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Opinion

The public should know they are voting on a tax

Columns

The news recently mentioned a lawsuit that the City and County of Honolulu, now joined by the other three counties, has leveled against our state government regarding the HSTA-sponsored constitutional amendment. The counties, obviously not overjoyed at the prospect of the state slapping a ...

Lofty schools, lofty positions

Editorial

“Voters inclined to loathe and fear elite Ivy League schools rarely make fine distinctions between Yale and Harvard. All they know is that both are full of rich, fancy, stuck-up and possibly dangerous intellectuals who never sit down to supper in their undershirt no matter how hot the weather ...

Traveling a fundamental right under Constitution

Letters to the Editor

Traveling behind the wheel of a motorized conveyance, not for commercial purpose, has been declared by lower courts and the Supreme Court to be a fundamental right granted by the Privileges and Immunities clause of the U.S. Constitution. In the famous Miranda v. Arizona case, the Supreme ...

Sen. Mazie Hirono a man-hating sexist

Letters to the Editor

Remember when due process was a thing? Remember when innocent until proven guilty was a thing? Democrats obviously don’t, a new statement from our do-nothing Senator Hirono, she says and I quote, “Guess who’s perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country. I ...

A person is innocent until proven guilty

Letters to the Editor

Ever since a women lost the presidential race, women’s lib is on the rise. Sexual misconduct is on the rise. This can destroy a person’s life, family and future and could be their job. Some of it goes back to before they were in office; high school days. The past 20 years ago dirt comes up ...

Theodor Seuss Geisel an example of ‘perseverance’

Letters to the Editor

That was a great tribute to Dr. Seuss’s marvelous children’s books in the editorial for Tuesday (Sept. 18). Refreshing is another adjective that comes to mind. Although he was successful with his cartoons and wit in the advertising world, his first Dr. Seuss book was rejected by ...

Sen. Hirono needs to apologize for her despicable comment

Letters to the Editor

Senator Mazie Hirono’s recent comments about America’s men are an embarrassment to our great state. Included in her blanket condemnation were all the honest, good men of Hawaii. “Guess who’s perpetuating all these kinds of actions? It’s the men of this country. And I just want to ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Seasons change subtly, here in the islands. Tourists can be excused for thinking we don’t even have seasons. They assume Guy Hagi comes in once a month to do his forecast, then the station puts it on a tape loop. The weather’s always perfect in paradise, some might say, but longtime ...

Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

Columns

Maui County policymakers have typically decried short-term rentals that are unpermitted. But rather than erect significant barriers to their operation — including a limit on their numbers — the county should make it easier for them to become legal, so as to benefit not only the short-term ...

An angry country

Editorial

If one had to choose one word to describe today’s American politics, an almost universal choice would be the word “anger.” Last year, Alabama Republicans nominated a man for Jeff Sessions’ open United States Senate seat who showed his “commitment” to the Second Amendment by ...

Define ‘investment properties’ for the ballot

Letters to the Editor

Something came to my attention recently regarding the proposed amendment to tax “investment properties” that really worries me and others. There has been no defining of the term “investment” in this rule. Therefore, all properties could be taxed by the state. Example: We invested in ...

Perennial candidate should promote his ideas further

Letters to the Editor

Perennial candidate for mayor Ori Kopelman has been touting his “Mauitopia” for several years. He should initiate a meeting with the mayor or the chair of the County Council for him to present specific ideas in his “Mauitopia” that are worth immediate implementation. I am sure these two ...

President’s policies will hurt environment, economy

Letters to the Editor

“Apres moi le deluge!” (After me the deluge!), he exclaimed, and rightly so. His instant gratification, base-pleasing policies will come to fruition. Economic chaos shall ensue. The economy-is-booming-claiming herd will become silent and so their famous slogans. The hypocrite’s quick ...

Existing parks neglected while new parks are funded

Letters to the Editor

I had to use a public restroom at Keopuolani Park in Kahului today. The restroom was disgusting. I wasn’t surprised by the disrepair, the lack of toilet tissue, hand soap or hand towels, because unfortunately none of this is new. What was new, however, was all of the black spray-painted ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: The parking lot across from Kamaole Beach Park III, owned by the county, was turned over for management to Diamond Parking Service, becoming LOT HM 21 for them. Since its management, the parking lot, which is badly needed on weekends when the Kamaole Beach parking lot is overfilled, has ...

County zoning maps enter the digital age

Columns

Zoning designations are a vital function of our county government. Residents are supposed to have a say in the characteristics of their community by determining and limiting allowable uses through community plan reviews and updates to zoning. Zoning can be complex and challenging for the ...

THC and newborns

Editorial

Thursday we heard some politically active folks suggesting there would be a push in the next legislative session to legalize personal, recreational use of marijuana. When we hear stories like this, we think back to an editorial we wrote a couple of years ago: Just as drinking by pregnant ...

Hard to believe car in crash was going 127 mph

Letters to the Editor

The story about the tragic car accident that took place Upcountry in October of 2016, at the cost of two lives, continues to surface in news articles. It’s claimed that the car responsible for those deaths, a 2011 Nissan Altima, was “traveling at least 127 mph uphill on Haleakala ...

Bridge project inexplicably pulled from county budget

Letters to the Editor

The same too-narrow bridge where a vehicle traffic fatality took place in Lahaina was flooded out during Olivia. The bridge and road improvements which would have fixed the bridge and mitigated against the flooding were part of a capital improvement project which was inexplicably removed from ...

Elle Cochran is better choice for Maui mayor

Letters to the Editor

Who will run Maui County? This coming election is the turning point of who will run Maui County (this includes Molokai and Lanai). The question to all Maui voters: Do we want new blood to run our county, or do we continue with the same old process that allows Realtors and developers to run ...