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Letters to the Editor

Haiku subscriber upset over delivery delays

OK, for months now, I no longer receive my morning paper delivered in the morning. Instead, it is delivered in the afternoon mail, sometimes the afternoon of the next day or given holidays the afternoon two days later. On Black Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., my Thursday Thanksgiving paper ...

Money intended to help poor being skimmed off to do something else

This week we focus on our safety net systems for people or families in need. In the early 1990s, a major part of this net came from the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, which matched state dollars of financial assistance for a needy family. That program was ...

Grateful for Ohana Mission success

As we persevered with God’s plan and purpose, we obeyed His promise and found Him with us on our Ohana Mission to the West Coast Nov. 6-17 How great to know that our all-powerful God loves us with infinite love. With trust, we faced busy airports and full airplanes. Hawaiian Airlines ...

Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act support asked

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating 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. While we think of this as impacting older people, 200,000 ...

Book: Trayvon Martin case based on fraud

This just in: The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case from February of 2012 was based on fraud. If you recall, Zimmerman was determined to have acted in self-defense and was released — a justifiable homicide. Three weeks later, a lawyer emerged with damning testimony from Trayvon’s ...

Article about activism raises several questions

I am writing about the Nov. 19 Associated Press article on how the Thirty Meter Telescope has inspired activism in other areas. What I wonder is how this meshes with our democratic principles that we live by. Who is deciding what is to be protected? Is there a democratic process to decide ...

How will stopping abortion stop school shootings?

I am a 72-year-old man, so I have seen a lot in my life. I would like a Nov. 23 letter writer to explain to me and everyone else how stopping abortions will stop shootings in schools. That is the same thing as somebody telling me if I stop eating jellybeans, I won’t get pregnant. Robert P. ...

Wailuku Civic Complex unacceptable as proposed

Since 1995, Brown & Kobayashi has been a part of Wailuku. We chose Wailuku for its quaint shops, eateries and its overall appeal for the type of business we are in. However, every small town has its ups and downs. In the last two years, Wailuku has suffered a downward shift: We’ve lost ...

MACC 25th anniversary a most memorable event

Kudos to Art Vento and his team for hosting a most memorable 25th anniversary of Maui Arts & Cultural Center. For residents and visitors alike, MACC has become a local icon — a gathering place for all to enjoy. The weather was perfect, the entertainment was ono, and that special Maui ...

Impeaching Trump vs. ideal society

“I have done nothing wrong,” many girlfriends and boyfriends, spouses, business partners, politicians or countries say to vehemently defend themselves. Could they instead ask, “How do you feel that I have wronged you?” Or, “how can we find a win-win solution which peacefully and even ...

Rant against complaints from part-time residents

You have to be a permanent resident on Maui to complain. Part-timers have no say and should not have the benefits of a kamaaina. Our taxes pay for the use of kamaaina benefits. It is not free and paid by consumer taxes in stores. Transplant to Maui and Hawaii to complain. Maui is not the ...

Thanks mayor for refusing to settle suit

Tis the season to be thankful, so thank you to Mayor Michael Victorino, Council Members Yuki Lei Sugimura, Tasha Kama, Ricki Hokama and Alice Lee for voting to seek clarification from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding injection wells. They acted in our best interests. The appellate court ruled ...

Gabbard would have horrified Patsy Mink

Many voters, once her fans, do not like Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and her anemic performance as our congressional delegate. She represents the 2nd District, which is us, Maui. She was elected to the seat held by Patsy Mink, who I believe, as a former staffer, would be horrified to her bones by ...

Sick and tired of corporate destruction of island

I just attended a meeting at Kapalua in regard to the Verizon tower that is being proposed for location in Napili. It will be located right across from the Napili Fire Station, across the Honoapiilani Highway close to the school. When I attended the meeting, there were only five other people ...

Don’t allow confidence to undermine country

The baffling success of President Donald Trump? Confidence. I have to believe that is one significant reason why 30 percent of Americans idolize him. He is confident when he promotes himself as the reason for economic success, building upon a ten-year run. He is confident when he calls people ...

Proposed property tax may mean rent increase

Due to the newly proposed tier in the property tax system, tenants can expect rent increases in proportion to the new tax rates. Do our representatives think this new tax burden will be paid by the owners? Bruce Hughes Kihei

Supports mayor’s decision to bring lawsuit to court

I support the mayor’s decision to let the Supreme Court decide the injection well case. Though the green crowd has a right to voice their opinion, their voices should not be the only ones heard in the public square. The solutions they are seeking will cost millions of dollars, and who do ...

Reduce school shootings by stopping abortions

How are we going to stop another shooting in our schools? Children killing other children. Well, we can start by teaching children about the preciousness of human life and we can do that by stopping the killing of unborn babies. Stop abortions and we may stop or reduce the occurrence of another ...

Death apparently no cause for canceling phone account

My mother died in September, so we decided to cancel her Hawaiian Telcom land line because it was there for only her friends to call. I called Hawaiian Telcom to cancel but they said only the person on the bill can do that. I explained to them that my mother had passed away and since I was the ...