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Opinion

Do rights of anti-vaxxers supersede rights of all?

Letters to the Editor

Again, there appears a letter of righteous indignation concerning COVID-19 vaccinations and an infringement on one's rights in the March 27 letters section. Regardless of the overwhelming facts of the efficacy of masks to provide a light at the end of the tunnel and a means to stop this most ...

Complete Liloa in Kihei, locals have places to go

Letters to the Editor

Since we couldn't snorkel on Sunday (murky water again), we decided to get out of the condo at 10:30 a.m. for a Teddy’s Burgers treat in Lahaina for the second time in over a year. As the lead car, it took three light cycles to get from West Lipoa Street onto South Kihei Road. Traffic ...

442nd would wear masks

Editorial

Charging straight into enemy fire, Private First Class Sadao “Spud” Munemori had just knocked out a pair of gun emplacements with grenades and was withdrawing under withering fire when an enemy grenade bounced off his helmet and rolled toward a bomb crater where two of his comrades ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Unimak Island in the Aleutians was a lonely outpost for the Coast Guard right after the Second World War. Many stationed there felt lucky to wait out the war on the cold chunk of volcanic rock wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea. By the war’s end, many were looking forward to ...

Bill would make voting more accessible, inclusive

Letters to the Editor

I was 17 when I passed my driver’s license test. After six months, I had just turned 18 by the time I returned to the DMV in the summer to renew for my full driver’s license. While waiting inside the Kahului facility, I realized I was eligible to vote for the upcoming primary election that ...

Breast cancer diagnosis raises future awareness

Letters to the Editor

Yesterday I found out I have breast cancer. The previous week, when I fasted and prayed, I prayed for my health, knowing they were taking a biopsy of breast tissue. Trusting that God can completely heal me is a comforting thought. However, as much as I like the idea of living, I wonder if ...

‘Pandemic fatigue’ after one whole year

Letters to the Editor

“Pandemic fatigue.” Really? After one year of this virus, a new media phrase has evolved, “pandemic fatigue.” Are people actually fatigued because a deadly global virus has dictated our short-range future? It has been one year. Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine, scientists ...

Condo classification as transient rental unfair

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the news article in The Maui News (Friday, March 26, 2021, “Mayor proposes nearly $829 million budget”), the mayor failed to mention that the Maui County Council, with the mayor’s apparent approval, has reclassified most condominiums which are not owned by full-time residents as ...

Homeless a problem that still keeps growing

Letters to the Editor

A friend and I prepare hot dogs and gift them to our brothers and sisters living in tents along the roadways. They are homeless. They are without adequate shelter. I call them the tent dwellers. Many of these are men, women and children of Hawaiian descent. In their own homeland, our brothers ...

Trans girls not a threat

Editorial

Judging from the news coming out of half the legislative halls of America, you would think that the biggest problem facing women’s sports hasn’t been athletes being sexually abused but girls who were born with penises taking all the glory from those born with vaginas. Out of all the ...

GOP men, get the shot

Editorial

According to a recent NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 49 percent of GOP men said they are not planning to get vaccinated. That number, higher than any other demographic, is in contrast to only 6 percent of Democratic men saying no. The vaccine naysayers apparently are unmoved by the fact that they’re ...

Mapping technology helps identify burial and archeological sites

Columns

On Oct. 25, five Native Hawaiian grandmothers felt they had no choice when they placed themselves before a bulldozer digging a waterline trench. They were there to protect the buried bones of their ancestors. The area was a well-known burial site. The landowner called the police to arrest ...

Voluntary consent for vaccination essential

Letters to the Editor

With all of the talk about vaccine passports happening in other countries, I’m concerned that this issue will creep up on our island community before we have a chance to fight it. A vaccine passport is literally discrimination against medical freedom. We are sovereign beings who do not get ...

Traffic tells a tourist tale

Editorial

Ask a local resident how long a Maui drive is and you’ll likely get your answer in minutes, not miles. The question requires them to consider not just distance, but also time of day and corresponding traffic. Will this trip be late on a Friday afternoon after 10 Mainland flights have ...

Appreciates coverage of street art projects

Letters to the Editor

Mahalo for calling attention to the “Kurokawa mural” on the front of the Wailuku building housing Maui County’s Victim Witness Services and Children’s Peace Center (The Maui News, March 19). I appreciate the Small Town/Big Art program. I remember visiting what was then known as the ...

Protect Hawaii’s economy, require vaccination proof

Letters to the Editor

Now that Hawaii is making great progress at vaccinating our citizens, it’s time to think of next steps. Our health care systems are moving ahead with great speed to protect everyone that lives here. To protect Hawaii’s fragile economy, the governor and the Legislature should take steps ...

Forever young’ at heart

Columns

What’s the secret to a long and happy life? For 102-year-old Elinor Fredricks, it’s a positive outlook, an active mind and a glass of chardonnay every day at 5 p.m. Fredricks, who turned 102 Saturday, has witnessed events most have only read about in history books. She’s lived ...

Signs needed Upcountry to protect pedestrians

Letters to the Editor

As a new mother to my 11-month-old son, I’ve found one of the best ways to stay active is by enjoying the fresh air of Upcountry Kula! What could be better — maybe the beach? Stroller rides have been one of the most enjoyable times for me during this pandemic. But are stroller rides ...

Hospital staff lauded for saving doctor’s daughter

Letters to the Editor

Our daughter was admitted to Maui Memorial Medical Center on Jan. 30 in severe shock from a strep infection. She left the hospital on March 1 after a monthlong stay, including a week on a ventilator in the ICU. From the moment she entered the emergency room under the care of Dr. Shackelford ...

Maui still ‘no ka ‘oi’ due to its people

Letters to the Editor

With all the negative news lately about bad behavior throughout our country, it was so refreshing and reassuring to see the generous and kind place Maui is. The stories about the Hana flag football team and the aftermath of the flooding in Ha’iku were so uplifting. I especially loved ...