Letters to the Editor

Writer not interested in defining socialism

The letter writer on April 12 continues to insist that the Nazis were socialists just because they cynically added “Socialist” to their party name to increase their popularity in socialist Germany. Hitler’s Nazis were about as socialist as Kim Jong Un’s Democratic People’s Republic ...

Drama teacher deserving of a true standing ovation

Sometimes our true heroes are educators whose dedication, passion and empathy for their students create not only a learning environment but a sanctuary for teens to be themselves in a safe and accepting environment. Over the course of the past two years, I have come to admire King Kekaulike ...

Maui brand could get boost with legal cannabis

Apparently Maui is losing status as a premium tourist destination. We are getting more tourists but they are spending less money. That is unsustainable. Here’s an idea for changing it up. Instead of eight new planned hotels, let’s just legalize recreational cannabis. That will make the ...

Motto defines perspective for judging water bill

“Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina i ka Pono.” Our state’s treasured motto directly defines the perspective within which the water rights bill must be judged: “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” That doesn’t mean that A&B, no matter how many dollars it spends ...

Change name of road back to Mokulele Highway

I strongly support the nascent effort to change the name of the Maui Veterans Highway back to Mokulele Highway. The change was a poorly reasoned decision made in unnecessary haste by a few legislators and without asking the citizens for their input. These legislators need to right this wrong ...

Our Social Security must remain solvent

We recently heard on the news that in 16 years Social Security will be insolvent, as in out of money. This brings to mind that back in the day when Congress “borrowed” $2.6 trillion for the military industrial complex. There has never been any attempt to pay us, as in all the citizens that ...

Hasbro and others have developed braille games

The April 21 letters included one writer’s interest in hearing from Hasbro and other Maui readers regarding the potential for a braille Scrabble. Hasbro and others have already developed a number of braille board games: Scrabble, Monopoly, chess, playing cards, chess, bananagrams, etc. Tom ...

Tourist camping rentals an exploitation of shoreline

It has come to my attention that nonlocal “companies” are exploiting our shoreline for profit by buying vehicles and outfitting them for tourist camping rentals on our beaches (either vans, or tents on rooftops of cars as seen advertised on Outdoorsy.com, Airbnb and the like). At Baby ...

Hoax/coup shouldn’t happen again to a sitting president

The collusion hoax/coup is over. Robert Mueller with AG William Barr both concluded that no collusion, no obstruction occurred. Furthermore, that even with the president weighing his options to shut down the probe, in the end didn’t. No executive privilege was used, everyone had access to ...

Vehicle with no registered owner poses a mystery

Recently we encountered a new wrinkle in the vehicle registration world. A vehicle was parked on the street that had a license plate that seemed to have not been renewed since 2011 and had no safety check sticker. This seemed odd so we called MPD to have a look. Initially, they ticketed the ...

Headline shows bias over release of Mueller report

“Trump tried to control, end probe” This was the headline in the April 19 Maui News, the day after the Mueller report was released. What a giant surprise. After two-plus years of almost nothing but biased headlines, I ask myself this. Why would responsible journalism show up in The Maui ...

Near miss on roadway result of speeding driver

What is wrong with people? I hear it echoed more and more about Maui drivers. A recent near miss on Kula Highway was the last straw! An 80 mph SUV passing another car came straight at me and even accelerated! I pulled into the dirt. If I had blinked I’d be dead along with all his passengers. ...

Sentry Tournament of Champions is more than just a golf tournament

For one week every January, the winners on the PGA Tour gather at Kapalua for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, a celebration of the very best golf on the planet set against the most picturesque backdrop in the sport. But the tournament is so much more than a single week. For 21 years, ...

Public is encouraged to monitor coastal sand dunes

Sand dunes on Maui normally change seasonally but a weather event can alter their shape overnight. The vegetation on the surface of a dune is often the detail you notice first about a dune. If the surface is covered with zone-specific plants, then Mother Nature will add sand volume over time. ...

Amend what is permitted in light industrial zones

The county’s progressive Countywide Policy Plan adopted in 2012 to guide future development calls for smart growth and condemns sprawl. This laudable objective cannot be achieved, however, unless the county (1) abides by our often-ignored community plans, all of which call for development to ...

Letter Carriers collecting items for Maui Food Bank

The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the United States Postal Service, will conduct their 27th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 11. Over 260,000 letter carriers in over 10,000 cities and ...

Correctional employees recognized this week

We honor the national correctional employees of our Maui County and the State of Hawaii during this week, May 5-11. Let us all recognize the women and men who work in the field of corrections who have made the ultimate sacrifice, facing the daily dangers and challenges in our nation’s ...

A simpler idea for eliminating gas tax

The Legislature considered doing away with the gas tax and charging vehicle owners per mile of driving in a year with their registration. This makes a lot of work at the DMV as they now have a different cost for almost every automobile they register. I got a simpler idea. Charge electric car ...

We have the power to slow glacial warming

Recent articles in The Maui News, “Glaciers shrinking faster then expected” and “Accelerated pace of Bering Sea climate changes startles scientists,” should be smacking us all in the face right now. Especially to those whose mantras are “Live simply so others may simply live” or ...

Tulsi Gabbard decides to defend Ilan Omar

It appears U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been told to toe the line. Instead of loyalty to country and her own beliefs, she decided to defend the terrorist sympathizer and anti-Semite U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar continues to defend Hamas and other terrorist organizations, called 9/11 something ...