Letters to the Editor

New requirements make renewing driver’s license hard

I’m writing about renewing my driver’s license. I was born and raised on Maui 74 years ago but I got married in Reno 54 years ago. I have a copy of my marriage license but they told me I need the original one. I called and asked for the license. It will cost me $90. I did send for it. I ...

Pool lifeguards responded quickly and professionally

Regarding news item on May 21 — “Man dies in Kihei community pool.” As residents of Kihei, my wife and I are regular users of the county pools. My wife goes to the Shiraishi pool twice a week for the water aerobics but primarily we use the Kihei pool. We really appreciate having such a ...

Do the right thing and settle injection well case

“County fears settling injection well case . . . ” (The Maui News, May 21). Responding to Maui County officials’ alarmist fears that settling this case could lead to more lawsuits, I have two points. First, anyone can sue the county. Nothing that happens in this case changes that fact. ...

Critics of article attack the messenger, not the message

Oh no, not another letter from a “FOP” (Friend Of the Parsons) defending the “compassionate couple” while attacking the messenger, not the message. The message is loud and clear: “There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Denmark.” I applaud the bravery of the writer (who was ...

Another positive article on Drug Court spawns rebuttal

Allow me to shed some light on the decision-makers of those who qualify and are accepted in the popular Drug Court program designed for people with problems emanating from hard drug use such as crystal methamphetamine, commonly know as ice, and heroin. Another positive article printed May 17 ...

Ask Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to co-sponsor Alzheimer’s Act

Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating situation for those suffering with it, as well as their caregivers. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, 29,000 of them here in Hawaii, with 65,000 unpaid family caregivers. Care planning is essential to learning about ...

Dune restoration groups guided by UH grant agents

The most consistent thing about dune restoration on Maui is the science, which stays the same for all projects large and small. Projects differ in scope with some requiring truckloads of sand and heavy equipment which is usually beyond the abilities of a small group. On other projects the ...

Newspaper’s reporting about death doula was one-sided

I am distressed by the apparent lack of professional journalism in my daily paper. The Maui News reported May 5 on a story, making charges that seemed to come directly from the Honolulu lawyer’s mouth. No other side of this story has been mentioned. What many of us would like to see is an ...

Letter critical of Hirono’s comments ironic

That’s rich. A letter writer lambasts Sen. Mazie Hirono for being a loudmouth and “slandering” President Trump and Attorney General Barr (Letters, May 14). Oh the irony. Jamie David Maui Meadows

Characterization of doulas in article wrong

I am a certified end of life doula, yet to read your May 5th story one would not know there is such a thing. The opinions heavily quoted in your article were a mischaracterization and misrepresentation of my profession and, quite frankly, wrong. I have years of death and dying education, ...

Ethics of death doula’s actions questioned

“What goes around, comes around.” Those are five powerful little words of wisdom for all of us to live by. I am not a friend or fan of Heather and Rob Parsons but I was a friend to Faye Ann Block when I lived in Kihei (The Maui News, May 5). We heard about this story when it happened ...

Thanks to airline for added competition

A 1,000 kudos to Southwest Airlines for introducing some competition to the one airline that has had the monopoly for so many years. Hawaiian Airlines has created much hardship for so many people who needed to fly interisland for medical reasons or to visit family or simply to see another ...

Other county pools stay open during repairs

I reached out to the coordinator, Planning and Development, Division of Parks and Recreation, and asked why the Sakamoto pool was going to be closed for bathroom repairs all summer and fall. The only response I got was that “sometimes pools must be closed for repair.” Seems like a ...

Waiting for software to work seems long

Why can’t companies who write software act respectfully of our valuable time? For example, a popular operating system gives us the message, “Not responding.” It should say, “Please wait. Working.” Or our cable box tells us, “Please wait.” Both should show us a timer. Wait for ...

Supporting the dying is a sacred calling

Fear of the unknown has elicited strong, often violent reactions from human beings throughout our history: burn witches, kill Jews, enslave black people. These and many more ugly manifestations of intolerance have tainted our history. And now, it is “down with the death doulas.” This is ...

Sentence in letter perfectly describes Trump supporters

In response to the person calling Sen. Mazie Hirono a “loose cannon” with “her big mouth,” he is obviously a Trump supporter (Letters, May 14). He also said, “What is it with these politicians that there is no respect for their constituents, their peers or anybody in the other ...

Hirono stood her ground on behalf of real Americans

Reading The Maui News of May 14, I had to laugh as I read yet another rant from a confused right-winger. The letter writer called our great Sen. Mazie Hirono “a loose cannon” with “her big mouth” and accused her of slandering both William Barr and Donald Trump as she made “a fool of ...

There’s a storm coming to cleanse away the wicked

Maui is a small island. Eyes and ears are everywhere. The coconut wireless is very much alive. Do only that which is pono. Do no harm to others. The truth will always prevail. The guilty will be punished. Leaders of Maui, beware! Now is the time for introspection and reflection. There’s a ...

US separation of church and state well established

Our views on creation help guide our principles in life. One of the Declaration of Independence authors, Thomas Jefferson, supports the idea of our creator and our reason to be free. Our Constitution has no reference to God’s participation in government. Jefferson also said erecting a wall ...

Invasive species are being sold in stores

Thanks to Lissa Fox Strohecker for her “Kia‘i Moku” column on the Hawaii Biosecurity Plan and the fight against invasive species in Hawaii (The Maui News, May 12). I’d like to find out if big-box garden retailers on Maui will be stopped from selling invasive species. I just bought a ...