Letters to the Editor

‘It’s the economy, stupid’

“It’s the economy, stupid” is a catchphrase made famous by Bill Clinton when he ran for president in 1992 and won. Recently, we have been getting lots of news about our economy here in the islands, and none of it has been good. The national site WalletHub has pegged our economy 48th ...

Majority female council upsets some old boys

Wow, Maui wahine, watch out for the misogyny! Looks like some of the old boys are upset. I was pleased to finally see the first female majority County Council with all-female leadership this year, and the positive change you have already fostered. On the administrative side we still retain ...

Join Citizens’ Climate Lobby to help make a difference

Lately it seems that young people are the ones with the courage to stand up and insist on action to reduce climate change before it’s too late. If you, too, want to do something, I suggest joining Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nationwide effort with local chapters in every state. This ...

President shows restraint in his dealing with Iran

But, but, but, I thought that the all-knowing mainstream news was right! Trump is a warmongering psychopath who will push the button to slaughter innocents and wage war whenever (sarcasm). What the president did to dial back on retaliation to Iran should show you the opposite. This president ...

Recent headlines say much about Maui’s future

Recent headlines say much about Maui’s future. The Department of Water Planning announced a stage one water shortage Upcountry. The Wailuku civic parking structure breaks ground in August. A&B may get water permit in the end, and last week, Maui County’s largest-ever budget. Time ...

What a change from the last administration

Congratulations, Mayor Victorino. In your first five months in office you have proven to the people of Maui County that you keep your word and you are committed to the people, all the people. Mayor, you stated that you have a zero tolerance policy for domestic violence. You kept your word by ...

Are there no women chefs invited to event?

The June 13 Maui Scene included a photo ad for “Fire it Up” at the Grand Wailea in mid-July. What’s with that photo in the ad? Are there no women chefs who were invited? No women chefs who asked to participate? Enjoy the pork. Michael Kaipo Nye Maui Meadows

Overkill displayed by US women’s soccer team

Our professional U.S women’s soccer team, ranked No. 1 and defending champion, faced amateurish Thailand. Final score: “A baker’s dozen” to “zero” (a record?). Goliath drubbed David. Over the years, my admiration for the American team and its many “heroines” — my love ...

Vehicles parked on walkway are creating safety concern

Usually, twice a day, I walk from Baker Street to Kenui Street along Front Street in Lahaina. Many residents, cruise ship wanderers and island visitors walk this route to enjoy Baby Beach or to walk to work. Between Lahaina Residential Condo and Front Street Apartments there is a walkway, but ...

Gabbard supports Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed, so it is imperative that we have elected officials who are working to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I was fortunate to be a ...

‘Godfather of our Country’ fitting title for Donald Trump

George Washington is acknowledged to be “The Father of Our Country.” Since that title is taken, I would like to see someone start a campaign to name Donald Trump as “The Godfather of Our Country”! He certainly deserves it. Jim Killett Lahaina

Why is entire page filled with US flag?

I don’t understand why occasionally an entire page of the newspaper is filled with the American flag, as was the case on Page A8 of the June 14, 2019 paper. Is there really no other news to report? Nothing from The Associated Press, Reuters, etc.? Nothing else national or international? ...

Time to plan ahead for probable flooding

As I drove along North Kihei Road the other morning, I noticed it was high tide, water lapping at the sides of the pavement. Now that there is no more sugar cane, isn’t time to start paving one or more alternate routes between Maui Veterans Highway (the old Mokulele Highway) and Kuihelani ...

Pray in difficult times with your society

In times of trauma, abuse or violence, we are confronted with unfamiliar or very intense emotions. There is nothing wrong with any feeling you have, whether it is relief, anger or rage. Pray through with your spiritual society, a group of first-aid intercessors. Avoid tension and an inner tug ...

Bill introduced by Hirono panders to blacks

Sen. Mazie Hirono introduces a bill on “Reparations.” I’m embarrassed that my fellow citizens could vote someone with this lack of knowledge and character into office. Unfortunately, Hirono is just one of many Democrats who stake their future on pandering to blacks in America. Other ...

Supposed threat from Iran sounds familiar

As our president keeps marching us to war with Iran, we suddenly have the spectacle of Iran apparently picking a fight by disturbing the flow of oil through the Persian Straits. Sound familiar? Remember “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (Iraq); Tonkin Gulf (Vietnam); the the USS Maine (Cuba)? ...

Maui County beach parks are jewels

Our Maui County beach parks are the jewels that regularly show off the best of Maui’s beaches. In many cases those beach parks are a prime reason visitors come to Maui. Those same beach parks are the location for countless weekend events and celebrations by local families. County beach ...

What will 100% renewable energy look like on Maui?

What would Maui look like if it was powered by 100 percent renewable energy? Would our island landscape feature rows of solar panels with batteries? More windmills capturing our breezy trades? Perhaps fleets of electric vehicles on our roads or retirement of current generation facilities? ...

Science of climate change versus other ways of thinking

Record-setting temperatures in Kahului, in fact, pretty much everywhere. Flooding blocking shipping and crop planting. Increasingly frequent ferocious tornadoes and hurricanes, some headed directly at Maui. Accelerating loss of polar sea ice. Coral bleaching. Shifting jet stream causing crazy ...

Road repair work in Makawao appreciated

During the County Council’s fiscal year 2020 budget deliberations, I requested repaving of Makawao Avenue as one of my budget priorities. However, when advised that the project cost reached $7.7 million and that it could qualify for federal aid, I adjusted my request. Accordingly, I requested ...