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Letters to the Editor

Will Trump match Putin method for opponents?

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been instructing the world for the past 20 years on how to eliminate political opponents, usually by poisoning them and then denying any responsibility. But there is a definite pattern. Putin’s most important client is POTUS Trump. Will Trump resort to ...

Unable to think critically about COVID-19?

Have we all lost the ability to think critically? As of Aug. 13, Lt. Gov. Green stated that our hospitals are getting overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, then stated that there are 150 currently hospitalized. A quick check shows that there are 1,623 regular medical beds in public hospitals ...

How is resort bubble going to work on Maui?

How exactly is a resort bubble going to work? We have seen with the NBA and the NHL, that a true literal bubble can work during this pandemic. However, both the NBA and the NHL bubbles are truly 100 percent bubbles, where every individual is housed and lives within the bubble. Will the resort ...

Kipahulu Ohana supports CBSFA for Mo‘omomi

Kipahulu Ohana supports the designation of a Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) for Mo‘omomi on the north shore of Molokai. As part of our Malama I Ke Kai plan, we have developed our own application for the designation of Kipahulu Moku as a CBSFA, which we submitted in late ...

Biden will join likes of McGovern, Mondale

After watching the highlights of the DNC, I can honestly now say with confidence that Joe Biden will join the likes of George McGovern and Walter Mondale on the mountain of never was. Stephen Phillips Kihei

Sierra Club Maui supports ballot’s managing director

Maui need structural changes for effective government, having grown so much and become so much more complex in its demographics, economy and administrative challenges in the last 50 years. Replacing the old structure where department heads are appointed based on political loyalty with a ...

Celebrate Social Security by voting for its protection

Social Security’s 85th birthday deserves to be celebrated, but many older Americans find themselves facing retirement or coming to grips with unexpected unemployment without that safety net. As we grapple with the abrupt changes brought on by coronavirus, deferral or elimination of the ...

DNC Convention should continue as it just was

I would like to request that the DNC Convention be continued as it was this year. During the convention, all street demonstrations, attacks on police officers, murders, looting and store break-ins in Portland, Spokane, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago were greatly reduced, according to my ...

Transpacific travel delay spawns new questions

At a news conference Tuesday, the governor said the resumption of transpacific travel would, once again, be delayed, this time to Oct. 1 at the minimum. But he didn’t say why! What are you hiding, Gov. Ige? If passengers coming to Hawaii have been pre-tested and are negative, what risk do ...

No risk-free solution coming for COVID-19

I have been coming to Hawaii one to several times a year for over 40 years. I own property on Maui and pay my taxes on time. It looks like this year could well be the first year I will not visit the islands. Since the pandemic, I have seen delay upon delay by the governor regarding the ...

Government looking at lawsuit for negligence

As a long-time resident here and tolerant of the dysfunctional government, I am not only demoralized by the series of blunders the local and state governments are making daily, but I am shocked at the lack of real awareness to this airborne, blood-clotting virus that does exist. It exists ...

Governor’s new restrictions should apply statewide

I understand that Oahu has had the most cases of COVID-19 on a daily basis due to some blatant reasons. What I don’t comprehend is why would the governor make health protocols, or policies and guidelines, that are only applicable to Oahu? A great example is the most recent restrictions of ...

Agrees with viewpoint writer regarding the word ‘accident’

This statement is in response to the viewpoint by Lauren Armstrong in the The Maui News on Aug. 11 titled “Why we should avoid using the word ‘accident’ for traffic collisions.” We do not use the word, “accident,” in our personal injury cases in our office because there is no ...

Teachers doing all they can to guide students’ learning

Maui teachers are successfully meeting the challenge of virtual learning! We are doing the best we can with the situation we find ourselves in! Maui High School administration and faculty have organized an incredible week introducing distance learning for our returning students. Together we ...

Dunes protection vital, but too much may harm

  With any dune restoration project, it is important to work with nature adding only the things that nature cannot. For example,  nature cannot protect the dunes and back dunes from damaging foot traffic. We can save those back-dune areas by isolating pathways from the dunes.    Over ...

Beachfront hotels have cut off beach access

There have been beachfront hotels on Maui that have cut off beach access for residents. The security guards at the hotels claim since the hotels are closed, they do not have to allow beach access. I tell them they are breaking the law because by law they are supposed to allow beach access. ...

Homeless man needs delay to care for parents

I have been without housing almost better part of six years. I work and help to take care of parents. Last year, a young man of 22 from Kihei wanted to pick a fight with a 57-year-old man. I chose to leave. They called police with an elaborate story. I was arrested. Mind you, I served my ...

Waves during high tide crash onto roadway

I drive between Lahaina and Kahului on a regular basis. The waves during high tide constantly crash onto the roadway, the underside of my car has turned into a rust bucket and in the shop frequently. If you make this drive often, you know where I’m talking about and you likely have this ...

Thermal imaging at airports not what cracked up to be

On Aug. 13, Dr. Fauci said temperature checks were “unreliable and notoriously inaccurate” and it is better “to question people.” So, in other words, temperature checks at the airport by the Transportation Security Administration are completely worthless. But you knew that? Hawaii ...

Buy job at White House with campaign donations

Buy a job at the White House? Now Mike Lindell, the genius who only spent two years developing a pillow, is touting our stable genius of a president on an unproven therapeutic drug made from the poisonous oleander plant, no less. The prez seems to think it might be worth a try. Apparently, ...