Letters to the Editor

Preventing head-on vehicle collisions, deaths is doable

Loss of innocent life is so tragic! Divided highways and/or median strips lessen the risk of head-on collisions. It’s doable! Correctable and preventative precautions are paramount! Dane Jay Barnhard Wailuku

Protect the sacred: Kapu Aloha Unity March Aug. 10

Mauna A Wakea is the tallest mountain on the Earth, seventh in the solar system, where Wakea, Heavenly Father meets with Papa Hanau Moku, who gave birth to the islands. This meeting place is held sacred in the creation chant of the Kumulipo and to the kanaka maoli, thus sacredness is not ...

Upside-down Hawaiian flags on vehicles is total hypocrisy

Flying Hawaiian flags upside-down on multi-ton, gas-guzzling vehicles in support of Hawaii’s aina is the definition of hypocrisy — pretending to have principles or beliefs that one in fact does not have. This perfectly describes Maui residents with inverted flags on vehicles emitting carbon ...

Best location for celestial telescopes is in Chile

This letter asks the question, “Why in Hawaii?” The question of why the TMT telescope must be built in Hawaii has yet to be asked by the media or addressed by TMT. The pre-eminent location for celestial telescopes in the entire world is the Atacama desert in Chile. At this time, over 70 ...

Withholding, the root of all evil?

Withholding is making someone who isn’t liable for tax, but who pays money to someone who is, responsible for collecting and paying the tax to the government. Employers, for example, must withhold federal and state income taxes out of wages paid to their employees. The government also ...

Mission to prisons helped our incarcerated residents

Together again in prayer, I recall those who were behind bars with me all those years since 1984. States that held our Hawaii island residents all those years my husband and I traveled to visit were welcoming to us. All their generations of life embraced us with appreciation and prayers. We ...

Out-of-date reasoning in letter on burning fossil fuels

The Maui News published a disturbing letter (July 23) from a writer advocating burning more fossil fuels. I first read it hoping it was a joke letter but there was no punch line. Global warming science is based on carefully collected data from many different fields, including the ice core ...

Forces to determine whether space is explored from here

There are two theories on the migration of peoples into Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Archaeological evidence demonstrate a technological connection between the farming cultures of the “south,” meaning Southeast Asia and Melanesia and sites that are first known from mainland China, ...

Adequate guardrails absent along highway in Kahikinui

On July 10, my fiancee, John Smith, died when his pickup went off the cliff at Manawainui Gulch in Kahikinui. At the bottom of that gulch are at least five other wrecks of varying ages: some fresh, some just rust, like automotive ghosts. Tourist buses as well as rental cars and local traffic ...

Weekend newspaper may be read Saturday and Sunday

We, too, enjoy reading our daily newspaper and understand the difficulties print media are experiencing. Our solution is to read just the front section on Saturday and save the other parts which are not so time sensitive for Sunday. Works for us! Fred and Nicole Fisher Pukalani

Book details king’s desire to establish an observatory

Remember when? In the book “Hawaii’s Forgotten History” by Rich Budnick, it said that on July 6, 1979, “America’s largest infrared telescope is dedicated on Mauna Kea. The 120-inch telescope costs $10 million. On November 22, 1880, King (David) Kalakaua said he wanted to establish an ...

Shocked to see approval for gas station in Lahaina

When I first saw the proposal for a gas station/convenience store on the corner of the Safeway market I assumed that it couldn’t possibly pass. I was shocked to see that it is a “go.” I cannot understand the reasoning behind this ridiculous idea. Who can it possibly benefit? Lahaina ...

Grateful for newspaper’s coverage of local news

I’ve been a subscriber for many years and I really appreciate and love getting The Maui News in the morning and, yes, especially as a Sunday morning ritual. When I read that the Sunday edition was becoming a Saturday “Weekend Edition,” my first thought was, “Thank God, they’re still ...

‘Love it or leave it’ is not new sentiment

The question of “Love it or leave it” is not new to the United States, or indeed the world. I first heard the chant to love my country or leave it during the ill-fated Vietnam War. We did not leave, and eventually ended a terrible foreign policy mistake that cost the lives of 58,000 ...

Tower of Babel and the wrath of God

Babylonians built a tower. God shut it down by creating a language barrier and work stopped. When was the last time E.T. called home? Must have been an expensive phone bill that stopped it or it got the wrong number. Got the White House. President Trump hates aliens. Build a wall. Build a ...

Counting the benefits of bringing back sugar cane

Is there a reason Maui can’t restore its sugar industry? Could we bring back the sugar cane crop? Look at the benefits. For one it’s an economic addition to the island. Two, it means jobs, jobs that many would welcome. Three, and this is the biggest point, it would mean environmental ...

Fields of green have turned into fire, ashes and dust

A letter writer on July 26 says it as it really is, fields of waving green have turned into fire, ashes and endless dust. Wailea will not be spared. Tree crops are a good, long-term solution but anything irrigated and green will help the South Maui coast. This was a foreseeable situation, why ...

Dredged sand needs to find its way home

Whenever the Kihei Boat Ramp is dredged, the question comes up about where best to place the dredged beach sand. Our UH Sea Grant Coastal Resource agent tells us that dredged sand needs to be returned to the beach where it originated. She went on to explain that the Maui shoreline is divided by ...

Choose when to read favorite weekend sections of paper

When I was very young, I thought my grandfather was the master of space and time because the Sunday funnies arrived at his house on Saturday! Perhaps the various letter writers could look at things in this light. If you have a favorite section for Sunday reading, you can wait to read it on ...

Step back, come together and open road to Mauna Kea

Those opposing placement of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea have made their point, but should now step aside for all of us. Mauna Kea is high, clear and the best site for the new telescope in the world. It will the largest in the world and will be able to see back to nearly the ...