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Opinion

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 ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

During the summer of 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire. Again. Sparks from a passing train on a rail line near the river are believed to have ignited the highly flammable cocktail of toxic sludge that coated the surface of the river. It was the 13th time the river burst into flames. It ...

Work continues in fight against homelessness

Columns

A recent count of homeless people found 862 people living on the streets or in shelters in Maui County on Jan. 22. That represented a 1 percent reduction in homelessness (down from 873 to 862) from the 2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count. While such a decline is a small step in the right ...

‘The Boys Next Door’ takes viewer along for the ride

Letters to the Editor

Considering the resumes of the cast and the material they had to work with, I expected nothing less than a first-rate performance of “The Boys Next Door.” What I experienced was so much more. In what seemed like a very short two hours, director Ricky Jones takes his characters, and thus ...

Maui Tomorrow supports sustainable agriculture

Letters to the Editor

It’s interesting to be accused of spreading false information when the accuser cites neither the information, nor why they believe it is false. Maui Tomorrow Foundation strives to provide accurate information to the public, with the aim of building support for a better future for Maui. An ...

Address underfunded retirement account first

Letters to the Editor

Did I hear this right? Maui County is underfunded in the retirement account by $25 million? And the County Council wants raises even though they have a base pay of $76,475, and when benefits are added in that number swells to over $123,000 a year salary? Isn’t the prudent method in ...

Be skeptical on social media

Editorial

Many of us innocently post items on Facebook about friends and family, likes and activities and, occasionally, politics. Those innocent posts represent a data trove about us. Social media has become sort of an addiction for many Americans. Hours on end are spent clicking on Facebook items ...

Healthwise Maui

Columns

Q: Is it true that smoking can cause a stroke? Mariah Mossman, registered nurse, Stroke Program manager, Maui Health System: Yes. Smoking not only causes heart disease and lung cancer but can also cause stroke. In fact, smoking is one of the top five causes of stroke. According to the ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

Land of the flowers, of flow’ry bowers, In her gay dress she appears; A sweet happy maid, may her dress never fade As she carries this day through the years. — “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii” The rarely sung first verse of Ruth and Leonard “Red” Hawk’s enduring ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Being an artist is one thing. Being an inspiration is something else. Juliet Green is both. The daughter of the late Liz-Janes Brown and Pat Green, Juliet has received the Jazz Education Achievement Award from DownBeat Magazine, the nation’s preeminent jazz publication. Proud stepfather ...

Council busybodies should work less to help residents

Columns

Maui County Council members say they spend more than 40 hours per week on the job, and some of them want higher salaries to account for that hard work. But, like Hawaii’s late small-business guru George Mason, founding publisher of Pacific Business News, used to say, it’s not how hard or ...

Pro-Trump letter writers defy reason

Letters to the Editor

Lately there have been several pro-Trump letters that in my view defy reason. The writers clearly don’t care that Trump habitually lies; refuses to release his tax returns; attacks critics and colleagues with vulgar, sophomoric insults; squanders the presidency obsessively tweeting, watching ...

Renewed hero makes the impossible possible!

Letters to the Editor

Ruinous scandal, physical agony and the journey from “hero” to “zero” was completed. Unlike many, Tiger Woods courageously admitted his failings and yielded to that sign on the road — “The best apology is a behavioral change.” His passion for doing what’s right became fast ...

Gracious of Trump to give California illegal immigrants

Letters to the Editor

Giving California illegal immigrants, which is a sanctuary state, is gracious. Gracious to Mexico by giving them back what America took from them. California was once owned by Mexico and its people. Backfired, because every state has Republicans and Democrats. Now anyone not Mexican in ...

The meanings of May Day

Editorial

Wednesday is May Day. (No, not like the disaster call — that is one word, “Mayday,” and is radio shorthand for “My plane, boat or water wings have failed me and I’m about to need doctors, ambulances and somebody versed in the last rites.”) No, the kind of May Day we’re talking ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Q: I work in a very large resort on the bell staff. I have been seeing many Styrofoam coolers brought in by guests of the hotel. When I questioned the guest, they told me they bought them here on Maui at a local store. I thought we banned all Styrofoam containers in Maui? Are these Styrofoam ...

Committee considers Upcountry and Central Maui water issues

Columns

The Maui County Council’s Water and Infrastructure Committee must consider opportunities to provide water and ensure continued access to water for county residents. To that end, the committee, which I chair, recently considered two bills relating to water service for Upcountry residents. The ...

Creating Mauitopia is our launch to the moon

Letters to the Editor

Creating Mauitopia is as big and unprecedented a goal as putting a man on the moon was in the 1960s. These are both BHAGs (pronounced BEE hags), or big hairy audacious goals. We accomplished the first goal in a decade. The acronym BHAG was published in the book “Built to Last” by ...