Letters to the Editor

Unintended consequences of trash fee to be apparent

Well, here we go again. The county, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to charge its citizens $3 to drop off their trash at the landfill. All they’ve accomplished is guaranteeing that there is going to be more and more rubbish on our roadsides. There is already plenty of this occurring, ...

Trump’s flaws obvious to anyone older than 10

“Dan from Pukalani” called and so announced himself. He said that he had been reading my “anti-Trump” letters and wanted to know what I had against the man. He also accused The Maui News of being biased against Trump, citing the fact that Trump’s name had been recently excluded from ...

Community plan update focus of next KCA meeting

We look forward to a very productive general membership meeting for the Kihei Community Association (KCA), www.gokihei.org, on July 18. The focus is the community plan update process with guests County Council Planning Committee Chair Kelly King and a team of county long-range planners from the ...

Companies ship items to Maui packed in Styrofoam

I know it’s too late but the County Council should think about this now that it’s illegal to use Styrofoam. Did you tell Samsung, Panasonic, all packing companies shipping to Maui that Styrofoam is illegal? How many things we buy come packed in Styrofoam? You got to be fair and stop ...

Assistance requested to forward health plan idea

At this time, a health plan with means for care for all Americans and sustainability is not present or being agreed on. In previous letters in The Maui News, I have provided a means for providing those, but am not able to get this plan to our politicians or national news/television. It is ...

Clock ticking for mayoral candidate to realize dream

Can you believe scientists estimate that sharks in Greenland live 270 to 400 years? They reach sexual maturity at age 150. That seems like a long time to wait. Since I can’t count on living that long, I hope to become our mayor in next year’s election. I’m a pretty healthy ...

Politicians steal our money to fund their boondoggles

Read “Anatomy of epic fail on rail offered” by Tom Yamachika (Opinion, June 28) three times and still had trouble following the maze the politicians and bureaucrats create on better ways to steal our hard-earned money to fund their boondoggles. Wow, what’s wrong with people? Now these ...

Not much thought needed to hold extreme position

The writer of a June 27 letter, “after much soul searching,” concluded: I am white, a Christian male, my religion is the only true religion . . . I am white conservative, let us run the world and the world would be a much better place. In 1897 Mark Twain wrote, “There are many ...

Statement about P-cards seems to conflict with audit

Purchase card programs have become commonplace in both local and federal governments. However, there are always those who will misuse the cards. Penalties must be established based on the severity of the improper use of cards. In the federal government, personnel have lost their jobs as a ...

More voters are rejecting bias by the liberal media

International news of the king of Saudi Arabia’s royal welcome of the POTUS to an impressive meeting of 50 leaders of the Middle East should have been on Page One of The Maui News. Instead, a scene of children playing was featured. A sweet summer scene, but vital to our national ...

Letter writer’s opinions may be ‘reactionary’

When I was studying theology at a major interdenominational seminary, the professor of a course on the Sociology of Religion was helpful in characterizing the spectrum of religious viewpoints. A “conservative” was described as someone who would want to keep things the same as they are (the ...

Programs to improve test scores were scams

The most important factor in the improvement in Hawaii on standard test scores for students has more to do with the replacement of pidgin English than any other factor. It came to me as a shock, that suddenly pidgin English had all but disappeared. Computers, the influx of standard English ...

Pro-Arts play excels in character development

Whether watching a film or a live performance, character development is critical to my overall enjoyment of the show. “Red, White and Tuna,” featuring John Williams and William Hubbard, at Kihei’s intimate little Pro-Arts Playhouse tucked away in the Azeka II shopping center reaches ...

What’s going on with Kaiser takeover of hospital?

Maui’s only hospital has been very quiet about the Kaiser takeover happening July 1. As an aging senior, I want to know what kind of changes to expect. All I’ve seen so far are a couple of articles in The Maui News about how the new hospital is going to accept non-Kaiser health insurance ...

Maui News is pretty boring with no Opinion page

Today was a sad day for me. There was no opinion page. No editorials. No guest contributors. You know The Maui News is pretty boring when there are no interesting essays about life on Earth. We only get it a few times a week now. I miss the excitement of new perspectives. I admit some of the ...

Water control is power — physically and spiritually

Since Satan counterfeits God’s ideas, how likely are lies, deceit and corruption practiced in regards to land, homes and water? How many quiet title and quit-claims on Hawaiian family/kuleana land occurred in recent years? Since heirs exist, could this be considered legal plunder? Do you ...

Cannabis is 114 times less deadly than booze

I drive taxi all over Maui. Everywhere I go, gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, I see rack upon rack of alcoholic beverages. The hypocrisy of lawmakers who condemn legal cannabis while drinking beer, wine and liquor at night was demonstrated recently in a study that alcohol is ...

Wilson used his middle name for greater stature

I enjoyed the June 23 letter from a reader about President Wilson. To quote, “(E)very grammar school kid knows the first name of the 28th president of the United States was Woodrow.” Actually, this could qualify as “fake news.” The first name of the president was not “Woodrow.” It ...

No problem regarding animal waste in yard

My address is not hard to find. I want my Maui ohana to know that I do not mind if your dogs do their business in my yard. No need to retrieve it. I also do not mind if your cats do their business in my flower beds or garden or if your horse does its business in the street in front of my ...

PCard issues being addressed

On June 14 of this year, the Office of the County Auditor released its pCard audit report. This audit was initiated by the auditor about two years ago, and the administration has been supportive and open throughout the process. The audit did not uncover specific fraud, waste or abuse, but did ...