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Letters to the Editor

‘Ground-pounding rancher’ needed as representative

I humbly ask your support to reelect Rep. Lynn DeCoite, District 13. I have watched Lynn in action. When people call on her with issues, she goes above and beyond in getting to the bottom of it. She not only helps her district, but her door is always open to everyone. She makes her own mind ...

Elect Ritte to unite us, malama our ‘aina

Walter Ritte is my husband’s classmate from Kamehameha Kapalama and I’ve known him since high school. He has always been supportive of the concerns of our community. He is a leader that will make people listen to what is important to move forward. He will unite us to be sustainable ...

Important to protect and preserve our dunes

Beaches are often top on the list of things about Maui that people love. For many, it is just that raw power of nature with wind, wave and sand. Protecting what we love is also hard-wired into our brains.  Protecting our beaches often means preserving the dune areas. Sand dunes and ...

Officials should hold to August opening

For the record, I am writing this on July 12, just in case this letter doesn’t appear much later and the situation has changed.  Life is about taking risks — reasonable risks. There is no such thing as risk-free living. Letting tourists back in starting Aug. 1 without quarantine if ...

Don’t vote for socialist or don’t vote at all

Here is the rundown of November. If you vote for Democrat Socialist Joe Biden, you are voting against American principles that we’ve enjoyed, pure and simple. Socialism leads to communism. It has no place in our country; it will lead to another civil war. If you want all that, then vote ...

Boycott any business that stops accepting cash

Pardon my conspiracy theories, but if I read correctly, several corporate level “essential” businesses are now accepting cards only transactions, no cash sales, to prevent the spread of the corona bologna. Isn’t that what the control freaks wanted? A method of making everyone worldwide ...

Tale of infection aboard vessel of intrigue

A surly captain with questionable morals recently led an overcrowded ship out to sea. After a few days, a strange pestilence appears among the ship’s crew. The vessel’s doctor isolates the congested individuals, but this hinders the functional capacity of the ship. The somber doctor ...

Appreciation for help opening Makena parking

Living here for 34 years, I feel so blessed to be on the best place on the planet. My 2-acre farm donates a lot of food to the food bank of Maui. I had an idea opening the parking lot at Big Beach. I spoke with Larry Pacheco of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources in Maui ...

Communists are here, controlling news media

Wake up Americans. The communists are here.    They are living amongst us and they are trying to take away our individual freedoms. The proponents of this takeover is the Democratic Party. They have begun by controlling and directing the nation’s news media.    The media at the ...

Pay fair wage so reporters can do job

Local newspapers are pillars of democratic societies. Local newspapers inform citizens and support a sense of community. Where local newspapers are absent, local governments pay more to borrow and municipal finances are more opaque. Historians turn to local newspapers to remember events long ...

Hawaii must fully fund family planning for teens

As a community outreach educator for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, providing sex education for almost 20 years in Maui County, I’ve been able to support and educate thousands of our local Maui County teens and keiki. With our new models for attending ...

Plow dead vegetation to prevent brush fires

I’m not a farmer, but it seems like we can avoid the frightening brush fires like we saw in Haliimaile. The fallow fields, which are covered in dead vegetation, can be plowed under and cover crops planted to prevent loose dirt and erosion. It’s irresponsible for the landowners (Mahi ...

Officials should reconsider, only allow those pre-tested

It seems as though our government officials find it more important to allow untested, possible COVID-19 carriers to our islands, than our health, safety and long-term economy turn around. Spreading COVID-19 here will slow our economy, not bring it back. I realize that this may prolong our ...

Teachers should not guess whether students have fever

State School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto has said that teachers shouldn’t be asked to take students’ temperatures because they aren’t doctors. Reading a thermometer is a simple and objective act. Superintendent Kishimoto’s suggestion that instead, teachers make a subjective ...

Paper mainstay of Maui, treat staff fairly, with care

I understand there are ongoing contract negotiations with Maui News journalists and want to share my hope that company executives can come to a fair and reasonable agreement to retain our journalists. The Maui News has been a mainstay of our Maui community for more than 100 years. It has been ...

Free thinkers lead way to a new economy

Do you still work “bankers’ hours” or have you made the shift to doing what you love? Many entrepreneurs have. Do you jump for joy at pau hana time or might you work at almost any time? The first group of people can’t wait until aloha Friday comes, whereas many of us have tried to ...

Entrenched tourism to drive our economy?

Summer 2020 may be remembered as a decision point for Maui and Hawaii. Will we allow the interests of the tourist, hotel and airline industries to push us to reopen our economy and schools? It’s clear how many people want and need to get back to work. Everyone knows “paradise” doesn’t ...

Wear masks to protect self, as well as the rest of us

Look at you, wearing a mask. You had to, because you had to go into this store. Good for you, following the letter of the law.   But wait! You aren’t following the spirit of the law. Your mask is down around your chin. Or your mask only covers your mouth and not your nose.  You may ...

Future of unemployment insurance explained

Multiple readers have asked about unemployment insurance and how it is going to fare after the pandemic. This will give you an idea of how the system works. State unemployment insurance (SUI) is largely funded by employers. Most employers are charged tax that depends on two things: the ...

Reelect Lynn DeCoite as District 13 representative

I am a a resident of Molokai and a homesteader. I support the reelection of Rep. Lynn DeCoite for District 13. As a young girl, I have watched Lynn grow up right down the road from me, and she was always out in the farm working with her grandparents. She is a hard-working woman with great ...