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Opinion

The time for giving

Editorial

As we start the holiday period, it’s nice to remember the cardinal rule of the season — ‘tis better to give than receive. Feed My Sheep is the brainchild of Joyce Kawakami, whom we refer to as an angel here a couple of times per year. The goal of the nonprofit is to eliminate poverty ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q:Why is paratransit services allowed to leave clients stranded for up to four hours? I am a rider who has experienced this abuse more than twice in the last month. Their excuse is always the same. We had a few drivers that went home sick. The county needs to hire more drivers who can replace ...

Time for voters to head to the polls

Columns

This coming Tuesday our community will engage in one of our most important civic duties — voting. Statewide, approximately only 40 percent of registered voters participated in the recent August primary election and between 50 to 60 percent of registered voters participated in the most ...

Shane Sinenci covers a lot of ground campaigning

Letters to the Editor

OK, call me crazy but I swear I saw East Maui County Council candidate Shane Sinenci campaigning along Lower Beach Road one recent morning as I passed him on my way to work. But then a few minutes later, I saw him campaigning along the highway at Maalaea Harbor. What the heck was that? How ...

Win for public’s right to know

Editorial

The Maui News won an important court battle Thursday when the three psychiatrist/psychologist reports were released by 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill in the Ashley Wellman case. According to police investigators, Wellman was traveling at 127 mph on Haleakala Highway on Oct. 8, 2016, when she ...

Mayor turns a blind eye to Lanai and its issues

Letters to the Editor

Picked up the paper recently and saw that our mayor is bragging about his affordable housing that he is proud of. What was missing was any word about Lanai’s affordable housing. The reason he didn’t address our housing was there was no movement. This mayor has turned a blind eye to Lanai ...

Shane Sinenci deserving of your vote for East Maui seat

Letters to the Editor

Shane Sinenci doesn’t have the advantage of political name recognition but has something more important: a public service track record that better indicates his goals and priorities. For the East Maui County Council seat, I ask that you vote for Shane Sinenci. Shane takes responsible ...

Voting for candidates with fresh approaches who listen

Letters to the Editor

After viewing the last gubernatorial debate, I hope voters saw the choice we have — business as usual or a fresh inclusive approach to solve our immense problems. And, why should we vote for a governor who has been rated about the lowest in our country? Coming from a Democratic family, I am ...

Paltin is the better choice by far for County Council

Letters to the Editor

With so many challenges in the county, it is imperative that voters pick the best people for office. Having lived in West Maui for 17 years, I know both candidates personally. In the race between Tamara Paltin and Rick Nava for the West Maui seat on the County Council, Paltin, by far, is the ...

Photo of other two condos would have been appropriate

Letters to the Editor

As a resident of Island Sands Condominium, I want to thank this newspaper for featuring a lovely photo of our condo building on the front page of The Maui News (Oct. 14). However, the caption implies that our sewage treatment facility is an aging 1970s relic when, in fact, our owners elected to ...

Volunteers helped make the 96th Maui Fair memorable

Letters to the Editor

I would like to congratulate Sherri Grimes, her Fair Committee and all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this 96th county fair memorable. Even though I did not see or smell anyone smoking cigarettes (mahalo, people of Maui), I was disappointed that the large metal, no smoking signs ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

In next week’s election we will answer a simple and straightforward question: “Shall there be a convention to propose a revision of or amendments to the Constitution?” The question is not a reflection of some interest group or a special issue that has got everybody talking. The ...

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez inspires resident to vote

Letters to the Editor

I live Upcountry and can’t even see Molokai so every election I leave the Molokai seat on the County Council blank. I figured that one old politician is the same as the next and Molokai is none of my business. This year my attitude has changed. I am voting for Keani Rawlins-Fernandez for ...

Voting for new, qualified candidates this election

Letters to the Editor

Working hard can make Maui a better place for you and me. I have worked hard my whole life to make things better for me and my family. I’ve always had one or two jobs while I raised my children and built my home. Now my kids are grown and on their own and I’m still working because I need ...

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez deserving of your vote

Letters to the Editor

I was working with Kelly King’s campaign in 2016 when I first met Keani Rawlins-Fernandez. Keani impressed me with her calm, polite, but determined manner and her knowledge of the mechanics of government. I learned that she had worked at the Legislature while going to law school and getting ...

Candidate would work to finish portion of bypass

Letters to the Editor

What I will specifically do when elected regarding finishing the north portion of the Lahaina bypass. I will work with county, state, and federal government to make certain that this was top on the list of projects under the State Transportation Improvement Plan. Also, by working with ...

Rawlins-Fernandez will be an asset to Maui County

Letters to the Editor

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez is qualified and has the aptitude to serve on the County Council. Many of the old-school politicians had little formal training and had to learn the job on the job. Keani Rawlins-Fernandez worked in the Legislature while earning a dual major law degree learning the ...

Ron Curtis represents the leadership Hawaii deserves

Letters to the Editor

The three main reasons that I voted for Ron Curtis instead of supporting Sen. Mazie Hirono’s re-election are: 1. Her failure to respond to constituent contact; 2. Her support of Hillary Clinton rather than the landslide winner of the 2016 Hawaii State Democratic Primary, despite the clear ...

Elle Cochran has a strong vision for affordable housing

Letters to the Editor

Isn’t it time we changed our politics? Consider Riki Hokama, now finishing his second decade on the Maui County Council. His father was on the council for over 30; evidently, Riki wants to continue that family tradition. He isn’t elected year after year because he works for all of us, ...