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Letters to the Editor

Mother Nature’s plants often protect the dunes

Mother Nature’s dune plants often protect the dunes without blocking the ocean view. That is true for both the primary dune plants and for the back dune plants that protect the mauka areas from sand blowouts. The larger and taller back dune plants often need to be hard trimmed due to ...

Consciousness needed to regain essential oneness

Everywhere in American society, we can see externalizations of our inner motives, intentions, states of consciousness and lack of virtue. We see symptoms of our lack of humanity and soul. Many priests have become the most condemned of their own religion by preying on children. Elsewhere, ...

This Christmas, consider giving the gift of life

When we attend a birthday party, we always take along a present for the honoree. Needless to say, we do not expect to receive presents because it is not our birthday. Why then do we expect presents for Christmas when it is the day that has been set aside to celebrate the birth of the Christ ...

Hoping GOP senators vote their conscience

Chances are President Trump won’t be impeached regardless of the overwhelming evidence and firsthand knowledge of trusted and reputable witnesses. Since the last step and the decision of impeachment process is at the hand of 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 2 Independents in the Senate, it ...

TMT stickers, T-shirts available at Imua TMT

Some weeks ago, I expressed the wish that there were T-shirts for TMT supporters. I’ve discovered that such a thing exists, along with bumper stickers and hats. They’re available on the shop at Imua TMT (imuatmt.org). Imua TMT is an organization headed by Native Hawaiians. Its mission ...

Local, unethical treatment of teachers problematic

As a union rep at UH, I have been made deeply aware just recently of the importance of protecting and respecting teachers’ rights — a constant battle with school administrations who answer more to “moneyed” boards than to the necessity of a unfettered faculty and the rights of faculty ...

Bodily change needed before men can judge

When will society accept that a woman has the right of abort an unwanted pregnancy? When all men obtain a uterus, then they can make judgment on our bodies and theirs! This theory of abortions and mass shooting is ridiculous. Let’s take a look at violent video games and the lack of ...

Help called for prisoners facing reintegration

With concern for our Maui County, I attended a recent Rotary meeting for an important hour to discuss our community’s welfare and safety. We know there are too many criminals in Hawaii’s jails and prisons. Sending the guilty and sentenced to faraway penal facilities have become a ...

Tourism industry needs to look at shortcomings

We have been coming to Maui since 1992 when we were raising our children. We have been to Oahu, Big Island, Kauai and Mokokai. Maui is our favorite. After annual visits for 25-plus years it is very noticeable how Maui has changed. We wonder if the county needs to do something to encourage ...

Very disturbing story on plea agreement

A story in the Dec. 11 Maui News tells a very disturbing story of a 19-year-old man, already on probation for another crime, who broke into a family’s home and sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy inside. After accepting a plea agreement, the defendant was allowed to plead no contest to ...

Headlines along fold initially scared reader

I just bought the Weekender for Dec. 7-8, which scared me a little. Headlines are in dark large print, which catch the eye of the buyer/reader. The one from Dec. 7-8 was along the left fold about the shooting in Pensacola, Fla., which was on every news network, but then the next thing read was ...

Abortion laws don’t foster respect for life

In his letter published on Dec. 7, a writer says outlawing abortion would increase respect for life. Apparently, he is not familiar with the situation in El Salvador, which probably has the strictest anti-abortion laws in the world. There, every miscarriage is potentially a subject of criminal ...

Takes umbrage over editorial on middle class

“Where are the politicians who will work for a better future for the middle class? So far, they are in hiding” states The Maui News editorial of Dec. 6. Its Dec. 7 Associated Press article “Employers add 266,000 jobs in November” on Page A8 answers by reporting “(T)he unemployment ...

OHA may be in trouble over TMT stance

Bingo! Go ahead and move forward Thirty Meter Telescope! As I indicated before, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is in no position to point fingers when they themselves have blood on their own hands. Taxpayers, I say we go after our money! I warned you to check yourselves before you wrecked ...

Allow residents to help MECO buy a solar plant

Allow Maui residents to help Maui Electric Co. buy a big solar plant, likely in the central valley, as follows: If residents could help buy a share of a facility so that their bill from then on would be calculated at 5 cents per kilowatt hour plus the fixed monthly fee for transmission and ...

Stronger action needed for OHA malfeasance

Office of Hawaiian Affairs was recently audited by CLA, or Clifford Larsen Allen, whose offices span throughout the U.S. and no office in Hawaii. Therefore, there is little bias or animus to not report the facts as they completed an audited of OHA concerning the mismanagement of millions of ...

Support council bill allowing DUI towing

In The Maui News of Dec. 12, a new bill for Maui County was described. This bill, if passed, will allow MPD to get the vehicles of drivers under the influence towed on the spot. This bill will prevent the revolving door status quo where a driver can be arrested, post bail and go right back to ...

MMMC hospital still offering ‘junk’ care

Based on personal experience and stories from others, Kaiser’s Maui Memorial Medical Center is still providing us with junk heath care, especially when compared to Oahu hospitals. The blame rests squarely on Kaiser’s MMMC management and the people who let Kaiser take control of Maui’s ...

MPD enforcement needed in Honokowai

I’ve been listening to raceways on the upper Honoapiilani Highway for 20 years. From Honokowai to Kapalua. It would be very easy to find out who they are with some cameras. It might be your child or your niece or nephew, or even a grandchild. The thing is, they are ruining the animal ...

Rules for journalists are not being followed

A book entitled “Newspaper Writing and Editing” by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer, circa 1913, wrote 11 rules for a journalist to be successful. Remember that whatever you write will be read by thousands. Don’t forget your story or headline helps to influence public opinion. Realize that ...