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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 »»

Questionable drug prices

February 17, 2016 Martin Shkreli may be the poster boy for greed in the pharmaceutical industry, but his practices are not the only ones that should be investigated. more »»

Memories of Maizie

February 16, 2016 For over a decade we occupied an office next to the former publisher of The Maui News, Mary “Maizie” Cameron Sanford. more »»

A Valentine’s Day thought

February 14, 2016 For those of us who were born married, Valentine’s Day is sort of the acid test of the relationship. “Please, don’t get me anything. I don’t need anything. We can’t afford anything this year. more »»

Presidents Day 2016

February 12, 2016 Monday is Presidents Day. The Presidents Day holiday has taken on a peculiar kind of piquancy, particularly if your taste runs to passionate politics. Presidents Day came about because two U.S. more »»

‘How do I love thee?’

February 11, 2016 With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re pretty sure a news article we saw a couple of years ago had a few don’ts in it for aspiring Lotharios. more »»

The show gets worse

February 10, 2016 As anyone who has ever attempted to strike a golf ball with an uncooperative club can tell you, there are times when profanity is not only appropriate but almost compulsory. more »»

 
 
 

 

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