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Letters to the Editor

118 residents providing vital service on Maui

As one of the 118 island residents on Maui that have obtained a legal short-term rental home permit out of the 229 permits granted on Maui, I’d like to make it known how vital we are. The 118 resident legal permit holders are small business owners offering unique rental “home” options ...

Gratitude for council vote to put reform on ballot

The word “democracy” comes from Greek and means rule by citizens. Contrary to the recent letter whose writer thanked three minority council members for trying to kill a 10-year-long, citizen-driven effort to reform Maui County government,   I thank the six council members who truly stood ...

Stop living in fear, start living again!

I don’t know how much longer I can put up with the chicken little world we live in. Based on no actual facts, Gov. Ige wants to extend the Mainland quarantine. Slowly, states on the Mainland are opening up, and businesses are coming back to life. However, here we keep pushing the goal post. ...

Can CDC be relied on as information source?

In a recent conversation about the corona bologna, someone referred to the CDC as a source of information. I laughed and reminded them the CDC, Centers for Disease Control, was a government agency as late as the 1980s, but has long since been converted into a for-profit vaccine distributor, so ...

Ige travel moratorium wrong, but limit visitors

I love the empty highways and streets. I love not seeing jockeying boats at Molokini. But extending the out-of-state travel moratorium into July is bad. Hawaii cannot sustain the absence of visitors. Ige is wrong! About the numbers of visitors, a ceiling should be put on the number of ...

Show proof that lockdown did not make a difference

“This incompetence is what MAGA is all about.” Blame MAGA. “It’s a hoax.” I agree and concur that MAGA is to be blamed. Toast to the present administration, a cup of hydroxychloroquine, mixed with grape juice. Some in Jamestown faked drinking the grape juice mixture. Show ...

COVID-19 information matter of doublespeak?

As a former conspiracy theorist regarding the coronavirus pandemic, I am turning over a new leaf. I am tired and wish to join the team, join the majority. I think six feet is a good and appropriate distance to keep away from people. Those little masks really do stop viruses. Gatherings of 10 ...

Direct Express not direct, resolution hardly express

With one of the largest number of us retiring this year, we move to the ending of a large number of baby boomers entering into the Social Security system. Two weeks after drawing my first “eagle has landed” Social Security deposit, my Direct Express Social Security debit card disappeared ...

Paper’s workers provide important service to us all

Workers at The Maui News, represented by the Pacific Media Workers Guild, are going through contested contract negotiations with the newspaper’s Mainland corporate ownership. These are the dedicated newspaper employees who bring us the best in local news to keep our community ...

Dependence on tourism, real estate short-sighted

Starting over, let’s consider how to make life better than it was before COVID-19 with diversified industries, instant affordable housing and ways for hotels, restaurants and businesses to recover as quickly as possible. Depending primarily on tourism and real estate development has been ...

Former staffer thanks current staff for work

As a former editorial staff member of The Maui News, I’m someone who knows what it takes to put out a daily newspaper on Maui, and I want to say thank you to the current staff for their work. I know you are going through a tough time, as are all local newspapers in our country. I know you ...

How impressive, inspiring Lahainaluna alma mater

Several months ago, I went to meet my granddaughter at Lahainaluna High School. I had to wait until after a full student body assembly in the gym. I stood inside and listened while they sang their alma mater, with great skill, dedication and most of all, pride and enjoyment!   The gym had ...

Guy in driver’s seat does not know how to drive

Lately, in a search for something positive to focus on, we have been contemplating the positive side of a pandemic: Next to no traffic; empty beaches; pollution has stopped and the Earth is getting a breather. But my personal is giving our president enough rope to hang himself politically. ...

Maui Humane Society could have remained open

I have great respect for the job Maui Humane Society has to perform. I say “has to” because they receive millions of our tax dollars to maintain a paid staff of animal control officers as well as operations employees. Tax dollars go to their operation because they are an essential service; ...

Set kupuna hours for doubles and singles

As a Maui kupuna, I can only play doubles, not singles tennis. Doubles means there are two more players on a very large tennis court. I only play with other kupuna. We cannot contaminate one another as we are not fast enough to be within 6 feet of the ball, no less one another. We ...

Thanks to young couple who turned in valuables

On May 27, while shopping at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, I forgot my carry-all, with wallet, cellphone and credit cards on the massage chair by Na Hoku Jewelry. To the young couple who turned it in to the mall security: I searched for you, with the description given to me by the security ...

Do we really want to go back to ‘normal’?

If you’ve driven by the airport, you’ve noticed the thousands of rental cars parked in old sugar cane fields. Those thousands and thousands of cars have been usually seen crowding our roads, their people crowding our beaches, trails and waterfalls. I’d be interested to know how many of ...

Bertram’s refusal to deviate ethically failed him politically

Joe Bertram III was a  “failure,” that is, in our modern world, sadly. He had ethics he wouldn’t deviate from, even if it would cost him another term. Born a public servant, Joe never graduated to politician. Mr. Bertram, you did with hanohano, you did it pono. Aloha! Alain ...

Plan for reopening interisland travel

So far, no specific clarifications around interisland travel for residents have been addressed or eased. Certain flights and terminals should be exclusively for ohana interisland travel on a daily basis. Doctors, medical specialists and personnel as well as patients who traveled interisland ...

Precious lives up to her name working at hospital’s ER

Precious Agdeppa, the medical aide shown taking temperatures outside the emergency room, is the perfect example of the dedication of the medical staff at the hospital. Having had several outpatient procedures at MMMC, I have been fortunate enough to have Precious assigned to my care every ...