Letters to the Editor

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 ...

MPD applauded for efforts to control illegal fireworks

I applaud the Maui Police for their efforts to control illegal fireworks during the past July 4th event. I have no doubt that this unusual effort was conducted because of all the recent publicity concerning how many of us (and our animals) are negatively impacted by illegal fireworks. I hope ...

Our public schools are in desperate need of help

I have often read about large donations to our prep schools. These kids for the most part are already privileged with higher standards of education, facilities, opportunities, scholarships and much more. One hundred percent of these kids go to college with most going to Ivy League universities. ...

Trump drivers forget value of hospitality and kindness

Trump driving is a serious hazard. This calls for more roadblocks and surveillance. Residents need protection from racist rhetoric and immigrants can’t be denied their rights any longer. We need to be inoculated against the Trump virus. This should be made available immediately. The ...

A classic consequence of urban sprawl: urban decay

In general, classic urban sprawl occurs when cheaper land on the outskirts of a community is allowed to develop instead of that where people already live and shop and where infrastructure exists. Our countywide policy plan flatly rejects urban sprawl: “Enabling urban sprawl can be ...

New routines with the end of Sunday newspaper

Why on earth the fuss about the weekend paper? The sacred ritual of coffee and orange juice? Please. Anyone who prefers to read the weekend supplements on Sunday remains free to do so. Just set them aside until you’ve brewed the coffee. Meanwhile, those who might prefer to read them on ...

Back burn would have been avoidable with maintenance

The back burn that was done on July 12 at the underdeveloped portion of the Flats at Kamalani, north Kihei, burned for three days, creating smoldering, dust and flare-ups. If the owners had maintained the hazardous overgrown dry brush and kiawe trees in the undeveloped portion of the Flats at ...

Oprah would be a good bet to beat Donald Trump

I’ve often wished to ask Oprah if she’d please leave her road to the people of Maui in her will or trust. Now I’ve another wish: that she’d take the advice of Bill Maher and run for president. I agree with Maher that only Oprah can guarantee defeating our bully in chief, as she has ...

Close call on East Waiko Road raises concerns

My son was headed south on East Waiko Road about 9 p.m. July 17 when he saw headlights approaching on the wrong side of the road. He pulled over onto what little shoulder there was to avoid a head-on collision. The oncoming car swerved over to the other lane just as it passed my son’s ...

Security guard says camera against mall code of conduct

Last week while waiting for a bus at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, I was approached by a member of mall security. He said to me that cameras (my phone) was against the mall code of conduct. Maybe he’s just poorly trained in regard to public spaces — even though it’s private ...

Editorial omits uncivil names aimed at President Trump

Regarding the July 16 editorial, “The death of civility.” For about three years I have read and listened to the most uncivil things being said about President Trump. Most of the media, and almost every prominent Democrat in America, is complicit. The Maui News’ left-leaning ...

Amazed MFD didn’t backfire vegetation and trash at MHS

It’s my understanding that MFD has been back to the area of the Maui Humane Society compound to extinguish flare-ups from the July 11 fire. I’m amazed that they apparently didn’t backfire the vegetation and trash in the back of the compound when they were there on July 13 to deprive any ...

Punished for driving an electric-hybrid vehicle

When I learned that I had to pay an exorbitant, unfair $316 vehicle registration fee for my old 2004 Prius because it’s an electric-hybrid vehicle, it occurred to me that I was being punished for driving a car that is environmentally friendly, leaving less of a carbon footprint in a blue ...

Newspaper broad-minded concerning letters section

I must say the editorial staff at “Ye Olde Maui News” is very broad-minded concerning the letters they publish from the opinionated public. I mean, if you can print most of my rantings and ravings, the ones from Outer “Mauitopia” don’t seem so strange. Mark Smith Wailuku

10 candidates distracted from the jobs they were elected to

Of the 24 announced candidates running for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, 10 of them are elected representatives in Congress. They are two House representatives and eight U.S. senators. There are also some state and city elected officials on the slate. Who is minding their ...