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Letters to the Editor

Ethics of death doula’s actions questioned

“What goes around, comes around.” Those are five powerful little words of wisdom for all of us to live by. I am not a friend or fan of Heather and Rob Parsons but I was a friend to Faye Ann Block when I lived in Kihei (The Maui News, May 5). We heard about this story when it happened ...

Thanks to airline for added competition

A 1,000 kudos to Southwest Airlines for introducing some competition to the one airline that has had the monopoly for so many years. Hawaiian Airlines has created much hardship for so many people who needed to fly interisland for medical reasons or to visit family or simply to see another ...

Other county pools stay open during repairs

I reached out to the coordinator, Planning and Development, Division of Parks and Recreation, and asked why the Sakamoto pool was going to be closed for bathroom repairs all summer and fall. The only response I got was that “sometimes pools must be closed for repair.” Seems like a ...

Waiting for software to work seems long

Why can’t companies who write software act respectfully of our valuable time? For example, a popular operating system gives us the message, “Not responding.” It should say, “Please wait. Working.” Or our cable box tells us, “Please wait.” Both should show us a timer. Wait for ...

Supporting the dying is a sacred calling

Fear of the unknown has elicited strong, often violent reactions from human beings throughout our history: burn witches, kill Jews, enslave black people. These and many more ugly manifestations of intolerance have tainted our history. And now, it is “down with the death doulas.” This is ...

Sentence in letter perfectly describes Trump supporters

In response to the person calling Sen. Mazie Hirono a “loose cannon” with “her big mouth,” he is obviously a Trump supporter (Letters, May 14). He also said, “What is it with these politicians that there is no respect for their constituents, their peers or anybody in the other ...

Hirono stood her ground on behalf of real Americans

Reading The Maui News of May 14, I had to laugh as I read yet another rant from a confused right-winger. The letter writer called our great Sen. Mazie Hirono “a loose cannon” with “her big mouth” and accused her of slandering both William Barr and Donald Trump as she made “a fool of ...

There’s a storm coming to cleanse away the wicked

Maui is a small island. Eyes and ears are everywhere. The coconut wireless is very much alive. Do only that which is pono. Do no harm to others. The truth will always prevail. The guilty will be punished. Leaders of Maui, beware! Now is the time for introspection and reflection. There’s a ...

US separation of church and state well established

Our views on creation help guide our principles in life. One of the Declaration of Independence authors, Thomas Jefferson, supports the idea of our creator and our reason to be free. Our Constitution has no reference to God’s participation in government. Jefferson also said erecting a wall ...

Invasive species are being sold in stores

Thanks to Lissa Fox Strohecker for her “Kia‘i Moku” column on the Hawaii Biosecurity Plan and the fight against invasive species in Hawaii (The Maui News, May 12). I’d like to find out if big-box garden retailers on Maui will be stopped from selling invasive species. I just bought a ...

We can create a true paradise on Maui

We can create Mauitopia by all of us doing what we love to do for work, not having any violent crime, and exercising the aloha spirit to all take care of each other. Creating a utopian society with the number of residents Maui has would not only be unprecedented but hard. First, Confucius ...

Cut college to fund more lunar dirt

Trump wants to cut Pell Grants for poor kids’ college to fund NASA’s return to the moon? What for? Been there; done that. Given that there will always be more to learn about Earth’s moon, there are certainly better, less political/military things to do with the kids’ college money. I ...

Perfect nickname for the man who would be king

The current occupant of the White House stays busy burning through taxpayer funds for golf excursions to his fancy resorts and watching “Fox Noxious” on television. His other major endeavor appears to be conjuring insulting nicknames for his multitude of political opponents. Apparently, he ...

Lawmakers taking action to protect home health care

Across the U.S., more than 3.5 million seniors rely on Medicare home health to remain in their homes and receive necessary skilled health care services, including nursing and therapy services. However, a new Medicare payment model is threatening to risk access to care for our most vulnerable ...

Improvements needed in transfer of water

I’ve been reading so much on the water from East Maui to the treatment plant that supplies water to the Upcountry area. Several months ago they said that the water from the watersheds would be enough for the Upcountry areas. Now are you trying to say it’s not? What happened to the ...

Advisory group can help create safe trails

Please support the County Council resolution to Mayor Michael Victorino to create a Vision Zero Advisory Group to promote the establishment of safe walking trails for all of Maui. There are many policies that call for safe trails separate from the road but no group actively assisting in their ...

End-of-life doula training took place here recently

I am an ordained minister and the executive director of Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization here on Maui that has been providing education, support, counsel and care to the dying and their families since 2006. I have offered classes at the university here, the senior center, churches ...

Intentions of couple were compassionate, honorable

I would like to express my disappointment firstly with The Maui News for printing a biased and damaging article (May 5) about Heather and Rob Parsons, and secondly with Seabury Hall for canceling her choir performance due to the story published in The Maui News. Heather and Rob Parsons have ...

Responsibility of journalism is beyond sensationalism

Your May 5 article sensationalizing spurious claims about a hospice-assisted death was a breach of good journalism. In failing to adequately investigate concocted allegations made by estranged children of the deceased, the front-page story served to discredit and defame a respected physician, ...

‘Honorable, compassionate’ couple treated unfairly

I was surprised and appalled by the accusation of Heather Parsons reported in the May 5 Maui News. The article was unfair to both Heather and Rob Parsons. I have known them both for decades and they are honorable, compassionate people with integrity. It is ridiculous to imagine they schemed ...