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Opinion

Commercial technology for nutrient removal

Letters to the Editor

It’s cheap to just dump it in a hole or is it? As an environmental scientist of 30-plus years, it saddens me greatly to learn Mayor Michael Victorino has taken his Maui wastewater case to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is hoping the conservative court will rule it is not a Clean Water Act ...

Fitting partisan vote came on Halloween

Letters to the Editor

Very fitting that the partisan impeachment vote came on Halloween, with the witch holding her gavel and the goblins all gleefully writhing their hands showing us their demonic souls. Make no mistake, this is the vote they wanted even before the bad, orange man was inaugurated, but it already ...

Mayor shows true colors regarding water lawsuit

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Mike Victorino ran for election by pretending to be a green and environmentally friendly candidate. He boasted about his care for the people. Now he shows his true colors. The elected County Council voted to settle the EPA injection well case, and take care of the problem. Victorino ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: What is atrial fibrillation? Dr. Anil Punjabi,cardiologist, Ohana Heart: Atrial fibrillation, or “AFib” in short, is a term that describes an irregular/erratic heartbeat, that is now becoming the leading heart rhythm issue in the American population. The heart uses its electrical ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Over the past 15 years, I’ve been blessed with numerous opportunities to perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center as an actress, storyteller, comedian, dancer and mistress of ceremonies. Through this column, I’ve shared some of my favorite memories of those shows and celebrated my ...

Doctor: Vaping among isle youth high

Columns

Vaping has been in the news recently, with a number of illnesses and even deaths across the country tied to e-cigarettes. This trend is especially concerning for Maui because we have such high rates of vaping here, especially among young people, who are most at risk. As a physician who works ...

Help the children

Editorial

Memories that are jarred by the trees and the bells and the holly are the best parts of the holiday season. Those holidays past also come swimmingly back when old movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “Miracle on 34th Street” dance across the ...

Accountability issue for mayor on lawsuit

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Michael Victorino wants to sue fossil fuel companies for climate change damage to Maui and says, “This suit is about accountability” (The Maui News, Nov. 1). Mr. Victorino suffers from a very compartmentalized brain. On one hand, he wants to sue others based on ...

So-called Hillary-Putin connections false

Letters to the Editor

In an Oct. 26 letter, a reader wrote that Hillary Clinton had more Russian connections than Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein together. As proof he cited: • Uranium One “scandal.” Of course, even Fox News finally admitted, and provided the evidence, that this was a ginned-up ...

Grateful to mayor for road resurfacing

Letters to the Editor

Would really like to thank Mayor Victorino and the road maintenance crew for finally resurfacing the heavily damaged part of East Kuiaha Road down to Hana Highway. Makes for much safer driving and easier on maintenance of our cars. Mahalo. Carol Brown Haiku

Trump rally needs accurate description

Letters to the Editor

I read an Oct. 26 letter to The Maui News with a title about “Government barriers signals of corruption” in which the writer connects Trump rallies to the ancient courtyard where Christians lost the Son of God to Barnabas. How this fit the title of her letter I don’t know. She did make ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: There’s been quite an increase in flags flying from vehicles recently. At best they’re distracting and at worst many of them appear to be illegal — blocking taillights for example. What are Maui police doing to stop this practice? What are the laws exactly? I have nothing against ...

Maui County intends to take legal action against fossil fuel companies

Columns

This week, I announced Maui County’s intention to take legal action against fossil fuel companies for the escalating impacts and costs of climate change and rising sea levels. The next step is to seek Maui County Council approval to hire special counsel. Together, we will hold the fossil ...

The time for giving

Editorial

As we start the holiday period, it’s nice to remember the cardinal rule of the season — ‘tis better to give than receive. Feed My Sheep is the brainchild of Joyce Kawakami, whom we refer to as an angel here a couple of times per year. The goal of the nonprofit is to eliminate poverty ...

Millions spent to improve sewage collection systems

Letters to the Editor

Before the time of Mayor Elmer Cravalho’s administration, Maui County pumped all of its raw sewage directly into the ocean. Since that time, every county administration has been working diligently to stop ocean pollution. We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving our sewage ...

Mahi Pono cattle plans not advisable; grow hemp

Letters to the Editor

Mahalo to the reader who called out Mahi Pono’s plan to raise livestock, going against all recent trends in cattle farming, but also degrading our soil and our humanity (Letters, Oct. 18). They can do much more for our health and economy by planting hemp for food, medicine, clothing and fuel, ...

Job Fair successful due to businesses

Letters to the Editor

Each October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme was “The Right Talent, Right Now.” Ka Lima O Maui, the largest employer of persons with disabilities in Maui County, celebrates this important achievement by sponsoring a Job Fair each October. This was ...

Get it together county on safeguarding aina

Letters to the Editor

What a mess Maui is in at the moment, given the apparent self-imposed inability and extremely long-term, tiresome grandstanding by all of our elected officials. Each, it seems, trying to outdo the other while significant issues of water, fire, land management and the well-being of the aina ...

‘Do Not Camp signs’ not stopping illegal campers

Letters to the Editor

On the west side, we have organized wonderful beach camping sites. It costs $5 a night for the service. One can go on the county website or call for more information. I have never seen our sites full. Yet, the west side beaches have copious campers under the “do not camp” signs camping. ...

Mental illness result of over-reliance on tourism

Letters to the Editor

Mental illness is a sad reality. In the case of Kumulipo Sylva, I wonder if justice was blinded? It was testified by a state psychologist that Sylva was delusional and suffering from an acute state of mental illness at the time (The Maui News, Oct. 22). My heart goes out to both families for ...