Letters to the Editor

God was well recognized in the founding of this nation

This is my response to the two letter writers on April 26. In Congress July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence second paragraph first sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable ...

Here’s a reason to be rabid about getting vaccinations

It’s stunning to me that folks shrug off vaccines as a option not just for their own kids but are willing to put at risk pregnant women, babies and others. Time and time again, science has proven them to be effective in preventing diseases which cause paralysis, deafness, neurological ...

America was founded with a strong faith in God

An April 26 letter writer says that the founding fathers were not Christians but deists, and that the “phrase under God was added in the ’50s because communists were godless and we fought that with these stupid words.” Stupid words? Added to what? The false rants at the end of his ...

House should immediately draft articles of impeachment

As a veteran and a patriot, I firmly believe that the Mueller report has more than confirmed the investigative reporting that the press has been doing for the past two years. Further investigative hearings in the House are a waste of valuable time and an unnecessary waste of resources that ...

Browbeating: The new American evolution

In what new skin shall the old snake return? I ask in my dissertation on the evolution of America and our view of each other and our view of the world around us. Updating what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said many years ago in regard to bias based on race and gender, I chime ...

Maui’s tourist accommodation investors not paying fair share

At the April 24 property tax hearing, an orchestrated lineup of hotel managers and lobbyists asked the council to spare their hotels, condos and timeshares from higher rates. Some resort employees were convinced they would lose their jobs. Tourism was touted as a benefit for Mauians. Long ago ...

Creating a utopian society here would be unprecedented

We can create Mauitopia by all of us doing what we love to do for work, not having any violent crime, and exercising the aloha spirit to all take care of each other. Creating a utopian society with the number of residents Maui has would not only be unprecedented but hard. First, Confucius ...

Is the Maui County Council trying to kill business here?

The Maui News article on April 26 headlined “Testimony: Hotel tax rate hike ‘punitive’ “ outlined the Maui County Council’s plan to raise property taxes for short-term rentals to what amounts to 66 percent increase. What in the world are they thinking? Why would you raise any one ...

Only a return to principles can salvage our freedom

In The Maui News of April 19, in a full-page “reminder” of Christ’s resurrection sponsored by the Maui Christian Ministers’ Association and the Kiwanis Club, the following paragraph caught my eye: “Twenty centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human ...

Native plantings on coastal sand dunes aided by field agent

The first step for dune restoration work on a public coastal dune or beach area is an assessment by a UH Sea Grant geologist. After determining landownership or kuleana, the agent can sequence the steps necessary for the restoration effort to be most effective. For example, if the area has ...

KCA to hear proposal for revised drainage plan

If you want to know what is happening in South Maui, look to the Kihei Community Association. We are in our 59th year as an all-volunteer membership nonprofit organization, striving to support our community. May 21 is the third Tuesday of the month, so KCA general membership meeting commences ...

Writer not interested in defining socialism

The letter writer on April 12 continues to insist that the Nazis were socialists just because they cynically added “Socialist” to their party name to increase their popularity in socialist Germany. Hitler’s Nazis were about as socialist as Kim Jong Un’s Democratic People’s Republic ...

Drama teacher deserving of a true standing ovation

Sometimes our true heroes are educators whose dedication, passion and empathy for their students create not only a learning environment but a sanctuary for teens to be themselves in a safe and accepting environment. Over the course of the past two years, I have come to admire King Kekaulike ...

Maui brand could get boost with legal cannabis

Apparently Maui is losing status as a premium tourist destination. We are getting more tourists but they are spending less money. That is unsustainable. Here’s an idea for changing it up. Instead of eight new planned hotels, let’s just legalize recreational cannabis. That will make the ...

Motto defines perspective for judging water bill

“Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina i ka Pono.” Our state’s treasured motto directly defines the perspective within which the water rights bill must be judged: “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” That doesn’t mean that A&B, no matter how many dollars it spends ...

Change name of road back to Mokulele Highway

I strongly support the nascent effort to change the name of the Maui Veterans Highway back to Mokulele Highway. The change was a poorly reasoned decision made in unnecessary haste by a few legislators and without asking the citizens for their input. These legislators need to right this wrong ...

Our Social Security must remain solvent

We recently heard on the news that in 16 years Social Security will be insolvent, as in out of money. This brings to mind that back in the day when Congress “borrowed” $2.6 trillion for the military industrial complex. There has never been any attempt to pay us, as in all the citizens that ...

Hasbro and others have developed braille games

The April 21 letters included one writer’s interest in hearing from Hasbro and other Maui readers regarding the potential for a braille Scrabble. Hasbro and others have already developed a number of braille board games: Scrabble, Monopoly, chess, playing cards, chess, bananagrams, etc. Tom ...

Tourist camping rentals an exploitation of shoreline

It has come to my attention that nonlocal “companies” are exploiting our shoreline for profit by buying vehicles and outfitting them for tourist camping rentals on our beaches (either vans, or tents on rooftops of cars as seen advertised on Outdoorsy.com, Airbnb and the like). At Baby ...

Hoax/coup shouldn’t happen again to a sitting president

The collusion hoax/coup is over. Robert Mueller with AG William Barr both concluded that no collusion, no obstruction occurred. Furthermore, that even with the president weighing his options to shut down the probe, in the end didn’t. No executive privilege was used, everyone had access to ...