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Letters to the Editor

Doctor’s vaccination efforts on west side appreciated

My wife and I just received our first vaccination shots, with the second shots scheduled in about three weeks at Doctors On Call in Times Market Place, Honokowai. We were so thankful when the vaccination became available to residents locally on the west side, and we greatly appreciate the ...

Going to nation’s highest tax rates entirely self-defeating

Raising marginal tax rates to 16 percent for incomes over $200,000 for Hawaii residents amounts to a confiscatory tax on success. Yet Hawaii state senators with one exception voted to do just that. So, a goal of Hawaii is to encourage young physicians to move back to the state, bring ...

Should victims be required to produce evidence for police?

I made many attempts to try and get help by calling police but was ignored because I had no evidence to hand to them. Why is evidence so limited? If a horrible crime was done to you and the criminals tell you “nobody will believe you,” does it stop there? Do the criminals automatically ...

Former president still downplaying coronavirus

Hmm. Let's try to get this straight. A year ago, Donald Trump told the American people that COVID-19 was just a little flu that would go away with warmer weather. He declined to use a face mask and discouraged those around him from doing so. As more and more Americans became infected ...

Many went the extra mile during recent Haiku flood

During the Great Haiku Flood, there were many acts of kindness, leadership, self-sacrifice, devotion to duty and generosity. I was part of a long line of cars stopped behind two trucks and two school buses in a narrow part of the road out of Makawao, between the second bridge and Kokomo ...

No good will come from state Legislature legalizing pot

Marijuana use impairs overall cognitive function, muddles rational thinking and damages decision-making and memory. It dulls motivation and produces dependence. Legalization guarantees more stoned-out people operating motor vehicles and other dangerous behaviors. I became hooked on ...

Plan to manage visitor numbers complete farce

The Weekender article (March 13-14) about the “plan” to manage Maui’s visitor numbers is a complete farce. The so-called plan created by visitor industry insiders isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and is nothing more than business as usual. Maui County Council and the mayor ...

Vaccine appointment process needs to be easy

The initial rollout to the age 75-plus and frontline essential workers got off to an unsteady start in Hawaii, especially Maui. We must not repeat mistakes when the 65-plus round of appointments begins. The vaccine appointment process needs to be simple and easy, both using phone access for ...

Questions that Biden is mentally fit for presidency

I’m alarmed at the media’s repeated sidestepping of President Biden’s mental health. Even before Biden became president, I questioned his stability. I went back and looked at press conferences he held 10 years ago. There was no doubt that Biden was significantly more mentally fit. ...

Debris on beach after rain avoidable if culverts clear

I have been a resident of Maui now for 11 years and I am getting really tired of seeing the very avoidable damage to the beaches after severe rain events. Locals are in the habit of filling the culverts adjacent to their property with any and all of their garden waste, tree trimmings, lawn ...

Mediation benefits landlords, tenants

When the statewide eviction moratorium comes to an end, Maui’s landlords and tenants will need to find a way to resolve any issues surrounding outstanding payments that are owed. This is the time for those with impending disputes to begin looking for their preferred solutions. Going to court ...

Incidents on Kihei shores breakdown in protection

On Sunday, Feb. 28, while swimming between Kama’ole I and Kama‘ole II beach parks, I felt claws pushing me under. When I was able to raise my head, I saw it was a Rottweiler dog after a turtle. I thought the owner lost control of him and it was an isolated incident until later finding ...

Hunger continues to grow despite holiday generosity

As we wait for another stimulus check, there is still food insecurity on Maui. Maui Food Bank used to serve 10,000 people a month who are food insecure. Now, the organization is serving 48,000 people a month who need hunger relief. Over the holidays, people were extremely generous. But we ...

Entrepreneurial risks should be applauded

It is disappointing to hear more frequently disparaging remarks of successful entrepreneurs and small business owners. For instance, all too frequently it is said that they don’t give their fair share back, they don’t pay enough tax, etc. When a country begins to punish success, ...

Legalizing cannabis would impact youth

“Tommy” (named changed to protect privacy) was the 15-year-old son of close friends and neighbors. At 10 one night, I needed to make a quick trip to the grocery store. As I rounded the corner, my headlights illuminated two boys exchanging money for a baggy. Obviously, a drug buy. Tommy was ...

Grateful for track reopening for workouts

Mahalo Mayor Mike Victorino and Maui County Parks and Recreation for opening the Yamamoto track facility at the War Memorial Complex. I was able to get in a few track workouts before I left for my national competition. These workouts were crucial to achieving my goals and becoming AAU ...

Community plan update way overdue for renewal

Age is relative. Humans have been here for centuries. Kihei Community Association has been here for several decades, and our community plan has existed for 23 years. In that context, 23 years does not seem very old, but as it was set to be renewed in 10 years, it is way overdue. Maui County ...

Parks shouldn’t bear burden of homelessness

I am writing about Council Member Gabe Johnson’s bill to invite the homeless to hang out in our parks (Viewpoint, March 6). Homelessness is a problem here as it is almost everywhere, but the solution is not to put the burden on our parks. The reality is that a significant portion of the ...

Cat owners and caretakers need to be part of solution

The March 8 article about cats being captured and moved is a good explanation of the problem, but it is missing an important element. I agree with all the suggested resolutions to nuisance cats except for one thing. Why is the recipient of cat feces, urine, etc. the one who must always solve ...