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Letters to the Editor

Socialize, but keep your physical distance

Perhaps the reason people are not keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others is that they are not being told to do so. Instead, the term social distancing is used, but that is not what is meant. Socialize, but keep your distance! Gary Kepner Lahaina

What might happen if fire breaks out near cars?

Have you driven by all the rental cars parked in dry fields near the airport? Have you thought about what might happen if a fire breaks out near them? Burning vehicles near the helicopter area of the airport could cause a catastrophic disaster, affecting the entire airport, shutting it down. ...

Extremely poor choice for VJ-Day headline

“COVID travel rules torpedo WWII veteran’s trip to VJ-Day ceremony.” Wow, that’s an extremely poor choice of headline. Amazing how these veterans have gone through hell to deal with ignorant headlines, and ignorant bureaucrats who will ruin a beautiful, historical remembrance due to ...

Vote for charter amendment for agriculture department

Long ago, children learned to grow and harvest food in grandma’s garden. Over 90 percent of the citizens grew food in the first third of the 20th century. That pathway began to erode after WWII. From 1950 to now, the progression of family farmers has nearly disappeared. Maui County has ...

Large brush fire could have been prevented

So, another large brush fire has come and gone. I wonder whether the owner(s) of the land that keeps burning could be persuaded to till the soil from time to time to reduce the ongoing fire threat. Wishful thinking, I guess. Chris Profio Kahului 

Terms like ‘people of color’ chain us to racist mentality

COVID-19 appears to be “racist.” A report in The Maui News (Aug. 22) noted that “people of color” are worse affected by the virus than “white” people. Or, is it that “racism” has left “people of color” in much less healthy and wholesome living conditions than “white” ...

Protocol at airports not achieving desired goal

I had to go to the Mainland, knowing I would have to quarantine getting back home. So, I arrive back to Hawaii via Oahu as no planes were coming in from the Mainland to Maui. I got in line to get this code for the new airport procedures for COVID and got my code. Our plane from Dallas ...

Physical distancing, not social distancing

The two most important things we can do to protect ourselves from COVID-19 is frequent hand-washing and physical distancing; “physical” distancing, not “social” distancing. Social distancing is a bad idea and can result in mental and emotional stress. We should strive to keep as ...

Trump benefiting America’s enemies

Trump is so full of it, blaming everything he screws up on others. It blows my mind that he is on the edge of another season of destroying America and feeding the enemies. He wanted to get rid of NATO to help Russia take all of Europe. He will do that if elected again. Now he will remove ...

Monoculture often subject to single points of failure

A recent letter posed the interesting question “what happened to Maui agriculture?” Here are my thoughts. To properly answer any question, one must define the words. The crucial word is “agriculture.” If it means “growing food for local consumption,” then “what happened” is a ...

Still confused about who Trump really is?

Here are some new, revealing thoughts on Trump by people who know him best. There is his henchman Michael Cohen. He went to jail for lying to Congress to protect Trump. Since then he has had a change of heart. He now describes the man he served for over 10 years a “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, ...

Silver lining in pandemic; it seems to spare our keiki

There have been more than 60 reported COVID-19 deaths so far this year in the state of Hawaii, and our thoughts and prayers go out to every family that has been so tragically affected. It is important to point out, however, that at this same time last year there had been 433 deaths due to the ...

This election shows how far country has fallen

I don’t think that more than this is required to prove the corrupt state of American politics: Both political parties have chosen corrupt, old men who suffer from mental and moral impairment, as their standard bearers. If you wonder why I have added “moral” to the obvious mental ...

Medical professionals laud mayor’s film precautions

We applaud Mayor Michael Victorino for his efforts to assess the film production that has requested to film on Maui within the confines of a Wailea resort. With the COVID-19 cluster at Maui Memorial and Hale Makua, he did the right thing by pushing the pause button on production until he ...

MAGA meaningless platitude as expressed

MAGA? As a child, I was taught that the Statue of Liberty, beckoning the tired and the poor, made America great. I was taught to “treat others as we would be treated,” was close to a foundational tenet. That name calling and lying and bullying was unacceptable in anyone, including ...

Another writer wary of film crew dealing

More often than not, what something appears to be, is what it is actually after a little digging is done. The Andaz-“Temptation Island,” Maui and state governments’ deal looks and smells really fishy and stinks of money talking, not the rules the rest of us need to follow during this ...

Choosing highest office is grossly mishandled

For almost 200 years, the POTUS has been elected by an indirect voting system that has many more possibilities for fraud than all mail-in votes combined and begs for manipulation. We elect the mayor of the smallest county in this country by plurality/majority. Yet choosing the highest office ...

Safe pedestrian crossing once again debated

Just when you thought, after seven years, the state Department of Education “got it” and was proceeding with the required grade separated pedestrian crossing (under or over the roadway) to access the new high school in Kihei, we see they are back at the Zoom state Land Use Commission ...

All judges qualified to sit on bench?

On June 26, 2012, Peter T. Cahill was sworn in as a Maui Circuit Court judge where he presides over criminal trials. Cahill was endorsed by public officials, lawyers and the like. But state Sen. Clayton Hee objected to Cahill’s appointment, and with good reason. As a lawyer, Cahill ...

People need to read, understand our history

About 650,000 Americans were killed in the American Civil War. If you don’t remember your history, President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican president, had to make some really hard choices. Lincoln was fighting to preserve the Union and to end Black slavery. Who in the world does ...