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Letters to the Editor

Public park on private land near bypass viable option

Considering the proximity to schools, homes and businesses, Hurricane Lane’s wildfire helped identify the area at-risk for the community’s safety. Thanks to extra emergency personnel and heroic efforts, the community avoided a much greater catastrophe. Adjacent to Lahainaluna Road, ...

We will judge government harshly if disease spreads

Today, New York and North California have empty streets. Tomorrow, that has to happen in Maui. History will judge Governor Ige and Mayor Victorino harshly if they allow the coronavirus to spread for another few days. The DOH says there are only 10 cases in Hawaii. No wonder, if less than 100 ...

Virus got me wondering about disease history here

This virus got me wondering what would have happened if the Hawaiians had been informed of the illness the pirates and foreigners/missionaries brought here over 100 years ago and all the deaths that were planned to weaken the monarchy. The year is different, but humanity is the same. ...

Closing public restrooms creates health hazard

Mayor Michael Victorino has closed all public restrooms on Maui, in response to the coronavirus. We have a tremendous homeless population. Where would you have them defecate, Mr. Mayor? Please, re-open the public toilets. Closing them creates a public health hazard. Rena Blumberg Kihei

We live in new world yet health facts remain

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding . . . We live in a new coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply ...

Unite Native Hawaiians to follow Lord’s purpose

We pray and encourage all Native Hawaiians to rise and be blessed as beloved, royal blood delivered from broken trusts.  Stand united as sovereign Native Hawaiians following the Lord’s purpose for all communities of the Hawaiian Islands to be trustworthy, prosperous and administrative in ...

Fails to see the logic of closing public toilets

With all due respect to Mayor Victorino, I fail to see the logic of closing public restrooms on Maui. If the restrooms are closed, where will Maui’s homeless shower and go to the bathroom? Allowing people to urinate and defecate just anywhere is going to turn Maui into an outdoor ...

County’s virus precautions fall short, shows priorities

Maui County’s recent Facebook posting of photos showing their employees wiping down counters along with photos of efforts by a local tour bus company and airport staff taking precautionary measures is an affront. That’s not what anyone would consider a proactive plan by the county to ...

Parks and Recreation thanked for changing date

Mahalo to the Parks and Recreation administration, as they are letting the west side rec staff hold all-star Saturday on March 28 due to the fact that a conflict made March 14 impossible to play, as west staff had to help staff from their districts for the Menehune tournament. The only ...

Replace ‘lock her up’ with ‘vote him out’

Donald Trump is not a president who attempts to unite the country. Donald Trump is not a president who gives confidence to the country. Donald Trump honors money more than the duty to make our country great (again). During his election campaign, Donald Trump encouraged his followers to ...

It’s not about politics, it’s about character

We warned them; we pointed out the very serious flaws in his character — the corruption, the lies, the mistreatment of women, the narcissism, and now we see the result of his inability to be either a decent human being and leader and or more importantly, compassionate. Forget the politics, ...

Italy waited too long, will Maui be too late?

On Maui we have the great advantage to be able to look into the future. China, Taiwan, S. Korea and Italy were hit with the coronavirus earlier than Hawaii. Italy is perhaps two weeks ahead of us. By observing what they did, we can make wiser choices. Because Italy waited too long to lock down ...

Why not support our own by taking vacations here?

Since our island is so dependent on tourism, why not support our own by taking vacations on Maui? You won’t have to fly and if anything happens, you can drive home and not get stuck. Even if you were not planning a vacation, if you can afford it, why not help so people don’t have to be laid ...

Fake prostitute cop destroys lives of many

A cute cop dresses as a prostitute and hangs out near a school to lure lonely men. She makes it obvious she’s offering sex for a price, uses her beauty, personal skills, experience and cop training to offer explicit sexual services. She negotiates a price, takes the money, then calls in her ...

Tournament of Champions gives back to community

In reference to The Maui News article, “Maui Visitors Bureau funded the most generously” (Feb. 29), on behalf of the PGA TOUR’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, our partnership with Maui Visitors Bureau for more than 20 years has ...

Sky is falling, nothing we can do to stop it

The sky is falling . . . and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. It’s not a partisan issue. There’s no way of spinning it in anyone’s favor. It can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Rich or poor, young or old, male or female (or even questioning). So, say your prayers and ...

How could anyone vote Democrat again?

How anyone could ever vote Democrat again is beyond me. This party has shown itself to be completely corrupt, unashamedly dishonest and in the pay of foreign interests. They have worked tirelessly and continually to overthrow the president, to stage a coup d’etat. While once claiming to ...

How Hawaiians felt about disease that was unknown

Now everyone not Hawaiian knows how Hawaiians felt when they had no power to overcome a disease that was unknown. Paradise got contaminated. I am not worried about coronavirus. My immune system is weak, but I may be one out of the 16 out of 17 that survive. This is an island with nowhere to ...

Threat of colony collapse deserves attention now

The threat of colony collapse deserves immediate attention from our state policymakers. Bees are our most important pollinators — hundreds of thousands of plants depend on their pollination. Accordingly, large-scale bee deaths have dire consequences for our environment and global food ...

Writer mistaken saying 5G is necessary for tourism

The writer of a March 1 Letter to the Editor was mistaken in stating 5G is necessary for tourists and is supported by state and federal legislation. Schatz’s Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act has not passed, thankfully. And the ALEC-sponsored bill that passed in Hawaii is a dangerous piece ...