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Letters to the Editor

Former staffer thanks current staff for work

As a former editorial staff member of The Maui News, I’m someone who knows what it takes to put out a daily newspaper on Maui, and I want to say thank you to the current staff for their work. I know you are going through a tough time, as are all local newspapers in our country. I know you ...

How impressive, inspiring Lahainaluna alma mater

Several months ago, I went to meet my granddaughter at Lahainaluna High School. I had to wait until after a full student body assembly in the gym. I stood inside and listened while they sang their alma mater, with great skill, dedication and most of all, pride and enjoyment!   The gym had ...

Guy in driver’s seat does not know how to drive

Lately, in a search for something positive to focus on, we have been contemplating the positive side of a pandemic: Next to no traffic; empty beaches; pollution has stopped and the Earth is getting a breather. But my personal is giving our president enough rope to hang himself politically. ...

Maui Humane Society could have remained open

I have great respect for the job Maui Humane Society has to perform. I say “has to” because they receive millions of our tax dollars to maintain a paid staff of animal control officers as well as operations employees. Tax dollars go to their operation because they are an essential service; ...

Set kupuna hours for doubles and singles

As a Maui kupuna, I can only play doubles, not singles tennis. Doubles means there are two more players on a very large tennis court. I only play with other kupuna. We cannot contaminate one another as we are not fast enough to be within 6 feet of the ball, no less one another. We ...

Thanks to young couple who turned in valuables

On May 27, while shopping at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, I forgot my carry-all, with wallet, cellphone and credit cards on the massage chair by Na Hoku Jewelry. To the young couple who turned it in to the mall security: I searched for you, with the description given to me by the security ...

Do we really want to go back to ‘normal’?

If you’ve driven by the airport, you’ve noticed the thousands of rental cars parked in old sugar cane fields. Those thousands and thousands of cars have been usually seen crowding our roads, their people crowding our beaches, trails and waterfalls. I’d be interested to know how many of ...

Bertram’s refusal to deviate ethically failed him politically

Joe Bertram III was a  “failure,” that is, in our modern world, sadly. He had ethics he wouldn’t deviate from, even if it would cost him another term. Born a public servant, Joe never graduated to politician. Mr. Bertram, you did with hanohano, you did it pono. Aloha! Alain ...

Plan for reopening interisland travel

So far, no specific clarifications around interisland travel for residents have been addressed or eased. Certain flights and terminals should be exclusively for ohana interisland travel on a daily basis. Doctors, medical specialists and personnel as well as patients who traveled interisland ...

Precious lives up to her name working at hospital’s ER

Precious Agdeppa, the medical aide shown taking temperatures outside the emergency room, is the perfect example of the dedication of the medical staff at the hospital. Having had several outpatient procedures at MMMC, I have been fortunate enough to have Precious assigned to my care every ...

Quarantine hospital staff returning from vacation

I appreciated the May 24-25 Maui News article discussing what went wrong at Maui Memorial Hospital that caused the COVID-19 cluster there and the steps taken by the hospital to change their operations going forward with better communication, not limiting themselves to just the CDC ...

Quarantine arbitrary since testing available

Since May 19, an FDA-approved molecular RNA amplification test for COVID-19 has been available in Hawaii, with results within 24 hours. Nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabbing for this test can be done at urgent care clinics and doctors’ offices. In view of the increased availability of ...

Upcountry Dog Park needs to open soon

Our Friends of the Upcountry Dog Park is hoping we can reopen soon. We are responsible pet owners who can follow all precautions. We need to get our pups and people together again safely, soon. Fred Fisher Pukalani

Ask president for help bringing tourists back

Gov. Ige and Mayor Victorino, have you called President Trump and asked him for help in bringing tourists back to Hawaii? Have you asked him to provide rapid COVID-19 screening tests? Have you asked him for the Army Corps of Engineers to stand up a screening facility at the airports? Have you ...

Akaku ‘community’ media nonresponsive to questions

I concur with the letter writer of May 26 about Akaku “community” media being nonresponsive to questions. I have repeatedly submitted 3 videos numerous times over the last year and get no response when trying to find out why they aren’t ever scheduled for air. I was asked to go back and ...

Front Street needs work, pedestrian walkway

Have you walked on Front Street lately? It is depressing. Peeling paint, crumbling concrete, rusted iron, littering by those “hand-outs,” dirty uneven sidewalks. Now, without the tourists, maybe a community group could get up a community workday. I’d be glad to join — even ...

Last time, getting rid cats resulted in rat infestation

On the subject of the (proposed) new ordinance against feral cats, I remember, as I’m sure many others do, the last time the county decided to get rid of the feral cats. Within a year, there were rats everywhere. They ran on our roofs and even ate through drywall in our homes. It was ...

Join with the Greens for viable third party

The annual Green Party convention May 23 resulted in election of officers and delegates to the national convention. The Green Party of Hawai‘i first successfully obtained a ballot line in Hawaii for state and national partisan races in 1992 and has since secured a place on the ballot. The ...

Creating utopia challenging as crossing Antarctica

Might we on Maui create “The Impossible First” ideal sizable society of Mauitopia? Prior to December 2018 no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone. The explorer Colin O’Brady did it and wrote a book chronicling his journey called “The Impossible First.” His ...

Prevent nonresidents from owning property here?

I wanted to comment on a letter to the editor in the last Weekender. It is from a doctor who lives in Utah who purchased a condo on Maui that he uses infrequently and rents out as a vacation rental; obviously an investment. He is concerned about increases in his property taxes, the main ...