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Opinion

County Council proposes biggest budget in history

Letters to the Editor

Hey, Mister Mayor, it’s not the biggest yearly Maui County budget “lately.” It’s the biggest yearly Maui County budget ever. And where, my county councilors, will all those $850 million dollars come from? Oh yeah, you are raising taxes and fees on us again to pay for all your ...

Observations shared after reading entire Mueller report

Letters to the Editor

I have just finished reading the Mueller report in its entirety. It wasn’t easy and it’s obvious the vast majority won’t read it. Written for and to the Justice Department, not for the general public, but it should be released to us and to Congress in its unredacted form with all the ...

Watergate’s anniversary

Editorial

A noted anniversary quietly passed Monday. Forty-seven years ago, June 17, 1972, burglars were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C. That was the beginning of a two-year nightmare that ended on Aug., 9, ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: Would you please address the closing of the Kulanihakoi Street exit off Piilani Highway since March? I believe the completion date was originally slated for April. A: Unfortunately, the contractor for this state Department of Education project has encountered multiple issues for the ...

The lucky guy’s day

Editorial

Fathers are the luckiest people on Earth. Thanks to the beautiful women in our lives, we get to help create little creatures who love us unconditionally. Oh, they soon get over that unconditional stuff. But for the first few years, we get to have the joy of having someone’s eyes light up ...

Tips to keep hikers from getting lost

Letters to the Editor

Recently I spent two days searching for Amanda Eller and felt personally engaged with the many people in the Maui community who pulled together looking for her. We are greatly relieved that she has been rescued and will recover. As an aftermath of her rescue, many ideas have been put forth ...

Longtime AYSO referee will be missed

Letters to the Editor

I write to share a few words about a wonderful man who recently passed away, Mike Beyersdorf. Years ago, when I first became Kihei AYSO’s referee administrator, I asked Mike if he would consider volunteering to referee some games for us. He asked me, “What time are the games?” I ...

Unknown costs make dorm rehab a bad idea

Letters to the Editor

The June 8th Maui News article shows the folly of leaping before looking; all in the name of appearing to do something. The need for affordable housing on Maui is extreme and I very much applaud both the council and administration for making it a priority. But that doesn’t justify spending ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Every year, the famous statue of Kamehameha standing between Ali‘iolani Hale, the stately building that houses our Supreme Court and the head of our judicial branch, and ‘Iolani Palace and the state Legislature gets royal treatment. Thousands of plumeria and other flowers are strung ...

Leaks in HI-5 bottle bill program not being fixed

Columns

Just three months ago, the Hawaii State Auditor released the latest in a series of reports over the years on the Hawaii Deposit Beverage Container Program, known as HI-5. That report, No. 19-08, basically said, “Look, we’ve issued four audit reports on the program, every two years beginning ...

Writer’s troubles a direct result and gift of 9/11

Letters to the Editor

I had a chuckle at the June 2 letter about a woman renewing her driver’s license and how “it’s not very funny” and she felt sorry for anyone having to “go through this.” Well, letter writer, your troubles are a direct result and gift of 9/11, and to be on the receiving end of the ...

A means for persons lost to find their way home

Letters to the Editor

As stated in The Maui News article of June 2, there is an interest by the family in providing cameras for dangerous areas of the forest where Amanda Eller got lost. I would want to suggest perhaps a more cost-effective solution of placing monuments indicating where you are, and east, west, ...

Prayers have rescued us to endure prison ministry

Letters to the Editor

Prayers of encouragement have rescued us to endure these last 36 years of prison ministry in all facilities. Truly a family that prays together stays together. Trust and believe God for his divine intervention. “We know that the Lord has set apart His faithful servants for Himself (Psalm 4: ...

Great attitude by Amanda Eller is inspiring

Letters to the Editor

I do not know Amanda Eller. Like many people on Maui and around the world, I watched her harrowing story of being lost in the Makawao forest for 17 days. I saw her interview after she was found. Her great attitude made me proud to call myself a Maui resident. I try to live with an attitude of ...

More cars equal more traffic and frustration

Letters to the Editor

Anyone driving has noticed a vast increase in traffic and long lights along with a traffic jam. The problem is too many vehicles. The solution is not more roads. Oahu built more roads. Turn on the 5 o’clock news and see five to six lanes in both direction jammed or moving slowly. Accidents ...

Meetings requested regarding fireworks

Letters to the Editor

Several weeks ago I sent an email to all nine of our County Council members. In that email I expressed my concerns that rampant fireworks violations continue to plague our county and requested an in-person meeting with each of them. Since I personally suffered extensive damage to my home last ...

Biden is the Democrat able to beat Trump

Letters to the Editor

Why I Support Joe Biden: It’s simple — Joe Biden is the Democrat most able to beat Trump. Of the 20-odd declared Democrat candidates, Biden is the only one focusing on the No. 1 problem facing our nation: the malignance occupying the White House and the absolute need to remove it. It ...