Opinion

Highways department has done a good job recently

Letters to the Editor

Contrary to popular opinion, I believe that state highways is doing a good job recently. Mahalo to the new district engineer. Driving home recently, I noticed that all reflectors had been replaced along the entire pali section of Honoapiilani Highway. This had been woefully neglected in the ...

Paying Dave Taylor to do his job isn’t paying off

Letters to the Editor

While I agree paying Dave Taylor to stay home is a waste of taxpayers’ money, paying him to be on the job isn’t paying off either. The County Council and various letters have been in support of Mr. Taylor, but I have not read of any accomplishments to support their views. What I do know ...

Strange days when GOP president increases deficit

Letters to the Editor

These are strange days when the GOP president adds more to the national deficit in his first year than any other president during their whole first term. Now watch our GOP president do more to ban guns than any other president before. Strange days indeed; most peculiar, mama. But please, oh ...

Problem of U.S. gun violence is, simply, guns

Letters to the Editor

The CNN town hall meeting was refreshingly excellent, especially in its attempt to hear from all sides despite a large crowd hostile to guns. Sen. Marco Rubio presented himself admirably until he waffled on the question of accepting NRA money. The NRA provided its typical paranoid ravings. ...

March is Red Cross month

Editorial

Whenever one reads a newspaper or watches a news story about devastating events, the only constant seems to be the response by the American Red Cross and its volunteers. One of the great honors of our adult life was the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of the American Red Cross ...

Federalist Papers explain Founding Fathers’ thoughts

Letters to the Editor

Regarding “Amend our antiquated Second Amendment” (Letters, Feb. 21): Yes, I agree we should amend the Second Amendment because it was written when firearms were muzzle loaders and didn’t take into account rifles like the AR-15. On that same logic, let’s amend the First Amendment ...

Latest ERS options fiasco falls on leadership failure

Letters to the Editor

“Harvard, Hawaii Gambled on Market Calm — Then Everything Changed” was a sobering Wall Street Journal headline on Feb. 14. This detailed how Harvard and Hawaii pension systems had engaged in selling put options against the volatility index resulting in significant losses. On Feb. 15, ...

Running red lights on Valley Isle becoming norm

Letters to the Editor

Twenty years ago I rented a car in Phoenix and the attendant warned my wife and I to count to three after getting a green light at an intersection. Of course I questioned this piece of advice. The response, “You’ll usually have two or three cars running the red light and you don’t want to ...

Not true that government produces ‘no products’

Letters to the Editor

Syndicated columnist, libertarian and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Andrew Napolitano, opining what he claimed is a $1 million-per-minute buildup of the country’s debt, said in a column published Feb. 23 in The Maui News, “Government produces no products that consumers are willing to ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Kathy Collins is having some technical difficulties. Her weekly “Sharing Mana‘o” column will return next week.

A penny for education

Columns

One of the bills making its way through our legislative system this session is one that would create a special fund for public education, and then funnel to that fund 25 percent of all the money that our general excise tax brings in. “Twenty-five percent of the 4 percent tax is just a ...

Constructive leadership

Editorial

There is no question that the whole world benefitted in the 1980s from the ability of The Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev and the United States’ Ronald Reagan to be brutally frank with each other, while still being committed to the shared idea of a reduction in nuclear arms. What began ...

Maui snow day offers rare experience for local families

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest your Feb. 20 article “Maui snow day — Local families flock to Haleakala summit for rare Valley Isle snowfall.” A few years ago, before coming to Maui, I stood in my driveway in an 8-foot-high snow trench, trying my best with my shovel to hoist the snow over the banks. ...

Hawaii became vulnerable when it put queen on throne

Letters to the Editor

In response to the Feb. 16 Maui News story tagged “Protesters seize U.S., Hawaiian flags at UH-Maui College,” one of your readers used the comments section to ask: “So those of us who think that Hawaii is a state in the United States of America are wrong?” The answer to that question ...

Couldn’t agree more with complaint of road closure

Letters to the Editor

I couldn’t agree more with the Feb. 21 letter complaining about the road closure and traffic tie-up on North Kihei Road. This road serves as a major artery to enter Kihei. I sat in a line of stop-and-go traffic for over 30 minutes recently and enough is enough. State of Hawaii (and/or ...

Common-sense gun laws will stop school massacres

Letters to the Editor

To propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (or to repeal an existing amendment), both houses of Congress must propose the amendment by two-thirds vote, or two-thirds of the state legislatures must call upon Congress to hold a Constitutional Convention. To ratify an amendment, ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Ever since it premiered at the Maui Film Festival at Wailea last June, friends who missed it have been asking when they could see “Kuleana.” This original mystery drama, filmed entirely on Maui with an almost all-local cast and crew, opens on March 30 at the Regal Maui Mall Megaplex 12 in ...

Simple joys in a modern life

Editorial

There are modern conveniences that definitely make life better. Some of them are little things. For example, one definite sticking point for a few of us has always been getting the year right on checks. Traditionally, it has taken till March and sometimes April for us to adjust to writing the ...

Regular visitor to Maui offended by remarks

Letters to the Editor

I’d like to reply to “Not enough aloha any more on Maui,” (Letters, Feb. 15) and “Ho-hum, more tourism, more traffic” (Letters, Feb. 14). I’m a regular tourist for over 30 years and I’m very offended by these remarks. I have done plenty of volunteer work on this island to help ...

One diet proven to prevent and reverse heart disease

Letters to the Editor

I just read Heather Greenwood Junkermeier’s monthly column for National Heart Month titled “These steps can help protect a person’s heart” (The Maui News, Feb. 18). This is an important topic, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in our state and country. She covers the six ...