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Letters to the Editor

No to Trump for opposing everything that I believe in

In kindergarten, I learned honesty, getting along and respecting others regardless of whether they looked like me, or spoke funny, or wore nice clothes. In Sunday School, I learned to love thy neighbor and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In Boy Scouts, I learned to ...

Trump seeks control of property, culture

I have a completely different idea of Trump from an arts and cultural standpoint. Keeping in mind that Trump comes from a real estate background, he seeks control of properties. After taking office, he proposed to eliminate federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and has ...

Future health care crisis: few health care workers

We have entered into a health care crisis. I’m not talking about COVID-19; I’m talking about our future health care workers. Everyone who had been planning to enter the health field is now as financially at risk as most of us, making it impossible to pursue. We have hundreds of ...

Oppose six-story hotel in the middle of Wailuku

I was born and raised in a sugar plantation camp in Lahaina in the ’40s and ’50s. My grandparents, father, uncles and aunties all worked for Pioneer Mill Sugar Co. As someone who loves, appreciates and cherishes the memories of the “good old days,” I was saddened to read in The Maui ...

Nuclear unnecessary to bring down adversary

China and Russia see the U.S. as their biggest adversary in the world. Xi Jinping gave us the coronavirus and Vladimir Putin gave us Donald Trump. In this day and age, isn’t it comforting to know that you don’t need to use nuclear weapons to bring down an adversary? Richard ...

Wearing masks in Japan out of consideration

What kind of dangerous pandemic is going on here? I thought this when I took my first business trip to Japan a couple of decades ago. It turned out many people had the common cold as it was winter. Out of consideration, they wear masks so other people don’t catch their cold. After working a ...

Compared to flu danger, corona fear warranted?

Like most citizens of the U.S. and of Hawaii, I am somewhat frightened of COVID-19. Shutting down the U.S. for flights from China and Europe was the right thing to do. Telling people to shelter at home seemed like the right thing to do. But now, almost three months after this pandemic hit the ...

Responsibly restrict tourism to something sustainable

I’d like to know where the ideas and proposals are to responsibly reduce tourist numbers to something sustainable now that politicians are thinking about re-starting tourism. Many have commented that we now have an opportunity to re-vamp tourism. But no one has discussed how to accomplish ...

Shut down economy on Maui in November

I vote to shut down our economy (Letters, May 30) once a year for the month of November. Nothing much happens in November anyway, except our General Elections, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. While October has Halloween and September has “Zeptember” (the Led Zeppelin tribute). June, ...

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 ...