Letters to the Editor

There’s a storm coming to cleanse away the wicked

Maui is a small island. Eyes and ears are everywhere. The coconut wireless is very much alive. Do only that which is pono. Do no harm to others. The truth will always prevail. The guilty will be punished. Leaders of Maui, beware! Now is the time for introspection and reflection. There’s a ...

US separation of church and state well established

Our views on creation help guide our principles in life. One of the Declaration of Independence authors, Thomas Jefferson, supports the idea of our creator and our reason to be free. Our Constitution has no reference to God’s participation in government. Jefferson also said erecting a wall ...

Invasive species are being sold in stores

Thanks to Lissa Fox Strohecker for her “Kia‘i Moku” column on the Hawaii Biosecurity Plan and the fight against invasive species in Hawaii (The Maui News, May 12). I’d like to find out if big-box garden retailers on Maui will be stopped from selling invasive species. I just bought a ...

We can create a true paradise on Maui

We can create Mauitopia by all of us doing what we love to do for work, not having any violent crime, and exercising the aloha spirit to all take care of each other. Creating a utopian society with the number of residents Maui has would not only be unprecedented but hard. First, Confucius ...

Cut college to fund more lunar dirt

Trump wants to cut Pell Grants for poor kids’ college to fund NASA’s return to the moon? What for? Been there; done that. Given that there will always be more to learn about Earth’s moon, there are certainly better, less political/military things to do with the kids’ college money. I ...

Perfect nickname for the man who would be king

The current occupant of the White House stays busy burning through taxpayer funds for golf excursions to his fancy resorts and watching “Fox Noxious” on television. His other major endeavor appears to be conjuring insulting nicknames for his multitude of political opponents. Apparently, he ...

Lawmakers taking action to protect home health care

Across the U.S., more than 3.5 million seniors rely on Medicare home health to remain in their homes and receive necessary skilled health care services, including nursing and therapy services. However, a new Medicare payment model is threatening to risk access to care for our most vulnerable ...

Improvements needed in transfer of water

I’ve been reading so much on the water from East Maui to the treatment plant that supplies water to the Upcountry area. Several months ago they said that the water from the watersheds would be enough for the Upcountry areas. Now are you trying to say it’s not? What happened to the ...

Advisory group can help create safe trails

Please support the County Council resolution to Mayor Michael Victorino to create a Vision Zero Advisory Group to promote the establishment of safe walking trails for all of Maui. There are many policies that call for safe trails separate from the road but no group actively assisting in their ...

End-of-life doula training took place here recently

I am an ordained minister and the executive director of Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization here on Maui that has been providing education, support, counsel and care to the dying and their families since 2006. I have offered classes at the university here, the senior center, churches ...

Intentions of couple were compassionate, honorable

I would like to express my disappointment firstly with The Maui News for printing a biased and damaging article (May 5) about Heather and Rob Parsons, and secondly with Seabury Hall for canceling her choir performance due to the story published in The Maui News. Heather and Rob Parsons have ...

Responsibility of journalism is beyond sensationalism

Your May 5 article sensationalizing spurious claims about a hospice-assisted death was a breach of good journalism. In failing to adequately investigate concocted allegations made by estranged children of the deceased, the front-page story served to discredit and defame a respected physician, ...

‘Honorable, compassionate’ couple treated unfairly

I was surprised and appalled by the accusation of Heather Parsons reported in the May 5 Maui News. The article was unfair to both Heather and Rob Parsons. I have known them both for decades and they are honorable, compassionate people with integrity. It is ridiculous to imagine they schemed ...

Article shows newspaper’s ‘lack of professionalism’

In reading the article “Caregiver subject of wrongful death suit” published in your May 5 edition, I was disappointed on the lack of professionalism and the lack of review and editing by The Maui News. Accusations were made that were not correct, and if investigative journalism were to have ...

Alcohol abuse among the elderly a growing concern

Alcohol abuse has become a “public health crisis” in America, and over the past 10 years among senior citizens there has been a 107 percent increase in “alcohol use disorder,” according to research sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. A major problem is ...

Council’s efforts to protect reefs cheered

As a nonprofit organization working for healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and abundant native fish for the islands of Maui County, the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is grateful for the recent ways that the Maui County Council has demonstrated a commitment to protecting our local reefs ...

More control needed of illegal fireworks

Never you mind that council members or others are to get a raise. Hire more police officers, instead, that can control most areas of illegal fireworks. Kahului has been a battlefield of illegal fireworks. Bombs that shock. Aerial fireworks. You look at who are using. Illegal tinted ...

Article gives a distorted impression of death doulas

The article in the May 5 paper regarding Fay Block and Heather Parsons was so deeply biased that I was shocked at that kind of reporting. It not only took the side of the prosecuting family, with no research into both sides. But further, it painted death doulas as criminally intended ...

Maui Tomorrow’s hypocrisy over water is on display

The sheer sophistry of Maui Tomorrow’s recent “we support agriculture” statement demands a response (The Maui News, May 8). They basically said they “support” an agricultural future for Central Maui, but just not with East Maui water. The statement quoted Mahi Pono as saying they ...

Department heads show no will to enforce fireworks laws

The Maui department heads showed no leadership, no new ideas, and no attempt to solve this problem other than showing up for the Maui fireworks meeting (The Maui News, May 2). I was there. This is not a new problem. Everyone knows they’re coming in by cargo containers. Every cop and fireman ...