Letters to the Editor

A partnership can move us toward walkable town

Mike Moran’s excellent letter (March 29) highlighted our community plan’s emphasis on an off-road bike/pedestrian trail system as an alternative to auto-centrism. He goes on to challenge our county officials to implement the plan as they must. But the challenge is to the community as well. ...

It’s up to people of Maui to say no to civic project

It will be interesting to see which County Council members vote for the biggest publicly funded swindle on Maui in a generation — $124,695,026 in taxpayer money to subsidize 1,500,000 square feet of development with a value of $265,000,000. Nine hundred and thirteen residences at $500,000 ...

Letter inspires steps to weaponize family

I enthusiastically support the opinion of our “Armed Citizenry” advocate (Letters, March 29). Taking to heart the need to weaponize all Mauians in the face of impending terrorism, I initiated several steps to ensure the safety of my friends and family. I already have in place a tadpole ...

An effective solution for Maui’s cat problem

There is only one proven solution to solving Maui’s cat problem. TNRM — Trap, Neuter, Return, Manage. This humane strategy has been an effective solution in over 500 major cities worldwide. Because of the near perfect year-round weather, the lack of predators and the ample resources here ...

Revenue raisers already sent to the governor

We’ve previously warned that our Legislature has a dogged focus on new taxes — “ARF! Don’t make fun of me like that!” It’s the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie, with a report on recent bills! Q: What would you like to report? A: Our Legislature is wasting no time pushing those ...

Council bills on water list only help developers

The new bills passed by Maui County Council affecting the Upcountry water meter list (The Maui News, March 23) miss the real problem facing individual residents who have applied for new or upgraded water service. It appears that these two bills were passed solely for the benefit of developers ...

Hatred of all things Obama reflects Trump’s mindset

Since he began his presidential candidacy in 2015, Donald Trump has never shied away from showing his loathing for everything associated with former President Barack Obama. Now he has shown the country his intent to deal the coup de grace on the Affordable Care Act — with no replacement ...

Full funding needed for coqui frog eradication

Mayor Michael Victorino’s proposed budget includes much needed funding for coqui frog eradication that goes to the Maui Invasive Species Committee. Please testify in support of the mayor’s proposed budget in person — April 11, Paia Community Center Social Hall at 6 p.m.; or Kihei ...

No respect being shown for turtles at Hookipa

People are totally disregarding the sign and rope that are supposed to deter harassment of the turtles at Hookipa. There needs to be a real fence or someone there to monitor the situation. The turtles are a blessing for all, but people are showing no respect for them or the law that protects ...

Defunding civic hub would be setback town can’t afford

The Maui Redevelopment Agency was established in 1964 because the county recognized the deterioration of the town and the need to revitalize it to draw patrons to the area. The MRA didn’t get active until 2000, so work on making effective changes has been going on for nearly 20 years. To ...

Expand new tram system to transport directly to hotels

I was very impressed with the new tram system at the airport that will move people quickly to their rental cars. But then they would still have to clog our roadways to get to their hotels. When I was a valet at the Four Seasons Maui Resort, I did an informal poll of guests arriving to see if ...

Please be a pono driver to decrease road rage

Finishing off the third month in the new year and my New Year’s resolution is not going well. I need your help! My resolution was to decrease my road rage. Analyzing the “why” do I get road rage is simple: Other drivers are endangering my life and my loved ones. I ask for you kokua ...

Senators do little to reduce their own carbon footprint

Our Hawaii senators treat human-caused climate change as a joke. There are many basic actions people can take right now to significantly cut back on green house gases (GHG). This is widely known for over 30 years. Many Hawaii residents have reduced their carbon footprint and continue to do ...

Construction zone traffic being managed poorly

Because of the ongoing construction at the Kuihelani/Maui Veterans/Puunene intersection, traffic backup going eastbound on Kuihelani Highway has been very bad recently. The morning of March 23, it took me nearly an hour to drive 3.7 miles from Maui Lani to the Subaru dealership. The signage and ...

President Trump’s behavior a poor example for youth

Rules for conduct in the modern world, Part 1. Scouts, just forget about being trustworthy, helpful, friendly, obedient, cheerful, courteous, kind, thrifty, brave and reverent. The president is the antithesis of those things, and his supporters don’t seem to mind at all. It’s clear that ...

Repairing the flow of water can benefit all

Water rights are getting to be a big topic now. From where do they measure the water flow? Each source should be measured on its own flow, not the total in the ditch. For each source the flow is different and there is a lot of wasted water because of the need of repairs of the ditch where water ...

Not all homeless people can conform to rules

A hallucination is simultaneously hearing 11 talk shows. Obsessive compulsive disorder requires repetitive actions to stay safe. Being manic depressive one day you can conquer the world, the next its too painful to move your arm. What if you were born addicted? Maybe as a child you were ...

Management halts all feeding of feral cats

I have been a part of Kula Hospital feral cats team for over 17 years. We always met when changes were coming. Just recently, Kula Hospital/Kaiser management — without any notice to all team members — halted all feeding of feral cats, claiming infectious disease that cats’ carry and ...

Conservatives, is Donald Trump still your man?

I guessed correctly last year that special counsel Robert Mueller did not have concise evidence on Donald Trump’s colluding with Russia. A final report would have surfaced long before now. Democrats are disappointed over the report. Republicans seem to feel comfort and vindication. But I ...

Day set aside to honor physicians for their work

Each year on March 30, we celebrate National Doctors Day — a day set aside to honor physicians for their work to keep communities healthy. Their sense of responsibility extends well beyond their patients to a deep desire to serve and better our society as a whole. They save lives and they ...