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Letters to the Editor

Reader puzzled by expression

What in tarnation is “wu wu” and how does one pronounce it? “Woo woo?” (Letters, Nov. 9.) Mark Smith Wailuku

Grade-separated walkway problematic, expensive

The new Kihei high school is required to have a grade-separated pedestrian walkway, either over or under Piilani Highway. The state Department of Education stated this requirement will delay the opening of the high school a minimum of one to two years (The Maui News, Aug. 3). Both of the ...

Praying for those with medical disorder

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand to protect people from inhumane conduct and to bring offenders to justice. Recent studies have found 2.7 million children in the U.S. have a parent serving time in prison or jail, while more than ...

Joe Biden unable to think clearly due to brain injury?

Clearly, Joe Biden lacks energy or vitality. There are times when he looks more like ash than tobacco. As for his inability to think logically, tactfully and in direct response to his interlocutor, might this be a result of two brain aneurysms suffered by the man? I, for one, am concerned that ...

Thirty Meter Telescope a wonderful, appropriate gift

The Thirty Meter Telescope will be a wonderful and very appropriate gift to the Hawaiian people. Here are the protesters’ complaints, and how the state, the University of Hawaii and the courts addressed them over the past 10 years: • Fourteen would be too many telescopes. Five telescopes ...

Sad but grateful for The Maui News

Are you sad but grateful for all the experiences you have had? I invented and defined the word sateful, a combination of the words sad and grateful. That is how I will feel after having subscribed to this paper for many years, but I can no longer afford the cost of a subscription. Thank you for ...

Salute to veterans for defending freedom

Not only Veterans Day, but every day, I appreciate the freedoms we have in this country and the people like you who help keep them. Freedom lives because of you. Thank you so much for your bravery. Judy Ridolfino Kihei

Made in Maui festival needs venue change

With approximately 10,000 people patronizing the Made in Maui County Festival — every year for the past six years, attendance has been increasing at a healthy rate — it is time for the sponsors to look for a bigger and more convenient venue than the MACC. In addition to the hot, crowded ...

Offended by ‘wu wu’ screamed at events

At the risk of seeming to be a curmudgeon, my complaint involves the people at entertainment venues who, instead of applauding, scream “wu wu” as a substitute for applause. This was at the MACC recently. This usually is a young person’s habit, but sometimes older folk do it too. The ...

Gabbard only candidate against waging war?

It seems to me that our own Tulsi Gabbard is the only Democrat running for president who is challenging the all-powerful military-industrial complex in her run for president by having the nerve, the gall, to suggest that we don’t need to be waging war where we currently are — Afghanistan, ...

Critics of fossil fuel don’t get big picture

I just read the article about suing the fossil fuel companies written by our mayor (“Our County,” Opinion, Nov. 2). I must admit, I’m now questioning my vote. All I can think about is Thomas Sowell and his book “Applied Economics.” One of the themes of the book, “Stage One ...

Mauna Kea message about sharing, future

People who support TMT are running professional ads and commercials. Perhaps it will be added to the 2020 election ballot as, “Are you for TMT or not for TMT?” TMT supporters also blame Gov. David Ige, saying he is weak, clueless and gutless, and has not done his duty to the state and he ...

Big fan of Suzuki wearing MAGA cap

Kurt Suzuki pulled out a MAGA hat in front of God and everyone. Is this paper going to stop covering him now that he’s come out as a Trump supporter? Are you liberals going to light torches and come after his family now? Good for Kurt, I’m a bigger fan now! Stephen Phillips Kihei

Wailea spending fiasco should concern auditor

I’m amazed that the chairwoman of the County Council seems to think that we, the residents of Maui County, are fools (The Maui News, Nov. 2) . Does she really think $300-plus rooms in Wailea for the night benefited the gathering or the county? None of the Maui island councilors should be ...

Much on schedule for final 2019 KCA meeting

The all-volunteer team at the Kihei Community Association (www.gokihei.org) takes its responsibility seriously. For 60 years, a consistent stream of community members actively labored to better South Maui. But recreation and fun are part of a happy community, so to wrap up 2019, our final ...

Great congressional rep needed for Hawaii

There are many federal solutions for issues faced on the islands. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s position in Congress should be filled with someone who can both serve Maui residents and also properly handle foreign and domestic affairs. It would be great to elect someone who can be diplomatic among the ...

Oil companies not to blame for all of Maui’s problems

Oh no, our fearless leader claims it’s the big bad oil companies to blame for all of Maui’s problems (“Our County,” Opinion, Nov. 2). Now, let’s see if I got this right. The cruise ships and trains use diesel oil, airplanes and helicopters use aviation fuel and cars, buses, trucks ...

Raise price of water, restore watersheds

According to the Journal of Water, California water supplies and prices have dropped almost 300 percent per acre foot since the shortages of 2014-2015. An acre foot is 326,000 gallons of water. 2018 California Central Valley agricultural water prices were $373.16 / acre foot, which equals ...

Mayor progressive hero for task force, lawsuit

Mayor Victorino has shown true progressive ideals in two recent actions. First, his active participation in the Hele Mai process that led to the “Vision Zero” task force to reduce bike/pedestrian traffic fatalities to zero by 2040, and the second was to file a lawsuit against the fossil ...

Appalled by council waste of funding

I am appalled at the front-page story in The Maui News Nov. 2 about the waste of taxpayers funds. Really, the Maui island residents can’t drive to Wailea? Most of us drive 30 minutes or more, one way, to our job! I find the callous “excuse” that this was a work session unacceptable. ...