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Letters to the Editor

Dopey Joe is as electable as was Hillary Clinton

Democratic leaders are about to repeat the mistake of 2016. We have begun to hear excuses for a weak status quo candidate. But we need and we want someone who stands for necessary change. We are told that there are certainly better policies being offered by other candidates, and Joe Biden is ...

The time to reconnect with the aina is now

There is a great uprising that is taking place in these islands. I find it inspiring and soul stirring. Steeped in Kapu Aloha, kanaka maoli are standing firm to protect a mauna that is sacred to them. This movement needs to happen and we are seeing it all around the world. Indigenous people are ...

If you vote for a Republican you are disloyal to the US

President Trump just stated Aug. 20 that if you vote for a Democrat, you are disloyal to Israel. I say if you vote for a Republican, you are disloyal to your own country, The United States of America. God bless America. Gerard Mazzacano Kihei

Illegal TVR enforcement would solve problem

Regarding the Aug. 21 article in The Maui News titled “Testifiers: Action needed now to curb overtourism”: The county contracted a company to root out illegal vacation rentals in our neighborhoods. If they used this service the problem would be solved. No studies, no moratoriums, problem ...

UPW ad takes Yelp review out of context

On Aug. 12 the United Public Workers union published a full page in The Maui News claiming since Kaiser took over Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula and Lanai hospitals, “quality care and safety have suffered” but offered no data to support this claim. Instead, the ad listed sentences of ...

Beware of warped thinking exhibited by the president

Trump’s calling into question the loyalty of Jews who vote for Democrats brings to mind the warped thinking leading to the forced internment of virtually all Japanese Americans during World War II. In both cases the loyalty of American citizens was and is questioned. While practicing law ...

Napoleon, Wallace and Trump through the ages

1800s — Napoleon visited the pope and attempted to justify the unjustifiable. The pope called him “un comediante!” As the emperor of France became “agitato,” the pope expressed, “you are un tragediante!” Prelude to Waterloo? Our contemporary sinister cul-de-sac — blind, ...

Actions of the right have helped divide this country

Regarding the letter of Aug. 17: Really, you think the left has started the division of this country is entrenched in? The right seems to have a memory of a child. They seem not to be able to remember what they said last month, i.e., Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya. This was even ...

You have to be human, not an alien, to be a racist

Keep going. Maui doesn’t have what you want if you stay. You can complain about it or you can take the words of POTUS to heart. “Very simply, you can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want, don’t come back, that’s OK too. But if you’re not happy, you can leave,” ...

Starting ‘You Too’ movement to refute false accusations

We are living in the age of the “Me Too” movement. I believe it has done a lot of good, but also some harm. I am also a victim. However, I am not the accuser. I am the accused. I will not allow aimless accusations to go unchallenged. Therefore, I am going to start a movement in America ...

The words we all hear and see speak for themselves

Let’s put aside all partisan politics and just rely solely on the spoken and tweeted words of Donald Trump — if we are to believe his words as he and his cultish followers wish, they speak quite clearly for themselves, are not ambiguous, and surely relate to his personal and presidential ...

Gardeners dumping green waste along the roadside

Thanks for your photo in the Aug. 13 Maui News, “1.41 tons of rubbish removed from roadways.” In my Kihei neighborhood we are suddenly having a big problem with gardeners dumping green waste along the roadside. I am hearing that this is a direct result of the landfills’ new restrictive ...

Response time varies for abandoned vehicle removal

Here on Maui we see many abandoned vehicles, partly because there is a cost to properly dispose of a vehicle that is beyond repair. Yes, there is the abandoned vehicle program which involves calling the vehicle in, getting it tagged as abandoned and eventually the county gets it picked up using ...

Food security tied to housing for ag workers

Finding an affordable home on Maui is increasingly difficult. The critical path to our food-secure future is as difficult or possibly more so. Perhaps Maui County can hit two birds with one stone, and by supporting affordable homes for our agriculture workforce, and by giving our agricultural ...

Anti-carbon bias letter requires a response

A response to the Aug. 13 letter claiming anti-carbon “bias” created by political, academic and media entities is driving a false narrative about global warming requires a response. There is overwhelming scientific consensus that fossil fuel-based CO2 production is the leading factor in ...

Ethics Board wrongheaded regarding Kelly King

I’m sure the county Ethics Board has good intentions, but I believe it’s wrongheaded of them to say that County Council Chairwoman Kelly King shouldn’t even talk to colleagues about the biofuel industry (The Maui News, Aug. 15). She already declared her conflict of interest and ...

Athlete deserved to tell her story on her own terms

I am writing in response to the Aug. 14 article titled “KSM girls volleyball roster includes transgender player.” The broader issue of there being no precedent in MIL regulations for transgender student athletes is a relevant and complex discussion, which The Maui News should not only ...

Understand your role in the making of Hawaiian history

Are you an ally? Are you supporting Hawaiians in this historic time of awakening and restoration of their lahui? Did you attend the Kapu Aloha March, donate money to Pu‘uhuluhulu, or miles to offset travel expenses for kia‘i? Have you educated yourself about the history of the overthrow in ...

A charter amendment could set real term limits

The Aug. 13 editorial states the Maui Mayor and County Council face “term limits.” Unfortunately, this is not true. I just tested the system last election cycle and the corporation counsel said — hey, they can come back as many times as they want with the present wording of the County ...

History of movies series on TV sparks memories

There is a good series on the history of movies running now on television. It made me think of what it was like in the late ’40s and ’50s. As little kids we used to go bonkers yelling and screaming when the cartoons came on — especially “Mighty Mouse” who always came to save the ...