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Opinion

Legislators should vote their conscience

Letters to the Editor

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has come under fire from both sides for her “Present” vote on President Trump’s impeachment, even though she did explain that she could not vote “No” since she felt what he did was wrong, but could not vote “Yes” since his actions did not rise to the level that ...

Vote for candidates who would ban all fireworks

Letters to the Editor

It’s is time to ban all fireworks. Why pretend that any laws regarding fireworks are enforceable? Maui County policies put our police and fire department at risk. It frightens and concerns the community and scares, injures and even kills some family pets. Is the entertainment of a few ...

‘Fraudulent pseudoscience’ promoted by library system

Letters to the Editor

Our state library system carries about 200 titles (over 1,000 books in all the branches) that promote astrology as a science, useful in all aspects of life, including health, careers, psychology and marriage. The system carries only one title (“Astrology Disproved”) that tells the truth ...

Quoting for accountability of nation’s politicians

Letters to the Editor

“Make sure your family and friends see the evidence for themselves: The president asked a foreign power to interfere in the 2020 election for his own political gain. Americans deserve free and fair elections. He must be held accountable.” — Hillary Clinton “HRC, yes, make sure ...

Swap fireworks usage with illuminated drones

Letters to the Editor

Think of a green lighted turtle swimming across the skies of Maui on New Year’s Eve followed by a blue whale gliding in the air. It can be done next year with 1,000 computer-controlled, lighted drones instead of environmentally unfriendly and noisy fireworks. Shanghai just did it for New ...

New year brings much to Mauitopia

Letters to the Editor

May we all have plenty in 2020! Plenty of health, happiness, love, money, exercise, food, friends, dreams, courage and balance. Actually, not plenty, but enough of those things. The Greek philosopher Plato (375 BC) taught us to have moderation in all things. Only by all of us learning to live ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: It was my understanding that dogs can be off leash at the beach as long as they are swimming and actively playing in the water. Is this true? A: I’m sorry, but this is not true. Maui County Code requires that dogs on property other than the owner’s must be secured on a leash of not more ...

Time to jettison FISA court?

Editorial

The FBI is reeling from the release last month of a report by Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general for the Department of Justice (DOJ). Horowitz found that the FBI, a DOJ subagency, did a shameful job in obtaining warrants to surveil Carter Page, a one-time aide to the 2016 campaign of ...

Trump’s ability to dupe the masses harmful

Letters to the Editor

Trump’s ability to dupe the masses is amazing. Even if he is not re-elected, he will continue to do great damage with ongoing false conspiracy theories, flagrant harmful lies and “they were out to get me” talk. He is extremely talented as a stirrer of odorous matter that too many gullible ...

Electric hydrofoil boards dangerous; ban them

Letters to the Editor

At Ulua and Mokapu beaches, we’ve lately observed four guys hot-dogging and zigzagging on electric hydrofoil surfboards, also known as e-foils. These folks are moving at considerable speed in close proximity to swimmers, divers, canoes and paddlers on stand-up paddle boards. As far as I ...

Legal fireworks popping early, late ill-advised

Letters to the Editor

How ill-advised is it to have legal fireworks exploding at way late/early hours? Very. The effects are huge of hundreds of thousands of firecrackers on pets, farm animals, babies, sick folk, the elderly, plus just those who need to function for holiday work. Earplugs, if one has them, are ...

Fate of Trump’s ‘Space Force’

Editorial

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Kamaole beach parks have ‘working-class’ sand dunes

Letters to the Editor

Some sand dunes are made for “show” and some are made for “go.” Our sand dunes in South Maui are often made for “go.” They come or go either in preparation for a storm or wave event or in recovery from such an event. Mother Nature cuts into existing sand dunes and takes sand ...

Fantasy Island is land of Republicans or Democrats

Letters to the Editor

I live in Hawaii. On Maui. Never heard of a place called Republican or Democrat. Is that a nationality? RINO or DINO? Welcome to Fantasy Island. You are now on Republican or Democrat. If one is from this so-called place, then it would show on their birth certificate. It would say, I come from ...

King resignation came as no surprise

Letters to the Editor

“Kelly King quits Maui County Council chair.” For us here, no surprise in the above subject line. Ethics, and the State of Hawaii watch? Seems that the kitchen got too hot. Maybe cooking the books? Who knows what? The people of the County of Maui Hawaii do. But, there are those in ...

Kula accident victim photo inappropriate

Letters to the Editor

On Christmas Eve, we lost a beloved member of our community. Dr. Andrew Janssen, while riding his bike in Kula, was struck by a truck and killed. Although I understand the need to report the news, your photo of him lying in a body bag in the middle of the road was extremely upsetting and ...

Questions veracity of claim King harmed OCS morale

Letters to the Editor

I feel compelled to clarify an inaccuracy in The Maui News regarding former County Council Chairwoman Kelly King and the Office of Council Services (OCS). It has been stated that “… those with direct knowledge of the situation, who did not want to be identified, said Kelly King created a ...

Suggests cyclists wear construction worker vests

Letters to the Editor

On Dec. 25 you reported on a bicyclist killed on Kekaulike Avenue around 11 a.m. in full daylight on Dec. 24. I wanted to suggest to Maui bicyclists that they wear orange construction worker vests. These are highly visible, and much better in daytime than flashing lights or other visibility ...

Print all the emails of County Council members

Letters to the Editor

Please print all the emails of our County Council members. Some of us cannot make the meetings or hearings due to work or sick family members or children at home. We need our voices to be heard so we all don’t get taxed to death! Joanne Foxxe Lahaina