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Opinion

Climate change and sustainability focus of conference and legislation

Columns

So far this year, the Maui County Council has enacted 52 ordinances, adopted 179 resolutions, issued 134 committee reports and formally received 454 communications from county officials, covering an array of issues affecting Lanai, Maui and Molokai residents. Amid all the topics, a common ...

Holiday honors U.S. veterans

Editorial

Monday we Americans celebrate Veterans Day. The first “Veterans Day Proclamation” was issued on June 1, 1954, by a man who knew the horrors of war, the demands of a peacetime military and had carried the responsibility of sending young Americans to their deaths. President Dwight D. ...

Made in Maui festival needs venue change

Letters to the Editor

With approximately 10,000 people patronizing the Made in Maui County Festival — every year for the past six years, attendance has been increasing at a healthy rate — it is time for the sponsors to look for a bigger and more convenient venue than the MACC. In addition to the hot, crowded ...

Offended by ‘wu wu’ screamed at events

Letters to the Editor

At the risk of seeming to be a curmudgeon, my complaint involves the people at entertainment venues who, instead of applauding, scream “wu wu” as a substitute for applause. This was at the MACC recently. This usually is a young person’s habit, but sometimes older folk do it too. The ...

Gabbard only candidate against waging war?

Letters to the Editor

It seems to me that our own Tulsi Gabbard is the only Democrat running for president who is challenging the all-powerful military-industrial complex in her run for president by having the nerve, the gall, to suggest that we don’t need to be waging war where we currently are — Afghanistan, ...

Critics of fossil fuel don’t get big picture

Letters to the Editor

I just read the article about suing the fossil fuel companies written by our mayor (“Our County,” Opinion, Nov. 2). I must admit, I’m now questioning my vote. All I can think about is Thomas Sowell and his book “Applied Economics.” One of the themes of the book, “Stage One ...

Mauna Kea message about sharing, future

Letters to the Editor

People who support TMT are running professional ads and commercials. Perhaps it will be added to the 2020 election ballot as, “Are you for TMT or not for TMT?” TMT supporters also blame Gov. David Ige, saying he is weak, clueless and gutless, and has not done his duty to the state and he ...

Big fan of Suzuki wearing MAGA cap

Letters to the Editor

Kurt Suzuki pulled out a MAGA hat in front of God and everyone. Is this paper going to stop covering him now that he’s come out as a Trump supporter? Are you liberals going to light torches and come after his family now? Good for Kurt, I’m a bigger fan now! Stephen Phillips Kihei

Wailea spending fiasco should concern auditor

Letters to the Editor

I’m amazed that the chairwoman of the County Council seems to think that we, the residents of Maui County, are fools (The Maui News, Nov. 2) . Does she really think $300-plus rooms in Wailea for the night benefited the gathering or the county? None of the Maui island councilors should be ...

Much on schedule for final 2019 KCA meeting

Letters to the Editor

The all-volunteer team at the Kihei Community Association (www.gokihei.org) takes its responsibility seriously. For 60 years, a consistent stream of community members actively labored to better South Maui. But recreation and fun are part of a happy community, so to wrap up 2019, our final ...

The Wall began coming down

Editorial

Thirty years ago Saturday, Nov. 9, 1989, a great symbol of the enslavement of a people began to crumble. The German Democratic Republic — the puppet regime of the Soviet Union in East Germany — announced that residents of East Berlin would no longer be restricted from crossing to freedom ...

Great congressional rep needed for Hawaii

Letters to the Editor

There are many federal solutions for issues faced on the islands. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s position in Congress should be filled with someone who can both serve Maui residents and also properly handle foreign and domestic affairs. It would be great to elect someone who can be diplomatic among the ...

Oil companies not to blame for all of Maui’s problems

Letters to the Editor

Oh no, our fearless leader claims it’s the big bad oil companies to blame for all of Maui’s problems (“Our County,” Opinion, Nov. 2). Now, let’s see if I got this right. The cruise ships and trains use diesel oil, airplanes and helicopters use aviation fuel and cars, buses, trucks ...

Raise price of water, restore watersheds

Letters to the Editor

According to the Journal of Water, California water supplies and prices have dropped almost 300 percent per acre foot since the shortages of 2014-2015. An acre foot is 326,000 gallons of water. 2018 California Central Valley agricultural water prices were $373.16 / acre foot, which equals ...

Mayor progressive hero for task force, lawsuit

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Victorino has shown true progressive ideals in two recent actions. First, his active participation in the Hele Mai process that led to the “Vision Zero” task force to reduce bike/pedestrian traffic fatalities to zero by 2040, and the second was to file a lawsuit against the fossil ...

Appalled by council waste of funding

Letters to the Editor

I am appalled at the front-page story in The Maui News Nov. 2 about the waste of taxpayers funds. Really, the Maui island residents can’t drive to Wailea? Most of us drive 30 minutes or more, one way, to our job! I find the callous “excuse” that this was a work session unacceptable. ...

Ranches helped with exhibit at museum

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to the kind assistance and civic-minded management of the Haleakala and Ulupalakua ranches, the Makawao History Museum was able to fashion our most recent exhibit on “Maui Branding Irons.” The ranches have allowed us to use their working cattle branding irons and vintage ...

Oahu trip not needed for surgical procedure

Letters to the Editor

People on Maui, rejoice! No longer do you have to go to Oahu for surgical procedures or even think about going, because Robert Connaughton, M.D., has arrived. Fresh from Texas with a country-style personality and big-city knowledge, this doctor actually looks you in the eye when you’re ...