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Letters to the Editor

‘Pandemic fatigue’ after one whole year

“Pandemic fatigue.” Really? After one year of this virus, a new media phrase has evolved, “pandemic fatigue.” Are people actually fatigued because a deadly global virus has dictated our short-range future? It has been one year. Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine, scientists ...

Condo classification as transient rental unfair

Regarding the news article in The Maui News (Friday, March 26, 2021, “Mayor proposes nearly $829 million budget”), the mayor failed to mention that the Maui County Council, with the mayor’s apparent approval, has reclassified most condominiums which are not owned by full-time residents as ...

Homeless a problem that still keeps growing

A friend and I prepare hot dogs and gift them to our brothers and sisters living in tents along the roadways. They are homeless. They are without adequate shelter. I call them the tent dwellers. Many of these are men, women and children of Hawaiian descent. In their own homeland, our brothers ...

Voluntary consent for vaccination essential

With all of the talk about vaccine passports happening in other countries, I’m concerned that this issue will creep up on our island community before we have a chance to fight it. A vaccine passport is literally discrimination against medical freedom. We are sovereign beings who do not get ...

Appreciates coverage of street art projects

Mahalo for calling attention to the “Kurokawa mural” on the front of the Wailuku building housing Maui County’s Victim Witness Services and Children’s Peace Center (The Maui News, March 19). I appreciate the Small Town/Big Art program. I remember visiting what was then known as the ...

Protect Hawaii’s economy, require vaccination proof

Now that Hawaii is making great progress at vaccinating our citizens, it’s time to think of next steps. Our health care systems are moving ahead with great speed to protect everyone that lives here. To protect Hawaii’s fragile economy, the governor and the Legislature should take steps ...

Signs needed Upcountry to protect pedestrians

As a new mother to my 11-month-old son, I’ve found one of the best ways to stay active is by enjoying the fresh air of Upcountry Kula! What could be better — maybe the beach? Stroller rides have been one of the most enjoyable times for me during this pandemic. But are stroller rides ...

Hospital staff lauded for saving doctor’s daughter

Our daughter was admitted to Maui Memorial Medical Center on Jan. 30 in severe shock from a strep infection. She left the hospital on March 1 after a monthlong stay, including a week on a ventilator in the ICU. From the moment she entered the emergency room under the care of Dr. Shackelford ...

Maui still ‘no ka ‘oi’ due to its people

With all the negative news lately about bad behavior throughout our country, it was so refreshing and reassuring to see the generous and kind place Maui is. The stories about the Hana flag football team and the aftermath of the flooding in Ha’iku were so uplifting. I especially loved ...

Speed limit exceeded, but rarely enforced

I live on the Lower Honoapiilani Road near Honokowai Beach Park. The posted speed limit is 20 mph, but it seems everyone exceeds that. In the four years I’ve lived here, I never once saw anyone given a speeding ticket. Why? William Ferguson Lahaina

Medical miracle workers astounding at their jobs

We recently had a medical emergency at our home involving unconsciousness after three major seizures that occurred between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. We called 911 after the more devastating third seizure and both the Wailea Fire Department and the Maui Meadows-stationed ambulance service responded. ...

Never heard anyone explain how masks work

We all know masks protect us from COVID-19 because Democrat politicians tell us they do. But just how do masks work to protect us? I have never heard anyone explain this. Certainly, it can’t be that masks work like bulletproof vests and the virus just bounces off the mask and falls ...

Good deed by mayor aiding stranded team

Maui Economic Opportunity would like to thank Mayor Michael Victorino and his staff, including Zeke Kalua, for allowing our Hana-based bus drivers and Hana passengers to stay in the mayor’s ninth-floor conference room of the county building on March 12. A heavy thunderstorm made driving a ...

Educating community vital to managing virus

While all COVID-19 statistics are important, there are some that are more immediately relevant. Along with new cases, the number of (presumed) active cases on Maui should be reported as well. I have seen presumed active cases reported on some broadcast news stations and, periodically, a ...

Arguments against pot debunked by research

I was sorry to hear that the author of the letter opposing cannabis legalization in Hawaii had a personal problem with pakalolo at one time. Cannabis affects different people differently — like many substances, it can be problematic for some people and beneficial for others. But his arguments ...

Never whisper in 30 years of inappropriate behavior

Michael Pierner is a superb chiropractor, a family man and a dear friend. He has been treating me and my friends for over 30 years and there has never been a whisper of inappropriate behavior. He is generous with his time, has a lovely sense of humor. His office is small, shared by three ...

Officials interviewed on TV need to ‘get a grip’ on mask

I agree with the writer who mentioned slipping masks. It happens with about a quarter of the government officials interviewed on television. Please pardon the pun; get a grip! Regarding letter about Biden’s mental fitness: It’s nice to know that there are folks in Maui that can read ...

Leaders must be proactive on climate change

Climate change effects are everywhere. We need look no further than our island home. Hurricanes are becoming more severe, as are storms and floods. Erosion from rising sea levels is worse on Maui than on other islands. We are told that we can expect more of the above. Luckily, our ...

More taxation no answer to state’s economic woes

I guess the Hawai’i State Senate is not concerned about jobs for the working class any longer, now that we got all of these billionaires to tax. A bill the Senate passed manages to include an income tax hike of 11 to 16 percent for individual filers making over $200,000 a year, or ...