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Charter change needed to ensure fair appointments

April 19, 2015 The county charter needs to be changed. A mayor should not be allowed to appoint anyone to head a county department unless that person has a certain number of years of experience and education. more »»

$700 million budget: Audits, cuts in order

April 19, 2015 Got a card from Council Member Riki Hokama, chair of the Budget Committee, asking for comments on the $700 million budget, up 16 percent or $93 million. This is what I said: . more »»

Little sympathy from school regarding scabies

April 19, 2015 Ukus! The article on ukus was interesting, it really showed which schools take our issues to heart, but ukus are for rookies. I long for the days when we only worried about ukus. more »»

NextEra CEO has strong philosophy of giving

April 19, 2015 My knowledge of the merger between Hawaiian Electric and NextEra Energy is limited. Further, my understanding of the power issues facing Hawaii is even less. more »»

How will paid parking lot affect Wailea businesses?

April 17, 2015 I lived in Napili and worked in Lahaina for years. During that time, our most common complaint from tourists and locals alike was about Lahaina’s parkin. more »»

Judge’s ruling in favor of marine mammal protection

April 17, 2015 As a dedicated daily reader of this publication, perhaps I missed a report of the chief judge’s ruling in Hawaii March 31 against the U.S. more »»

Madison defined republic as democratic government

April 17, 2015 Only a purist would deny that the United States Constitution established a democratic government (Letters, April 3). more »»

Race card overplayed in police misconduct cases

April 16, 2015 I just can’t believe every time a black person gets pulled over now they claim the cop is racist. Thank you, Mr. President; you and Eric Holder have made it so difficult for all police officers. more »»

Basing Maui property taxes on property value is fair

April 16, 2015 The current property tax system here in Maui is based on market value and is fair and should not be changed. A March 29 Viewpoint recommended an “acquisition-based assessment system. more »»

Writer provided good belly laugh, SHAKA insight

April 16, 2015 I would like to thank the writer of the April 2 letter titled “Experiment under the guise of helping people.” I have needed a good belly laugh for a long, long time and he provided it. more »»

Maui Chamber backed on HC&S and cane burning

April 16, 2015 As a permaculture designer for 30 years on Maui, I write in support of Pamela Tumpap’s position on Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. (Chamber View, April 3). I believe she is right on every point. more »»

Why repave Mokulele when other road work needed?

April 16, 2015 Why are they paving Mokulele Highway when there are so many other streets that need some real attention, like Hukulike Street and Papa Place? Judy Grodan Kihei... more »»

Germany sets renewable energy example for Hawaii and the world

April 15, 2015 While looking across a section of green fields, corn and pasture farmland, I saw a distant biofuels plant using rape seed, a number of roofs with large arrays of photovoltaic panels and, in the... more »»

Officer shows indifference during pet dog emergency

April 15, 2015 Recently my wife was taking our sick 9-year-old lab to the vet in Lahaina because the dog was having a seizure. As she was frantically driving to the vet, she saw a police car in the far lane. more »»

Show new Wailuku town police officer goodwill

April 15, 2015 I had a chance to meet our new police officer assigned to enforce the parking and loading laws on the streets of Wailuku town. more »»

Maui County approved project on historical land

April 15, 2015 The Gettysburg battlefield or Thomas Jefferson’s home would never be considered for development. more »»

Why Maui Electric’s future matters

April 14, 2015 Every child knows that Maui has the realistic chance to become the first island in America to be powered by 100 percent renewable energ. more »»

Mayor and budget chair are playing taxpayers

April 14, 2015 Love those politicians. Mayor and council Budget Committee chair meet. Mayor says budget to increase XX percent — “I’ll be the bad cop; you tell them ‘We’re in a cutting mode,’ makes you the good cop. more »»

List exempted alternate energy improvement

April 14, 2015 The county mayor and finance director are unfairly not honoring property tax exempting provisions of the Maui County Code covering alternate energy improvements. more »»

Paid parking won’t help Shops at Wailea vacancies

April 14, 2015 After reading the April 2 article about mall vacancies in Maui, I couldn’t help but comment about the changes coming to the Shops at Wailea. more »»



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