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Opinion

Law Day 2019: ‘Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society’

Columns

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are foundational to a free society, but these rights are rarely clear, simple and unconditional. At the intersection of any two or more freedoms or rights, there is often a seeming conflict of important social values requiring careful balancing. ...

Vehicle with no registered owner poses a mystery

Letters to the Editor

Recently we encountered a new wrinkle in the vehicle registration world. A vehicle was parked on the street that had a license plate that seemed to have not been renewed since 2011 and had no safety check sticker. This seemed odd so we called MPD to have a look. Initially, they ticketed the ...

Headline shows bias over release of Mueller report

Letters to the Editor

“Trump tried to control, end probe” This was the headline in the April 19 Maui News, the day after the Mueller report was released. What a giant surprise. After two-plus years of almost nothing but biased headlines, I ask myself this. Why would responsible journalism show up in The Maui ...

Near miss on roadway result of speeding driver

Letters to the Editor

What is wrong with people? I hear it echoed more and more about Maui drivers. A recent near miss on Kula Highway was the last straw! An 80 mph SUV passing another car came straight at me and even accelerated! I pulled into the dirt. If I had blinked I’d be dead along with all his passengers. ...

Anniversary of VE-Day

Editorial

Wednesday is the 74th celebration of victory in Europe. May 8, 1945, is marked as the day that Germany surrendered, when the Nazis laid down their arms, ending the European part of World War II. The conflict that began with the Nazis occupying the Rhineland in 1936 continued as German troops ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Could the county please consider new bus stop structures on the lower blocks of West Papa Avenue? A: Mahalo for your question and thank you for using our Maui Bus system. Unfortunately, the bus stops on the lower blocks of West Papa Avenue in Kahului do not meet or exceed 25 boardings per ...

Boys’ Day a tradition

Editorial

Today is another opportunity for all of Maui to enjoy one of the cultural contributions to the island’s calendar of special days. In Japan, and for the island’s many residents — regardless of their ethnic background — May 5 is Tangu No Sekku, or Boys’ Day, a way of celebrating the ...

Public is encouraged to monitor coastal sand dunes

Letters to the Editor

Sand dunes on Maui normally change seasonally but a weather event can alter their shape overnight. The vegetation on the surface of a dune is often the detail you notice first about a dune. If the surface is covered with zone-specific plants, then Mother Nature will add sand volume over time. ...

Amend what is permitted in light industrial zones

Letters to the Editor

The county’s progressive Countywide Policy Plan adopted in 2012 to guide future development calls for smart growth and condemns sprawl. This laudable objective cannot be achieved, however, unless the county (1) abides by our often-ignored community plans, all of which call for development to ...

Letter Carriers collecting items for Maui Food Bank

Letters to the Editor

The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the United States Postal Service, will conduct their 27th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 11. Over 260,000 letter carriers in over 10,000 cities and ...

Correctional employees recognized this week

Letters to the Editor

We honor the national correctional employees of our Maui County and the State of Hawaii during this week, May 5-11. Let us all recognize the women and men who work in the field of corrections who have made the ultimate sacrifice, facing the daily dangers and challenges in our nation’s ...

A simpler idea for eliminating gas tax

Letters to the Editor

The Legislature considered doing away with the gas tax and charging vehicle owners per mile of driving in a year with their registration. This makes a lot of work at the DMV as they now have a different cost for almost every automobile they register. I got a simpler idea. Charge electric car ...

We have the power to slow glacial warming

Letters to the Editor

Recent articles in The Maui News, “Glaciers shrinking faster then expected” and “Accelerated pace of Bering Sea climate changes startles scientists,” should be smacking us all in the face right now. Especially to those whose mantras are “Live simply so others may simply live” or ...

Tulsi Gabbard decides to defend Ilan Omar

Letters to the Editor

It appears U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been told to toe the line. Instead of loyalty to country and her own beliefs, she decided to defend the terrorist sympathizer and anti-Semite U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar continues to defend Hamas and other terrorist organizations, called 9/11 something ...

Prison overcrowding has been ignored for years

Letters to the Editor

Let me get this straight, MCCC is overcrowded? The County of Maui could have extended the prison but poor planning was to blame. They wanted to move the prison and doing this would cost mega bucks so it was ignored by state and local officials. They could have extended but who’s to say ...

Everybody who is not Hawaiian should leave

Letters to the Editor

When I hear locals say that Mainland transplants should “go back home” I have to laugh. The only people who have a “right” to live here are the full-blooded Native Hawaiians whose ancestors arrived about 2,000 years ago. Not the Chinese, or the Japanese, or the Portuguese, or the ...

No simple answer to the problem of tax reform

Letters to the Editor

The April 16 editorial on tax reform claiming “a simple” way to reform the tax code was disappointing. Taxes are a complex issue that cannot possibly be addressed by the simplistic views expressed. In fact, everyone should immediately run from any politician, cleric, talking head or editor ...