Letters to the Editor

Homeowner fined for hosting cancer benefit

I am a 60-year-old woman with terminal bone cancer that has metastasized into my liver. My days are numbered. On April 28, I was a guest at the Royal High Tea at Lona Ridge which benefitted the Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats. The tea was a wonderful event with soft violin music and delicious ...

Sen. Hirono is a loose cannon with a big mouth

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono seems to think she is Nancy Pelosi. She has decided that making a fool of herself (and Hawaii) is the best way to get her face on TV. She has slandered the president of the United States, the attorney general of the United States and many others. She is an embarrassment ...

The laws against illegal fireworks being ignored

Regarding The Maui News story on the April 30 community meeting about fireworks: I’ve contacted every state lawmaker about this issue more than once. Most just ignored my correspondence and the few that responded mostly just referred me to the County Council and police. Officials present ...

Hospice Maui not involved in case described in newspaper

As the chief executive officer of Hospice Maui, I wish to point out something important: For over 30 years Hospice Maui, a local nonprofit, was the only hospice program on Maui. While that changed in 2014, in the article “Caregiver subject of wrongful death suit” on the front page of The ...

Cannabis is the best at cleansing the soil

Oh yay — a plant that’s going to make fuel for my automobile. I love cannabis! Cannabis is the best at cleansing the soil of any plants. It takes out pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and all kinds of other toxic materials in the soil and contains them in the plant. I don’t mind ...

Proposed tax rates punative for hotels, vacation rentals

I went to the April 24 public hearing for 2019 tax rates. Many people spoke regarding the short-term rental and hotel rates. Some folks felt it was OK to burden them with a 66 percent raise in rates as the County Council requested instead the mayor’s more conservative approach. The hotel ...

Masculinity has to do with principled behavior

Maleness and masculinity are not the same thing. Maleness is biological — hormonal. Masculinity has to do with principled behavior. Donald Trump’s behavior is more closely related to a bull elephant bursting through the brush than with principled response-attitudes. The Masculine Principle ...

County doesn’t listen to public for community plan

I just had to laugh when I saw that the county is asking for the public’s input for a community plan. How stupid does the county think we are? They really don’t care what we want. Half the crap that is going to be built is already on the books from 20 years ago. The county never follows ...

God was well recognized in the founding of this nation

This is my response to the two letter writers on April 26. In Congress July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence second paragraph first sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable ...

Here’s a reason to be rabid about getting vaccinations

It’s stunning to me that folks shrug off vaccines as a option not just for their own kids but are willing to put at risk pregnant women, babies and others. Time and time again, science has proven them to be effective in preventing diseases which cause paralysis, deafness, neurological ...

America was founded with a strong faith in God

An April 26 letter writer says that the founding fathers were not Christians but deists, and that the “phrase under God was added in the ’50s because communists were godless and we fought that with these stupid words.” Stupid words? Added to what? The false rants at the end of his ...

House should immediately draft articles of impeachment

As a veteran and a patriot, I firmly believe that the Mueller report has more than confirmed the investigative reporting that the press has been doing for the past two years. Further investigative hearings in the House are a waste of valuable time and an unnecessary waste of resources that ...

Browbeating: The new American evolution

In what new skin shall the old snake return? I ask in my dissertation on the evolution of America and our view of each other and our view of the world around us. Updating what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said many years ago in regard to bias based on race and gender, I chime ...

Maui’s tourist accommodation investors not paying fair share

At the April 24 property tax hearing, an orchestrated lineup of hotel managers and lobbyists asked the council to spare their hotels, condos and timeshares from higher rates. Some resort employees were convinced they would lose their jobs. Tourism was touted as a benefit for Mauians. Long ago ...

Creating a utopian society here would be unprecedented

We can create Mauitopia by all of us doing what we love to do for work, not having any violent crime, and exercising the aloha spirit to all take care of each other. Creating a utopian society with the number of residents Maui has would not only be unprecedented but hard. First, Confucius ...

Is the Maui County Council trying to kill business here?

The Maui News article on April 26 headlined “Testimony: Hotel tax rate hike ‘punitive’ “ outlined the Maui County Council’s plan to raise property taxes for short-term rentals to what amounts to 66 percent increase. What in the world are they thinking? Why would you raise any one ...

Only a return to principles can salvage our freedom

In The Maui News of April 19, in a full-page “reminder” of Christ’s resurrection sponsored by the Maui Christian Ministers’ Association and the Kiwanis Club, the following paragraph caught my eye: “Twenty centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human ...

Native plantings on coastal sand dunes aided by field agent

The first step for dune restoration work on a public coastal dune or beach area is an assessment by a UH Sea Grant geologist. After determining landownership or kuleana, the agent can sequence the steps necessary for the restoration effort to be most effective. For example, if the area has ...

KCA to hear proposal for revised drainage plan

If you want to know what is happening in South Maui, look to the Kihei Community Association. We are in our 59th year as an all-volunteer membership nonprofit organization, striving to support our community. May 21 is the third Tuesday of the month, so KCA general membership meeting commences ...