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Opinion

Updated playbook needed for affordable housing solutions

Letters to the Editor

Is the lack of basic affordable housing for our residents in Maui County at the crisis level today? No matter who you talk to, the resounding answer is yes. Houseless working families or multiple families bundled up in housing meant for one family is not new, but it is getting worse. The ...

Though not his story, Johnny’s deserves telling

Letters to the Editor

Many relatives and friends have asked me to tell this story. I hesitated because this is not my story but Johnny’s. I know now that he would have wanted me to tell it. Sometimes doctors make the wrong diagnosis. Sometimes they treat the symptoms and never care to continue the examination ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Sugar Cane Train

Letters to the Editor

For years on Maui, whenever he was asked, Santa could always say, “Yes, Virginia there is a Sugar Cane Train.” Sadly, that may have come to an end with the reported demise of the “Holiday Express,” aka “Sugar Cane Train” (The Maui News Jan. 1). As delightful and family oriented ...

Appreciate every year with passion, gratitude

Letters to the Editor

Appreciate every year with passion and gratitude as we believe with courage to overcome challenges and aging fears. Ask for help as needed and use wisdom to move forward! Admit with faith to obey and believe remembering death is a necessary part of living Get up and be happy to walk the path ...

17 secret services constitute our nation’s dark power

Letters to the Editor

We have been told that the United States has 17 separate security agencies. One might add that our country has 17 secret services. Spy services, domestic and foreign counterintelligence groups, powerful bureaucracies consisting of unelected men and women. Because of their extensiveness, their ...

Unhappy with bus accident in Lahaina

Letters to the Editor

Waited recently at Maalaea Harbor for the 6:55 p.m. into Lahaina into the Wharf, which that bus was 20 minutes late. Then getting into the Lahaina Wharf late, and again missing the transfer to the north on the No. 28. Then, when the 7:30 left the Wharf, the driver got to the corner of Front ...

50 years in newspapers dedicated to journalism

Letters to the Editor

When he retired in mid-December, Joe Bradley completed a career of nearly 50 years in the newspaper business, with the better part of the last two decades spent as publisher of The Maui News. His time on Maui meant the members of the Pacific Media Workers Guild and Honolulu Typographical ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

It must have first arrived to the islands in the 19th century. Perhaps it came over with the workers and sailors from Mexico or even the Caribbean. Maybe it was brought over from India, the same place Europeans came across it. But we do know that it was available to folks in the Hawaiian ...

A much cheaper, efficient way to cool classrooms in Hawaii

Columns

It wasn’t long ago that, in response to numerous complaints of students sweltering in their classrooms, Gov. David Ige proclaimed that he would commit $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms. At the end of the 2016 legislative session, he signed Act 47 of 2016 appropriating the funds to the ...

Puerto Ricans are Americans

Editorial

Puerto Rico is now dealing with the aftermath of a powerful 6.4 earthquake and powerful aftershocks. Casualties are low, and electrical power is slowly returning. But the quakes are just the latest natural disasters to cripple the U.S. commonwealth. Puerto Rico still is healing from the hit ...

King downfall was putting community over money

Letters to the Editor

At the outset of Kelly King’s brief one-year tenure as Maui County Council chairwoman, she established an innovative new council committee structure. It was based on the 2010 Maui Countywide Plan Vision Statement which expressed residents’ priorities for the future of Maui. One of the ...

Fireworks laws useless unless they are enforced

Letters to the Editor

I read recently that the lawmakers made some changes in the laws to make it easier for the police to take enforcement action against illegal fireworks. I also read of one seizure of illegal fireworks on Maui some time ago, which tells me MPD wants us to know that they do occasionally take ...

Embassy attack reaction confuses anti-Democrat

Letters to the Editor

I’m confused. Were the anti-American Democrats actually hoping that the U.S. Embassy attack in Iraq succeeded with the loss of American lives? If you read their tweets, it sure seemed like it. These vermin who inhabit the hallowed halls of Congress make my blood boil daily. I’d love for ...

Horrified with decision to run accident photo

Letters to the Editor

We were absolutely horrified at your choice to print a picture of Dr. Andrew Janssen’s body in a bag on the highway on Christmas Day! His grieving family and community were sent into yet another tragic day of shock and trauma! We are appalled at your utter lack of sincerity toward his family! ...

Where is Amanda Eller, real explanation how lost?

Letters to the Editor

Jan. 1 front page of The Maui News above the fold, the story mentioned Amanda Eller. Where is she today? Where was she on day 4, 7, 10, 14 and 16? Every day, the sun comes up in the East and sets in the West. Walk or crawl downhill or just stay put. There were 1,000 people looking for her. ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

I love cats, always have. Over the years, I’ve raised a dozen of them, not counting the 50 or so feral cats I fed — and named — during the two years I lived on the North Shore. My current housing situation isn’t conducive to pets, so I get my furbaby fix by visiting pet-owning friends. ...

Getaway appears to be inside job

Editorial

When a former auto boss-turned-suspect does a Houdini act and vanishes from Japan, then mysteriously reappears in Lebanon, questions will be raised. So how did Carlos Ghosn, the former Renault-Nissan chief, pull off such an audacious escape from right under the noses of security agencies in ...

Dumping derelict Jeep shameful, not pono

Letters to the Editor

Not sure who it was, but someone moved a derelict from Mahi Pono property near the access traffic signal on Mokulele Highway and dumped it near MP5 on Mokulele Highway. Definitely wasn’t a visitor. Shame on whoever did this! Jerry Piller Kihei

Thankful for county firefighting efforts

Letters to the Editor

The Portuguese Association of Maui wishes to express its deepest appreciation to Maui Mayor Michael Victorino, the Maui Fire Department and the Maui Police Department for their professional and effective collaboration during the Paia fire on Dec. 14. Their combined efforts succeeded in ...

Turning over Honoapiilani to county not cost-effective

Letters to the Editor

In the Weekender for Dec. 21-22 was an article that stated our state representative, Angus McKelvey, wanted to introduce a bill in the house to turn over Honoapiilani Highway to the county. Reason being that the county has land before the pali on the Lahaina side. This would help move the road ...