Letters to the Editor

Vehicle with no registered owner poses a mystery

Recently we encountered a new wrinkle in the vehicle registration world. A vehicle was parked on the street that had a license plate that seemed to have not been renewed since 2011 and had no safety check sticker. This seemed odd so we called MPD to have a look. Initially, they ticketed the ...

Headline shows bias over release of Mueller report

“Trump tried to control, end probe” This was the headline in the April 19 Maui News, the day after the Mueller report was released. What a giant surprise. After two-plus years of almost nothing but biased headlines, I ask myself this. Why would responsible journalism show up in The Maui ...

Near miss on roadway result of speeding driver

What is wrong with people? I hear it echoed more and more about Maui drivers. A recent near miss on Kula Highway was the last straw! An 80 mph SUV passing another car came straight at me and even accelerated! I pulled into the dirt. If I had blinked I’d be dead along with all his passengers. ...

Sentry Tournament of Champions is more than just a golf tournament

For one week every January, the winners on the PGA Tour gather at Kapalua for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, a celebration of the very best golf on the planet set against the most picturesque backdrop in the sport. But the tournament is so much more than a single week. For 21 years, ...

Public is encouraged to monitor coastal sand dunes

Sand dunes on Maui normally change seasonally but a weather event can alter their shape overnight. The vegetation on the surface of a dune is often the detail you notice first about a dune. If the surface is covered with zone-specific plants, then Mother Nature will add sand volume over time. ...

Amend what is permitted in light industrial zones

The county’s progressive Countywide Policy Plan adopted in 2012 to guide future development calls for smart growth and condemns sprawl. This laudable objective cannot be achieved, however, unless the county (1) abides by our often-ignored community plans, all of which call for development to ...

Letter Carriers collecting items for Maui Food Bank

The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the United States Postal Service, will conduct their 27th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 11. Over 260,000 letter carriers in over 10,000 cities and ...

Correctional employees recognized this week

We honor the national correctional employees of our Maui County and the State of Hawaii during this week, May 5-11. Let us all recognize the women and men who work in the field of corrections who have made the ultimate sacrifice, facing the daily dangers and challenges in our nation’s ...

A simpler idea for eliminating gas tax

The Legislature considered doing away with the gas tax and charging vehicle owners per mile of driving in a year with their registration. This makes a lot of work at the DMV as they now have a different cost for almost every automobile they register. I got a simpler idea. Charge electric car ...

We have the power to slow glacial warming

Recent articles in The Maui News, “Glaciers shrinking faster then expected” and “Accelerated pace of Bering Sea climate changes startles scientists,” should be smacking us all in the face right now. Especially to those whose mantras are “Live simply so others may simply live” or ...

Tulsi Gabbard decides to defend Ilan Omar

It appears U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been told to toe the line. Instead of loyalty to country and her own beliefs, she decided to defend the terrorist sympathizer and anti-Semite U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar continues to defend Hamas and other terrorist organizations, called 9/11 something ...

Prison overcrowding has been ignored for years

Let me get this straight, MCCC is overcrowded? The County of Maui could have extended the prison but poor planning was to blame. They wanted to move the prison and doing this would cost mega bucks so it was ignored by state and local officials. They could have extended but who’s to say ...

Everybody who is not Hawaiian should leave

When I hear locals say that Mainland transplants should “go back home” I have to laugh. The only people who have a “right” to live here are the full-blooded Native Hawaiians whose ancestors arrived about 2,000 years ago. Not the Chinese, or the Japanese, or the Portuguese, or the ...

‘Amazing accomplishments’ of Trump not listed in letter

I have to agree with the April 11 letter writer that the media hasn’t given our president his due for “a number of amazing accomplishments” which the writer did not mention, so I will. In just two years, he’s made Nixon look not so bad and made Bush II appear almost articulate, quite ...

No simple answer to the problem of tax reform

The April 16 editorial on tax reform claiming “a simple” way to reform the tax code was disappointing. Taxes are a complex issue that cannot possibly be addressed by the simplistic views expressed. In fact, everyone should immediately run from any politician, cleric, talking head or editor ...

Lotto and legalized cannabis could boost state’s treasury

Like many others, I feel the time has arrived to do two things to lighten the tax load and boost the state’s treasury. 1. Pass legislation to kick-start Lotto. 2. Legalize recreational cannabis. It’s one thing to be a trailblazer cutting new wood, but we do not have the luxury of ...

‘The Boys Next Door’ takes viewer along for the ride

Considering the resumes of the cast and the material they had to work with, I expected nothing less than a first-rate performance of “The Boys Next Door.” What I experienced was so much more. In what seemed like a very short two hours, director Ricky Jones takes his characters, and thus ...

Maui Tomorrow supports sustainable agriculture

It’s interesting to be accused of spreading false information when the accuser cites neither the information, nor why they believe it is false. Maui Tomorrow Foundation strives to provide accurate information to the public, with the aim of building support for a better future for Maui. An ...

Address underfunded retirement account first

Did I hear this right? Maui County is underfunded in the retirement account by $25 million? And the County Council wants raises even though they have a base pay of $76,475, and when benefits are added in that number swells to over $123,000 a year salary? Isn’t the prudent method in ...

Pro-Trump letter writers defy reason

Lately there have been several pro-Trump letters that in my view defy reason. The writers clearly don’t care that Trump habitually lies; refuses to release his tax returns; attacks critics and colleagues with vulgar, sophomoric insults; squanders the presidency obsessively tweeting, watching ...