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Letters to the Editor

Article illustrates how out of step the DOE is

The Weekender front-page article concerning the DOE and the high school in Kihei reinforced how completely out of step this bloated state agency is (The Maui News, Aug. 3). The point was, Kihei high school is on track to open in 2021. Did we not hear this for 2016, 2018, 2020? Do you believe ...

Hemp a better choice for Maui than sugar cane

An Aug. 2 letter suggested bringing cane back for dust control and economic benefit. Been there, done that. Fields of hemp control dust and remediate the depleted soil left by our previous experience with cane and provides a much greater economic benefit to all residents through the development ...

Managing technology so it doesn’t drive us to drink

Why does our technology drive us crazy some days? I was awakened at 5:35 a.m. by a caller who loudly and enthusiastically informed me that I can lower my credit card’s interest rate by 3 percent. I asked the caller if they knew it was before 8 a.m. here in Hawaii? He apologized and we hung ...

County urged to drop appeal of Lahaina wastewater case

A Maui County win in the U.S. Supreme Court appeal of the Lahaina wastewater case will have long-lasting, devastating effects on environmental health nationwide. By persisting in this appeal, the county is leading the charge to undo over 40 years of work protecting public waters. The county ...

Anti-carbon bias antithetical to the scientific method

So pervasive is the anti-carbon bias that has been created by political, academic and media entities that the mere suggestion of an alternative view causes shocked reactions such as that demonstrated by the writer of the Aug. 3 response to my July 23 letter. Such bias is antithetical to the ...

Other violent acts across the nation not reported in paper

Read the cut-and-paste story about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio in the Aug. 5 paper. Five killed, 13 wounded in gun shootings this past weekend in Baltimore. Seven killed, 52 wounded this past weekend in Chicago. Five shot and killed in L.A. since Aug. 3. How come ...

Bad news for the left, the word racism is dead

Racism. Leon Trotsky was among the first to use this word for political purposes. Trotsky would use the same strategy the left is using today by calling out anyone they wished as a racist, getting enough people to believe it, and thereby ending the debate. It’s a strategy well taught in Saul ...

The struggle between classes has long history

The struggle formalized by our two founding documents continues today. The Declaration of Independence noted the rights of each citizen. The Constitution addressed the rights of property. The spirit of the Declaration — its consideration of human needs and inalienable rights — was pitted ...

Shopping cart can’t clear curb thanks to modification

Shopping cart changes? I’ve been glad to push my empty cart back to the front area of the big grocery stores for years, after watching the carts roll free, hit cars, etc. Well, the last three times I tried to raise the front of the cart just 8 inches to clear the curb, this small added rail ...

Hawaiians could choose to be proud of the TMT

Fifty years ago, Americans planted their flag on the moon. Does the moon belong to them? Five thousand years ago, ancient Egyptians first studied astronomy. Does astronomy belong to them? Sixteen hundred years ago, ancient Polynesians first climbed Mauna Kea. Ten years ago, some ...

Collective consciousness regarding illegal fireworks

Is it possible in today’s tumultuous world, rife with social and political upheaval, that a community can still experience a collective consciousness? Well maybe, just maybe, that is happening right here on Maui. The Maui community has taken strides and begun pushing back against the use ...

Answer to Jeffy’s question in comic is probably ‘yes’

“Won’t this pollute the ocean if I go in?” Jeffy asks as his mom slathers him with sunscreen in “Family Circus” (Comics, July 30). The answer is probably yes, especially if she is using a non-reef-safe product laced with oxybenzone and other unpronounceable chemical compounds. By ...

Liquor Commission misses chance to curb drunk driving

It’s extremely sad and tragic to see so many alcohol-related traffic fatalities over the past few months. With each of these events comes a catastrophic string of loss and grief for the many people impacted by the event. It is important for individuals to make responsible choices to not drink ...

Sen. Schatz takes leadership role addressing climate change

Sen. Brian Schatz held a town hall meeting on July 2 with about 50 people in Kahului where he talked about his recent work and issues of vital concern to Maui. I want to thank him for his leadership, especially on energy, environmental and sustainability issues. Among the topics addressed ...

Friend cooks up a big but realistic vision for Maui

My friend Ori Kopelman has cooked up a big but realistic vision for Maui. Ori and I both grew up in Michigan. You can read for free the pamphlet, or mini-book, he wrote in 2009, “Creating Mauitopia: Making Maui a Real Paradise” (updated edition at mauitopia.org). I am a chef now who used ...

County continuously misses scheduled trash collections

It seems like every edition of The Maui News has a notice concerning missed trash pickups that affect different areas of Maui County. This week, our street must have set the new record for a missed pickups. Our street in Kula was supposed to get picked up Tuesday. It didn’t happen. No big ...

Invitational tickets could go to other candidates

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational is upon us again. Maui Jim donates tickets to our politicians. A few politicians give a couple to worthy candidates, but from my experience they are kept for themselves and friends. Will Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino suggest Maui Jim give these tickets to ...

County should drop appeal to the Supreme Court

I am writing to you about the Lahaina Wastewater case and my concerns about how Maui County is presenting it to landowners. The county and its attorneys have suggested that landowners with cesspools and septic tanks could be liable under the Clean Water Act if the county doesn’t get its way. ...

No to gas station and quick stop in Lahaina

No, no, no! Who decided that there should be a gas station and a quick stop at an area that is already overcrowded with cars. Let the people of West Maui make a decision about this. Kathy Askew Honokowai

Property tax increase a burden on Maui seniors

I am concerned about our representatives raising real property taxes to represent the largest tax increase in Maui history. I am worried that our seniors who are already struggling to pay bills and eat on a fixed income will give up food to pay bills. The tax increase could be the breaking ...