Letters to the Editor

Leftists have no idea on the issues

In response to the Aug. 30 letter “If you vote for a Republican you are disloyal to the US,” far from it actually. As a combat veteran who lost friends and is in bad health due to it, I will not let that slander slide. You leftists support the very definition of anti-American with ...

Monarchs would have loved idea of Mauna Kea telescope

An Aug. 24 letter claims malihini not born here do not oppose the Mauna Kea telescope because they don’t in fact respect the idea of sacred sites and are not well-informed on the culture or island history. Yes, some of us get it. There is a very good reason for building the telescope that ...

Election is time to send council members packing

Well, there it is folks, in black and white, printed on Page A4 in The Maui News on Aug. 28, direct from the mouth of Maui County Council Chairwoman Kelly King, her now not-so-secret agenda to curb “overtourism” on Maui. It seems disingenuous now because she didn’t campaign on the ...

Businesses need to reach out to homeless

The anger and increase in homelessness has caused much fear and illnesses, as told by a government employee. He mentioned this problem as we waited in line for our lunch. He discussed the need for rehabilitation centers for those who have been victims of mental health and trauma, just to ...

Trump the worst racist? The facts say otherwise

According to Dean Baquet of the New York Times, his paper will shift its next campaign of unbiased news reporting from the previous one of trying to frame Donald Trump with Russian collusion to trying to smear him as a white supremacist racist. Since it is almost impossible for any organization ...

Teachers swearing at middle school student

There is a middle school on Maui where multiple teachers curse at the students using the “F” word. I worked as a Hawaii DOE substitute teacher on Maui from 2011 to 2016. I observed teachers cursing at students and heard woeful stories. In 2016, I brought this to the attention of the ...

End of sugar cane not to blame for fires

The writer’s anger evident in her Sept. 3 letter is misplaced. Those of us who worked to end sugar cane burning are not to blame for the fires this summer. A&B ended sugar cultivation because it was not economical to continue growing it in Hawaii. The anti-cane burning effort was only a ...

Building telescope is only way to see heaven

Scientists, like some civilians, need to see facts. There is no heaven, unless proven that there is one. No God, since no one has seen God. Yet many believe in Jesus, since he was seen and said to be seen again. When? Wonder if scientists like some civilians are atheists? Building a telescope ...

Media misleads with assisted suicide article

“In face of death, the party of a lifetime” Associated Press article in The Maui News of Sept. 2 came with a picture and caption that were gravely misleading. The Catholic Church in no way condones “medical aid in dying,” yet the photograph accompanying the article shows Mr. Fuller on ...

Travelers to Texas and Florida may be at risk

Should Hawaii issue a travel advisory to residents about the dangers of traveling to Texas where gun laws barely exist and mass shootings are commonplace? And what about Florida? Jeff Bigler Wailuku

Beatles tribute band takes audience down memory lane

I missed Woodstock: too young; too far away. The recent possible redo fizzled, this time: too old; still too far away. These two disappointments were shattered when Silver Lining Productions brought Beat-Lele to our Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The three ukulele and one beatbox Beatles ...

Exemption leaves taxpayers with bill for improvements

In 2015 an Upcountry Water Bill County Ordinance 4255 was passed which amended Title 18, secretly in the water bill, exempting all commercial development and investment properties, doing two-lot subdivisions, islandwide from all roadway improvement infrastructure requirements. That means county ...

‘Tough on crime’ policies driving prison population

Trusting in the Lord, I volunteer for the 39th year in the state Department of Public Safety as Hawaii’s prison population has been increasing at an alarming rate! This has happened in other states due to the “get tough on crime” policies enacting to the rising crime rate, fueled by drug ...

Find agreement, not discord on Mauna Kea observatory

The Mauna Kea observatory issue reminds me of a proposed hydroelectric dam project I worked on as staff for a wildlife agency in Alaska. A national conservation organization considered it an environmental disaster, but there was tremendous pro-development pressure too. One day my boss told ...

Cutting service is not the way to promote newspapers

Its been several weeks now with no Sunday print edition and I hope management is reconsidering this poor decision. I understand that newspapers are struggling to survive, but cutting the Sunday edition is not the answer to increase circulation and revenues. Instead, The Maui News should be ...

Cane fire complainers, are you happy now?

I sincerely hope the newcomers who came to Maui that complained about the controlled cane fires are now happy with what has happened to our beautiful island. We old-timers and locals accepted the cane fires and did not complain. The cane industry provided many jobs for us. Now we see ...

Kapu Aloha is about love for our land and people

In a letter on Aug. 24, “Understanding your role in the making of Hawaiian history,” the writer examines her freedom of speech to many people who visit Hawaii and folks who have moved here part time. Mauna Kea is our lifeline, period. We are the people of this land, and we must stand to ...

Vehicle not allowed on road or bike lane

A riddle: I have three wheels, I can ride on the sidewalk, I am not legally allowed in the bike lane, I can’t get registered at the Department of Motor Vehicles, electricity powers me, at the hare speed setting I can drive 10 miles per hour whereas at the turtle speed setting I barely move, ...

Mayor’s attendance at Little League game says a lot

I was very moved by the fact that our mayor attended the Little League game in person. I am sure his attendance was much appreciated by the players and fans. It was a long way to go and it shows the kind of man he was when he paid for it himself and used vacation time. I do not know the ...

Wastewater detrimental to coral reefs off Kahekili

In response to misinformation in previous articles and opinion pieces regarding the condition of coral reefs off of Kahekili Beach Park in Kaanapali, we have scientific evidence of the negative impacts that the wastewater injected into the ground at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility ...