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Letters to the Editor

Questions veracity of claim King harmed OCS morale

I feel compelled to clarify an inaccuracy in The Maui News regarding former County Council Chairwoman Kelly King and the Office of Council Services (OCS). It has been stated that “… those with direct knowledge of the situation, who did not want to be identified, said Kelly King created a ...

Suggests cyclists wear construction worker vests

On Dec. 25 you reported on a bicyclist killed on Kekaulike Avenue around 11 a.m. in full daylight on Dec. 24. I wanted to suggest to Maui bicyclists that they wear orange construction worker vests. These are highly visible, and much better in daytime than flashing lights or other visibility ...

Print all the emails of County Council members

Please print all the emails of our County Council members. Some of us cannot make the meetings or hearings due to work or sick family members or children at home. We need our voices to be heard so we all don’t get taxed to death! Joanne Foxxe Lahaina

Council democracy died with vote against King

On Dec. 27, many folks came to the 1:30 p.m. session of the Maui County Council to speak in support of Council Chairwoman Kelly King and to ask the council to reconsider their position. Many came on Friday afternoon in the middle of the holiday season. The council demonstrated that it was both ...

King should have refused to step down, not vote

I am baffled by Kelly King’s “No” vote on Alice Lee as the new council chairwoman. If King truly did not want Lee to head the council, then she should have refused to step down! King referenced Lee’s opposition to the county settling the Lahaina waste-water injection well case. ...

If only we’d known whom the joke was on

“He who laughs last, laughs best.” Too bad those who should have laughed last, laughed first. Maybe they were laughing at the person who started a joke that ran not knowing he would win. “I started a joke which started the whole world crying. But I didn’t see that the joke was on me, ...

Let voters decide whether Trump remains in office

A wise philosopher once said “Be careful about what you wish for because your wish may just come true.” President Donald Trump and many of his Republican congressional supporters have been saying for many months that the impeachment hearings are a “sham” and “baseless.” They ...

Not very merry with marijuana

Merry Christmas to all of our visitors and people visiting our beautiful island Maui. Please pardon The Maui News front page on Dec. 25. The picture (a warehouse filled with marijuana plants covered with lights) was a total mistake! We cherish the future of our children and we apologize for ...

Mixed-use residential key to affordable housing

The recent review of zoning laws you published is exactly what has precluded solutions to our affordable housing dilemma. Hawaii was one of the first states to adopt comprehensive zoning laws, much to the detriment of our housing inventory. By separating residential from commercial, we ...

Articles of impeachment should have been sent

Walking over the articles of impeachment. Ridiculous! I downloaded the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The U.S. House should be able to electronically transfer them to the U.S. Senate in a millisecond. This kind of national charade is why we want to start over and create ...

Canines assist mankind in countless ways

Without a doubt, canines are marvelous creatures that assist mankind in countless ways, from basic companionship to life-altering and lifesaving actions. The guys who train the exceptional dogs for true service for disabled humans are also marvelous as they provide aid to sensory-deprived ...

Maui is better than church planning hate-filled protest

A brief article in The Maui News of Dec. 19 mentions that the despicable Westboro Baptist Church is planning one of their hate-filled protests here on Maui next month. These are the awful idiots who show up at funerals for fallen service people, carrying signs saying things I will not repeat ...

Gabbard’s decision lack shows leadership lack

“Present.” Really, Tulsi? If you can’t decide what side you’re on how do you expect to be leader of the free world? You’ve missed 88 percent of the votes in the House of Representatives in the last three months while on your quixotic quest for the presidency. Since you’re not ...

Political climate worse in Johnson impeachment

If you think the political climate is vituperative these days, it was actually more contentious during the impeachment process of Andrew Johnson (the first in American history) in March 1868. Johnson became president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865, just a week after Lee ...

Trump’s impeachment blew up in Democrats’ face

Trump isn’t impeached yet, Nancy Pelosi has to send it to the Senate. She’s terrified to do that because she knows that it will head directly to the shredder when it does, or if there is an impeachment trial (unlikely due to Nancy stalling) will bring to light more corruption by Joe Biden, ...

Right to choose equal to the right to murder

On Dec. 17, yet another letter proclaiming a woman’s right to choose. The problem with these types is the insensitivity, callousness and casualness with which they write off the life of another whose continued existence would be an inconvenience. Do they ever think before speaking? Do they ...

Thanks to firefighters for extinguishing blaze

We want to send out a big “thank you” to all the firefighters, including the helicopter pilots and police, who responded to the Paia brush fire. For many of us in Skill Vill, we have an extra reason to be thankful this holiday season. Some of us were stuck on the outside of the ...

Credits ‘superb’ cardiac unit for saving his life

I came to Maui nine weeks ago thinking I was a fit, trim 75-year-old. On the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, I climbed out of the Lahaina public swimming pool and had a heart attack. My wife drove me to the urgent care center at Honokowai Marketplace. After an immediate EKG, I was ...

Doubts that corruption allegations debunked

Your Dec. 19 article on Tulsi Gabbard incorrectly states that Trump “asked Ukraine’s president to help investigate already debunked allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden.” This is a false statement in more than one way. Please, read the phone call ...