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Letters to the Editor

Council member’s racist comments not appreciated

I am getting ready to vote in the upcoming election. I like to do research to know who to vote for so I focused on the nine council seats and the mayoral race. I was dismayed at what I found! So much campaign money going to candidates from real estate, agrochemical companies, A&B, Dowling, ...

This election offers excellent alternatives to status quo

This election can deliver the change Maui needs. This year there are excellent alternatives to the status quo in every political race. Some are in office working for progress but most are just getting started. Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a new result and voting for longtime ...

Elect Mike Molina for Maui County Council

We are happy to support Mike Molina’s candidacy for the Maui County Council. Mike’s accomplishments from his previous service on the council included legislation that helped provide housing for our citizens, namely the Affordable Housing Fund and the First-Time Homebuyers Fund. With ...

Alice Lee has done good things for Maui County

In 1988, I ran against Alice Lee for County Council, and I received more than 4,000 votes. To any of those voters who are still alive, and to other registered voters, I implore you to vote for Alice to return to the council. For the past 30 years, she has done nothing but good things for the ...

Hawaii government audits are called for

Hawaii residents being the most heavily taxed individuals in the United States and not seeming to get back the bang for the buck; audits of various government departments are definitely needed. The Department Of Education is one of the departments in Hawaii that needs to get audited. Hawaii ...

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

Lowering Hawaii’s cost of living would be a better way to help our public school teachers than the proposed constitutional amendment that was thrown out Oct. 19 by the Hawaii Supreme Court. The proposed amendment would have let the state impose a tax on investment real property via a Nov. 6 ...

Lawsuit filed against mayoral candidate

There is no information in The Maui News about a lawsuit that was filed against chair of County Council’s Infrastructure Committee, mayoral candidate Elle Cochran, on Oct 5, accusing Ms. Cochran and two county government attorneys of unlawfully granting roadway infrastructure exemptions, ...

Mike Victorino is the pro-housing candidate

An Oct. 11 letter chastised mayoral candidate Mike Victorino for once proposing the repeal of the so-called county “Show Me The Water” rule. Victorino — a former member of the county Board of Water Supply and longtime County Council Water Committee chairman — made that proposal because ...

Gunfight broke out at 1-year-old’s party

I read in The Maui News that recently in Texas there was a birthday party for a 1-year old where a gunfight broke out a left four dead. Carrying weapons “for protection” does not always work out so well. Jim Killett Lahaina

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez advocates for community

As a Molokai resident, I’m writing to share my impressions of Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, a candidate for the Molokai seat on the Maui County Council. Over the past several years, I have enjoyed the opportunity of seeing her as a tireless advocate for the betterment of the Molokai community, ...

Elle Cochran has a proven track record

Elle Cochran has a proven track record voting in favor of the environment, the working class and public health for her eight years on the County Council. Mike Victorino has consistently voted against environment and public health, and in favor of big corporate and luxury development ...

Vote for politicians with ‘can’ attitude about housing

I started working on the lack of housing for the poor, the disabled and our workers in 1986. To this day, I with others have struggled against the lack of affordable housing for our people because of the “no can” attitude of our political leaders. The “no can” reasons are land is too ...

Is the FCC is monitoring Spectrum’s poor performance?

Is it just me that has TV outages for no apparent reason, sometimes several times a day? I hope the FCC is monitoring Spectrum’s poor performance. Promises made, promises not kept. Jeff Bigler Wailuku

Consider these things before voting Nov. 6

Will more low-paying jobs and more work relieve our high prices and high costs? Wouldn’t that require better wages and a lower cost of living? Could it also require shifting taxes to those who benefit from higher costs, those with money to buy up lands, homes and opportunities the average ...

Hirono works tirelessly for the people of Hawaii

It was upsetting to read the letters to the editor on Oct. 13 concerning Mazie Hirono, Hawaii’s U.S. senator, the first Asian-American female senator at that, who has worked tirelessly to promote the values we cherish, Hawaii’s values. She supports women’s right to choose, health care as ...

Will support any candidate with these two agenda items

Any candidate who has term limits at the top of his/her agenda and global warming as a threat to our planet has my support. Unlimited terms along with Electoral College are enemies of our democracy. If term limits had been in place for our country 20 years ago we would not have the enablers to ...

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

Maybe we should rethink this. We are as a nation spending $650 billion on our military. Russia spends $60 billion and China $200 billion. The military advisers say we are vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down our defense and our ability to attack. Maybe we should put more money ...

Rick Nava would bring lots of experience to council

Rick Nava is an excellent choice for Maui County Council because he has proven leadership skills, is a local business owner, veteran and a community leader who has a global view. For example, his service as police commissioner allows him to bring a depth of experience about how to best protect ...

Hirono, other Asian females are true American heroes

Mazie Hirono is a hero of Hawaii and America, just like Hawaii’s immortal Patsy Mink. Both these Asian females fearlessly took on the male-dominated political hierarchy in Washington, D.C., challenging the same stiffs who’ve rigged policy and politics there. Like Chuck Grassley, Orrin ...

Government ‘affordable’ programs taxing the public

I am not against government “affordable housing.” But, I do object to the label. More accurately it is “tax-subsidized housing.” Taxing the public for the benefit of a few. Now we have “affordable” $500,000 homes! Ditto for the “affordable” flights to Kalaupapa. Government ...