Letters to the Editor

Two different pages, two different names for road

Before reading the Oct. 7 front-page story, I was unaware that Mokulele Highway’s name had been changed to Maui Veterans Highway. But then I presumably shared such ignorance with staff members of The Maui News. On Page A3 of the same issue, the location of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife ...

Highway sign doesn’t do enough to honor veterans

The Oct. 7 article discusses how lawmakers passed a bill to the cheapest-fix war propaganda by way of a highway sign. Our veterans of Maui deserve more then just a piece of metal inscribed “Maui Veterans.” Each veteran and their immediate families should be given monetary compensation, ...

Giving without expectation of getting is real aloha

Our hats go off to the many first responders, including nonemergency personnel, who leapt to assist the wounded and to guide others to safety during the horrible Las Vegas massacre this month. Giving without the expectation of getting anything in return is the real aloha way. We know we live ...

Idea to privatize county swimming pools is wacko

I recently heard some rumblings, grumblings really, about some cockamamie scheme to privatize our local community center swimming pools. Does anyone seriously think that us locals (meaning all Maui residents) would be willing to pay $3 to $9 a day to use the pool? Some consultants from ...

Use dorms for off-island patients and families

Did you know that mothers cannot give birth on the island of Lanai? They have to travel off-island. We do not have a birthing center in our hospital or health clinic. It’s a huge cost burden on a new family to find a place to stay until the baby comes. In a recent “Ask the Mayor” ...

Killing cats and dogs is not the humane answer

I am concerned about the pending rule change concerning state boat harbors and the animals who may wander onto those properties from nearby neighborhoods, as well as the colonies of community (stray and feral) cats who may call the harbors home. Cats and fishers have had a long history ...

We should all practice God’s pono policy

Aloha means to receive the breath of God. “But you have not honored the God who gives you breath. So God sent this hand to write this message. ‘Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin.’ This is what these words mean.” “Mene means ‘numbered’ — God has numbered the days of your reign ...

Various ailments can be attributed to lead

America imports many products from China. China still uses lead in things they make. China has used lead from days when it was known as Qing Dynasty and Korea was known as Joseon. People get lead poisoning and die. People just get sick, if luckier. Various ailments are due to lead. In ...

Veterans dishonored by paper’s misuse of name

Page 1 headline news Oct. 7: The Mokulele Highway has been renamed in honor of Maui veterans. Road signs have gone up to reflect the new name. The Maui News immediately proceeds to dishonor these veterans on Page A3, referring to the Maui Veterans Highway by its old name in a story about a ...

Headline not true reflection of hospital progress

So amazing how writers work diligently to craft a headline that is either negative or scary. The Oct. 8 leading article about the hospital presented negative comments for a good portion of the article. Finally, at the end of the article, Sen. Roz Baker tried to put this story into perspective ...

We should never forget what anthem stands for

The anthem was first played in 1918 during the 7th-inning stretch of the World Series. It's no coincidence that its surge in popularity happened during wartime. Nationalism, stoked by World War I, showed that people were more affected by the anthem. The fact that Major League Baseball ...

New state rule to control feral animals is inhumane

In September, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources passed a drastic rule change that allows its officers to "by any means necessary" destroy any loose animal on public lands and boat harbors throughout the state. This inhumane approach to controlling feral cat and stray dog ...

EIS needed now for highway from Olowalu to pali

Let’s get the environmental impact statement for the highway between Olowalu and the pali done now. As I write this, Hawaiian Dredging is on its way to completing Phase 1B2, an extension of the Lahaina bypass from Hokiokio Street to just past Cut Mountain. This segment is 2.7 miles and ...

Farmers should be the ones making decisions

Kudos to Mayor Alan Arakawa for very professionally and simply stating just the facts about how Maui can efficiently and cost effectively utilize 36,000 acres formerly dedicated to sugar cane (“Our County,” Oct. 6). While some say to dedicate the land to growing organic vegetables (which ...

Media stay silent while Trump wages war on gays

I find it extraordinary that Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, voted with Saudi Arabia to support putting gays to death, and it was not even mentioned in this newspaper. In addition, the Donald has continuously rolled back as many protections for gays as he can — ...

Pandering to his base is Trump’s only play

It appears that we have now reached the final unrepentant 30 percent of voters who still support Donald Trump. As is the case with all cults, there is no logic or reason for this adhesiveness and no way to dissuade them from taking the poison Kool-Aid. The problem arises when you realize ...

Two troubled leaders have much in common

Are we witnessing between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump the wildest, darkest tango in the history of mankind? Two spoiled and now desperate juvenile monarchs at play. One has a deplorable, disastrous economy; his people are fed propaganda by way of grotesque military parades with impeccable ...

Schools, parents need to keep tab on their kids

I’m writing to let you know how the kids drop their classes during school. Many months ago, two accidents happened in front of my house. In the first one, three boys in a car crashed into the neighbor’s house at 11:30 a.m. The police came and found out they’d run away. Police called ...

Maui Medical Group has no problem with Kaiser

I don’t share Dr. Samuel Lyons opinion (Viewpoint Oct. 3) regarding Kaiser’s management of our hospital. The Maui Medical Group has been involved at both the inpatient and outpatient level with the transfer of Maui Memorial Medical Center to Kaiser. While problems have inevitably occurred ...

App may reduce calls but don’t expect response

Has anyone attempted to report problems to the county through its new app called COMConnect? After all the hoopla rolling it out, the new app has done little more than reduce the number of calls to the Mayor’s Office. This app allows one to report problems such as illegal dumping, ...