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Opinion

2018 primary endorsements I

Editorial

(Note: As with all editorials, the following endorsements represent the personal opinion of the publisher of The Maui News. Endorsement of a candidate does not mean disparagement of others running for that office. There are many races where no preference will be expressed. As with all ...

Bypass could use a few tweaks to make it better

Letters to the Editor

I admit the bypass has worked pretty well so far. However, there is one problem keeping the free flow of traffic from Kiawe Street north onto Honoapiilani Highway. People not familiar with the right-turn lane are needlessly slowing down or stopping to see if they can continue. This is backing ...

Who are candidates with most funds indebted too?

Letters to the Editor

Do you notice how the politicians who shamelessly take donations from developers, agrochemical companies, A&B, are always the ones that show the most money in their campaign spending report? Think Victorino, Baker, Sugimura, Yamashita. This can appear like that candidate has more support. ...

False accusations made about Maui Pono Network

Letters to the Editor

Maui Pono Network is a local grass-roots organization dedicated to supporting the election of the 15 ‘Ohana candidates and resolving community needs. This is a critical election where Maui County government can transition from an era of politics influenced by “big money” and offshore ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Forty steps . . . pause for breath . . . Forty steps . . . pause for breath . . . Ten steps . . . pause for breath . . . Ten steps . . . pause for breath . . . That’s how it was for 24 Americans, including more than a dozen from Maui, as they spent three ...

Fight against distractions

Editorial

Behind the wheel of an automobile is a dangerous place to have a wandering mind. All of us are sometimes distracted by problems at work or family pressures that lead to inattention while driving. Then an accident or near-accident snaps one back to reality. About three years ago, we were ...

Time magazine’s cover of Trump/Putin says it all

Letters to the Editor

Time magazine’s latest cover of a Trump/Putin morph says it all. GOP is running for cover, but there’s no place to hide except at the Nation Rifle Association. Oops, looks like they have ties to Russia as well. Will Russia become our 51st state? Stay tuned, this soap opera is not about to ...

New voices testify on sand-mining moratorium

Letters to the Editor

On July 10, the burial council met for a site visit of the several burial preserves located within Maui Lani Parkway in central Wailuku. As we gathered, the heavy clouds above our heads made way to a blessing downpour, a wishful reminder that as we collectively insist on remembering the kupuna ...

President Trump changes his story

Letters to the Editor

Breaking news: Trump changes his story. “No, I didn’t say it correctly in Helsinki while I was standing next to the most powerful man in the world. When asked if I believed that the Russians were involved in influencing our 2016 elections I said, ‘No, I don’t know why it would be ...

Candidate plans to run county efficiently

Letters to the Editor

Having no political experience, my friend Honest Ori Kopelman is running for mayor. He was a successful Silicon Valley executive. He wants to create Mauitopia (see mauitopia.org). He believes in being your word or renegotiating your word to a new, mutually satisfactory agreement. Despite all ...

Candidate will address issues hurting our people

Letters to the Editor

I humbly ask your support for Tiare Lawrence for state House District 12 in the Aug. 11 primary election. As a steward of this aina, her dedication and passion are always for the community and people of Maui. She is rooted to do what is necessary to tend to the issues that are hurting our ...

The ‘Ohana Coalition making false claims

Letters to the Editor

The ‘Ohana Coalition must think we’re either naive or stupid. I can assure you we’re neither. They want us to believe that only their candidates support issues like protecting the environment and developing local agriculture. This is simply not true. Many of our elected officials like ...

Trump lies daily and then lies about lying

Letters to the Editor

As a WWII combat veteran and a patriot, I am deeply concerned about the future of our democracy. What does it take for the press, the Congress and the American people to recognize that the current president of our country is, advertently or inadvertently, a Russian agent? There is little ...

Donald Trump is totally unfit to be president

Letters to the Editor

Only America’s Civil War was a darker time in our history. Donald Trump met with war criminal Vladimir Putin, a murderous tyrant who has the blood of thousands on his hands, including victims of a commercial airliner shot down, and civilians in Syria, bombed with conventional and chemical ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I saw recently that Eddie Tam Gym is closed for some sort of repairs from now until the fall. What about voting? Beneath the gym is where everyone in Makawao votes every election year. Is that going to be taken into consideration or will we have to vote somewhere else? A: Don’t worry. If ...

Committee schedules meeting on affordable housing development

Columns

The Maui County Council’s Land Use Committee will consider a development application for the proposed Waikapu Development Venture Affordable Workforce Housing Project on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The project proposes to add 68 single-family and 12 duplex units to the much-needed affordable ...

The death of civility

Editorial

Several years ago, we wrote that boorish behavior is taking over public discourse. Whether it was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives shouting “You lie!” at President Obama during an address to a joint session of Congress or an ill-mannered Kanye West ruining an award ...

Alive and well after three years of pain

Letters to the Editor

The law of the Lord is perfect — my Redeemer; in prayers I reached forward to God’s purpose and calling in my life. I am alive! I survived the trauma and near death by a prison volunteer-minister from Chicago in July 2015. I received a phone call recently concerning my existence on ...

Why are so many council members not at meetings?

Letters to the Editor

When this letter is published, the first Kihei Community Association candidate forum will be pau, but we plan two more after the Aug. 11 primary, where we will likely select four county contests to feature. While there are many factors to consider on candidates, one question we have to ask ...

Observations about election signs and ads

Letters to the Editor

Seems like a lot of political signs are going up. Hopefully some of them will be starting to come down after Aug. 11. Also, looks like everybody is running for something. I just wonder who figures out where the signs or newspaper ads should be. One grows into many more in some locations. ...