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Letters to the Editor

Millions spent to improve sewage collection systems

Before the time of Mayor Elmer Cravalho’s administration, Maui County pumped all of its raw sewage directly into the ocean. Since that time, every county administration has been working diligently to stop ocean pollution. We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving our sewage ...

Mahi Pono cattle plans not advisable; grow hemp

Mahalo to the reader who called out Mahi Pono’s plan to raise livestock, going against all recent trends in cattle farming, but also degrading our soil and our humanity (Letters, Oct. 18). They can do much more for our health and economy by planting hemp for food, medicine, clothing and fuel, ...

Job Fair successful due to businesses

Each October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme was “The Right Talent, Right Now.” Ka Lima O Maui, the largest employer of persons with disabilities in Maui County, celebrates this important achievement by sponsoring a Job Fair each October. This was ...

Get it together county on safeguarding aina

What a mess Maui is in at the moment, given the apparent self-imposed inability and extremely long-term, tiresome grandstanding by all of our elected officials. Each, it seems, trying to outdo the other while significant issues of water, fire, land management and the well-being of the aina ...

‘Do Not Camp signs’ not stopping illegal campers

On the west side, we have organized wonderful beach camping sites. It costs $5 a night for the service. One can go on the county website or call for more information. I have never seen our sites full. Yet, the west side beaches have copious campers under the “do not camp” signs camping. ...

Mental illness result of over-reliance on tourism

Mental illness is a sad reality. In the case of Kumulipo Sylva, I wonder if justice was blinded? It was testified by a state psychologist that Sylva was delusional and suffering from an acute state of mental illness at the time (The Maui News, Oct. 22). My heart goes out to both families for ...

Fire precautions not widely adopted

An Oct. 18 article in The Maui News stated that Hawaii Wildfire Management’s draft report based on input at the “Vegetative Fuels Management Collaborative Action Planning Workshop” recommends “establishing and maintaining fire and fuel breaks, cleaning around under electrical ...

Know the truth, it will set you free

When it comes to knowing the Father’s love, all we need to do is look in our hearts. Together, the best comes to those who honor Christ with Truth and Love. Know the Father’s love in your heart. “You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8: 32). Love the Lord ...

Aliens being hidden in Area 54?

The writer of an Oct. 25 letter must certainly know something the rest of us don’t. In his letter, he states that the government is hiding aliens in Area 54. The rest of us assumed they were hidden in Area 51. You learn something every day. Mike Sowers Medford, Ore.

Affordable housing meeting shows needy below wealthy

Great job at the county’s affordable housing workshop last week. Now let’s give our lists from what we learned and want to implement to the Mayor’s Office c/o Lori Tsuhako, director of housing at director.hhc @mauicounty.gov. The mayor asked at least three times: “What is the ...

Despite hospital criticism, Maui Memorial was great

I know we all hear news about Maui Memorial that is not all good, so I just wanted to submit this positive report. My wife just came home from five days at the hospital. During her stay, all the staff were great, from the initial reception, to the OR to the post-op staff. I never saw an ...

Coaches try strategy against the kickers

I have been watching Hawaii high school football playoffs lately. Several times I have noticed coaches calling time out right before a critical field goal is about to be tried. Are these coaches are trying to “shave ice the kicker”? Jim Killett Lahaina

Transfer stockpiled sand to Kamaole beaches

Yes! You can help protect our beaches and dunes for the next generation. You can urge lawmakers to find the funding to transfer the stockpiled dune sand that is under wraps at the Kihei Boat Ramp for the nourishment of the Kamaole beaches, where the sand originated. The state of Hawaii funded ...

West side residents grateful for responders

All of us in the Napili, Mahinahina and Honokowai area want to thank the police, fire department, the helicopters with water drops and those who made a fire break! Without them all working together, we could have lost our homes. So, how long is this going on? Should we have another ...

Make housing affordable to middle-class families

Affordable housing is available for low-income families when their income is lower than $54,000. What about middle-class families’ income that falls between $54,000 and below $75,000 that are struggling from paycheck to paycheck? There are no affordable housing programs for middle-class ...

Slow drivers dangerous, can cause accidents

I’m writing to bring attention to address the danger of slow drivers in the left lane. Sometimes I think they do this because they are stubborn, which is irritating to the other drivers. When they do this, it slows traffic for everybody. People driving slow on the fast lane can cause ...

Compromise proposal to extend Brexit deadline

The European Union should extend for six months the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline for Great Britain to officially leave the EU. This extension should be granted only if Great Britain agrees to hold a second vote within three months so its citizens can decide on whether or not they want to leave the ...

Corrupt help one another in Hawaii, Washington, D.C.

First off, that story about the assault on the “haole” who bought property in foreclosure was a sham in court (The Maui News, Oct. 18). Seems the prosecution gave assailants a free ride. Assault someone with a shovel to the head is attempted murder. Then same guy goes to a bar and busts ...

Maui Code provides overparking solutions

In the Oct. 21 “Ask the Mayor column,” the mayor addressed a writer’s concerns about a home in their neighborhood that had many occupants filling the street with autos, even in front of the writer’s home, depriving them of a space for a visit or delivery. The mayor replied that parking ...

Assault in Kahakuloa is very disturbing

The recent articles regarding the horrific assaults on Christopher Kunzelman and his uncle in Kahakuloa are very disturbing (The Maui News, Oct. 18). It is hard to believe that there could be video and audio evidence of this violent racial hate crime and in the end the ones who did this got off ...