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Opinion

Standardless spending path has the risk of undesirable outcomes

Columns

A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the state’s procurement law was suspended by the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation. We argued it meant standardless spending, and we were delighted to report last week that the issue was addressed in the most recent Emergency Proclamation. In a prior ...

Trump advancing Putin agenda for America

Letters to the Editor

The FBI warns that Vladimir Putin’s agenda for America is to weaken us by turning us against one another and casting doubt our own institutions, such as our intelligence community, our courts, our Justice Department, our international treaties, our military alliances and our ...

CARES Act food ‘gift from mayor?’

Letters to the Editor

This past week, Mayor Victorino demanded that county employees “volunteer” their time to pack and hand out boxes of food and turkeys to 6,000 Maui residents who had to make a special trip to pick them up at service locations around the island. All had to be staffed and managed for several ...

Supports council resolution for rent, mortgage relief

Letters to the Editor

I am in strong support of the resolution offered at Maui County Council last week by Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura “Urging the governor to extend the eviction moratorium into 2021 and urging the State of Hawaii to expedite access to CARES Act funding by residents who applied for rental or ...

Slowdown on Pi‘ilani

Editorial

Before Pi‘ilani Highway opened in the early 1980s, South Kihei Road was South Maui’s only north-south artery. During rush hours, the oceanfront road became a congested mess. It could take an hour to travel the length of rapidly growing Kihei. Left turns were impossible without the ...

Choose safer options for Thanksgiving celebrations

Columns

Many of us have Thanksgiving traditions that span generations. In our family, my wife Joycelyn always makes a big pot of corn chowder using my mom’s recipe. These small rituals bring us comfort by reminding us of our timeless connections to those who came before us and those who will ...

Not everyone can pass this fitness test

Letters to the Editor

Let’s be clear Council Member Tasha Kama, we are not “all on the same team.” One doesn’t need expert knowledge to recognize proposing Bill 12.55 would divide our community and challenge core values. As a 30-year professional with diverse expertise in this field, this is not a casual ...

Downsizing the holidays

Editorial

One of the joys of Hawaii’s melting pot society is how each new culture adds its favorite foods, traditions and celebrations to the mix. The same Maui family may pound mochi and light fireworks on New Year’s Day, eat hot malassadas every Fat Tuesday and decorate the yard for Christmas. Of ...

Hawaiian blessing needed for defiled White House

Letters to the Editor

When Trump and company finally vacate the White House, would it not be a good idea to have a Hawaiian blessing there? We will need a fresh start with the old energy dissolved, dissipated, disappeared. Not only would this take place in the Oval Office, first and foremost, but the West Wing, ...

Article on Guzman hearing said to be ‘a bit slanted’

Letters to the Editor

People who lead often need to use everything they have got to get the job done and many in demanding jobs did not have the luxury of being Harvard-educated. Violence in the workplace, in the home, in family businesses and in the churches happens daily. The Maui News article regarding the Don ...

The real truth about cardiac surgeons on Maui

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the recent letter to the editor, “No longer any cardiac surgeons on the island?” The best part of that title is the question mark because it isn’t true. I have had heart issues most of my adult life and I finally couldn’t ignore my symptoms. I was recently ...

Rewriting the script

Columns

Like countless other theaters worldwide, the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei went dark eight months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it didn’t stay dark for very long. In March, when Hawaii issued its stay-at-home order, the theater halted its production of Ray Cooney’s comedic ...

Blood Bank returning to Maui

Letters to the Editor

Breaking news! According to the Blood Bank of Hawaii, “the U.S. blood supply is experiencing a critical shortage of blood nationwide as a result of the continued impact of COVID-19.” It also stated that “Blood centers are reporting blood inventories falling to critically low levels due to ...

Be patient, let election process run its course

Letters to the Editor

In response to the letter writer complaining of the paper’s failure to announce Biden as the winner of the presidential election: Newspapers, including the Associated Press, do not have the authority to declare the winner before the various states are done counting. It is my understanding ...

Presidential election held few surprises

Letters to the Editor

The recent presidential election held few surprises. Trump, somewhat deranged, infantile, ignorant and lacking psychological, intellectual, moral and ethical integrity, lost to a man whose lies, mental deficiencies and hypocrisies are only slightly less offensive. There was no surprise in ...

Room for improvement with testing partners

Letters to the Editor

Although the state of Hawaii pre-travel testing program and portal is fairly straightforward, the state-approved testing partners must be expanded to ensure testing is available for all travelers to ensure compliance with the 72-hour rule. The existing partner list does not support all ...

Get him off his stage, strip him of Gestapo

Letters to the Editor

If we believe Jan. 20 is the end of Trump as a danger, I fear we need to wake up to his obvious intentions. He is clearly bent on “getting even.” He was not fazed by the many deaths his lies and lack of attention has caused to the viral fallen. Even now, again, he is ignoring the many ...