Letters to the Editor

Maui is totally unprepared for large natural disasters

Maui reminds me of the grasshopper in the fable about preparing for the winter. Throughout the summer, the grasshopper plays and ridicules the ants who are stocking away supplies for when winter comes. When it does come, the ants are nice and warm in their caves and tunnels and fully supplied ...

Try repurposing vacant commercial real estate first

Since the sale of A&B sugar lands to Mahi Pono, many of us feel a sense of cautious optimism for future use of these lands. What I have yet to hear be discussed is A&B’s public statements that it will begin to focus on “commercial real estate.” Anyone with even a shred of ...

President Trump is not a dictator wannabe

For the thousandth time, President Trump is not a dictator wannabe. I am not sure how any sane person can come to that conclusion, when in the past we’ve had presidents who abused their powers unlike the current president. In 1917, President Wilson imprisoned over 5,000 who spoke out against ...

Get ready for a full-on traffic mess explosion

Well, just months since the new charter school has opened in the tech park the traffic nightmare has started. About 2 p.m., it starts with traffic backing up way before Safeway, down Lipoa and around the round — about with 25 to 20 cars stacked up each way waiting to get in. I thought, ‘Oh ...

Letter writer missed something in his studies

Hitler and most dictators over the last 100 years have been socialists. The March 5 letter writer who gained an “in-depth understanding” of world politics in college and is concerned that “those that agree with” Trump are like those who supported Hitler missed something in his ...

Editorial chooses alternative economic outlook to reality

The Maui News’ March 8 editorial represents quite well those who choose to be a miserable and misinformed segment of our population. Our economy is chugging along at 3-plus percent growth, our unemployment is the lowest it has been in 50 years. Wages are rising at a faster rate than ever as ...

Teams represented schools, communities in heroic way

On the night of March 7 Upcountry, King Kekaulike and Lahainaluna squared off in an epic volleyball match that was witnessed by about 100 or so family and fans. There was no one there from The Maui News to report on the action. Nevertheless, those in attendance were privileged to watch a great ...

Lets be the first county in the US to say ‘no’ to zoos

The recent spate of unfortunate mishaps between children, foolish adults and wild animals being held captive in zoos lends impetus to a county ordinance banning publicly or privately funded zoos on Maui. As it is in our nature to be free, so it is in the nature of every wild animal to be free. ...

Keep marijuana illegal in Hawaii now and forever

Thank God our lawmakers again didn’t legalize recreational marijuana. It’s disturbing that state Sen. J. Kalani English has repeatedly introduced bills to legalize cannabis. He represents portions of Maui County but doesn’t represent me. As a former pot smoker who has educated himself ...

Mayor’s actions do not support what he writes

Family values guide us as we move county forward, written by Mayor Mike Victorino, could not be further from the truth. The recent actions of Mr. Victorino the past two weeks is a good example of his work. “Our County,” written by him (Opinion, March 1), shows how it’s all being covered ...

World’s favorite island has some of world’s worst roads

While driving at the speed limit to get gas at Costco on what is Haleakaka Highway on the airport side of the road, I hit a large pothole which I did not see! Total damage to my Mini-Cooper sports coupe exceeded $2,000: tires, frame, labor, etc. I will get absolutely no relief from all ...

KCA committed to pedestrian safety

The Kihei Community Association has been steadfast in its commitment to making Kihei a walkable/bikeable town. They recently pressured the state Land Use Commission to accept the recommendation of the community, the safe routes to school and our own open space master plan for a pedestrian ...

Letter misrepresented criticism of council member

Leave it to a man to not understand the discrimination women in the workplace experience. Leave it to a man to simply not listen. Gabe Johnson, a twice unsuccessful ‘Ohana Coalition candidate, signed a March 1 letter to the editor misrepresenting my criticism of Keani Rawlins-Fernandez for ...

Bob Kraft deserves small release and pleasure in life

Leave Patriots owner Bob Kraft and other men like him, and the bathhouses, alone. On social media almost every week we see a fundamentalist preacher or a Catholic priest accused of sexual assault. Almost always on minors — defenseless children. Why? Because they are absolutely sure the human ...

‘Beach nourishment’ term for sand replenishment

“Beach nourishment” is a term used when beach-quality sand is delivered to a beach in order to replenish sand volume to that beach cell. It is often called for in areas where the natural cycle of sand distribution has been disrupted or depleted. All the sand within a beach cell works for ...

Lets work with Mahi Pono to allocate water for ag

I am writing to share my thoughts and feelings regarding returning all of the water to the streams versus allowing Mahi Pono, which bought 41,000 acres of A&B agriculture land, including 36,000 of old sugar cane fields, to continue taking the water from the EMI diversion system for non-GMO ...

We can’t continue to ignore need for affordable housing

I recently wrote to our new farm people to say I was happy they were here. I mentioned the need for affordable housing, thinking there may be some land not good for farming that could be devoted to affordable housing. Not having a response is understood. I have been here over 50 years and ...

Council completes first round of director reviews

In the 2016 election, the voters of Maui County authorized a charter amendment requiring the Maui County Council to confirm the mayor’s directors within 60 days of their appointment. This authority was an expansion of council oversight over the officials responsible for county operations, ...

For a small island, heinous crimes will get worse

Our island is not too spread out. It’s a small island. For a small island, heinous crimes will get worse. Nothing new. Not blaming anyone, however with more people moving here and drugs coming in, with all kinds of temptations and cost of living being insane, there will be more burglaries, ...