then, to them and their followers: “Fellow citizens. Tell me where you bought such smiling masks. You must tell the comedians, so ...

Grateful for speed cushions installed on Old Kula Road

Thank you to Maui County Public Works Department for installing speed cushions on Old Kula Road, from the Calasa Gas Station to the Waldorf School. As a consequence, our Waiakoa neighborhood will be much safer, free from the wannabe NASCAR drivers who have long endangered the community’s ...

Volunteers need permission to work dunes and beaches

Our volunteer group has worked with the county parks department for 20 years. The only way to correctly work on our beaches is to get permission from the county before doing any work. When volunteers fail to get permission, the work they do has the potential of harming the fragile beach ...

Bill 10 will not get more affordable housing built

We desperately need housing for Maui’s working people. Why make it harder? I encourage Maui County Council to try a proactive and constructive approach to addressing this very real crisis rather than a creating an unrealistic and punitive barrier. Buyer preparation through a strong IDA ...

Partisan tribal cultures likely to implode system

Democratic and Republican parties are devolving into a tribal culture based upon politically correct habits, dress and language. What is the prize? It is the prize of belonging to a group without critical thought. And the reward is preserving differences no matter how antiquated or inane ...

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

After months of waiting, the COVID-19 vaccine is finally becoming widely available. This is great news for our community because it means we will soon be able to see loved ones and get back to the activities we enjoy. It also means more and more people here in Maui County will soon be ...

Unfair to be taxed same as vacation rentals

My wife and I own a condo in Maalaea. We use it as a second home six months out of the year. We do not rent or lease our unit to anyone. Maui County Council changed our tax status to the same as a vacation rental unit. This effectively doubles our property taxes. This is very unfair to ...

Legislation terminating life has serious consequences

Politicians must seriously consider the consequences the nation faces regarding legislation terminating life. God hates the shedding of innocent blood. Imagine the voices of the aborted joining “the souls who had been killed because they were faithful to God’s message and to the truth ...

Don’t pack the wrack, advises sea specialist

Recent rainstorms have brought an increase in vegetative debris to Maui’s beaches where ocean waves deposit this material in the “wrack line.” The wrack refers to the line of debris that is washed up the beach with the tide and lingers as the waters recede. Made up of bits of seaweed, ...

Officially had it with robocalls

Okay, I’ve officially had it! So far today, I’ve received seven robo scam calls in four hours, starting at 6 a.m. (sometimes earlier). I will be (once again) turning off the ringer at night so that at least I’m not awakened at 5 a.m. The problem is remembering to turn it back on in the ...

Carbon pricing to reduce air pollution and save lives

A federal price on emissions is now officially backed by the American Petroleum Industry (The Maui News, March 26.) Eight of the 10 biggest world economies are pricing carbon except India and the U.S. (The E.U. wants to pressure its trading partners to comply with the policy.) Governor Ige ...

Respect vaccine choices, but decisions can change

Because I am in excellent health, my personal choice is not to get flu, pneumonia or any kind of vaccination. So, when the COVID-19 vaccines were developed, I chose not to participate. Well, things change. After a lot of soul searching, and some prompting from my 97-year-old Scrabble ...

Mask designed to prevent spreading coronavirus

For our friend in Wailea, COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets from the nose and mouth. Droplets may land on surfaces and be contacted by others who may touch their nose, mouth or eyes, spreading the virus. That's where washing your hands often comes in. The mask blocks this spread. ...

Virus is genetically stripped down to parasitic basics

Bacteria are quite complex, whereas viruses carry only essential genetic information needed to trick entry inside a host cell using their coronal glycoprotein projections to enter and enslave it to assist with its viral replication—a parasite. Lungs are moist and O2 rich, an ideal viral ...

Choose your driving lane based on your speed

While driving on our highways with more than one lane going in the same direction, we need to know that the speed is determined by which lane you are using. Those drivers that would like to slow down to maintain the speed limit should be moving in the right lane. Here the driver can move ...

Congress should support Paycheck Fairness Act

Women became half of the full-time labor force in our nation for the first time in the last decade, and three-quarters of moms are now in the labor force, more than half of whom are the primary breadwinners for their families. At the same time, women in this country lost more than 5 million ...

Is Maui beginning to look like Florida or Texas?

Long lines everywhere. Frightening daily viral counts that make the front page of The New York Times. Heavy traffic everywhere, crowded beaches and anti-vaccination protests by unmasked people at Queen Ka‘ahumanu and no arrests! Is one of the safest places becoming the new Florida and ...