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Letters to the Editor

Community leaders quotes on protest lame, ineffectual

The Jan. 7 article reporting on the planned demonstration by Westboro Baptist church members to protest the inclusion of a transgender athlete in a MIL event featured some very lame and ineffectual responses from two of our community leaders. A preacher from a Maui Baptist church could only ...

Sand dune nourishment projects coming our way

On Maui, many dune restoration projects involve placing sand on a dune area mauka of the wash of the high-water waves. These nourished sand dune areas are then often replanted with zone-specific native plants to hold the sand in place. The restored dunes are then better equipped for shoreline ...

Lanai council candidate allied with billionaire

The liquor commissioner has announced that she will run for the County Council’s Lanai residency seat. I’m not sure why. In The Maui News article of Jan. 9, she was very upfront with her support of the billionaire owner of Lanai. She sees no problem with him owning 90 percent of the island, ...

Make housing true priority by cutting down approvals

The juxtaposition of a pair of commentary pieces in the Jan. 11 Maui News spoke directly to why our community keeps failing to response to our housing crisis. In his Viewpoint “Updated playbook needed for affordable housing solutions,” longtime Maui Realtor Bob Horcajo makes a heartfelt ...

Swamp politics hinder effective government

Why does our country spend so much money on a feckless U.S. Congress? The U.S. House impeached President Trump and it took them 25 days to deliver the articles to the Senate. Due to having a majority of Republicans in the Senate, the trial will likely amount to much ado about nothing, as the ...

Hatemongering church has no business in Hawaii

As it is law, no politics near election polls, there should be a law for Hawaii — no protests near schools. Regarding Westboro Baptist church members, leave your hate to yourselves, we do not want it here on our island. The young lady has a right to live her one and only life that gives her ...

Kihei Pro-Arts production defines distinctive learning

For many years, before I retired, I was the director of a private, independent school in Wailuku. We were where those students who had tried all other remedies were “placed.” I liked to call them “distinctive learners,” because their brains seemed to be wired differently from the ...

Back to the future with continual war

Our past is just now catching up with the present. A Jan. 10 letter to the editor from a right-winger referenced a recent New Year’s Eve attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. While on the front page of The Maui News was a report that four “imminent” U.S. Embassy attacks were ...

Lost interest in newspaper because leaning too far left

I transferred from Hawaiian Electric to Maui Electric Co. in 1969 and have subscribed to The Maui News since then. Unfortunately, I feel the paper’s opinion and national news coverage have moved too far to the political left and have lost interest in it. I looked forward to seeing it at my ...

Mideast meddling, climate boil down to oil consumption

The recent military actions in Iran by Donald Trump and the consequences resulting thereof should again force us to ask the question as to what our involvement in the Middle East should be. Much of the hatred directed to the U.S. stems from our meddling in the politics of the countries in the ...

Enforcement lacking for illegal fireworks law

Once again Maui skies were filled with illegal aerial bombs on New Year’s Eve, worse than ever before. This has got to stop! I’m not going to go on and on about the pets, children, homes, fires, noise and air pollution affected by these affronts to all rational people. No, that seems to ...

Classless shout at Sentry gives Maui black eye

The classless idiot who shouted at Patrick Reed while he was putting at the Sentry Tournament of Champions during the playoff should be banned from the tournament forever! Whether you like the individual or not, this type of behavior is uncalled for. The national TV audience probably has a ...

Kudos to County Council for addressing climate

It was wonderful to read Maui County Council Member Kelly King’s column (The Maui News, Viewpoint, Dec. 28). I applaud the council’s Oct. 4 Resolution 10-166 to include a state bill for 2020 legislation to address sea level rise. Additionally, their Dec. 20 Resolution 19-209 begins a ...

Abominable stain on U.S. wrought by president

While he was campaigning for president, myself and many others said Donald Trump is totally unfit for the office. He was then, as he’s been his entire life, a habitual liar and corrupt to the core. With money mostly staked to him from his father, he ran his business empire like a Mafia boss. ...

Doctor remembered fondly for living life with gusto

This is a love letter to Doc and his wife and three girls: I loved your dad! He was a bright, shining star on this earth. Always so happy, inspiring, energetic and so proud of his family in all things. As a patient of his, and I considered us friends as well, for over a decade. It was always ...

County suing Exxon/Mobil over climate silly idea

Our mayor has announced that Maui County is planning on suing Exxon/Mobil over harm done to our environment involving global warming. Although there is provable blame against them and other fossil fuel producers, I can’t help but think our county does not have the money to challenge them in ...

Where is state outrage over stop of OHA audit?

Simply amazing that a nonprofit organization that serves the Hawaiian community now stonewalls the legal audit process with the state of Hawaii. Keep digging from the initial $8.5 of questionable mismanagement of funds, now to add on $3.5 million of questionable transactions. Where is the ...

Concurs with writer’s call for fireworks ban

I concur with the Jan. 7 letter writer who has called for a ban on aerial fireworks, and for the same reasons. Before Christmas, I made a point to get in my vehicle and cruise the neighborhood looking for the culprits who were setting off bombs and terrorizing my animals. Every time I saw a ...

Flooding on agenda at next KCA meeting

In this century, South Maui residents agree the most frequently flooded intersection was at Kaonoulu Street and South Kihei Road. We have numerous examples on this on the Kihei Community Association website, www.gokihei.org. But recently, this has drastically lessened. It’s too soon to ...