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Letters to the Editor

KCA online meeting to feature LUC chair

As our community continues the long wait for the high school in Kihei (mauka of the highway), at least we had assurance for almost a decade that when it does open, the keiki and everyone else walking or cycling to the school had safe passage via an under- or overpass of the Pi‘ilani Highway. ...

Hyperpartisan environment ultimately led to disaster

Despite the pontification, neither politicians nor the media have focused on the politicians’ complicity in the insurrection at the Capitol. Over the last 40 years, Congressmen and senators from both parties have benefited from creating a hyperpartisan environment, becoming more extremist ...

Give utmost importance to character, honesty

Billionaire business executives from New York who supported Trump throughout his presidency, are now coming out of the woodwork and showing their disgust at the Trump thugs who violated the sanctity of our Capitol building. Cultlike behavior of Trump followers and their conduct should not ...

Biden must hold out for nuclear inspection

In reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran or North Korea, President Biden must hold out for the inspection of suspected sites without a waiting period. If there is a waiting period, they can move the materials for making a nuclear weapon — such as enriched uranium — to a second site ...

Visitors expected to abide by ‘safer-at-home’ rules?

Maui County Mayor Victorino may soon proclaim “safer-at-home” restrictions. Do the visitors to Maui get to go to Haleakala, go to the beach, congregate at resorts by the pool, go strolling at Shops at Wailea during this proposed restriction, or is it just kama‘aina? Just ...

GOP leaders cowered while challenging election

Wednesday, President Trump encouraged insurrectionists to storm the Capitol because he legally lost reelection. More than 130 Republican House members and eight GOP Senators, who were at the same time giving testimony insisting on overthrowing his defeat, ran into secure areas of the Capitol ...

Great deputy sheriffs retired at end of 2020

At the end of 2020, Hawaii State Sheriff Department Maui Division retired two great deputy sheriffs: Lieutenant Patrick Sniffen and Sergeant James “Jimbo” Medeiros. The lieutenant had 42-plus years and sergeant 35-plus years. How they put up with me is utter saintly on its own, but these ...

‘Nicest group of postal employees anywhere’

I had to mail a package at the Kihei Post Office the other day. The line was out the door and down the concrete walkway. Oh boy, I thought, it was going to be an hour before I get to the counter. It wasn’t that bad because everyone was keeping six feet between each other per COVID-19 ...

Hopes island-specific news continues to be reported

I try to stay informed about global events. I turn on the television soon after I wake up and see what is happening in this crazy world. Whether it’s another attack on the U.S. Capitol or ‘whateva.’ Here on Maui, I need island-specific news. Like the high COVID-19 case count at Harbor ...

Strict gun control here should be relaxed

It came as a surprise when I moved here that Hawaii’s gun laws are some of the strictest in the country. I was discussing this with a friend, and he mentioned that the strict guns laws were worth it, as the gun violence is so low here. Later I was talking to an older Filipino man about ...

Temporarily opt out of state travel program like Kaua’i

A member of the Citizens Covid-19 Coalition, U.N. Disaster Lead Stephen O’Neal, has proposed that the trajectory of COVID-19 on Maui is “serious,” and that our schools and indoor dining are potential superspreader events. He proposes a temporary opt-out of the state travel program like ...

Deer overwhelming problem for farmers

The deer has become an overwhelming problem on this island. How many people have damaged their cars from the deer sprinting across the roadway? I see residents in Kula who have put up a double fence line to prevent the deer from jumping into their yard. The deer are damaging farmers’ ...

Got first Moderna vaccine today

A big mahalo to Dr. Pang, the medical team, Mayor Victorino and the volunteers who enabled us to get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine today (Jan. 6). It was very seamless. I had the paperwork filled out in advance, had my vehicle in line, parked, got the painless shot while I sat in my ...

Opening prayer ending in Congress stupid

There have been some really stupid things said and done in the Congress of our nation’s capital over the years but ending the opening prayer yesterday with “Amen and Awomen” has to be the all-time winner for stupidity! Not only was this completely incoherent, it was also etymologically ...

Rules ‘killing’ restaurants, but virus killed 350,000

Newspaper headline reads “Restaurant rules are ‘definitely killing us’ ” (The Maui News, Jan. 6) but neglects to clarify how many have actually been killed by these rules. However, over 350,000 have actually been killed by COVID. Ronald Cibulskis Kihei

Vaccination poor medicine, but best we have at present

Aside from unstable conspiracists, paranoiacs and deeply ignorant people who still deny the evidence of a viral pandemic, there are those who share my view. I would say that vaccination is poor or bad medicine, but the best we have. However, it is foolish for people who guard their health to ...

New Year’s fire wreaked havoc on neighborhood

On this New Year’s morning about 1 a.m., a fire broke out on Liholiho Street in Wailuku. The picture in The Maui News shows the burnt remains of a family’s home. One can only suspect that the cause of the fire was from illegal fireworks (aerials) that were seen all over Maui. This ...

Mahalo to law officials for closing Little Beach

First of all, a big mahalo to the law enforcement officials who closed off Little Beach. Too bad it took COVID-19 to get you to do something out there. Maybe now those same officials can get motivated enough to keep the truckload of illicit drugs out of there. It’s not rocket science. ...

Maui most polluting county on planet?

Aloha Maui. Congratulations on being the filthiest, the most polluting county on the planet. Our dump is a disgrace. We are putting more plastic out in the environment across our state than anywhere else in the world. Our mayor has not addressed the situation once since he’s been in ...