Opinion

Circumstances of brush fire seem very suspicious

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday morning, Sept. 1, my wife and I were traveling from Upcountry to Kihei on Hansen Road around 9:15 a.m. and were puzzled by the presence of several Police and Fire Department vehicles all along Hansen Road. There was no immediately apparent reason for them being there, and all I could ...

Playing ‘correct pronoun game’

Letters to the Editor

Kamehameha Schools allowing transgender participation in girls sports ignores the scientific definition between male and female sex. It would seem the attempt to use acceptable pronouns to describe transgender language is misleading. It ignores a scientific fact that the structure of the human ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: What is tachycardia? Dr. Shalin Patel, interventional cardiologist, Pacific Permanente Group: Tachycardia is a racing heartbeat. While it’s normal for the heart to beat faster when you exercise, with tachycardia, your heartbeat speeds up even when you are at rest. This is caused by a ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. That’s one of several old wives’ tales regarding the most unpopular date in the western world. Good thing I’m not an old wife nor was I raised by one. My mother instilled in me the belief that being born on Friday the 13th gave ...

‘Affordable in perpetuity’ chokes Maui housing supply

Columns

Maui County residents have long suffered from a lack of affordable housing, but county officials have continually denied permits to home developers who won’t promise that the units they build will be “affordable in perpetuity.” Support for keeping homes “affordable in perpetuity” ...

Maui watches, waits, mourns

Editorial

EDITOR’S NOTE: This editorial appeared Sept. 12, 2001, in The Maui News. Maui County awoke to a new, more frightening world yesterday. The United States had been attacked by a skilled, well-prepared, unidentified enemy using commercial jetliners as weapons. An eerie quiet settled over ...

President’s comments taken out of context

Letters to the Editor

President Trump said, “Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” and the leftist letter writers are going bonkers. Context — the president was responding to a question about Israel denying Rashida Tlaib and ...

Where are the promised speed bumps near Seabury?

Letters to the Editor

The phrase “comedy of errors” is an understatement as I attempt to describe the futility of my neighbors and myself as we have tried to have speed bumps put in place after the stop sign was removed from the bottom of Kealaloa Avenue without our knowledge or permission. A meeting was held ...

Millennial climate change denier misses the point

Letters to the Editor

Like most Trumpkins and other climate change deniers, the millennial letter writer in the Aug. 31 letter to the editor misses the point by cherry-picking information and citing obscure organizations to support a biased, preordained conclusion. Yes, natural forces do influence climate. Yes, ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Where can I play pickleball on Maui? Can you play pickleball on tennis courts? A: Mahalo for your question. Our Department of Parks and Recreation has notified my staff that Maui County has four designated pickleball courts in West District and another four designated pickleball courts in ...

Collaboration needed to make affordable housing a reality

Columns

It’s encouraging to see support building for construction of direly needed housing, especially for working families struggling to make ends meet. With such a great need, it’s tempting to support any housing project, and to see setbacks as missed opportunities. In July, six of nine ...

Anniversary of sadness

Editorial

Wednesday will mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and the dramatic crash of United 93. We are now several wars and thousands of service people’s lives removed from that tragic day. The controversy and the bitterness go on. It is ...

Coral at Kahekili alive and well

Letters to the Editor

Over the nearly 40 years that the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility has been operating, some of the recycled water that is disposed of into deep injection wells has reached the ocean through small “seeps” near the shoreline. However, data we have collected reveals no dead zones of ...

Leftists have no idea on the issues

Letters to the Editor

In response to the Aug. 30 letter “If you vote for a Republican you are disloyal to the US,” far from it actually. As a combat veteran who lost friends and is in bad health due to it, I will not let that slander slide. You leftists support the very definition of anti-American with ...

Monarchs would have loved idea of Mauna Kea telescope

Letters to the Editor

An Aug. 24 letter claims malihini not born here do not oppose the Mauna Kea telescope because they don’t in fact respect the idea of sacred sites and are not well-informed on the culture or island history. Yes, some of us get it. There is a very good reason for building the telescope that ...

Election is time to send council members packing

Letters to the Editor

Well, there it is folks, in black and white, printed on Page A4 in The Maui News on Aug. 28, direct from the mouth of Maui County Council Chairwoman Kelly King, her now not-so-secret agenda to curb “overtourism” on Maui. It seems disingenuous now because she didn’t campaign on the ...

Businesses need to reach out to homeless

Letters to the Editor

The anger and increase in homelessness has caused much fear and illnesses, as told by a government employee. He mentioned this problem as we waited in line for our lunch. He discussed the need for rehabilitation centers for those who have been victims of mental health and trauma, just to ...

Trump the worst racist? The facts say otherwise

Letters to the Editor

According to Dean Baquet of the New York Times, his paper will shift its next campaign of unbiased news reporting from the previous one of trying to frame Donald Trump with Russian collusion to trying to smear him as a white supremacist racist. Since it is almost impossible for any organization ...

Teachers swearing at middle school student

Letters to the Editor

There is a middle school on Maui where multiple teachers curse at the students using the “F” word. I worked as a Hawaii DOE substitute teacher on Maui from 2011 to 2016. I observed teachers cursing at students and heard woeful stories. In 2016, I brought this to the attention of the ...

End of sugar cane not to blame for fires

Letters to the Editor

The writer’s anger evident in her Sept. 3 letter is misplaced. Those of us who worked to end sugar cane burning are not to blame for the fires this summer. A&B ended sugar cultivation because it was not economical to continue growing it in Hawaii. The anti-cane burning effort was only a ...