Letters to the Editor

Stop assault on shade trees

Trees are a major economic and environmental asset: They reduce runoff, conserve energy, reduce wind, absorb pollutants, intercept particles like dust, release oxygen, lower air temperature, absorb atmospheric carbon, increase quality of life and raise property values. The urban forest is ...

Discharge papers refer patients to Kaiser clinics

I am disappointed that Kaiser came in here and changed the name of the hospital. There is something sincere and comforting to Maui Memorial Medical Center as compared to the sterile Maui Health System. But I am more disturbed by the papers handed out with Kaiser Permanente on them. The ...

Don’t let vocal minority dictate land use policy

I was sitting in the gallery at the County Council listening to the same ol’ people, singing the same ol’ song, protesting the Makila Kai affordable housing project: “too much traffic, no water, ag land, sacred land, no EIS, reef contamination(?), NIMBY,” etc., ad nauseam. With all ...

Trump’s lies prop up his hollow self

Trump is a barker, but one who does not know what is in the tent. He can be described in more intellectual or psychological terms, but to call him a loudmouth, Bluto-like buffoon, is hard to beat. Nevertheless, it might be helpful to identify the core of his personality. That would be an ...

A three-stage formula could replace Obamacare

A three stage insurance policy could replace Obamacare that forces individuals to buy insurance at high premium and deductible rates especially, where insurance companies have stopped making it available. 1. Initial Coverage Stage: Patients co-pay 20 percent for each medical incident until ...

Who met with former mayor to secure funding?

In reference to the July 14 letter about a founding member of the Valley Isle Timing Association deserving acknowledgement, I think there needs to be some clarification on who met with former Mayor Elmer Carvalho and secured funding and legalizing the Maui Drag Strip. Jerry Perreira Former ...

Stranger appears at door, makes false accusation

Question: Has anyone else been visited recently by an apparently furious young man they couldn’t remember ever seeing before? Answer: I was. I live downstairs on a busy street. On a recent afternoon, I heard a pounding on my front door. I was confronted by a young man, maybe 30, with a ...

To stay positive, we need to commit ourselves to prayer

Let’s put first things first, prayers, intercessions and giving thanks. If we are going to stay positive we need to commit ourselves to prayer. God held me to remain in peace and to maintain a positive attitude as I waited to be reconciled. God warned me of difficulty in John 16: 33. “In ...

Only piranha remain in fetid White House swamp

In the fetid swamp that is the current White House, only piranha remain. Cannibalism has begun and nothing is getting done to benefit anyone except Putin, who is rapidly rising to the top of the food chain. Democrats’ “A Better Deal” is like hoping that throwing in your pet turtle will ...

New Superintendent Kishimoto to be judged on veracity of her words

Newly hired state Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto would do well to abandon standardized test scores as the primary public schools performance gauge held so dear by her predecessor. Former Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi based her leadership on test scores, which is ...

We are at the crossroads to change toxic scenarios

Life would be different if we all lived next door to a garbage dump. Surely we’d throw away less garbage. So, too, if we all lived next door to homeless people, soon there wouldn’t be homeless people. How much different life would be if we all lived next door to a military base, a prison, ...

Council listens to concerns about Makila Kai project

We are writing to express our appreciation to the County Council for listening to the concerns of the community about the Makila Kai project. Clearly, everyone is in favor of more workforce housing. But many testifiers at a July 28 council hearing raised serious questions — sometimes with ...

Maui Lani subdivision being taken advantage of

We have a very disturbing issue going on in one of the Maui Lani subdivisions. A few concerned homeowners in the subdivision have taken matters into their own hands and are attempting to hold the Maui Lani Community Association accountable. There is much that deserves to be addressed with ...

Spirit of caring is the ‘norm’ at hospital

Why so many tears become smiles? A concoction of cheerful consent and willing effort, desired effects without waste, special skills and knowledge — a unique symphony of goodwill, efficiency and expertise! Where? The emergency room at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. In my three visits in ...

Water restrictions unfair to Upcountry residents

Another restriction for Upcountry water users was just put in place by the water department. In my 38 years of owning Upcountry, we have had water restrictions of some sort in 32 of them. No other region on Maui has anywhere near these restrictions. They get their water from wells even though ...

Fees and taxes increase yet problems remain

With car insurance, house insurance and medical insurance, the cost of living continues to rise yearly at an alarming rate. For those of us that live on Maui, we get to pay even more — the rise in property tax (the county does nothing for or on my property), car registration, gasoline tax, ...

Traffic signal camera idea deserves some attention

A July 20 letter to the editor was advocating traffic signal cameras to prevent “red light runners.” The idea deserves some attention, especially after almost getting T-boned by a delivery truck one recent morning. One aspect to the proposed cameras is that a citation can only be given ...

Let’s make Hookipa a place of pride for everyone

I would like to request for the county to install speed bumps at Hookipa Beach Park and a blinking red light at the exit to prevent vehicles from entering the wrong way. It will be only a matter of time before someone gets hurt badly unless the county does some prevention like speed ...

Democrats need more than slogan to reinvent them

Are you ready for “A Better Plan, Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages”? That is apparently the new message for the Democrats. Of course, it sounds like a cheap mixture of a Trump advertisement and a Papa John’s commercial, but I have to give the Dems a break. They aren’t used to ...

The real issue with health care legislation

Sen. Mitch McConnell said July 24 that he has a responsibility to represent his constituents and so he has crafted health care legislation that is currently supported by less than 20 percent of Americans. Today, Obamacare is supported by over 50 percent of Americans and it allows the United ...