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Letters to the Editor

There are still ways to shop locally in an online world

Mahalo, Maui News, for the Letters section. Online shopping is not necessarily anti-local. When our family visited us, they shopped at many local stores and tried several products until they found the perfect gifts for friends and their employees on the Mainland. They were challenged with ...

Keeping home delivery of newspaper is a good thing

A letter to the editor (Nov. 15) really struck home in my neighborhood. A woman wrote that the walk up to the newspaper tube at the mailbox was the best trip on the morning it was announced that home delivery would continue. She is not alone with that sentiment. Many of my neighbors are ...

Candidate very deft at ‘accidental boob bump’

It happens here too (no big surprise). Women, beware of political glad-handing. There’s a candidate out there that’s very deft at the “accidental boob bump.” Hopefully, all the recent furor will curtail these activities. Meantime, you know who you are and should cease these actions ...

Future career choice is predicting eruptions

I appreciate The Maui News’ continuing early-morning delivery. I thought I wanted to be reincarnated as a weatherman, particularly one who (mis)predicts hurricanes on Maui. But after reading your article regarding the possibility of Haleakala erupting, I have changed my future career choice ...

Gift shops offer another option for shoppers

I applaud the strong efforts encouraging Maui shoppers to support local businesses this holiday season. The insert in the Nov. 19 paper provided a wealth of information on businesses and products to assist us. However, I would like to suggest another option that was somehow overlooked ...

OHA suing citizens over Mauna Loa mismanagement

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is suing the State of Hawaii for mismanagement on Mauna Loa. So why not sue for all of the Hawaiians’ land which have been mismanaged for years? The state’s legal bills are paid for by the taxpayers. The people who live, work and sweat here just to eke out ...

Opening of bridge could coincide with school opening

The Nov. 19 article detailing the eruption assessment of Haleakala was well written and illustrated. Kudos for an informative and interesting story. A rather intriguing anecdote in the piece explained that the weight of Maui volcanoes on the seafloor and the rising of sea levels could ...

Most of community does not want community center

In his Nov. 7 Viewpoint, Joe Kent of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii said the Maui budget crisis has begun. Why then has the Maui County Council decided to spend $1.5 million to build a community center in Lower Nahiku that most of the community does not want? The proposed center is a ...

‘In Trump We Trust’ could be slogan for the president

There is the story of young George Washington and the cherry tree that praises the honesty of this great leader. There is the oft-referenced Abraham Lincoln moniker of “Honest Abe.” Currently we have a president off to a bad start with his personal integrity, which he believes may be due ...

We will have to overcome struggles to achieve cause

Do you get as angry as I do trying to get something out of its plastic packaging? Whether I’m trying to get a new ink cartridge for my printer or a blade for my razor, do I really need to risk a hurtful cut and waste my time? I’ve cut myself even when I have used scissors or a knife. As ...

Why hassle people sleeping in car at public parking lot?

On the night of Nov. 14, while sleeping in a car at Maalaea Harbor in the public parking lot across the road from the 76 station and Carl’s Jr., a Maui County police person shined his flashlight in and rapped on the driver’s side window with his baton. It was about midnight. We weren’t ...

SOS ad makes a complex issue too black and white

Even when the costs have been much higher, I have shopped locally as much as I could for 40 years to support local businesses; however, there are still too many local businesses that seem to take advantage of our isolation, and/or who do not carry many products that are therefore purchased ...

Support newspaper and local merchants

A big Mahalo to Joe Bradley and company for continuing our home delivery service of The Maui News. I know that the initial decision was a cost-saving measure, but I must commend Mr. Bradley for rescinding their decision to stop home delivery. Now we should all support this local paper and the ...

Hawaii continues to have financial, social problems

The State of Hawaii, despite its so-called surpluses, continues to have a number of practical financial and social problems. The state’s pension fund, which includes about 10 percent of its population, remains underfunded. We are short a number of ambulances and probably a number of dialysis ...

Minimal coverage of event slights Vietnam veterans

On Nov. 11, a glorious event honoring Vietnam veterans took place at the Kahili Golf Course banquet room. Over 300 people attended (150 veterans) and another 100 were on a wait list! U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, our mayor and other dignitaries made heartfelt speeches to the gathering followed by a ...

Politicians should be first in line to fight for reefs

Something spectacular occurred Nov. 13 on Maui. A Maui County Council committee recommended the approval of a bill to eliminate oxybenzone and octinoxate sunscreen chemicals from county islands. The committee and those who testified deserve a big mahalo. This is an incredible act of kindness ...

Decision by newspaper to run SOS ads is appreciated

As a small-business owner, I certainly appreciate the decision to run the full-page ads suggesting residents at least give greater consideration to shopping local. I see in the Nov. 19 letters to the editor, a couple referred to the ads as “shame ads.” That’s one way of looking at them. ...

GOP tax proposal robs poor to give to the rich

Robbing from the poor and giving to the rich. That’s the only way to describe the GOP tax “reform.” Let’s look at just one example. Under the new GOP tax plan, waived tuition for graduate students becomes taxable. That means that grad students would have to pay tax on money they never ...

Bullhorn bigotry does not lead to conversion

I read with dismay the news of religious bullying on Nov. 12 at Iao United Church of Christ (The Maui News, Nov. 17). The perpetrator is not engaged in any sort of legitimate evangelism; rather he is saying, “Believe as I do or you are doomed!” We heard that relentless message a week ago ...