Letters to the Editor

Despite testing, no action yet on ocean water quality

A sterling Matthew Thayer visual captioned “Kihei’s Cove Park and surf spots off Kalama Park’s breakwall are packed with novice surfers and surf schools Thursday morning” drew my eyes (The Maui News, April 6). The article was another monthly report, more visitors, more revenue, but the ...

Crime Victims Rights week not observed in Hawaii

The week of April 7 through 13 was National Crime Victims Rights week, the purpose being to give voice to innocent victims of homicide and violent crime. The week is a teachable moment; an educational tool to ensure the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) 1984 is given light and access to the public, ...

The best political system will borrow from others

In the opening days of the 20th century, Eugene Debs asked: “What is socialism?” His often quoted answer was: “Merely Christianity in action. It recognizes the equality in men.” Of course, those of wealth and power have never stopped frightening the lightly informed with the specter of ...

‘Vision Zero’ polices create safer communities

Each year, more than 40,000 people are killed in the United States in vehicle crashes. Last year, a record number of 43 pedestrian fatalities were documented in Hawaii, reflecting a dramatic increase from 15 in 2017. In 2018, there were 17 traffic fatalities in Maui County. This year, Maui ...

Sad to see Maui turned into a dumping site

It’s so sad to see our beautiful island of Maui turn into a dumping site. It’s very disgusting to see old tires, appliances, furniture and other household trash being dumped along Kahekili Highway and Pulehu Road. This also includes green waste. People need to be more responsible and take ...

These are the things that are killing Maui

I do not believe that overtourism is killing Maui. I believe that the failure to choose an expert in island urban planning as a planning director, irresponsible and unsustainable development for foreign residents, combined with insufficient infrastructure and a failure to assess and collect ...

Yes, Donald Trump is still ‘our man’

An April 2 letter writer asked, “Conservatives, is Donald Trump still your man?” She implies that Trump is a man of questionable moral character who should not be trusted as the president of the United States. However, has she ever considered just why America voted for him in the first ...

Visitor amazed by local solution to Kihei traffic

After several trips to Maui we found this time we needed to drive more than the other trips. We made many runs up and down South Kihei Road, as well as other parts of the island. Kihei road is low speed but has high traffic volumes. This makes left turns on and off South Kihei Road at ...

Disparity in bail amounts doesn’t reflect the offense

Can someone please explain why a 28-year-old woman arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening of two people would have bail set at $10,000 and a 58-year-old male arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening of hundreds of people in need of and giving medical attention received a ...

Bill is really about having water for Maui County

Upcountry Maui needs water for our people and to restore agriculture in central valley, yet recent articles about HB1326 seem to make it only about A&B. This bill is not about having water for A&B — it is really about having water for Maui County, for our people and for the future of ...

Upcountry’s water supply is threatened

Here are the essential facts in the conflict over House Bill 1326. • With the end of sugar, there is enough water available to accommodate the needs of the taro growers, restore the streams, give Upcountry what it needs and supply Mahi Pono’s plan to replace sugar in the central ...

Is it worth the risk to not pass HB1326?

I live and farm in Omaopio and I know my water comes from East Maui. I remember in the ’60s when water was manually hauled when all of the Upcountry supplies were dry. People today are gambling about what is needed to ensure that we have reliable water supplies. Policymakers should make ...

Democratic Party morphed into a secular socialist party

The Democratic Party has morphed into a secular socialist party by advocating for programs of food, housing, health care, child care, education, guaranteed income for all including undocumented immigrants, the Green New Deal, takeover of private industry, and the maiming of the unborn and ...

Back-passing beach sand can help protect shorelines

A sand “cell” consists of three important parts: sand on the dunes, sand on the beach, and sand that is in the shallow water just offshore. Over time, some offshore sand will drift away laterally and can become captured in areas like a boat harbor or around other shoreline buildings or ...

The Nazis looked, acted and talked like socialists

A March 31 letter writer objected to my listing of the Nazis among socialists who devolved into tyrants (Letters, Marh 19), arguing that the Nazis hated socialists and therefore were not themselves socialists; “far from it,” he wrote. First, socialists hating other socialists is quite ...

Accomplishments of Trump aren’t being acknowledged

As a conservative, to answer the April 2 letter asking if Trump is still my guy, the answer is more yes today than in 2016. In two years we have seen a news media, including this paper, collude with the Democratic Party in spreading a hoax, the Russia collusion. Within those two years we ...

Civic complex placed above the real priorities of county

On March 29, I had another opportunity to share my opposition against the proposed Wailuku Civic Complex. Our brave new County Council members Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Tamara Paltin and Shane Sinenci tried to stop the project, but the carryover council members were unmoved, despite many ...

Tell your senators to vote no on HB593

There is a measure coming up in the state Legislature which is trying to bypass existing law. It’s HB593, which wants to allow placing solar farms on prime (Class A) agricultural lands. Please contact our state senators and tell them to vote “no” on this bill. You can’t eat ...

Hawaiian language never illegal or banned in schools

PBS “Insights” show said Hawaiian language was “forbidden in schools.” Hawaiian grievance industry often repeats that falsehood, seeking sympathy and reparations. It stirs racial hostility toward “haoles.” Hawaiian language nearly died because native leaders and parents saw ...

‘New science’ questioned following presentation

I recently attended the “Food Security In The Climate Change Era” presentation. Climate change is the pre-eminent issue of our time. In Hawaii, we are particularly vulnerable because most of our food comes to us by boat. With any climate-related disaster where the boats can’t reach us we ...