Editorial

A significant date in history

Today is the 155th anniversary of a very important event in American history. On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln informed states that had seceded from the United States that they had until Jan. 1, 1863, to end their rebellion or he would issue a proclamation freeing all slaves in ...

Frightened and broke

Last month we found ourselves, once again, driving on Interstate 75 in southern Michigan. We also once again found ourselves pining for the sedate pace of Maui’s roads. Honest to Pete, the drivers of the 18-wheelers on I-75 would rather plant a driver going the speed limit in a pile of ...

Clock ticking, money wasting

Well, it’s Monday afternoon at 4:32 and according to the U.S. National Debt Clock the country is in hock to the tune of $20,169,722,863,480. For those of you who are comma-challenged, that’s about twenty trillion, one hundred and seventy billion dollars. And, just in the time it took us ...

Another face in mayoral race

The announcement Thursday by County Council member Don Guzman that he will seek the office of mayor in 2018 adds yet another dynamic to that race. Former Council Member Mike Victorino has indicated he will also seek the post and there is a lot of speculation that Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui ...

Reading with a critical eye

Last Monday was the 16th anniversary of the infamous terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m. Seventeen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the South Tower of the WTC. The ...

More heroes in storms’ wake

Only 10 days ago, we wrote about some of the everyday heroes who descended on Texas to help fellow citizens after the tragic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. “There were also ordinary citizens who came from all over to help. We watched story after story of people who had boats hitch them up ...

Watching over your shoulder

Did you ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? Ever get the feeling someone is following you? Well, someone is. As Jack Paar once put it, “Even paranoid people can have enemies.” Now, the folks keeping tabs on you are not necessarily enemies — unless you count people who are ...

The price of a cure

At a time when health care and its costs are center stage in the United States, it is interesting to note that a medical establishment that is so opposed to “socialized medicine” seems intent on making it inevitable. Take a look at three news stories from Tuesday and see why it is hard ...

Maui watches, waits, mourns

(This editorial appeared Sept. 12, 2001, in The Maui News.) Maui County awoke to a new, more frightening world yesterday. The United States had been attacked by a skilled, well-prepared, unidentified enemy using commercial jetliners as weapons. An eerie quiet settled over Maui as the ...

Anniversary of sadness

Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and the dramatic crash of United 93. We are now several wars and thousands of service people’s lives removed from that tragic day. The controversy and the bitterness go on. It is strange ...

Aftermath of attack, Part I

This Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Nineteen al-Qaida infiltrators hijacked four commercial airliners, slamming two into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York and another into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, ...

When reality isn’t enough

As we have written before, it is interesting to note almost all the crime stories in The Maui News have a common element: The accused either has a history of alcohol or drug abuse or was at least using some sort of chemical when the alleged crime took place. It’s no wonder that less than ...

All talk, no listen

If you are like most people who use a computer, your email is probably riddled with all kinds of pieces forwarded by friends or acquaintances. Much of what is routinely forwarded is political in nature and, by reading these notes, you can pretty much determine what side of the political ...

Harvey’s heroes, villains

As we watched the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath play out on television last week, we were struck once again by a persistent narrative in times of crises: Happily, there are always heroes — sadly, there are also always villains. In Harvey’s case, a band of angels ...

Labor Day honors work

For most, the nature of labor has changed radically in the last couple of decades — even on Maui. Calluses have been exchanged for carpal tunnel syndrome. Bending backs have been exchanged for sitting in desk chairs and standing behind counters. In the last half century, Maui has gone from ...

Unhearlded act broke the dam

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are largely — and deservedly so — credited with assuring that African Americans could not be denied the right to vote. Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of Congress’ passage of the first bill since the Reconstruction era ...

Congress must end abuses

While most of the fiery debate over illegal immigration and its impact on jobs in the United States has focused in areas such as the dairy industry, poultry and meat production, farming, construction labor and the service industry, another fight has been brewing in the high-tech computer ...

Accidents call for scrutiny

The apparent death of 10 sailors on Aug. 21 after the USS John S. McCain, a Navy destroyer, collided with an oil tanker near Singapore was the fourth accident involving a Navy warship in Asian waters this year. This awful record shows the necessity of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John ...

Neil Armstrong: The Right Stuff

Aug. 25 marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Neil Armstrong. As regular readers know, we are big fans of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Folks like John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon, were our ...

A good job

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono’s bout with kidney cancer this year has left her more determined than ever to protect Americans’ access to quality health care. “I firmly believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” Hawaii’s junior senator told us in an interview Thursday afternoon. With ...