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Community Voices: Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayers’ Pockets

Lack of transparency is always a concern in public departments, especially when it can be so tempting for public employees to abuse the system to spike their pensions. One common way public employees increase their pensions is by maximizing overtime. The money spent on overtime expenditures is not “free money”, it comes from somewhere (or rather someone). Any guesses to …

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POLL: Should open-air sugar cane burning be allowed to continue?

This poll is to allow Mauians a chance to highlight their preferences for how cane burning should be treated. Cast your vote below and let your voice be heard. The online poll presented here is not scientific and as such poll results generated should not be taken as representative of the views of the public or internet users who have …

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Letters: Wailea Shops Parking a prime example of greed

So we have been shopping at the Shops At Wailea since the place was built. Over the years we have spent thousands of dollars at this place. We frequently bring our out of town guests here to eat, as well as to shop. I never had to pay for parking here before. After a 3 hour visit here with my …

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Letters: Suspected car gas lines cut at War Memorial

Hi MAUIWatch, I just want to warn people that there is someone (or more than one person) who is cutting fuel lines and stealing our gas at the War Memorial Stadium. Today my fathers gas line got cut from his truck, and the gas was stolen while he was at work. I have attached a photo of my dads gas …

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OPINION: Conspicuous by Their Absence

Is any one old enough to remember the days of the Kremlin when the analysts read the intentions of the USSR by who sat on the podium for May Day parade? In a way, Saturday’s convention of Maui County Democrats was a bit like that, though most of the usual suspects were there, I counted more than 125 in attendance; …

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EDITORIAL: Politics prevail over Health at the Capitol

Governor Ige has just announced that he has requested that bill HB1075, which would allow partnership to infuse money and resources into Maui’s healthcare system, be sent to conference instead of being voted on – and possibly passed – today. This delay will inevitably force what could be very large cuts to services and staff, eliminating critical medical services and …

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TRADITION vs. EDUCATION Maunakea and TMT

(or, a love-letter to a childhood observatory) First and foremost, I think telescopes are awesome. More than telescopes, I love observatories. And I love planetariums. I have a child with whom, someday, I would love to share the wonders of the Universe. I’m exactly who the TMT is being built for. When I imagine giant telescopes, I can only think …

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OPINION: West Side Traffic- why?

Traffic patterns to and from the west side of Maui have been extremely slow moving and for no legitimate reason at all. For the last month, every Saturday without fail, messages pour into the MAUIWatch Command Center with complaints of slow moving and backed up traffic starting all the way as far as Maalaea. For the same weekend in the …

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EDITORIAL: Confirmation Cakewalk?

JD Kim’s goal when originally confirmed was to reduce the amount of backlogged cases in his office. Currently that amount has INCREASED by 45%. If this was a corporate job he’d be at the State building next door applying for benefits right now. The County Council at a special meeting on March 3rd decided the fate of Prosecuting Attorney John …

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