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Letters to the Editor

Gender-equal marriage a positive influence

I recently submitted a letter with my opinion of what the next group of candidates for public office on Maui needs to present. A vision of our island that truly reflects the expressed desire of our community as “a town within a park.” My intention is to make this my swan song and include ...

AG using taxpayer money to promote himself

How come the Hawaii press hasn’t reported that state Attorney General Doug Chin is using state taxpayer money to run for Congress in his travel ban challenge? Chin (as the State of Hawaii) is using a high-powered D.C. law firm to fight his anti-Trump battle and exposure to run for office. Is ...

On the contrary, VA is doing a good job for vets

In reference to the Dec. 26 letter to the editor: “Veterans are not getting what they need from VA.” Let’s correct: The VA, both state and local do an excellent job, especially helping homeless. A proud, patriotic combat American veteran says, “Thank you VA.” Fred Ruge Wailuku

Questions raised about park’s irrigation system

Reading the “Ask the Mayor” column on Christmas morning and the response concerning the irrigation system being installed at Waipuilani Park, I had to ask myself a couple questions. Please note, I am not in the habit of talking to myself. However, my first question was, “With a project ...

Kiwanis Club of Maui welcomes used magazines

There have been a couple letters recently to the editor concerning the fact that the county no longer supports recycling magazines, and the writers are asking what to do with them. The Kiwanis Club of Maui has been recycling magazines and bringing them to the hospital for a number of years ...

Reminder to check home exemption

I want to remind all of our homeowners who do not need to file a state tax return that you should check with the county Real Property Tax office to verify if you need to submit your 2016 income tax return in order to continue receiving the home exemption for property taxes. I believe that our ...

Using others’ money comes with strings

A Dec. 26 letter writer believes that restrictions on how VA money is spent reduce the benefits to veterans. While I totally stand for helping vets, I also realize that when you use other people’s money for something, strings are attached. If you accept money from somebody else, whether ...

Open up space in your home to help homeless

Recent letters about homeless people on Maui is a subject we cannot ignore. Some of our visitors end up with a one-way ticket to warm temperature and are smart enough to inquire in human services. Some are living in their cars, and some have recycled fashion in their wardrobe. Nonetheless, we ...

Alternative solution needed to issue of cats

Costco realizes and appreciates that there are two equally compelling sides to the cat issue — those who would like the trap-neuter-release program to be continued and those who believe that the program is a detriment to native wildlife. Costco is not taking a side on this issue. Rather, ...

Mayor’s shortcomings continue to mount

The mayor’s debacle regarding firing Dave Taylor of the water department shows two clear needs. First that the mayor was 100 percent wrong in his decision to fire Mr. Taylor, as the Maui County Council voted 9-0 to not allow the loss of a excellent, trained and experienced manager for the ...

Veterans are not getting what they need from VA

Homelessness was certainly not something I considered when joining the U.S. Army in the ’70s, and sure never thought the bureaucracy would work against solutions. The VA’s current policy is to deny veterans homeless status if they are not staying at certain shelters with restrictive ...

Molokai needs to be more friendly to tourism

A Dec. 24 letter writer from Kaunakakai bemoans the recent tax legislation that, in the writer’s opinion, will cause welfare benefit losses. This comes from the same island that routinely turns away visitor cruises and other tourism-related industries. Like it or not, tourism drives the ...

Hawaii needs to restore agricultural industries

Considering the overthrow is responsible for destroying Hawaii’s agrarian society, it is appropriate to redeem rural/agriculture land, build the necessary infrastructure and provide resources to restore agricultural industries. Doing this right thing promotes food security. The U.S. ...

No better ideas are coming from Democrats

I remember, when Barack Obama was in office, the Republicans were called the “Party of No” by the Democrats. Now the same type of things are happening. Not one yes vote from the Dems on the major policy issues of our present time. I hear the constant threats of Armageddon from the Dems on ...

Monkeypod trees are too close to houses

Recently there have been a lot of letters about the removal of the beautiful monkeypod trees on Piilani Highway. I’d like to add some background as to why they may have been removed by the owners, which I think is the homeowners association for the subdivision. Between late 2007 and the ...

Warnings needed about the dangers of snorkeling

How many tourists die each year on Maui while snorkeling? Too many, and it is probably because they have zero experience with the sport. Once their mask fills with water, or they dive and cannot clear their snorkel, they panic, and they drown. It‘s as simple as that. There should be a ...

Maui visitor appreciates commitment to justice

My family and I recently returned from another lovely holiday in Kapalua (21 consecutive years). The beauty of the area remains sublime and the kindness of so many Kapalua residents draws us back every year. During our Kapalua holiday, I made the acquaintance of a wondrous justice-seeking ...

Congress aims to uproot anti-poverty programs

The Republicans are celebrating a so-called win with a new tax reform. Who do you think benefits from these tax cuts? The rich. People are celebrating our so-called tax cuts, but what we’re hearing less about is who will pay the consequences — and that’s hardworking, low-income ...

Christmas spirit is not in evidence everywhere

Where is the aloha, the pono in the season of goodwill to all? Why do we allow unknowing visitors to recreate in the kai when there is a Department of Health “brown water alert”? When I see these unfortunate families in the ocean, I warn them. The usual response is: “Where are the ...

Maui’s recycling options shrinking

Maui now has two fewer items that can be recycled: magazines and junk mail. The recycling centers will no longer take them. Just throw them in the trash so that they can rot in the landfill. We have not been able to recycle batteries for over a year now. We can only recycle No. 1 and No. 2 ...