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Letters to the Editor

Fireworks laws useless unless they are enforced

I read recently that the lawmakers made some changes in the laws to make it easier for the police to take enforcement action against illegal fireworks. I also read of one seizure of illegal fireworks on Maui some time ago, which tells me MPD wants us to know that they do occasionally take ...

Embassy attack reaction confuses anti-Democrat

I’m confused. Were the anti-American Democrats actually hoping that the U.S. Embassy attack in Iraq succeeded with the loss of American lives? If you read their tweets, it sure seemed like it. These vermin who inhabit the hallowed halls of Congress make my blood boil daily. I’d love for ...

Horrified with decision to run accident photo

We were absolutely horrified at your choice to print a picture of Dr. Andrew Janssen’s body in a bag on the highway on Christmas Day! His grieving family and community were sent into yet another tragic day of shock and trauma! We are appalled at your utter lack of sincerity toward his family! ...

Where is Amanda Eller, real explanation how lost?

Jan. 1 front page of The Maui News above the fold, the story mentioned Amanda Eller. Where is she today? Where was she on day 4, 7, 10, 14 and 16? Every day, the sun comes up in the East and sets in the West. Walk or crawl downhill or just stay put. There were 1,000 people looking for her. ...

Dumping derelict Jeep shameful, not pono

Not sure who it was, but someone moved a derelict from Mahi Pono property near the access traffic signal on Mokulele Highway and dumped it near MP5 on Mokulele Highway. Definitely wasn’t a visitor. Shame on whoever did this! Jerry Piller Kihei

Thankful for county firefighting efforts

The Portuguese Association of Maui wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Maui Mayor Michael Victorino, the Maui Fire Department and the Maui Police Department for their professional and effective collaboration during the Paia fire on Dec. 14. Their combined efforts succeeded in ...

Turning over Honoapiilani to county not cost-effective

In the Weekender for Dec. 21-22 was an article that stated our state representative, Angus McKelvey, wanted to introduce a bill in the house to turn over Honoapiilani Highway to the county. Reason being that the county has land before the pali on the Lahaina side. This would help move the road ...

Legislators should vote their conscience

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has come under fire from both sides for her “Present” vote on President Trump’s impeachment, even though she did explain that she could not vote “No” since she felt what he did was wrong, but could not vote “Yes” since his actions did not rise to the level that ...

Vote for candidates who would ban all fireworks

It’s is time to ban all fireworks. Why pretend that any laws regarding fireworks are enforceable? Maui County policies put our police and fire department at risk. It frightens and concerns the community and scares, injures and even kills some family pets. Is the entertainment of a few ...

‘Fraudulent pseudoscience’ promoted by library system

Our state library system carries about 200 titles (over 1,000 books in all the branches) that promote astrology as a science, useful in all aspects of life, including health, careers, psychology and marriage. The system carries only one title (“Astrology Disproved”) that tells the truth ...

Quoting for accountability of nation’s politicians

“Make sure your family and friends see the evidence for themselves: The president asked a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election for his own political gain. Americans deserve free and fair elections. He must be held accountable.” — Hillary Clinton “HRC, yes, make sure ...

Swap fireworks usage with illuminated drones

Think of a green lighted turtle swimming across the skies of Maui on New Year’s Eve followed by a blue whale gliding in the air. It can be done next year with 1,000 computer-controlled, lighted drones instead of environmentally unfriendly and noisy fireworks. Shanghai just did it for New ...

New year brings much to Mauitopia

May we all have plenty in 2020! Plenty of health, happiness, love, money, exercise, food, friends, dreams, courage and balance. Actually, not plenty, but enough of those things. The Greek philosopher Plato (375 BC) taught us to have moderation in all things. Only by all of us learning to live ...

Trump’s ability to dupe the masses harmful

Trump’s ability to dupe the masses is amazing. Even if he is not re-elected, he will continue to do great damage with ongoing false conspiracy theories, flagrant harmful lies and “they were out to get me” talk. He is extremely talented as a stirrer of odorous matter that too many gullible ...

Electric hydrofoil boards dangerous; ban them

At Ulua and Mokapu beaches, we’ve lately observed four guys hot-dogging and zigzagging on electric hydrofoil surfboards, also known as e-foils. These folks are moving at considerable speed in close proximity to swimmers, divers, canoes and paddlers on stand-up paddle boards. As far as I ...

Legal fireworks popping early, late ill-advised

How ill-advised is it to have legal fireworks exploding at way late/early hours? Very. The effects are huge of hundreds of thousands of firecrackers on pets, farm animals, babies, sick folk, the elderly, plus just those who need to function for holiday work. Earplugs, if one has them, are ...

Kamaole beach parks have ‘working-class’ sand dunes

Some sand dunes are made for “show” and some are made for “go.” Our sand dunes in South Maui are often made for “go.” They come or go either in preparation for a storm or wave event or in recovery from such an event. Mother Nature cuts into existing sand dunes and takes sand ...

Fantasy Island is land of Republicans or Democrats

I live in Hawaii. On Maui. Never heard of a place called Republican or Democrat. Is that a nationality? RINO or DINO? Welcome to Fantasy Island. You are now on Republican or Democrat. If one is from this so-called place, then it would show on their birth certificate. It would say, I come from ...

King resignation came as no surprise

“Kelly King quits Maui County Council chair.” For us here, no surprise in the above subject line. Ethics, and the State of Hawaii watch? Seems that the kitchen got too hot. Maybe cooking the books? Who knows what? The people of the County of Maui Hawaii do. But, there are those in ...

Kula accident victim photo inappropriate

On Christmas Eve, we lost a beloved member of our community. Dr. Andrew Janssen, while riding his bike in Kula, was struck by a truck and killed. Although I understand the need to report the news, your photo of him lying in a body bag in the middle of the road was extremely upsetting and ...