Letters to the Editor

Article confirms impact of sediments on reefs

The recent report of reef loss across Maui (The Maui News, April 7) confirmed something I experienced firsthand and is a tragedy of epic proportions. In 1990 as a young college student, I had the fortune to spend a month camping at what was then called Camp Pecusa, but now Camp Olowalu, as ...

Maui Tomorrow on wrong side of HB 1326 HD2

I strongly support the water bill HB 1326 HD2. We need it for the transition of agriculture from A&B to Mahi Pono LLC to work. There needs to be a transfer of the system in an integrated way and it takes time to accomplish this with continuous supply of water provided. This is a guaranty ...

Justice would see a boycott of the Americans

Most days I despise what the American people have become and what Israelis get away with, but now with Jullian Assange being arrested I absolutely hate the USA, UK and Israel. What a blight on humanity the inhabitants of these three countries have become, especially Americans boasting about ...

Plan for road dedication, infrastructure needed

Our neighborhood has been frustrated for over 10 years, applying and complying diligently to get the county to dedicate our roads. However, no roads have been dedicated in Maui County since I have lived here, even though a (I’d call it fake) dedication process exists. We gave up trying ...

Representative out of touch regarding governance

It is incredulous that earning $76,475, which when benefits are added in the salary is $111, 517, and requesting a raise only demonstrates how out of touch the County Council representative from Molokai is about governance. Recently, she was misinformed about the historical relevance of Wailuku ...

Give Upcountry lots water and houses will bloom

I have great confidence in Mayor Michael Victorino’s ability to mount and sustain a campaign to supply water to long-dry Upcountry residential lots, particularly in Pukalani and Makawao. To overcome the rising shortage of quality housing we need water. Set a fair price for a meter, offer ...

MEO is part of a national network of Community Action Agencies

The Community Action Network is a robust force of 1,000 local Community Action Agencies, reaching children and families in 99 percent of all U.S. counties. Agencies connect families to approaches that help them succeed and promote communitywide solutions to seemingly stubborn challenges in ...

Devoted Scrabble player inspired to write to Hasbro

As a longtime devoted Scrabble player, I was recently inspired to write to Hasbro, the manufacturers of this popular board game, to ask if they produce or would consider creating a version of Scrabble for those with impaired or no vision — a kind of Braille version, using the Braille ...

We cannot let ourselves be desensitized by Trump

When I was young, I remember on TV, Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life” being canceled because it was too risque. Then the Smothers Brothers for the same. Elvis was only shown from the waist up. Ladies had to be considerably more dressed. Swearing was not tolerated. Movies like Alfred ...

MIL Golf program makes poor scheduling decision

The Maui Interscholastic League golf program announced they would not grant later golf tee times for the league championship tournament to MIL players from King Kekaulike and Seabury Hall high schools taking the college ACT exam that morning, but would grant earlier times to Lahainaluna golfers ...

Performing arts center new crown prince of Upcountry

Among the good things that make Upcountry Maui a great place to live is the King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center, which stands out as the new crown prince of Maui’s dramatic arts. Beyond being an outstanding facility, the heart and soul of this new venue are the members of the King ...

Elected officials need to stop wasting money

As someone who was born and raised on Maui and who recently retired (after 41 years) as an attorney, arbitrator and mediator, I respectfully offer the following advice to the County Council members who recently voted “to recommend approval of a resolution to employ special counsel.” ...

Confidence, courage urged to heal crisis in Hawaii

Crisis in Hawaii concerns the criminal justice system, the judicial system and the Department of Public Safety. Corrections back four, 10, 20 and 30 years is the fact that incarceration itself is a complete failure! Criminologists and correctional professionals have recognized we have ...

This year do something amazing to celebrate Easter

Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was crucified on the previous day. He willingly shed his blood for us so we could have our sins forgiven and have eternal life. On the Monday following Easter Sunday, the Blood Bank of Hawaii will be ...

Maui County needs a professional manager

Why waste money hiring lawyers to litigate who has the authority to appoint or approve department heads? Why not put on the ballot the issue of a professional manager who would hire professionals to run our county departments? We have outgrown our quaint form of government and need ...

Revival of Hawaiian culture must return to its origins

“The beginning of wisdom is the awe of Jehovah and the knowledge of the Righteous-Pono Ones is understanding” (Proverbs). Why go back to Hawaii’s “Dark Ages” of oppressive religion? Revival of Hawaiian culture must return to its origins when love ruled in hearts and ...

Aging population presents challenge for countries

For the first time in history, the Earth has more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 5. In another two decades, population experts predict, the ratio will be 2-to-1. Aging is not only a challenge for those aging, but it’s also a challenge for the countries where most of the ...

Despite testing, no action yet on ocean water quality

A sterling Matthew Thayer visual captioned “Kihei’s Cove Park and surf spots off Kalama Park’s breakwall are packed with novice surfers and surf schools Thursday morning” drew my eyes (The Maui News, April 6). The article was another monthly report, more visitors, more revenue, but the ...

Crime Victims Rights week not observed in Hawaii

The week of April 7 through 13 was National Crime Victims Rights week, the purpose being to give voice to innocent victims of homicide and violent crime. The week is a teachable moment; an educational tool to ensure the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) 1984 is given light and access to the public, ...

The best political system will borrow from others

In the opening days of the 20th century, Eugene Debs asked: “What is socialism?” His often quoted answer was: “Merely Christianity in action. It recognizes the equality in men.” Of course, those of wealth and power have never stopped frightening the lightly informed with the specter of ...