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Letters to the Editor

If not reelected, likely multiple felonies await

Our stable genius of a president has been bragging this past week about how he aced the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test and the testers were just amazed at how well he did (according to him) after he re-recited the five words he was given: Person, woman, man, camera, TV. That’s tough ...

Senate bill reducing benefit shows GOP disconnect

The GOP-controlled Senate’s latest COVID-19 relief bill, the Heals Act, reduces the additional $600 a week unemployment benefit to $200 and shows how out of touch they are with the American people. The additional unemployment benefit, a lifeline keeping millions of those left unemployed ...

Thanks to Maui hospital, patient can walk again

Thank you, Maui Memorial Medical Center. I had back pain for a while that continued until I couldn’t walk. Like many of us, the COVID horror stories made me scared to go to the hospital, even though I was in pain. I laid on my living room floor for five days. Finally, it got to the point ...

Mayor had enough time to open Maui’s economy

Let’s review, shall we? There was talk about opening Mainland travel in July. That was nixed and Aug. 1 was the new date, when Mainland passengers could be tested prior to boarding to Hawaii. That was nixed because “we aren’t ready.” So, Sept. 1 became the new date for Mainland travel ...

Baseless personal attacks victimize Tina Wildberger

I write in response to misinformation about South Maui’s Rep. Tina Wildberger recently published by her opponent in the current election. The first piece of misinformation concerns Rep. Wildberger’s adherence to quarantine guidance. Rep. Wildberger was never quarantined. So, it is not ...

Dismayed with Don Couch’s political flyer

In a recent political flyer, candidate Don Couch deceitfully devised “a trumpery,” against his political opponent by bluntly stating, “Maui lawmaker, husband face charges of violating virus order”— KITV June 23,  and “Lawmaker, candidate cited for emergency rule violations” — ...

Social justice warriors encourage lawlessness

Mahalo to the writer of the letter re: Social Justice Warriors seek US destruction. You have said what many here on Maui want heard. The final poll will be the election. People apprehensive to express opinions will do so by ballot. No name calling or threats, just a vote. My faith is still in ...

Efforts to help often halted by bureaucracy

In response to the July 11 letter titled “Big Beach parking lot opened by Upcountry hero,” which inquired about my efforts:  On March 17 and 24, I wrote to Gov. Ige and all county mayors asking to open and stock all public restrooms in accordance with CDC guidelines. I asked my ...

Vote yes on all charter initiatives in November

Mahalo to all the council members who voted to allow all of the charter amendments to be on the ballot in November. They are well thought out and have been years in the making. They allow a balance between the county council and the mayor; ensure professional management instead of whoever a ...

Testing could solve travel restrictions

None of us are thrilled about letting tourists from the Mainland back here on Maui, but the reality is that no tourists means a lot of people are out of work. Here is a way we can help with both situations. Rather than putting off the date which we allow tourists to return without quarantine, ...

Extreme letter statements call credibility into question

A July 25 letter made a number of statements that are so extreme that they call into question the fundamental credibility of the writer and others who have made similar claims. First, he claims that the Democratic Party has been taken over by far-left-wing lunatics. If that were so, why did ...

Leadership dereliction to allow viral spread

Maui just dodged the bullet of Hurricane Douglas, which it could do nothing about, yet it continues to play fast and loose with the continuing COVID-19 threat. As Douglas churned, the state posted three consecutive days of record-high, single-day increases in virus cases, and on one of those ...

Beware Medicare scam calls asking for doctor

I have a caller-blocking function on my landline that ensures nobody gets through without a phone number.   So, I get a call with a Honolulu phone number. A guy with a thick Mumbai accent calls and identifies himself as calling from Medicare. He says I will be getting a new Medicare card at ...

Any comparison to Hitler very much intended

In a free and open election, he was chosen. He promised law and order. He immediately began to keep his promise to make the country great again. His strategy was to divide the people. Jews were his favorite target, although others were victims of his xenophobia.  At night, his secret ...

Praiseworthy actions by council members

The receptiveness of various Maui County Council members has been extraordinary. The council, by way of such members as Yuki Lei Sugimura, has quickly addressed unsafe, horrific conditions. One example is her immediate measure to control vehicle disposal near the Haiku Community Center. ...

Peacekeeping forces appropriate when needed

If state and local governments cannot or refuse to do the most important function of government of safeguarding the safety of citizens and property, then the citizens have every right to expect peacekeeping forces of the United States to do that. Opinion columnist Jules Witcover on July 25 ...

Rep. DeCoite fights for ‘us little guys’

My name is Faith Tuipulotu. My husband and I own and operate a certified organic farm on Molokai. As president of the Moloka‘i Homestead Farmers Alliance and president of the Moloka‘i Lanai Soil and Water Conservation District, I wholeheartedly support the re-election of Rep. Lynn DeCoite ...

Lot at stake here when opening travel

I can understand why some folks get upset right now when they see tourists here on Maui now. It’s also not hard to imagine how that could and maybe does become confrontational and abusive. I have even noticed in myself some contraction and annoyance to see a tourist at this time. This ...

Democrats complicit in violence by anarchist

The Democratic Party is complicit in the violence and destruction perpetrated by the anarchist on the Mainland. They are complicit by acquiescing to all this mayhem and not condemning and curtailing this destruction. This violence exists primarily in Blue states and cities which have been ...

Permit for march should have been withdrawn

I almost fell off my chair when I read that a Black Lives Matter march and protest was held July 25. The event also took the opportunity to present black-owned businesses to the people who participated in this demonstration. The organizers requested that people wear masks and social distance. ...