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March 16, 2016 As the Special Committee on County Governance receives public input on the pros and cons of changing the form of Maui government from strong mayor–council to professional manager–council, we’d... more »»

A distraction from the need

March 15, 2016 A bill in the Legislature that seeks to name the new high school in Kihei after the late Patsy Mink has sparked a backlash from community members who want citizens to have inpu. more »»

Misleading by example

March 13, 2016 We have lamented here on several occasions that the lack of civility and outright crudeness in the Republican presidential campaign sends terrible messages to the rest of the world. more »»

Lessons from fireside chats

March 11, 2016 Eighty-three years ago Saturday —March 12, 1933 — newly inaugurated president Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave the first of his famous “fireside chats” to the American public. more »»

Vencl will be missed

March 10, 2016 In a late February story in The Maui News, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported that preliminary numbers for January showed that Maui once again led all of the main islands in the state in... more »»

The end of an era

March 9, 2016 Nancy Reagan’s death Sunday marked the official end of the age of Ronald Reaga. more »»

A really fast tax refund

March 8, 2016 In the past we have sometimes been very critical of the Department of Taxation here in the state of Hawaii. more »»

A punitive tax plan

March 6, 2016 The proposal before the Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee to tax farm and ranch land at “market value” instead of “agricultural use value” is not only ill-conceived; its timing... more »»

A heroic anniversary

March 4, 2016 Eighty-three years ago – March 4, 1933 — Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as America’s 32nd president. The Great Depression was devastating the countr. more »»

March is Red Cross month

March 3, 2016 Whenever one reads a newspaper or watches a news story about devastating events, the only constant seems to be the response by the American Red Cross and its volunteers. more »»

A solution for the GOP

March 2, 2016 If we were in the Republican Party and watching the train wreck that is about to descend upon the party of Lincoln, we would suggest there is a solution that has not even been mentioned yet: A... more »»

The troubling appeal of ISIS

March 1, 2016 It is hard to understand the appeal of ISIS (or IS or ISIL or whatever acronym is being used this day of the week). more »»

Go directly to the people

February 28, 2016 As the Special Committee on County Governance continues its study of whether to maintain the current strong mayor–council form of government or to recommend a change to a council–manager setup, we... more »»

‘Get thee to the polls’

February 26, 2016 Last year, President Barack Obama floated the idea that voting should be made mandatory in the United States. more »»

Give emails to Justice

February 25, 2016 Advisers to Hillary Clinton should tell her to give the Justice Department every email from the private server she used while serving as Secretary of State. more »»

The decline of agriculture

February 24, 2016 The Hawaii Department of Agriculture study of agricultural land use released last week should alarm all residents. more »»

A big phish in a big pond

February 23, 2016 The email was right there in the regular inbox on the computer. The program had not flagged it as spam. It was innocuous looking. more »»

We’re No. 1 in ‘well-being’

February 21, 2016 Every year around this time we like to check out the results of the Gallup-Healthways “Well-Being Index” — a measure of how satisfied residents of the 50 states are with five key elements of their... more »»

Learning new tricks

February 19, 2016 It is probably not fair to draw any comparison between political elections and dog shows, but we are going to do so anyway (with apologies to all of our canine friends). more »»

Another conspiracy

February 18, 2016 A 79-year-old overweight male goes to bed at 9 p.m. following a huge dinner and doesn’t wake up the next morning. Too bad, that thing happens all the time . . . more »»



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