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Letters to the Editor

Ige worst governor in Hawaii history

Governor Ige is not listening to economists, other experts on business, and experts on the health costs due to the shutdown of our primary base industry — tourism.  I’m afraid that his legacy will be as the worst governor in Hawaii’s history, the one who destroyed our economy due to ...

Loving one another only hope for future

Historical records show racism as a symptom of arrogant self-centered people. In this particular story, the consequence of backbiting people in positions of power resulted in a contagious life-threatening disease. This brings to mind COVID-19, political divisiveness and racial tensions today. ...

What is important to us not in depth elsewhere

I’ve learned that The Maui News is under contract negotiation without the employees involved in the discussions. Please tell me that is not true. We need local news now more than ever. We are isolated. Some people say it won’t matter if we don’t have local journalists because we ...

TVR owners have gall to complain about tax

Find an alternative to tourism. Seems many from the Mainland are realtors selling land without consideration for the overpopulation of Maui and Hawaii. TVR owners buy homes and rent out while many on Maui or in Hawaii cannot afford housing. And they have the gall to complain about too much ...

Letter from Trump cult sent to wrong voter

In yesterday’s mail, I got a letter addressed to me personally from an organization called “Faith and Freedom Foundation” promoting what they “The November 3rd Project, to Stop the Radical Anti-Christian Left from Seizing Control of Our Government and Destroying America ...

Pitfalls of the subcontractor deduction

This week we’ll look at another general excise tax exemption that the state auditor has put under the microscope in Report No. 20-05. It affects the construction industry, and the price tag the auditor put on it, based on 2018 numbers, was $19 million. The primary benefit of this exemption ...

Behold Trump’s near complete isolation

MAGA. In a rather unique way, Trump has significantly invigorated a national protest movement in a truly great American tradition, almost surpassing the 1960s years of civil unrest. Beginning with his horrific immigration policies and Muslim ban, then caging children and separating them from ...

All Biden has is he was Obama’s vice president

I just watched a video of the George Floyd demonstration in Kahului on June 6. Where’s the social distancing? I can’t believe we gave up our social liberties and closed our businesses for this. The pandemic with ridiculous, inconsistent lockdown rules stomped on our rights, killed ...

Police unions must stop protecting dirty cops

How do you remove bad cops? You must start with police unions. They must stop protecting dirty cops, making it difficult to fire them or remove them from the streets. Unions shield police officers who have been disciplined. Many unions will not allow discipline information to be available to ...

Are you ready to play the latest ‘Simon Says’ game?

Congratulations are due the political establishment and business managers who have participated in the latest “Simon Says” game. They have demonstrated compliance with the demands of the elite global gamers with a resounding, virtue-signaling “May I?” Despite the fact that ...

Few having most wealth creates far too many poor

Even as one of the greatest mathematicians in the world was my friend, I am at the lowest level of arithmetic. However, it does not take much to understand that a relative few people having most of the wealth creates far too many poor. Besides, the few are bent on running things for the ...

Find inspiration with the power of love

As I sat here watching the services for Mr. George Floyd, the tears flowed down my face and my heart ached for this man and his beautiful strong family. And yet through the sadness and heartbreak, I am inspired by the power of love. The love from people of all faiths and skin colors, the ...

Walter Ritte is a selfless, passionate, visionary

Aloha. I’m an award-winning documentary filmmaker born and raised on Molokai and raising my children here. I’ve been documenting Walter Ritte’s efforts for the past 20 years. I’ve seen this man in action on the front lines of environmental protection and community activism. I’ve ...

Reopen swim teams, Maui Masters practices

My wife and I are over the age of 60 and have relied on the Maui Masters Swim program to swim for fitness and health. The program is for ages 18 and over, with the majority of participants over age 55. It operates during the early morning and evening hours when the county pools would otherwise ...

Read about making an ideal society as we reopen economy

Is it really possible to make Maui better? Having lived here for 25 years and visited 44 of the Earth’s 192 countries, Maui really is no ka oi. I want to create Mauitopia, which will make Maui super no ka oi. You can read about it for free at mauitopia.org. We all do what we love, have no ...

Include short-term rentals in essential services

I am happy to hear we will begin the reopening process and that interisland travel will resume on June 16, but as a short-term rental owner, I urge addition of short-term rentals to state’s list of essential services. • Interisland travelers may want to stay in a place more like a home ...

Loss of The Maui News would be devastating

In light of the impending layoffs of 50 percent of the newsroom staff at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper, I wanted to say thank you to The Maui News and their staff for the continued unbiased coverage of the news in Maui County. As a longtime Maui News subscriber and seasonal ...

Governor should follow example of mayor for beach parking lots

I would like to thank Mayor Victorino for opening up the beaches, beach parks and parking lots four weeks ago to the citizens of South Maui. His courage and initiative to do the right thing for his constituents reflects his concern for our health and enjoyment of life here on Maui. While ...

Beach pathways are good for nature, help the public

The best dune or beach pathways are ones designed to work with local wind patterns. In each unique locale, UH Sea Grant can work with local service groups to identify options for pathway locations that are most likely to succeed. Once established, the pathway borders often benefit from ...

Only in Hawaii live respect, aloha

Last night on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, I watched a white Christian minister interview a black Christian minister and a well-known black former NFL player turned broadcaster as to how we can get both white people and black people together to live in peace and harmony. Their viewpoints ...