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Letters to the Editor

Circumstances of brush fire seem very suspicious

On Sunday morning, Sept. 1, my wife and I were traveling from Upcountry to Kihei on Hansen Road around 9:15 a.m. and were puzzled by the presence of several Police and Fire Department vehicles all along Hansen Road. There was no immediately apparent reason for them being there, and all I could ...

Playing ‘correct pronoun game’

Kamehameha Schools allowing transgender participation in girls sports ignores the scientific definition between male and female sex. It would seem the attempt to use acceptable pronouns to describe transgender language is misleading. It ignores a scientific fact that the structure of the human ...

President’s comments taken out of context

President Trump said, “Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” and the leftist letter writers are going bonkers. Context — the president was responding to a question about Israel denying Rashida Tlaib and ...

Where are the promised speed bumps near Seabury?

The phrase “comedy of errors” is an understatement as I attempt to describe the futility of my neighbors and myself as we have tried to have speed bumps put in place after the stop sign was removed from the bottom of Kealaloa Avenue without our knowledge or permission. A meeting was held ...

Millennial climate change denier misses the point

Like most Trumpkins and other climate change deniers, the millennial letter writer in the Aug. 31 letter to the editor misses the point by cherry-picking information and citing obscure organizations to support a biased, preordained conclusion. Yes, natural forces do influence climate. Yes, ...

Coral at Kahekili alive and well

Over the nearly 40 years that the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility has been operating, some of the recycled water that is disposed of into deep injection wells has reached the ocean through small “seeps” near the shoreline. However, data we have collected reveals no dead zones of ...

Leftists have no idea on the issues

In response to the Aug. 30 letter “If you vote for a Republican you are disloyal to the US,” far from it actually. As a combat veteran who lost friends and is in bad health due to it, I will not let that slander slide. You leftists support the very definition of anti-American with ...

Monarchs would have loved idea of Mauna Kea telescope

An Aug. 24 letter claims malihini not born here do not oppose the Mauna Kea telescope because they don’t in fact respect the idea of sacred sites and are not well-informed on the culture or island history. Yes, some of us get it. There is a very good reason for building the telescope that ...

Election is time to send council members packing

Well, there it is folks, in black and white, printed on Page A4 in The Maui News on Aug. 28, direct from the mouth of Maui County Council Chairwoman Kelly King, her now not-so-secret agenda to curb “overtourism” on Maui. It seems disingenuous now because she didn’t campaign on the ...

Businesses need to reach out to homeless

The anger and increase in homelessness has caused much fear and illnesses, as told by a government employee. He mentioned this problem as we waited in line for our lunch. He discussed the need for rehabilitation centers for those who have been victims of mental health and trauma, just to ...

Trump the worst racist? The facts say otherwise

According to Dean Baquet of the New York Times, his paper will shift its next campaign of unbiased news reporting from the previous one of trying to frame Donald Trump with Russian collusion to trying to smear him as a white supremacist racist. Since it is almost impossible for any organization ...

Teachers swearing at middle school student

There is a middle school on Maui where multiple teachers curse at the students using the “F” word. I worked as a Hawaii DOE substitute teacher on Maui from 2011 to 2016. I observed teachers cursing at students and heard woeful stories. In 2016, I brought this to the attention of the ...

End of sugar cane not to blame for fires

The writer’s anger evident in her Sept. 3 letter is misplaced. Those of us who worked to end sugar cane burning are not to blame for the fires this summer. A&B ended sugar cultivation because it was not economical to continue growing it in Hawaii. The anti-cane burning effort was only a ...

Building telescope is only way to see heaven

Scientists, like some civilians, need to see facts. There is no heaven, unless proven that there is one. No God, since no one has seen God. Yet many believe in Jesus, since he was seen and said to be seen again. When? Wonder if scientists like some civilians are atheists? Building a telescope ...

Media misleads with assisted suicide article

“In face of death, the party of a lifetime” Associated Press article in The Maui News of Sept. 2 came with a picture and caption that were gravely misleading. The Catholic Church in no way condones “medical aid in dying,” yet the photograph accompanying the article shows Mr. Fuller on ...

Travelers to Texas and Florida may be at risk

Should Hawaii issue a travel advisory to residents about the dangers of traveling to Texas where gun laws barely exist and mass shootings are commonplace? And what about Florida? Jeff Bigler Wailuku

Beatles tribute band takes audience down memory lane

I missed Woodstock: too young; too far away. The recent possible redo fizzled, this time: too old; still too far away. These two disappointments were shattered when Silver Lining Productions brought Beat-Lele to our Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The three ukulele and one beatbox Beatles ...

Exemption leaves taxpayers with bill for improvements

In 2015 an Upcountry Water Bill County Ordinance 4255 was passed which amended Title 18, secretly in the water bill, exempting all commercial development and investment properties, doing two-lot subdivisions, islandwide from all roadway improvement infrastructure requirements. That means county ...

‘Tough on crime’ policies driving prison population

Trusting in the Lord, I volunteer for the 39th year in the state Department of Public Safety as Hawaii’s prison population has been increasing at an alarming rate! This has happened in other states due to the “get tough on crime” policies enacting to the rising crime rate, fueled by drug ...

Find agreement, not discord on Mauna Kea observatory

The Mauna Kea observatory issue reminds me of a proposed hydroelectric dam project I worked on as staff for a wildlife agency in Alaska. A national conservation organization considered it an environmental disaster, but there was tremendous pro-development pressure too. One day my boss told ...