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Letters to the Editor

With education and commitment we can build the Maui ‘urban forest’

Drought conditions continue to worsen across the main Hawaiian Islands. The worst drought conditions are in Maui County, “severe” drought conditions may soon transition to “extreme.” Kahului is consistently identified as the hottest spot in the state, frequently setting new temperature ...

Bishop Estate could develop historical park

Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate could reforest and develop a historical park above and below the Lahainaluna bypass. Here are ideas for park amenities. Navigating by stars, Hawaiians discovered the islands. Feature outrigger canoes for photo-ops and play area. Install motion sensor splash ...

Barr openly committing treason protecting Trump

Bill Barr is openly committing treason by protecting Trump and his criminals from justice. There are thousands of honest attorneys and such that want him to resign. When the Trump gang of criminals get their just deserts, and all do some time, I look to see Barr among them. Barr is ...

Words escape him for highway roundabout

A roundabout on Piilani Highway? I don’t think either “stupid” or “insane” are the correct words.  I guess it needs to be, “Words escape me.” Michael Kaipo Nye Maui Meadows

We were made to stop business as usual

The west coast is on fire. We could say the world is on fire with widespread injustice, poverty, human migrations, random and organized acts of violence, the polarization of what God’s name is and who’s right, environmental degradation and collapse. Hurricanes, flooding, earth shaking, ...

Who doesn’t have fun at bowling alleys?

Good news at last! I just read that former mayor Charmaine Tavares has kept her bowling alley dreams alive, thus making a happy start to my day. After all, who doesn’t have fun at a bowling alley? Even my small hometown of 5,000 had a bowling alley. For a community like Maui to no longer ...

Power outage story left out quite a bit

Monday Sept. 7, The Maui News reported on a power outage for Paia on Page A3. Your report tells a very small part of the story — you left out quite a bit, actually.   The outage occurred Saturday Sept. 5, around 6:45 a.m. Residents of Skill Village were without power for 12 hours because ...

Trump using DOJ as his personal attorney

The Trump administration continues to use the Department of Justice as Donald Trump’s personal attorney. This means that we taxpayers are paying for his lawyers. The most recent outrage is that the Department of Justice is trying to take over the defense of Trump in a state court case ...

Charter changes need to be properly reviewed

This general election, Maui County voters will be confronted by seven amendments to the Maui County Charter that would remake the way our local government works. Some will shift the balance of power between the mayor and the council, in favor of the council. Others will add costs to the ...

Thinking about tent to live in when evicted?

The wealthy are feasting while the rest of us are thinking about buying a tent to live in when we are evicted. Expect your friends and former neighbors to be knocking at your door asking for help. Wear a mask properly and vote early! Jeff Bigler Wailuku

Biden only placeholder for vice president candidate

Warmed my heart to see real patriots rally across the island for the reelection of President Trump. Biden is only a placeholder for Kamala and an absolute radical leftist disaster. Only with four more years of the current administration can we pull out of this mess together with added ...

Vote for Ohana candidates, ‘yes’ on charter changes

For the past two years, we have had a council that faced serious issues and worked very cooperatively together. Four of the five Ohana candidates elected in 2018 — council members King, Paltin, Rawlins-Fernandez and Sinenci — secured the cooperation of very experienced members Mike Molina ...

Vote Gabe Johnson for county council Lanai seat

Gabe Johnson will make a great County Council member for the Lanai seat. He is someone who can truly represent our whole community. He is a farmer, whose love of — and skill for — feeding our community is now legendary. He is a good listener, a quiet yet firm voice for all of us. He will ...

Rallies defying virus rules should face citations, fines

I have been exceptionally proud of our community and its behavior since the beginning of the pandemic. That Maui has not witnessed a serious spike with the virus is a testament to our cautious, careful and respectful observance of the requests for public safety. That is, I was proud until ...

Roadmap to ensuring a great local government

There are seven Maui County Charter Amendments that will be on the November ballot. They are all winners. A culmination of over seven years of work and thought process — voted on by a supermajority of the Maui County Council. From a Maui County department of agriculture that will help ...

History repeats itself with lack of police training

History has the ability to repeat itself. Police lack of training resulting in death and injury across the country was dealt with by The Maui News in an article I wrote published on May 28, 2005. As the Kingston Trio sang decades ago, “When will they ever learn, when will they ever ...

Flu was the direct cause of rise of Adolph Hitler?

“Hitler didn’t steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people,” the pope was quoted in “The Great Influenza,” written by John M. Barry. But did you know that this flu was the direct cause of the rise of Adolph Hitler and World War II? Read the ...

Maui’s beaches, dunes work like nature intended

  When we have a problem neighbor-to-neighbor, we talk it through. When we have a problem neighbor-to-nature, nature often has the upper hand. Sometimes, our only option is retreat when struggling against wind and water forces.      We see many examples on Maui where over time a road, ...

President failed us with virus, economy

Our president has betrayed us. He has failed to develop, implement and monitor a plan for managing the coronavirus. The ensuing pandemic has killed 186,000 of us and still counting. It has destroyed our economy leaving thousands of us unemployed, devastating our well-being. Rather than heal ...

Support the population of the whole country by voting blue

Our government doesn’t have the balance of power envisioned by its founders. House representation is based on population plus two Senators from each state. Today, for example, California has 39.5 million people, Kentucky has 4.5 million, just 11 percent of California. Total U.S. population is ...