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Letters to the Editor

Sound alternative for school walkway

Mahalo to Buck Joiner (Letters, Nov. 15) for proposing a sound alternative to a grade-separated walkway for the new Kihei high school. His experience and insight as an engineer and a close observer of local conditions are a huge asset to our Maui ohana. What’s not to like in a solution ...

Trump psychiatric evaluation more valuable than physical

It was recently reported in the news that Donald Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, D.O., described Trump’s health visit as a “routine, planned interim checkup.” Dr. Conley is further quoted as saying, “Despite some of the speculation, the president has not had any chest pain, nor was he ...

Baldwin troupe praised for boffo performance

What a treasure trove, “Play On!” Performed by Baldwin High School at the Loudon Mini-Theater, the teamwork breathed the legendary “one for all, all for one,” was refreshingly uplifting and humorous. In this tiniest lake of nobleness, for a fleeting moment, toxicity was drowned and ...

Potential for harm from misguided tax policy

Changes in property tax policy merely shift the tax burden from one group of property owners to another. Clearly, the higher priced properties are owned disproportionately more — as second homes — by part-time Maui residents. Before we embark on yet another means of increasing the tax ...

Wealth leads to delusion rich are inherently virtuous

When a billionaire outwardly opposes higher taxes, it may not be a matter of money, although we can assume that he lacks real virtue, insight, self-reflection and a habit of self-chastisement. He might not be solely greedy, or stingy or miserly. There is actually something that selfish ...

River walk alternative to costly school crossing

About six years ago, Buck Joiner (Letters, Nov. 15) and I attended a state Land Use Commission public hearing that included a request by the state Department of Education to change the designation of a plot of land in north Kihei mauka of the Piilani Highway to construct a public high school ...

Open Kihei high on time with walkway alternative

There is no need to reinvent the wheel and no need to build an unnecessary, expensive “Maginot Line,” the construction of which would present an infrastructure and traffic nightmare lasting months (or years) longer than an actual nightmare. Use the underpasses below Piilani Highway at ...

Veterans urged to support pro-life

Don’t you get tired sometimes of people just telling you “thank you for your service”? It is nice that they express their appreciation for the sacrifices we have made for our country, but would it be nicer if they show their appreciation. From now on if someone tells me thank you for your ...

Heart-stopping explosions getting so out of hand

These heart-stopping explosions in Kahului have gotten so out of hand. This last one woke me up out of a dead sleep and I think it was the third that night. It rumbled and echoed after the explosion. Who on earth is doing this and why? Even if there was something to celebrate, these are way ...

Necessary to publish prostitution names?

I read in Nov. 9-10 newspaper how there had been a sting operation in a Kihei hotel. A female police officer posed as a prostitute resulting in the arrest of 13 men. Bad enough that they were arrested, but was it necessary to list all their names, shaming them and possibly jeopardizing their ...

Kudos for rationale on Kihei underpass

The Nov. 15 letter from Buck Joiner laid out a common-sense rationale for the underpass for the pedestrian/bike path to serve our new high school. Safer, practical and easy to do. Mahalo, Buck, for pointing out the obvious! Go Kihei! Joe Bertam III Kihei

Critical of Kama’s vote on water lawsuit issue

On Sept. 26, 2018, Civil Beat asked Maui County Council Member Tasha Kama the following question: “There is a desire to grow the economy through new development yet also a need to protect our limited environmental resources. How would you balance these competing interests?” “I would ...

Naked emperor bluffs with Ukraine defense

Trump believes in “the best defense is a good offense” strategy that was first written over 2500 years ago in China by Sun Tzu in “The Art of War.” Trump’s bluffing and hoping we aren’t smart enough, or don’t care enough to say, “the emperor is naked.” This is “a drug ...

Democrats look to be in trouble in 2020

Wow, our frequent Trump-hating letter writer agrees with President Trump about Joe Biden (“Joe Biden unable to think clearly due to brain injury,” Nov. 12). Back on Aug. 7 President Trump said: “Joe Biden has lost his fastball.” President Trump also agrees that Biden and his family ...

Dune restoration not rocket science

The concepts of dune restoration are not complicated. Protect the sand dunes from erosion and they will protect the shoreline. Try to keep foot traffic on the pathways and off of the dune face. Encourage native dune plants since they are what Mother Nature intended. Eliminate overspray ...

Wharf Cinema Center should heed QKC suit

The Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina should heed the warning signs from Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and spare themselves future litigation. QKC is currently being sued over their failure to provide security while using their property as a transfer station for the Maui Bus. At The Wharf Cinema ...

Mayor’s costly decision may gut Clean Water Act

Mayor Michael Victorino repeated false Trump talking points that the Maui injection well case will expand the reach of the Clean Water Act. In fact, EPA administrators under three former presidents issued a brief stating that Maui County and Trump seek to reverse decades of precedent protecting ...