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Letters to the Editor

Letter about police fake prostitutes was too polite

The letter writer of March 17 about police fake prostitutes is being too polite; this is Christians shoving their version of morals down our collective throats at gunpoint. He makes many valid and common-sense points, except for the so-called “drug dealer.” Whoever that was is only ...

Everyone role model, time to act like it

A couple decades ago, I had the honor of being the sign and mural painter for the Nation of Islam in Southern California. I even painted a huge Arabic “Allah, God Is Great” inside the mosque.   Being a white man with a Confederate flag tattoo, I was often accosted, once at gunpoint, for ...

Let’s make COVID-19 simple to understand

Let’s make this simple to understand. Viruses, unlike bacteria, are simple creatures searching for a host. They have developed a glycoprotein on their surface that mimics what we call a sugar.   All cells require sugars (glycogen) to enter their cells and nourish them. Viruses have ...

Trump bashing, racist hype and other random thoughts

For two months I have been listening to leading Democrats, Democratic candidates and the leftist media bash Mr. Trump over the killing of Qasem Soleimani. They all know the man was responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands, including Americans. What’s obvious to me is Trump’s ...

One of nicest homes converted to auto repair

One of the nicest homes in our Upcountry neighborhood has been converted into an at home auto repair business. The formerly neat and tidy front yard is now covered with cars, trucks and parts all in need of repair or disposal. Quite the eyesore. Is not such commercial use of a residential ...

Maui Visitors Bureau to be Maui No Visitors Bureau?

Most everyone — including county mayors — thinks it a good idea to stop tourism for the time being but claim we can’t do anything about it. What we can do is ask the airlines to raise their prices instead of lowering them (they’ll want our business when this is over, won’t they?) ...

Recent letter about President Trump was a warning to all

The recent letter written by Vinnie Linares describing our president’s horrible record was a warning to all. Trump’s inept response was predictable. He disbanded the Pandemic Response Office that could have warned him months before he finally realized we have a crisis on our hands. He was ...

COVID-19 overreaction can be worse than virus

Supporting extremist COVID-19 policies seems to be the newest social virtue signal. If you don’t support the gutting of the economy to combat COVID-19, you are greedy and pro big business. Just wait for when there is more testing on Maui, and we have bigger numbers of people positive for ...

Gasoline price drop not reflected at pump

Gasoline per barrel has dropped 50 percent in the last week, yet as usual, the gasoline companies continue basically the same pricing, gouging everyone on the island with no regard to the financial catastrophe people are facing. How much profit do you need to suck out of people before enough ...

Police chief priorities skewed, new chief needed

Thank you, Buck Joiner, for telling it like it is! We need a new police chief, one that’s here to protect our community and not destroy it. I can’t believe in this day and age we send police officers out to entrap citizens for a victimless crime of two consenting adults. We have ...

Isolation is best way to prevent spread

I understand the fear of panic. Yet downplaying the extent of COVID-19 on Maui risks overwhelming the medical system here and increasing fatalities. People put off isolating if they think there is only the handful of cases reported by the media. People with the virus don’t think it could ...

Many arrivals at complex, discontinue hot spot flights

I live in a complex that has both vacation rentals and permanent residents. This week, we have had 45 to 60 people arrive from Seattle! I think it is time to discontinue flights to our island that are from highly infected areas of the Mainland such as Washington and California. Perhaps we ...

Hawaiian Air continues charging change fee

You can add Hawaiian Airlines and their partner Allianz to the list of bad actors in the wake of COVID-19. Hawaiian Airlines is continuing the practice of charging a $200 change fee for reservation bookings that need to be canceled due to the present COVID-19 emergency. Their travel ...

Bartering in Olinda; we have your back

Today, Daton, a well-known sheep farmer, gathered a large bucket of avocados to use as bait for his pig traps. These are in a steep gully that we can’t get to anymore. He brought us a dozen avocados, and a pack of smoked pork in appreciation. The least we could do was to give him three ...

Reasons to dump Trump far too many to count

Quarantine Letter 1. Orange; socio-pathetic; traitor; fascist; candy-cane haired; lies-like-a-rug, misogamist; bully; extreme egoist; chicken hawk; money-launderer; rapist; fake-television star; mean; racist; Russian-loving; cheater; backstabber; incompetent; thin-skinned; an international ...

Real madness lack of testing for COVID-19

The real madness is the lack of testing for COVID-19. Much below other countries. I called the Maui County Office on Aging yesterday to find out if home health aides who work with the elderly are required to be tested. They said that private companies have no requirements other than their ...

He has to be removed for he is our greatest threat

When I was a little boy my grandmother told me how important the truth was, as well as the importance of honesty. She taught me about character and the reflections we give of ourselves and about first impressions. It all started within us — who were we going to be? What choices would we ...

Sanders not a socialist in traditional definition

Bernie Sanders is not a socialist as in the old definition, which seeks to take away control of business and replace it with a system of government control, such as communism. Instead he seeks to reach a middle ground between the “top 2 percent,” who have more money than “all the rest of ...

Now that virus full-blown, we need to help each other

Now that the coronavirus is full-blown globally, we all need to pitch in our support and help each other in preventing it from spreading. Schools, restaurants, public parks and sports arenas have started closing, and public assemblies are stopped to mitigate the virus from getting into the ...

Enforce laws against DUI whether alcohol involved

Fast approaching is April 20, known as 4-20, the day the pot culture celebrates marijuana, by publicly smoking marijuana and marijuana parties. There is a significant increase in driving fatalities nationwide on 4-20, equivalent to the increase seen in driving fatalities on Super Bowl ...