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Letters to the Editor

Maui still ‘no ka ‘oi’ due to its people

With all the negative news lately about bad behavior throughout our country, it was so refreshing and reassuring to see the generous and kind place Maui is. The stories about the Hana flag football team and the aftermath of the flooding in Ha’iku were so uplifting. I especially loved ...

Speed limit exceeded, but rarely enforced

I live on the Lower Honoapiilani Road near Honokowai Beach Park. The posted speed limit is 20 mph, but it seems everyone exceeds that. In the four years I’ve lived here, I never once saw anyone given a speeding ticket. Why? William Ferguson Lahaina

Medical miracle workers astounding at their jobs

We recently had a medical emergency at our home involving unconsciousness after three major seizures that occurred between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. We called 911 after the more devastating third seizure and both the Wailea Fire Department and the Maui Meadows-stationed ambulance service responded. ...

Never heard anyone explain how masks work

We all know masks protect us from COVID-19 because Democrat politicians tell us they do. But just how do masks work to protect us? I have never heard anyone explain this. Certainly, it can’t be that masks work like bulletproof vests and the virus just bounces off the mask and falls ...

Good deed by mayor aiding stranded team

Maui Economic Opportunity would like to thank Mayor Michael Victorino and his staff, including Zeke Kalua, for allowing our Hana-based bus drivers and Hana passengers to stay in the mayor’s ninth-floor conference room of the county building on March 12. A heavy thunderstorm made driving a ...

Educating community vital to managing virus

While all COVID-19 statistics are important, there are some that are more immediately relevant. Along with new cases, the number of (presumed) active cases on Maui should be reported as well. I have seen presumed active cases reported on some broadcast news stations and, periodically, a ...

Arguments against pot debunked by research

I was sorry to hear that the author of the letter opposing cannabis legalization in Hawaii had a personal problem with pakalolo at one time. Cannabis affects different people differently — like many substances, it can be problematic for some people and beneficial for others. But his arguments ...

Never whisper in 30 years of inappropriate behavior

Michael Pierner is a superb chiropractor, a family man and a dear friend. He has been treating me and my friends for over 30 years and there has never been a whisper of inappropriate behavior. He is generous with his time, has a lovely sense of humor. His office is small, shared by three ...

Officials interviewed on TV need to ‘get a grip’ on mask

I agree with the writer who mentioned slipping masks. It happens with about a quarter of the government officials interviewed on television. Please pardon the pun; get a grip! Regarding letter about Biden’s mental fitness: It’s nice to know that there are folks in Maui that can read ...

Leaders must be proactive on climate change

Climate change effects are everywhere. We need look no further than our island home. Hurricanes are becoming more severe, as are storms and floods. Erosion from rising sea levels is worse on Maui than on other islands. We are told that we can expect more of the above. Luckily, our ...

More taxation no answer to state’s economic woes

I guess the Hawai’i State Senate is not concerned about jobs for the working class any longer, now that we got all of these billionaires to tax. A bill the Senate passed manages to include an income tax hike of 11 to 16 percent for individual filers making over $200,000 a year, or ...

Doctor’s vaccination efforts on west side appreciated

My wife and I just received our first vaccination shots, with the second shots scheduled in about three weeks at Doctors On Call in Times Market Place, Honokowai. We were so thankful when the vaccination became available to residents locally on the west side, and we greatly appreciate the ...

Going to nation’s highest tax rates entirely self-defeating

Raising marginal tax rates to 16 percent for incomes over $200,000 for Hawaii residents amounts to a confiscatory tax on success. Yet Hawaii state senators with one exception voted to do just that. So, a goal of Hawaii is to encourage young physicians to move back to the state, bring ...

Should victims be required to produce evidence for police?

I made many attempts to try and get help by calling police but was ignored because I had no evidence to hand to them. Why is evidence so limited? If a horrible crime was done to you and the criminals tell you “nobody will believe you,” does it stop there? Do the criminals automatically ...

Former president still downplaying coronavirus

Hmm. Let's try to get this straight. A year ago, Donald Trump told the American people that COVID-19 was just a little flu that would go away with warmer weather. He declined to use a face mask and discouraged those around him from doing so. As more and more Americans became infected ...

Many went the extra mile during recent Haiku flood

During the Great Haiku Flood, there were many acts of kindness, leadership, self-sacrifice, devotion to duty and generosity. I was part of a long line of cars stopped behind two trucks and two school buses in a narrow part of the road out of Makawao, between the second bridge and Kokomo ...

No good will come from state Legislature legalizing pot

Marijuana use impairs overall cognitive function, muddles rational thinking and damages decision-making and memory. It dulls motivation and produces dependence. Legalization guarantees more stoned-out people operating motor vehicles and other dangerous behaviors. I became hooked on ...

Plan to manage visitor numbers complete farce

The Weekender article (March 13-14) about the “plan” to manage Maui’s visitor numbers is a complete farce. The so-called plan created by visitor industry insiders isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and is nothing more than business as usual. Maui County Council and the mayor ...

Vaccine appointment process needs to be easy

The initial rollout to the age 75-plus and frontline essential workers got off to an unsteady start in Hawaii, especially Maui. We must not repeat mistakes when the 65-plus round of appointments begins. The vaccine appointment process needs to be simple and easy, both using phone access for ...