Letters to the Editor

Reinstall the screens at Pukalani pool building

We’ve had an incredibly hot summer and the newly renovated Pukalani pool has been a blessing to many. However, during the renovation the screens that surround the main building were removed for repair and never replaced. The dressing rooms and reception area have been shockingly hot and humid ...

On Mauna Kea, more than $3 million up in smoke

According to recent reports, the costs associated with the TMT protests on Mauna Kea exceed $3 million to date, and the meter keeps running. I, for one, would have loved to see every penny of that money directed to salaries for new, qualified teachers in Hawaiian immersion ...

Climate change isn’t man-made but natural

From the 1970s to now climate change has gone through an identity crisis — it’s been labeled global cooling to global warming and now climate change. Truth is, the narrative changes because the truth is this isn’t man-made but natural. However, in order for more government control the ...

The Supreme Court should decide injection well case

I am grateful to Mayor Michael Victorino for standing up for regular Maui citizens and for the county as a whole. His recent column (“Our County,” Aug. 16) laid out the issues so I could understand them. Then later, I saw the photos on Hawaii News Now, and from my personal experience, ...

We lost our rights when judge dismissed local law

I was asked recently about 5G and what to do about the dangers, being known for my activism regarding GMOs. I said I knew enough about 5G that we should be very concerned, especially considering Israel, where it was developed, and Japan, not known for being ignorant, has banned it. I relayed ...

Mauna Kea large enough for scientific and religious pursuits

Fifty years ago I worked as a union carpenter atop Mauna Kea on the UH 88 observatory, which, although not the first one built there, is world famous for discoveries and contributions made to the science of astronomy. For me, and many others similarly employed, this was both a good job and a ...

Place rat poison responsibly to prevent unintended deaths

Yesterday our dog died. The landlord hired someone to put rat poison around the houses but never told the folks on the property. Our dog ate some and died. Please, if you put poison of any kind out, do so responsibly. Tell the folks that are in the area so they can protect their pets and ...

Dopey Joe is as electable as was Hillary Clinton

Democratic leaders are about to repeat the mistake of 2016. We have begun to hear excuses for a weak status quo candidate. But we need and we want someone who stands for necessary change. We are told that there are certainly better policies being offered by other candidates, and Joe Biden is ...

The time to reconnect with the aina is now

There is a great uprising that is taking place in these islands. I find it inspiring and soul stirring. Steeped in Kapu Aloha, kanaka maoli are standing firm to protect a mauna that is sacred to them. This movement needs to happen and we are seeing it all around the world. Indigenous people are ...

If you vote for a Republican you are disloyal to the US

President Trump just stated Aug. 20 that if you vote for a Democrat, you are disloyal to Israel. I say if you vote for a Republican, you are disloyal to your own country, The United States of America. God bless America. Gerard Mazzacano Kihei

Illegal TVR enforcement would solve problem

Regarding the Aug. 21 article in The Maui News titled “Testifiers: Action needed now to curb overtourism”: The county contracted a company to root out illegal vacation rentals in our neighborhoods. If they used this service the problem would be solved. No studies, no moratoriums, problem ...

UPW ad takes Yelp review out of context

On Aug. 12 the United Public Workers union published a full page in The Maui News claiming since Kaiser took over Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula and Lanai hospitals, “quality care and safety have suffered” but offered no data to support this claim. Instead, the ad listed sentences of ...

Beware of warped thinking exhibited by the president

Trump’s calling into question the loyalty of Jews who vote for Democrats brings to mind the warped thinking leading to the forced internment of virtually all Japanese Americans during World War II. In both cases the loyalty of American citizens was and is questioned. While practicing law ...

Napoleon, Wallace and Trump through the ages

1800s — Napoleon visited the pope and attempted to justify the unjustifiable. The pope called him “un comediante!” As the emperor of France became “agitato,” the pope expressed, “you are un tragediante!” Prelude to Waterloo? Our contemporary sinister cul-de-sac — blind, ...

Actions of the right have helped divide this country

Regarding the letter of Aug. 17: Really, you think the left has started the division of this country is entrenched in? The right seems to have a memory of a child. They seem not to be able to remember what they said last month, i.e., Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya. This was even ...

You have to be human, not an alien, to be a racist

Keep going. Maui doesn’t have what you want if you stay. You can complain about it or you can take the words of POTUS to heart. “Very simply, you can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want, don’t come back, that’s OK too. But if you’re not happy, you can leave,” ...

Starting ‘You Too’ movement to refute false accusations

We are living in the age of the “Me Too” movement. I believe it has done a lot of good, but also some harm. I am also a victim. However, I am not the accuser. I am the accused. I will not allow aimless accusations to go unchallenged. Therefore, I am going to start a movement in America ...

The words we all hear and see speak for themselves

Let’s put aside all partisan politics and just rely solely on the spoken and tweeted words of Donald Trump — if we are to believe his words as he and his cultish followers wish, they speak quite clearly for themselves, are not ambiguous, and surely relate to his personal and presidential ...

Gardeners dumping green waste along the roadside

Thanks for your photo in the Aug. 13 Maui News, “1.41 tons of rubbish removed from roadways.” In my Kihei neighborhood we are suddenly having a big problem with gardeners dumping green waste along the roadside. I am hearing that this is a direct result of the landfills’ new restrictive ...

Response time varies for abandoned vehicle removal

Here on Maui we see many abandoned vehicles, partly because there is a cost to properly dispose of a vehicle that is beyond repair. Yes, there is the abandoned vehicle program which involves calling the vehicle in, getting it tagged as abandoned and eventually the county gets it picked up using ...