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Letters to the Editor

Great congressional rep needed for Hawaii

There are many federal solutions for issues faced on the islands. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s position in Congress should be filled with someone who can both serve Maui residents and also properly handle foreign and domestic affairs. It would be great to elect someone who can be diplomatic among the ...

Oil companies not to blame for all of Maui’s problems

Oh no, our fearless leader claims it’s the big bad oil companies to blame for all of Maui’s problems (“Our County,” Opinion, Nov. 2). Now, let’s see if I got this right. The cruise ships and trains use diesel oil, airplanes and helicopters use aviation fuel and cars, buses, trucks ...

Raise price of water, restore watersheds

According to the Journal of Water, California water supplies and prices have dropped almost 300 percent per acre foot since the shortages of 2014-2015. An acre foot is 326,000 gallons of water. 2018 California Central Valley agricultural water prices were $373.16 / acre foot, which equals ...

Mayor progressive hero for task force, lawsuit

Mayor Victorino has shown true progressive ideals in two recent actions. First, his active participation in the Hele Mai process that led to the “Vision Zero” task force to reduce bike/pedestrian traffic fatalities to zero by 2040, and the second was to file a lawsuit against the fossil ...

Appalled by council waste of funding

I am appalled at the front-page story in The Maui News Nov. 2 about the waste of taxpayers funds. Really, the Maui island residents can’t drive to Wailea? Most of us drive 30 minutes or more, one way, to our job! I find the callous “excuse” that this was a work session unacceptable. ...

Ranches helped with exhibit at museum

Thanks to the kind assistance and civic-minded management of the Haleakala and Ulupalakua ranches, the Makawao History Museum was able to fashion our most recent exhibit on “Maui Branding Irons.” The ranches have allowed us to use their working cattle branding irons and vintage ...

Oahu trip not needed for surgical procedure

People on Maui, rejoice! No longer do you have to go to Oahu for surgical procedures or even think about going, because Robert Connaughton, M.D., has arrived. Fresh from Texas with a country-style personality and big-city knowledge, this doctor actually looks you in the eye when you’re ...

Commercial technology for nutrient removal

It’s cheap to just dump it in a hole or is it? As an environmental scientist of 30-plus years, it saddens me greatly to learn Mayor Michael Victorino has taken his Maui wastewater case to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is hoping the conservative court will rule it is not a Clean Water Act ...

Fitting partisan vote came on Halloween

Very fitting that the partisan impeachment vote came on Halloween, with the witch holding her gavel and the goblins all gleefully writhing their hands showing us their demonic souls. Make no mistake, this is the vote they wanted even before the bad, orange man was inaugurated, but it already ...

Mayor shows true colors regarding water lawsuit

Mayor Mike Victorino ran for election by pretending to be a green and environmentally friendly candidate. He boasted about his care for the people. Now he shows his true colors. The elected County Council voted to settle the EPA injection well case, and take care of the problem. Victorino ...

Accountability issue for mayor on lawsuit

Mayor Michael Victorino wants to sue fossil fuel companies for climate change damage to Maui and says, “This suit is about accountability” (The Maui News, Nov. 1). Mr. Victorino suffers from a very compartmentalized brain. On one hand, he wants to sue others based on ...

So-called Hillary-Putin connections false

In an Oct. 26 letter, a reader wrote that Hillary Clinton had more Russian connections than Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein together. As proof he cited: • Uranium One “scandal.” Of course, even Fox News finally admitted, and provided the evidence, that this was a ginned-up ...

Grateful to mayor for road resurfacing

Would really like to thank Mayor Victorino and the road maintenance crew for finally resurfacing the heavily damaged part of East Kuiaha Road down to Hana Highway. Makes for much safer driving and easier on maintenance of our cars. Mahalo. Carol Brown Haiku

Trump rally needs accurate description

I read an Oct. 26 letter to The Maui News with a title about “Government barriers signals of corruption” in which the writer connects Trump rallies to the ancient courtyard where Christians lost the Son of God to Barnabas. How this fit the title of her letter I don’t know. She did make ...

Millions spent to improve sewage collection systems

Before the time of Mayor Elmer Cravalho’s administration, Maui County pumped all of its raw sewage directly into the ocean. Since that time, every county administration has been working diligently to stop ocean pollution. We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving our sewage ...

Mahi Pono cattle plans not advisable; grow hemp

Mahalo to the reader who called out Mahi Pono’s plan to raise livestock, going against all recent trends in cattle farming, but also degrading our soil and our humanity (Letters, Oct. 18). They can do much more for our health and economy by planting hemp for food, medicine, clothing and fuel, ...

Job Fair successful due to businesses

Each October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme was “The Right Talent, Right Now.” Ka Lima O Maui, the largest employer of persons with disabilities in Maui County, celebrates this important achievement by sponsoring a Job Fair each October. This was ...

Get it together county on safeguarding aina

What a mess Maui is in at the moment, given the apparent self-imposed inability and extremely long-term, tiresome grandstanding by all of our elected officials. Each, it seems, trying to outdo the other while significant issues of water, fire, land management and the well-being of the aina ...

‘Do Not Camp signs’ not stopping illegal campers

On the west side, we have organized wonderful beach camping sites. It costs $5 a night for the service. One can go on the county website or call for more information. I have never seen our sites full. Yet, the west side beaches have copious campers under the “do not camp” signs camping. ...

Mental illness result of over-reliance on tourism

Mental illness is a sad reality. In the case of Kumulipo Sylva, I wonder if justice was blinded? It was testified by a state psychologist that Sylva was delusional and suffering from an acute state of mental illness at the time (The Maui News, Oct. 22). My heart goes out to both families for ...