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Letters to the Editor

Kamaole Beach Park I improvements underway

Since volunteers began working at Kamaole I with guidance from Maui County Parks Department and UH Sea Grant, invasive plants were removed, native plants reintroduced, pathways added, benches installed, and more usable park space created. The changes were remarkable. Kamaole I is in the ...

Skeptics can be skeptical of their own skepticism

“Melting of glaciers cause rising sea levels?” (Letters, Feb. 15/16) points to the fact that water contracts as it goes from frozen to liquid. If the writer really wants a fitting experiment, he’ll fill a large glass with all the ice it can hold. Then he pours water into the glass until ...

Terrible Super Bowl half-time ‘pornography’

I am writing regarding the terrible halftime show at the Super Bowl. This is a family program and the NFL has a responsibility to choose family entertainment, not pole dancing. If I wanted to see someone’s crotch and butt cheeks, I would go to a strip club. This was basically pornography and ...

Neonatal intensive care unit needed on Maui

A viewpoint from Feb.14 states that Maui Health System is for everyone. Yes, everyone except newborns who are sick or premature. Kaiser is blocking Maui from having a neonatal intensive care unit in favor of their Oahu facility NICU. We do not have many Hawaiians walking this Earth! We need to ...

Applauds experiment, but points out not germane

A letter concerning melting glaciers (Feb. 15/16) described a scientific experiment related to melting icebergs and sea level rise. I was heartened to see the author using science. Unfortunately, he chose an iceberg experiment, not a glacier experiment. It’s true that icebergs, which are ...

Pesticides use acceptable, they occur naturally?

In the February 8/9 Maui News article about Mahi Pono’s potatoes, the director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau suggests that pesticides use is OK because plants have natural pesticides, that pesticides are widely used, necessary and strictly controlled by federal and state laws. There are too ...

Potato testing request was community concern

I’m thrilled to learn Mahi Pono is having its potatoes tested. The results from the potatoes I picked-up from the Hawaii Food Bank to have tested have not yet been completed. Dr. Lorrin Pang from the Hawaii Department of Health recommended a testing facility. He suggested Anresco Labs in San ...

What happened to Hookipa vendors such as Bob’s Dog?

What happened to Hookipa?  We live in Dallas, Texas, and when visiting Maui, by ship or plane, a priority was visiting “Bob’s Dogs of Maui” and the other vendors at Hookipa Park. On our last visit, they were gone. As a regular tourist, a huge part of our experience is getting to know ...

Pray for prisoner needs and those of their families

There’s a strength greater than our own, when we allow the Holy Spirit, the truth, to lead us with faith and justice. We become stronger and seize life to work with special and unique ways to make our world a better place. Our mission: To be kinder and more godly as we inspire and salute ...

Voting by mail unreliable, secret balloting better

Our state Legislature has approved universal voting by mail in our elections. This effectively does away with the secret ballot. The reason we have confidence in election results is because they are arrived at through a secret ballot. How does voting by mail remove ballot secrecy? In the past ...

Melting of glaciers cause rising sea levels?

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about global warming/global climate change/global weather catastrophe and the rising sea levels. There has been published “research” supposedly linking global warming to the melting of the glaciers causing the rising sea levels. Being a skeptic, I decided to ...

Uneducated, unintelligent Trump haters are Democrats

One has merely to glance through the letters section to grasp the education and intelligence level of the typical Trump hater. Sadly, these people are not outliers, but now representative of the main Democratic constituency. Not one can name a single crime committed by the duly elected ...

Federalist Papers warned of demagogues, factions

Donald Trump is the man and his supporters the angry faction the framers warned us about in The Federalist Papers. When Trump was elected, I was appalled. Once in office, I watched with apprehension as he lurched from outrage to scandal to outrage to scandal. Nonetheless, absent nuclear war (to ...

Municipal governing lack thwarts true democracy

The recent effort to expand planning advisory committees countywide is a good-hearted try at rectifying a glaring flaw I have pointed out for years — that Hawaii is the only state with no municipal governments, the basic building blocks of democracy. These committees will not only be limited ...

POTUS proves power of money in politics

Justice is bought. Proves now, that money can buy power. Extort or blackmail those who oppose. That is OK. Justice has been judged by those bought, but there is one that money cannot bribe. God. POTUS is truly religious and believes in the God of Money. Mammon. Another thing, one should ...

Whale-watch harassment behind sighting decline

Anthropomorphically speaking, the whales couldn’t care less what the ocean water temperature is. They’re covered in blubber. What they do care about is the constant harassment by whale-watching profiteer organizations and companies. The pseudo-experts should get productive real jobs and ...

Repulsed by presence of chickens roaming around in food court

This letter is addressed to a Maui business with an open-air food court. Your food court is disgusting with chickens and roosters roaming around leaving their deposits and spreading germs. Today there were five chickens enjoying the $1.50 hot dogs. There are pest control companies on Maui that ...

Tip flight attendants while airline contract stalls

I have flown Hawaiian Airlines for many years. Their flight attendants always are friendly, gracious and do a great job. I think it is inexcusable that the flight attendants have been negotiating for three years for a new contract with the airline, so far, without success. On my last flight ...

Scientific analysis proves organic produce is better

In The Maui News article dated Feb. 8, 2020, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation’s Brian Miyamoto made the misleading statement that there is no nutritional difference between organic and nonorganic produce. Actually, a scientific analysis in 2014, based on 343 peer-reviewed studies, found organic ...

Disparages Vindman for testifying to Congress

Vindman, excuse me, I’m sorry: Lt. Col Vindman was what we call a blue falcon — someone who continually screws over others to advance their career, making themselves look good when it comes time for their officer ratings. From being a chow hall thief at Ranger School, getting reprimanded ...