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Opinion

Don’t want to be The One

Editorial

Nobody wants to be The One, to be the person responsible for infecting a community, congregation, family or team. Imagine knowing you were The One who caused someone to become severely ill and die. That is a lot of weight to shoulder through life, whether the victim was a beloved relative or ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: I’m confused — can kids get COVID-19? Dr. Vijak Ayasanonda, vice chairman and co-medical director, Emergency Department, Maui Health: With so much talk about sending kids back to school, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether children are at risk from COVID-19. While ...

If not reelected, likely multiple felonies await

Letters to the Editor

Our stable genius of a president has been bragging this past week about how he aced the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test and the testers were just amazed at how well he did (according to him) after he re-recited the five words he was given: Person, woman, man, camera, TV. That’s tough ...

Senate bill reducing benefit shows GOP disconnect

Letters to the Editor

The GOP-controlled Senate’s latest COVID-19 relief bill, the Heals Act, reduces the additional $600 a week unemployment benefit to $200 and shows how out of touch they are with the American people. The additional unemployment benefit, a lifeline keeping millions of those left unemployed ...

Thanks to Maui hospital, patient can walk again

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Maui Memorial Medical Center. I had back pain for a while that continued until I couldn’t walk. Like many of us, the COVID horror stories made me scared to go to the hospital, even though I was in pain. I laid on my living room floor for five days. Finally, it got to the point ...

Mayor had enough time to open Maui’s economy

Letters to the Editor

Let’s review, shall we? There was talk about opening Mainland travel in July. That was nixed and Aug. 1 was the new date, when Mainland passengers could be tested prior to boarding to Hawaii. That was nixed because “we aren’t ready.” So, Sept. 1 became the new date for Mainland travel ...

Baseless personal attacks victimize Tina Wildberger

Letters to the Editor

I write in response to misinformation about South Maui’s Rep. Tina Wildberger recently published by her opponent in the current election. The first piece of misinformation concerns Rep. Wildberger’s adherence to quarantine guidance. Rep. Wildberger was never quarantined. So, it is not ...

Dismayed with Don Couch’s political flyer

Letters to the Editor

In a recent political flyer, candidate Don Couch deceitfully devised “a trumpery,” against his political opponent by bluntly stating, “Maui lawmaker, husband face charges of violating virus order”— KITV June 23,  and “Lawmaker, candidate cited for emergency rule violations” — ...

Social justice warriors encourage lawlessness

Letters to the Editor

Mahalo to the writer of the letter re: Social Justice Warriors seek US destruction. You have said what many here on Maui want heard. The final poll will be the election. People apprehensive to express opinions will do so by ballot. No name calling or threats, just a vote. My faith is still in ...

Great American Outdoors Act

Editorial

In the midst of the current pandemic and its adjacent challenges, we could all use a little good news. This news is great. If the Great American Outdoors Act, recently passed by the Senate and now sitting on President Trump’s desk, is half of what it claims to be, it’s an amazing ...

Continued rise in COVID-19 cases may necessitate renewed restrictions

Columns

Maui County residents took the threat of COVID-19 seriously and did an outstanding job of following safety protocols and leveling the curve, with only 10 positive cases in May and June. But the number of cases in July has more than tripled for Maui County, an alarming surge upward that tracks ...

Lifestyle change and Maui’s future

Editorial

When the dust clears, it will be interesting to see which lifestyle changes forced upon us by COVID-19 stick around and which ones are swiftly kicked to the curb. Will folks ever go back to shaking hands with strangers or drinking from water fountains? Will physical distancing persist or will ...

Efforts to help often halted by bureaucracy

Letters to the Editor

In response to the July 11 letter titled “Big Beach parking lot opened by Upcountry hero,” which inquired about my efforts:  On March 17 and 24, I wrote to Gov. Ige and all county mayors asking to open and stock all public restrooms in accordance with CDC guidelines. I asked my ...

Vote yes on all charter initiatives in November

Letters to the Editor

Mahalo to all the council members who voted to allow all of the charter amendments to be on the ballot in November. They are well thought out and have been years in the making. They allow a balance between the county council and the mayor; ensure professional management instead of whoever a ...

Testing could solve travel restrictions

Letters to the Editor

None of us are thrilled about letting tourists from the Mainland back here on Maui, but the reality is that no tourists means a lot of people are out of work. Here is a way we can help with both situations. Rather than putting off the date which we allow tourists to return without quarantine, ...

Extreme letter statements call credibility into question

Letters to the Editor

A July 25 letter made a number of statements that are so extreme that they call into question the fundamental credibility of the writer and others who have made similar claims. First, he claims that the Democratic Party has been taken over by far-left-wing lunatics. If that were so, why did ...

Leadership dereliction to allow viral spread

Letters to the Editor

Maui just dodged the bullet of Hurricane Douglas, which it could do nothing about, yet it continues to play fast and loose with the continuing COVID-19 threat. As Douglas churned, the state posted three consecutive days of record-high, single-day increases in virus cases, and on one of those ...

Beware Medicare scam calls asking for doctor

Letters to the Editor

I have a caller-blocking function on my landline that ensures nobody gets through without a phone number.   So, I get a call with a Honolulu phone number. A guy with a thick Mumbai accent calls and identifies himself as calling from Medicare. He says I will be getting a new Medicare card at ...

Any comparison to Hitler very much intended

Letters to the Editor

In a free and open election, he was chosen. He promised law and order. He immediately began to keep his promise to make the country great again. His strategy was to divide the people. Jews were his favorite target, although others were victims of his xenophobia.  At night, his secret ...

Praiseworthy actions by council members

Letters to the Editor

The receptiveness of various Maui County Council members has been extraordinary. The council, by way of such members as Yuki Lei Sugimura, has quickly addressed unsafe, horrific conditions. One example is her immediate measure to control vehicle disposal near the Haiku Community Center. ...