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Opinion

MPD enforcement needed in Honokowai

Letters to the Editor

I’ve been listening to raceways on the upper Honoapiilani Highway for 20 years. From Honokowai to Kapalua. It would be very easy to find out who they are with some cameras. It might be your child or your niece or nephew, or even a grandchild. The thing is, they are ruining the animal ...

Rules for journalists are not being followed

Letters to the Editor

A book entitled “Newspaper Writing and Editing” by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer, circa 1913, wrote 11 rules for a journalist to be successful. Remember that whatever you write will be read by thousands. Don’t forget your story or headline helps to influence public opinion. Realize that ...

Blaming HUD for lack of housing laughable

Letters to the Editor

Having tried to find a rental on a HUD voucher awhile back when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released 500 vouchers here on Maui, I found none that were willing to take the voucher. So, blaming HUD for the lack of affordable housing is just laughable. It is not the ...

The birth of a nation

Editorial

On Dec. 16, 1773, a bunch of American colonists staged a tea partyî in Boston Harbor to protest an act by the British parliament that would have given a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in North America to the East India Co. According to history.com, the value of the tea dumped into the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

What’s in a word? Clarity? Confusion? Consternation? Merriam-Webster’s choice of “they” as the 2019 Word of the Year (WOTY) will likely engender all three (pardon my pun). The reference book publisher also added a new definition of “they” to its online dictionary: “used to refer ...

Let’s not tax transportation

Columns

Some folks ask me if I have any radical ideas to change the tax system in Hawaii. Here’s one: Stop taxing transportation of goods and people. Before you stop laughing uproariously though, consider this. First, we can’t tax air transportation. There are federal laws prohibiting us from ...

4 consecutive champs is a rarity in any sport

Letters to the Editor

Since 2007, the Lahainaluna football team has been to the Hawaii State D-2 Championship game seven times, winning the last four in a row. The New England Patriots never won four in a row. The Golden State Warriors never won four in a row. The Dallas Cowboys never won four in a row. The Los ...

Kaiser premium nearly as high as mortgage

Letters to the Editor

After being a Kaiser patient and recent retirement from my job, I could no longer afford Kaiser Health Plan as they requested $1,200 a month for COBRA payment. My mortgage payment is nearly the same. It’s no wonder why Kaiser is losing money. Ron Vance, Kaiser president, stated that Kaiser ...

Floored that half of GOP have Trump over Lincoln

Letters to the Editor

Being a passionate reader of American history, I am floored by the recent poll that Republicans believe by 53 percent that Trump is a better president than Lincoln. I have read numerous books on Lincoln, getting insight into his life in and out of politics. There is virtually no comparison ...

Allow residents to share their home by trade

Letters to the Editor

Make it permissible for Maui residents to share/rent their home by trade or rent for one to two vacations per year, not to exceed 60 days per year. Minimal red tape. Maybe $100 per permit. If you agree, send me an email: Ev.Senter@gmail.com. Everett Senter Wailuku

Donate in someone’s name as meaningful holiday gift

Letters to the Editor

This Christmas I had the idea of giving meaningful gifts to nieces, nephews, etc., instead of guessing about what they might want. I am going to donate money in their name to an environmental group. There are so many great organizations to give to: Sierra Club Maui, Surfrider Foundation, ...

Opposition is now support for Pulelehua development

Letters to the Editor

I and Stand Up Maui opposed the initial presentation by Paul Cheng of Maui Oceanview LP for the Pulelehua development because the workforce housing units had been reduced from 50 percent to about 30 percent. The state Land Use Commission heard the concerns from many of us and told Paul to go ...

Don’t forget this donation

Editorial

This space may seem like a broken record when it comes to asking readers to make charitable donations during this holiday season. But, another entity that needs your continued support is the American Cancer Society. Like most other folks, we’ve lost friends and family (including our son two ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: If someone wants to dispose of a junk vehicle that hasn’t been registered in a long time, do they have to pay a large amount of back taxes to the county? A: Let me guess — you’re asking for a friend? Regardless, you can tell them that back taxes, fees or penalties are not charged ...

New South Maui gym to be blessed Monday

Columns

Congratulations to the Lahainaluna High School football team for winning an unprecedented, fourth straight state Division II championship with a 21-10 victory over Kapaa High School last weekend. All of the players, coaches, parents and supporters worked hard to take the state crown, again, and ...

Outlawing abortion may foster respect for life

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 29, a letter from a 72-year-old man asked how stopping abortions will stop school shootings. Presumably, if we as a society were to outlaw the killing of millions of our children every year, we may begin to foster a new respect for human life. In every religion or morality that I know ...

Remember our heroes

Editorial

Today marks the 78th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The memorial at the sunken USS Arizona will be the focal point of the ceremonies. On Dec. 7, 1941, 1,177 sailors and Marines aboard the Arizona died in the attack. Some 360 made it off the ship. Today, only three survivors of ...

Fire ants at Twin Falls pose problems on Maui

Letters to the Editor

This should be a wake-up call to all the hotels and people who live on the west side, Kihei and Wailea. The fire ants are at Twin Falls! They get on people’s bags, shoes and tires. This will wipe out anyone who wants to come to Maui for a relaxing vacation. It’s most important to the ...

Bloomberg dubbed left over taxation statement

Letters to the Editor

“When we raise taxes on the poor, it’s good because then the poor will live longer because they can’t afford as many things that kill them.” — Michael Bloomberg. This is the hubris of the Democrat left in a nutshell. Basically, you the citizen are too stupid to make your own ...

Ponzi scheme convictions fail to compensate victims

Letters to the Editor

The fall has come and gone. George Lindell and Holly Hoaeae have appealed their convictions and lost. With much thanks to the young FBI team that worked so hard to convict them, that part of the system worked. Lawyers have been paid and paid time again. Accountants were paid. Even the ...