Opinion

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Editorial

“One bright and guiding light “That taught me wrong from right “I found in my mother’s eyes . . . “God’s gift sent from above “One real unselfish love “I found in my mother’s eyes.” — From “My Mother’s Eyes” by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer When Mother ...

Hospice Maui not involved in case described in newspaper

Letters to the Editor

As the chief executive officer of Hospice Maui, I wish to point out something important: For over 30 years Hospice Maui, a local nonprofit, was the only hospice program on Maui. While that changed in 2014, in the article “Caregiver subject of wrongful death suit” on the front page of The ...

Cannabis is the best at cleansing the soil

Letters to the Editor

Oh yay — a plant that’s going to make fuel for my automobile. I love cannabis! Cannabis is the best at cleansing the soil of any plants. It takes out pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and all kinds of other toxic materials in the soil and contains them in the plant. I don’t mind ...

Proposed tax rates punative for hotels, vacation rentals

Letters to the Editor

I went to the April 24 public hearing for 2019 tax rates. Many people spoke regarding the short-term rental and hotel rates. Some folks felt it was OK to burden them with a 66 percent raise in rates as the County Council requested instead the mayor’s more conservative approach. The hotel ...

Masculinity has to do with principled behavior

Letters to the Editor

Maleness and masculinity are not the same thing. Maleness is biological — hormonal. Masculinity has to do with principled behavior. Donald Trump’s behavior is more closely related to a bull elephant bursting through the brush than with principled response-attitudes. The Masculine Principle ...

County doesn’t listen to public for community plan

Letters to the Editor

I just had to laugh when I saw that the county is asking for the public’s input for a community plan. How stupid does the county think we are? They really don’t care what we want. Half the crap that is going to be built is already on the books from 20 years ago. The county never follows ...

God was well recognized in the founding of this nation

Letters to the Editor

This is my response to the two letter writers on April 26. In Congress July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence second paragraph first sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable ...

America was founded with a strong faith in God

Letters to the Editor

An April 26 letter writer says that the founding fathers were not Christians but deists, and that the “phrase under God was added in the ’50s because communists were godless and we fought that with these stupid words.” Stupid words? Added to what? The false rants at the end of his ...

House should immediately draft articles of impeachment

Letters to the Editor

As a veteran and a patriot, I firmly believe that the Mueller report has more than confirmed the investigative reporting that the press has been doing for the past two years. Further investigative hearings in the House are a waste of valuable time and an unnecessary waste of resources that ...

Browbeating: The new American evolution

Letters to the Editor

In what new skin shall the old snake return? I ask in my dissertation on the evolution of America and our view of each other and our view of the world around us. Updating what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said many years ago in regard to bias based on race and gender, I chime ...

Creating a utopian society here would be unprecedented

Letters to the Editor

We can create Mauitopia by all of us doing what we love to do for work, not having any violent crime, and exercising the aloha spirit to all take care of each other. Creating a utopian society with the number of residents Maui has would not only be unprecedented but hard. First, Confucius ...

Is the Maui County Council trying to kill business here?

Letters to the Editor

The Maui News article on April 26 headlined “Testimony: Hotel tax rate hike ‘punitive’ “ outlined the Maui County Council’s plan to raise property taxes for short-term rentals to what amounts to 66 percent increase. What in the world are they thinking? Why would you raise any one ...

Only a return to principles can salvage our freedom

Letters to the Editor

In The Maui News of April 19, in a full-page “reminder” of Christ’s resurrection sponsored by the Maui Christian Ministers’ Association and the Kiwanis Club, the following paragraph caught my eye: “Twenty centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human ...

Growing Roots

Columns

If you think a trip to the principal’s office is a dread-inducing prospect for every student, you haven’t been to Roots School or met its head of school, Melita Charan. In fact, students routinely knock on Charan’s office-slash-conference room door, eager to share something they just ...

Graduation day wishes

Editorial

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” — Will Rogers The fastest years of a parent’s life are those that fall between the initial tears of seeing Junior off to kindergarten and ...

KCA to hear proposal for revised drainage plan

Letters to the Editor

If you want to know what is happening in South Maui, look to the Kihei Community Association. We are in our 59th year as an all-volunteer membership nonprofit organization, striving to support our community. May 21 is the third Tuesday of the month, so KCA general membership meeting commences ...