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Letters to the Editor

Wearing mask act at heart of freedom

I wear a mask to protect you. I appreciate it when you wear a mask to protect me. There is something I don’t understand. It is illegal to walk the mall naked. It’s not generally taken as an offense to personal freedom. How then can it be an offense to personal freedom to be required ...

Be aware of penalties for fireworks violations

We will be celebrating Independence Day once again, a day that means different things to different people. On Maui, it means a night of unimaginable use of legal and illegal fireworks. Here are some reminders regarding fireworks regulations: • Legal fireworks can be used between 1- 9 p.m. ...

Waihou Springs trail littered with poop bags

Maui residents have been fortunate to have easy and open access to trail systems during this health and social crisis, allowing folks much needed exercise and exposure to the outdoors. In particular, the Waihou Springs trail offers close proximity to Makawao and is a casual walk (though ...

Return to resort zone model leaves some unemployed

Mayor Victorino has been consistent in describing the “new normal” for Maui as a return to the resort zone model of the past. This means that much fewer tourists who will be staying longer and spending more. I think this would help balance life for the residents of Maui except for the ...

Plan exceeds county protocol for lap-swimming program

It’s okay to drink in a bar, but it’s not okay to exercise in an outdoor pool while following social distancing protocol as part of the Maui Masters Swim program? It’s okay to exercise in an indoor gym or fitness studio, but it’s not okay to exercise in an outdoor pool while following ...

New normal based on dignity, justice, hope

President Trump solemnly swore (or affirmed) that he would faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and would, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Well, that hasn’t happened, and it will not happen these final ...

Please reelect Rep. Lynn DeCoite

Rep. Lynn DeCoite has a proven record in getting things done for our district. She has pushed for funding for many CIP projects such as the Paia Bypass, Hana Highway bridge improvements, Haiku and Paia School CIP projects not to mention she strongly supported and advocated for residents in ...

Strong community concern about extending permit

There is strong community concern about the proposed permit extension for the Kama‘ole Grand project between South Kihei Road and Liloa Drive in South Maui, being addressed June 23 at the Maui County Planning Commission meeting. This is bringing seven, four-story buildings into a quiet ...

Hana residents want road closed until safe

Yes, Hana as a community does not feel it is quite safe to reopen our road. We are forced to drive out for things as minor as shopping or as major as medical appointments; some commute for work, others to try and keep their struggling businesses alive. We live in the most rural and ...

Through the looking glass, American change apparent

An acquaintance of mine, in reference to letters to the editor, remarked, “why would an individual whose beliefs/ideology differ from others call them traitors, demons, conspiratorial bats, anti-Americans, toxic domestic enemies, etc.? The new law of cause and effect, I ventured.   ...

The Maui News workers deserve a fair contract

I am writing a letter in support of The Maui News workers receiving a fair and new contract. Living in Maui for over 20 years, I’ve found that The Maui News is important in my everyday life. I look to it for all my information around the state and the world. The Maui News workers deserve a ...

Email received from Trump seeks support

Below is an email I received from Trump: “Friend, I want you to enter for the chance to meet me at an upcoming event. This is the very first opportunity to win a chance to meet me since our country started reopening, and as one of my top supporters, I wanted to make sure you got the ...

DeCoite for District 13; we need her reelected

In this time of uncertainty, we need leaders that will truly help us and speak up for our needs. I encourage everyone to register to vote, your vote makes a difference in what the future will be. We need leaders like current District 13 State Rep. Lynn DeCoite who sincerely represents the ...

We need The Maui News, best source of local info

I am worried about The Maui News. We have seen the Sunday edition dropped and merged into a Saturday Weekender Edition. We have seen popular features like Parade eliminated. And now the closing of local businesses due to the pandemic has led to an abrupt and severe reduction in advertising. On ...

Wearing mask helps businesses stay open

I don’t like wearing a mask. You probably don’t either. But when such a simple thing as that, combined with social distancing, can help assure your favorite restaurant or bar may stay open and survive for the long haul, isn’t it a no-brainer? Wearing a mask will allow you to get your ...

Will Ogdens follow lead of the Baldwin family?

Valley Isle kama‘aina have come to view the islands’ historic 120-year-old community newspaper, The Maui News, as an island institution with a broad mission and role that goes significantly beyond the traditional “watchdog” function crafted by our nation’s newspapers founders. Even ...

Defend, not defund, our police in Hawaii

In response to the current neo-Marxist pandemic sweeping across America, we need to continue the lockdown and quarantine from that virus indefinitely here in Hawaii.  Defend, not “defund,” our police!    Randy Coon Kula

Home delivery of alcohol a short-sighted decision

On May 13, the Maui Liquor Commission met virtually to pass a “temporary” revision to the liquor law, allowing home delivery of alcohol, a decision that was both short-sighted and dangerous. As revealed in a recent investigation by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, ...

Ige worst governor in Hawaii history

Governor Ige is not listening to economists, other experts on business, and experts on the health costs due to the shutdown of our primary base industry — tourism.  I’m afraid that his legacy will be as the worst governor in Hawaii’s history, the one who destroyed our economy due to ...

Loving one another only hope for future

Historical records show racism as a symptom of arrogant self-centered people. In this particular story, the consequence of backbiting people in positions of power resulted in a contagious life-threatening disease. This brings to mind COVID-19, political divisiveness and racial tensions today. ...