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Opinion

Speed limit exceeded, but rarely enforced

Letters to the Editor

I live on the Lower Honoapiilani Road near Honokowai Beach Park. The posted speed limit is 20 mph, but it seems everyone exceeds that. In the four years I’ve lived here, I never once saw anyone given a speeding ticket. Why? William Ferguson Lahaina

Medical miracle workers astounding at their jobs

Letters to the Editor

We recently had a medical emergency at our home involving unconsciousness after three major seizures that occurred between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. We called 911 after the more devastating third seizure and both the Wailea Fire Department and the Maui Meadows-stationed ambulance service responded. ...

Never heard anyone explain how masks work

Letters to the Editor

We all know masks protect us from COVID-19 because Democrat politicians tell us they do. But just how do masks work to protect us? I have never heard anyone explain this. Certainly, it can’t be that masks work like bulletproof vests and the virus just bounces off the mask and falls ...

Violence not inevitable

Editorial

The grocery store shooting that killed 10 people in Boulder Monday has driven home what we’ve long suspected: Today America is a country where every resident must be prepared at all times for a deadly assault. Americans once enjoyed domestic peace. The Columbine High School massacre in 1999 ...

No Ka Oi Health

Columns

COVID-19 VARIANTS IN MAUI As Hawaii has been opening to visitors and rebuilding our economy, we are now facing a new challenge with COVID-19 variants. A large percentage of current cases on Maui are one of the variants. These variants leave many questions and concerns, such as: • Are ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Tervehdys! That’s how to say aloha in Finnish, according to my new friends, Timo and Ismo. Timo and Ismo are DXers, hobbyists who look for and listen to far-flung AM radio stations around the world. Last month, they asked me to verify that they had received a signal from one of the KAOI ...

Good deed by mayor aiding stranded team

Letters to the Editor

Maui Economic Opportunity would like to thank Mayor Michael Victorino and his staff, including Zeke Kalua, for allowing our Hana-based bus drivers and Hana passengers to stay in the mayor’s ninth-floor conference room of the county building on March 12. A heavy thunderstorm made driving a ...

Educating community vital to managing virus

Letters to the Editor

While all COVID-19 statistics are important, there are some that are more immediately relevant. Along with new cases, the number of (presumed) active cases on Maui should be reported as well. I have seen presumed active cases reported on some broadcast news stations and, periodically, a ...

Arguments against pot debunked by research

Letters to the Editor

I was sorry to hear that the author of the letter opposing cannabis legalization in Hawaii had a personal problem with pakalolo at one time. Cannabis affects different people differently — like many substances, it can be problematic for some people and beneficial for others. But his arguments ...

Never whisper in 30 years of inappropriate behavior

Letters to the Editor

Michael Pierner is a superb chiropractor, a family man and a dear friend. He has been treating me and my friends for over 30 years and there has never been a whisper of inappropriate behavior. He is generous with his time, has a lovely sense of humor. His office is small, shared by three ...

Politics don’t help at border

Editorial

As politicians hurl blame and lies about the unrelenting surge of migrants, the Biden administration is engaged in an unprecedented effort to transform a broken immigration system. The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended nearly 100,000 refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, the 10th ...

The time to prepare for flash flooding is when skies are blue

Columns

It began with three long buzzes and a long beep, followed by an ominous computerized voice. The National Weather Service Emergency Alert broadcast an emergency evacuation order for the area downstream of the Kaupakalua Dam, described as “in imminent danger of failure.” Between 7 a.m. and 3 ...

COVID-19 1 year later

Editorial

Once it pulled the plug on sports, entertainment and travel, the coronavirus pandemic was free to dominate the news cycle. And dominate it did. Apart from a hotly contested presidential election, an insurrection at the Capitol and a summer of Black Lives Matter rallies protesting police ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

After 21 years as president, it was over. He knew it too. Protestors were in the streets. His relationship with the army soured. Even his health was declining. It was time to pack it up and get out. On Feb. 25, 1986, in the middle of the night, Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda, the former ...

True injustice was to families who were to be Kahoma Village owners

Columns

The lost opportunity at Kahoma Village devasted many in our community. An unfounded attack against the project in 2014 cost West Maui families the opportunity to purchase a home they qualified for in the new workforce housing development in Lahaina. While we are sincerely happy for the ...

Leaders must be proactive on climate change

Letters to the Editor

Climate change effects are everywhere. We need look no further than our island home. Hurricanes are becoming more severe, as are storms and floods. Erosion from rising sea levels is worse on Maui than on other islands. We are told that we can expect more of the above. Luckily, our ...

More taxation no answer to state’s economic woes

Letters to the Editor

I guess the Hawai’i State Senate is not concerned about jobs for the working class any longer, now that we got all of these billionaires to tax. A bill the Senate passed manages to include an income tax hike of 11 to 16 percent for individual filers making over $200,000 a year, or ...

Doctor’s vaccination efforts on west side appreciated

Letters to the Editor

My wife and I just received our first vaccination shots, with the second shots scheduled in about three weeks at Doctors On Call in Times Market Place, Honokowai. We were so thankful when the vaccination became available to residents locally on the west side, and we greatly appreciate the ...