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Letters to the Editor

Revetment walls not answer to sea level rise

Sea level rise used to be a debated political theory, but now it is a coastal reality. Limiting the causes of this sea-level-rise monster may take many years, but we need to function in this world until it is controlled. Annually, sea level rise will continue to cause an increasing number of ...

Inmates likely to repeat when drug rehab denied

The Maui News article, “Prosecutors on deadline to review jail releases,” is very skewed and reeks of GOP propaganda. The largest ethnic group in MCCC are Native Hawaiian. And most are in there because they are being punished for having a substance addiction disease that stems from the ...

Trump doomed by his own making

The ignorance, hatred and arrogance begot from perceived privilege has no real core; that is just a perception, root-bound and grounded not in fact but fantasy. Therefore, he’ll never have a foundation to build from and will always grab whatever floats by and call it his own, except the ...

Misses ‘candidate’ Trump ‘envy of world’ promises

I must admit I was quite excited when candidate Donald Trump looked at America’s crumbling infrastructure and announced that we would have the greatest airports, etc., the envy of the world. We would have the best health care. I miss candidate Trump. Karen White Lahaina

Armchair quarterbacks should run for governor

There have been a lot of recent letters criticizing the governor’s COVID-19 response. Most of them seem to stem from a very narrow analysis or viewpoint. For example, a self-proclaimed “critical thinker and great analyzer of numbers” drew a sweeping conclusion citing only the ratio of ...

‘Temptation Island’ contradicts quarantine

“Temptation Island” is going to start taping on Maui in September. Our mayor is giddy about it. Over 100 people will invade our island with no quarantining. They will be tested. Well, give us that option to be tested and not quarantined. I have read that they will not be wearing any ...

Story of two surfers is a perfect picture of kahiau

“Surfing as therapy,” (The Maui News, Aug. 26). What a spiritual lift. The bond between two strangers, supposedly so far apart in many ways, best describes the utmost importance to act upon the bigger picture. Josh Batis of Surf Clinics of Maui, elevating Juliet Brown, 9, emotionally ...

9.2 percent positive test rate not big deal?

I have just read a letter claiming that a 9.2 percent positive COVID-19 test rate is no big deal. The writer is obviously not in the medical field. Medical experts consider a rate of 5 percent to be too high. New York City has a rate below 1 percent, which allows it to safely, gradually ...

Does anyone know how we lost our agriculture?

“The Maui Problem” was a term used in the early 1970s by sugar researchers to classify a type of plant or crop damage that, in their words, “they really didn’t understand . . . that  occurred on all islands; but mostly Maui.” The COVID-19 virus is now teaching us how to better ...

Community being left out of Haiku water decision?

Follow the water. We all need it to exist and it belongs to all of us. Haiku has 400 families waiting on the Upcountry water meter list. It has 50 small domestic wells providing water to local families, farms and small subdivisions. The Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP) has a proposal ...

Fate similar to pharaoh awaits sitting president

In 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote a poem entitled “Ozymandias,” a thinly veiled, satirical homage to the long-dead Egyptian pharaoh, Ramesses II. Shelley’s speaker invites the listener to stand with him and observe the remains of a colossal statue that the narcissistic king had erected ...

Is our share of CARES Act money disappearing?

We have written about a generous genie known as Uncle Sam who is making available $1.25 billion under section 5001 of the CARES Act. The catch is that the money can be used only to cover costs that: are necessary expenditures incurred due to COVID–19; were not accounted for in the ...

Respect each other in this time of crisis

We as locals are the luckiest people to get to enjoy our beaches . . . all to ourselves. Why do people with dogs think that the leash law is no longer in affect? Why do they think they can do what they want without thinking of the rest of us trying to enjoy the beach? We are also the ...

Ignoring mask violations prolongs pandemic danger

About a month ago, I walked into a neighborhood restaurant/bar for takeout. I noticed most employees were wearing face shields only (open at the bottom) and no cloth masks. I notified the owner that they were not in compliance. The owner said the Maui DOH was allowing them to wear face shields ...

Administration attempting to give beaches to hotels

The administration is attempting to give our beaches to the hotels. Once they get control, we will never get our beaches back. Sure, we will be allowed to go there if we want to get COVID-19. It would be better to keep the tourists on the hotel property so we can keep track of them. Of ...

PEAD report worth watching

This past Sunday, “CBS This Morning’s” lead piece was about PEADs, Presidential Executive Action Documents. I suggest every person, not only on Maui, but throughout our country watch and listen to the 10:19 minute report by Ted Koppel. If what you hear scares you, take the time to send ...

Get airport tests done, don’t waste time on bubbles

The mayor says privatization of beaches is an unfounded rumor. The Maui News (Aug. 4) quoted a spokesman for the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association about the resort bubble quarantine idea, who said that local residents would not mix with resort bubble tourists because residents go to the ...

Complain to state regarding wave water on highway

The recent letter complaining to the mayor about water on Honoapiilani Highway contains a valid complaint about ocean waves being a continuing road hazard. Sending it to the mayor is worthless, because that road is a state highway, not county, and objections to the safety of it must go to the ...

Enjoys guest editorials, suggests running WP’s

We love the Maui News. Thank you for making the difficult decisions it takes to stay in business during a global pandemic. We’ve enjoyed the guest editorials you have been choosing during this interim leadership period and would like to suggest this one from the (Aug. 21) Washington Post. ...