Letters to the Editor

Wall is the best idea for border security?

So a $25,000,000,000 wall can be easily defeated with a $25 ladder. And this is the best idea from our dear leader for border security? It’s no wonder the White House is a total mess. Steve Rhodes Lahaina

Hiring practice at airlines makes no sense

An issue regarding airlines using our airport was recently brought to my attention that I think needs to be looked into and changed, if possible. Evidently, one — if not more — airline company will soon be inviting prospective employees to apply for highly coveted flight attendant ...

Breakup result of church’s intolerance of homosexuals

I have been watching half with fear and with some loathing the breakup of the local Boy Scouts Council motivated by the malevolent consciousness of the Church of the Later-day Saints. Would this newspaper stay silent if the motivation for breaking with the National Boy Scouts was overt racism ...

There is no wall around Nancy Pelosi’s home

Responding to a Jan. 10 letter writer’s contention that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a wall around her home and is therefore a hypocrite when she claims a border wall is immoral, please fact-check before you spew. There is no wall around Nancy Pelosi’s home. The photograph that ...

Illegal immigrants could dwarf U.S. population

My ancestors immigrated to the United States of America from many different countries: Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Ireland, England and Norway. But they all had one thing in common, they all came here legally. The debate about the “rights of illegal immigrants” is just ...

Corrections to writer’s list of evils of Trump

I love the Jan. 8 letter writer’s list of the evils of Trump without any citing to back it up so I’ll correct him on some. Trashes our allies? By making them pay for military protection? In turn lining the coffers of the U.S. Treasury? Europe loves him, just ask the French yellow jackets. ...

President Donald Trump is delivering on his promises

Despite his embarrassing buffoonery, Trump is delivering on promises to get us out of mindless foreign wars and to drain the Washington swamp. We will get out of Syria, etc. And look for news of military tribunals bringing justice to evil deep-state scoundrels. Bill Pfeil Kaunakakai

Opinion column on shutdown was off base

The Jan. 4 opinion piece by syndicated columnist Scott Rasmussen that very few are aware there is a government shutdown and there are more important things for politicians to focus on is completely off base. Fixing the dysfunctional shutdowns that are the “new normal” must be one of the ...

Provide universal trash pickup for residents

When Mayor Mike Victorino announced that the Maui County landfills will once again be opened on Sundays, I could not help but feel a warm glow in my heart as I quietly said “yes” to myself. I was deeply moved because I recalled the numerous quarterly community cleanups that I participated ...

Reason Mitch McConnell is subservient to Trump

We keep reading and hearing that the leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, will not pass any funding bills without the president’s approval. I wondered for a while why that would be. The only explanation I could come up with is the job held by Mrs. McConnell, the secretary of ...

‘Fifteen minutes of fame’ and other remembrances

Kudos once again to the editorial team at The Maui News for the past 25 years editing and printing many of my letters. One of my early letters, over 20 years ago, was a response to a fellow “haole” who took offense at being called a “haole” by locals in Hawaii. I defended the use of ...

KCA to set priorities at its meeting on Tuesday

Jan. 15 is the third Tuesday of the month, and as we have since incorporation in 1960, the Kihei Community Association general membership meeting commences at 6:30 p.m., now at St. Theresa Church Hall, 25 W. Lipoa St. We will be exploring a list of items and issues of concern this year in our ...

Question about the morality of a wall

The Maui News editorial on Jan. 6 states that Nancy Pelosi said the border wall is “immoral.” So if this border wall is immoral, is the wall surrounding Nancy’s house moral? I doubt if she has any plans of removing her wall. Fred Van Osten Lahaina

Cost for a border wall will be higher than $5 billion

Our president has been saying $5 billion for the wall for 30-plus months now. The president is a great builder, $5 billion 30 months ago must be much more money today. Good luck. Make America stronger, build our $6,000,000,000 wall now, do the math! Prentiss Carl Haupt Pukalani

Oppose Navy’s plan for warfare practice in S. Maui

As Maui residents who love our island and beaches, please write to oppose the Navy’s plans to expand active warfare practice in Maalaea Bay in South Maui. Write to oppose today as comments close on Jan. 10. Comments opposing this military madness can be submitted by email to Naval Facilities ...

Leftists tearing apart the Constitution little by little

The new Democratic Congress is the most anti-American yet. Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib embrace anti-Semite and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer Linda Sarsour on their first day in Congress. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spouts off about 70 percent taxes and a complete green energy ...

Critical issues ignored by Trump administration, GOP

In our latest government shutdown, the term “a revitalized sense of crisis” was used in media. This is apropos to the overall problem in the U.S. “Revitalization” began around 2007 when 24-hour news was attempting to distract from the main culprit of our falling economy — Wall ...

Access pass not honored for visitor at golf tournament

My son traveled 5,000 miles to attend the Sentry Tournament of Champions. We bought him a $140 final day Clubhouse & Grounds Access pass. When he went to the clubhouse at 3 p.m. to refresh and eat, he was told it was now closed for a “Sentry employee party,” three hours before the ...

Military training exercises help to protect our freedom

Think about this: We live in a world of great uncertainty. If we were to be invaded by another country, who are you going to call to answer this threat? The Sierra Club? Maui Tomorrow? The Surfrider Foundation? You may but they won’t be of much help. The reason for the training exercises ...

Here’s a short list of what Trump has done

A Jan. 2 letter asked, “What has (Trump) done that is so bad?” A complete answer won’t fit in 250 words, or even 2,500, hence this abbreviated list: He tells multiple lies every day. He uses name-calling to disparage his opponents. His rambling statements make no sense. He started a ...