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Letters to the Editor

Governor demonstrates how not to use statistics

The quarantine that is being imposed by Gov. Ige Aug. 11 is a perfect example for a college level statistics 101 class on how not to use statistical data. Ige is introducing a quarantine for people traveling from Maui to Hawaii, but not for people traveling from Maui to Oahu. The implicit ...

Honest profit not enough for Front Street units

I would like to comment on the Front Street Apartments case. In 2001, the State of Hawaii and the County of Maui both gave the developers of those apartments over $20 million in tax breaks. In addition, they also received waivers from zoning laws which saved them millions of dollars in ...

Underappreciated teachers shoulder big responsibilities

A shoutout and lots of aloha for all the teachers and school staff now in harm’s way. Throw them a kiss, rub elbows, tell them you love them, show them empathy, for they have now shouldered a great responsibility which our national government abandoned; they have sacrificed their safely, ...

Likes West candidacy over Trump, Biden

Reading the litany of lunatic writers to The Maui News bashing the president, I have come to the conclusion that they are actually hired by the Trump campaign to make Democrats look stupid. It is clear we have to vote out Trump. Sadly, Joe Biden has been posited as the Democratic nominee. ...

Axing pay deductions like promising candy for votes

Trump’s latest: eliminating payroll Social Security deductions through 2020. Workers will need to pay back the accumulated balance due in 2021, after the election. The caveat: if voters vote Trump in for four more years, he’ll forgive the debt. This reminds me of the sixth-grade ...

Serious spike in infections result of misguided focus

The recent serious spike in infection rates in Hawaii is both disheartening and evidence of the misguided focus of our politicians. It is popular in some circles to blame tourists for any of Hawaii’s ills. But that is especially wrong when it comes to COVID-19. Economically, it is ...

Stamp foreheads with expiration date

I am sick of visitors and resident who are subject to the quarantine process who are not following the rules. I came up with an idea to hinder these stupid people from breaking quarantine. When you attend a nightclub, many times you get a handstamp, which lasts for a few days. So, when a ...

Job well done by county, newspaper on roundabout

A big mahalo to the county and contractor for the new traffic circle in Maui Lani. Everything looks very good, has made a big improvement for traffic flow, was completed early and within budget. I know it was a disruption for nearby residents while under construction, but the pain over a ...

No infection details about hot yoga woman

I just wanted to know if anybody else found out about the gal with COVID-19 from the yoga class anywhere in The Maui News. I couldn’t find anything at all. I found a story on YouTube with a clip of KHON News talking to the woman. The only way I even found that was from rumors on the ...

Calls senator names for ‘defending thugs’

Lazy Mazie Hirono had an opportunity to denounce the lawless, domestic terrorist group antifa, and refused. She proudly calls out law enforcement across the nation but defends the thugs. A huge disgrace to the state of Hawaii. Stephen Phillips Kihei

Agent’s ‘accidental’ death requires full explanation

Any death is unfortunate. I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent John Bost III at MPD’s Kihei Station. The Maui News reported “an accidental discharge of a rifle.” I am asking Chief Tivoli Faaumu to post his ...

Close White House before closing post office

If America is to close anything, it should not be the post office but close the White House, which has never delivered anything in the past four years. The oval heads in the Oval Office are rotting people and when not reelected, the yolk is in their face. Time Humpty Dumpty fell off the ...

Celebration of life mask questioned by attendee

Fifty people attended a celebration of life recently; I was one of them . . . wearing a mask. Here is an example of a lack of proper education manifesting itself. A neighbor friend of the departed, college educated, engineer, father of two, bluntly asked me, “Why are your covering your ...

Community service important for teens

It is very important for high schoolers to participate in community service. Community service is important because it provides students with the opportunity to become active members in their community. It gives students valuable life skills and knowledge as well as having a positive ...

Vacation rentals property tax bills should be prorated

Why are property tax bills for vacation rentals not being prorated for the months that the state has forbidden the properties to be rented due to the COVID-19 pandemic? If I can’t rent the property out, how am I supposed to pay the vacation rental property tax rate? It is already the ...

Wealth tax on billionaires redistribution of wealth

A whopping 60 percent wealth tax on billionaires on the money made between March and December of 2021 is being proposed by a group of senators, including Bernie Sanders. This is on top of the regular income tax rate. It is easy to dismiss such a wealth tax on the very, very fortunate few ...

Nature responsible for most dune restoration efforts 

Our dune restoration volunteers always appreciate a mahalo from people passing by. But the fact is that nature is the one responsible for most dune restoration efforts. As volunteers, we help keep foot traffic on pathways and off the sand dunes and we make sure that the native dune plants ...

Store staff members not wearing masks correctly

During a recent visit to a store in Kahului, within the first minute of being in the store, I observed five staff members not wearing their masks correctly. Most of them had the masks below their noses and several had them below their chin. I was instantly angered as just a few hours earlier, ...

Writer claims Democrats refuse to engage in debate

Can you name a single Trump supporter who has participated in the so-called protests across the country? Can you name a single Democrat who has condemned the protests? Do the protesters even know what they want? Democrats, liberals and communists do not engage in debate. There is no ...

Protecting state from COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility

COVID-19 is here to stay. At least for now. And, although the hope of a vaccine is out there, it is still not within reach. This is a tough reality, but an important reminder as we collectively hold our breath every day and await the positive case count to be reported. We see the numbers ...