Letters to the Editor

God ordered timing of events for chaplain

Do not compromise or be deceived, but be strong and very courageous; I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. Back in the late ’70s on Oahu when I attended the Assembly of God, Pastor Anne Fujii and Pastor James and ...

Reading pro and con letters about Cochran

I would like to thank some of the recent letter writers for their opinions of Ms. Elle Cochran. There have been pro and con letters. Is she a real “stand up for us little guys” or just a gadfly? I’ll keep reading. Marlene Rea Kihei

Thoughts on Maui politics past and present

Been thinking about The Maui News’ June 15 story about the SHAKA Movement and local politics. Some thoughts. I’m old — maybe as old as the spokesman for the SHAKA Movement — I’m male and I think I have been good, so why hasn’t anyone clued me in on the existence of Maui’s Good ...

KCA’s first candidate forum set for July 17

As the deadline for declaring candidacy has passed, we know who is running for each office. The Kihei Community Association, www.gokihei.org, will have three candidate forums, and the first one is established for July 17 at 6:30 p.m. This is our only state forum, inviting all candidates for ...

Thousands of ‘laws’ are enforced arbitrarily

Well, the true local mentality is on display here for all to see. In spite of laws preventing people from being career politicians, those laws are ignored at no cost to anyone. Now, imagine waiting 50 years for a law to be carried out, like the release of our last legitimate president’s ...

Gun debate points to ponder and discuss

Most of the letters and opinions seem to be Second Amendment rights versus, banning “assault weapons” (another made up leftist term), disbanding the NRA, the mentality ill, and graphic violence in entertainment. Turn off the TV news, it’s mostly leftist brainwashing. Stop reading the ...

Newspaper’s ‘time out’ page brings comic relief

Did you ever notice in Friday’s Maui News that the page directly after the 0pinion page is the “time out” page! Read and weep the opinions and then cheer up with the comics. Just saying. Joe Jares Honokowai

Change will have positive impact on local government

Professional management of county operations will have several positive impacts on our local government — if at least six members of the County Council let us decide the question in November and the proposed charter changes win. If you’ve been paying attention to recent stories in The ...

Our elected leaders are failing us big time

The OAS (Organization of American States) is comprised of 35 nations in North, Central and South America. The concept was to unite us in democratic and human rights principles. But the U.S. has been so preoccupied with oil wars in the Mideast that OAS oversight has been neglected to the point ...

PAC not affiliated with Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation

When I read in The Maui News (June 13) that the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee endorsed Democrats Tina Wildberger and Tiare Lawrence for the South Maui (District 11) and Upcountry (District 12) seats in the Hawaii Legislature, it caused me to look up information about the PAC, which, ...

Regan’s ICMA designation a step in the right direction

The headline on Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Viewpoint (The Maui News, June 15) states, “Cochran gets numbers wrong in campaign pay-to-play claim,” after which the mayor asserts that Managing Director Keith Regan only donated $3,770 to the mayor’s campaigns between 2006 and 2012. State records ...

Let’s clarify term limits with a charter amendment

I filed a complaint regarding one sitting council member and two former council members who want to use the Maui County Council as their long-term place of employment. Riki Hokama’s father, Goro Hokama, resided in the Lanai seat for 40 years. Now his son has been in this seat for 10 years ...

Guarding oneself from the changing swords of life

I read once that mankind can be thankful for three things: the mother, the heat of the Earth, and the sting of the scorpion. But people or things that move to extremes can turn their blessings into curses. A good-intentioned mother can turn bad. The sting of the scorpion, which implies ...

Setting the record straight on handling rodeo animals

As past chairman of the Poway (Calif.) Rodeo and past vice president of the CA Pro Rodeo Circuit, I want to set the record straight about the handling of rodeo animals (Letters, June 7). The sport directly descends from ranching traditions and is a celebration of the Western way of life. ...

Can’t drive 45 mph on Piilani Highway

In the immortal words of Sammy Hagar, who once said to a nice police officer that he couldn’t drive 55, I can’t drive 45. The Piilani Highway needs to be updated with the traffic flow. I drive it nearly every day, and no one does the speed limit. If they do, then they get passed by the vast ...

Mayoral candidates will address housing needs

Our governmental officials have been speaking about Maui’s housing crisis but have no idea how to address this crisis. On June 28, a forum on affordable housing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Valley Isle Fellowship Church in Wailuku. Come listen to our mayoral candidates tell us how they ...

Local watermelon priced higher than Mainland

I can’t help wondering where it is in the supply chain that raises the price of a 20-pound “Hawaii grown” watermelon at a Maui supermarket to $30 when larger watermelons on the Mainland cost a tenth of that. I can understand higher prices on Maui, but 10 times higher? For something grown ...

Career Maui politicians are cause for alarm

The front-page article about career politicians should alarm voters (The Maui News, June 13). A mayor should be limited to only two four-year terms whether consecutive or not; council members should be able to serve five two-year terms, period. Career politicians are usually funded by special ...

Let Molina, Lee and Hokama run for office

I was disappointed to read about a frivolous attempt made by an Ohana Coalition/Maui Pono Network member to disqualify three local candidates from running for the Maui County Council (The Maui News, June 13). Mike Molina, Alice Lee and Riki Hokama come from respected families who have been part ...

Sports writer recognized for covering MIL athletes

Another school year has come to an end. For me as a parent, it is the last school year my children will be home as they graduated from high school this year. I have been fortunate to be the parent of three student athletes and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments both as students and ...