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EDITORIAL: No confidence, No Kim.

The Council meeting on February 18, 2015 attempted to fulfill the obligations of the County Charter; approve the mayor’s appointment for Prosecuting Attorney. That isn’t quite what happened. John D. (JD) Kim weathered his first confirmation storm in committee when issues of favoritism and mismanagement first surfaced. Now, JD sits in council confirmation purgatory. Neither in nor out due to …

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EDITORIAL: Time to rescue Ocean Safety

In the 2012 election the people of Maui County voted to approve a charter amendment that would move Ocean Safety from Parks & Recreation to Fire & Public Safety. The timeline for the transfer is to be determined by the Fire Chief, Jeff Murray. In March of 2014, Colin Yamamoto was promoted to become the Battalion Chief of Ocean Safety …

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EDITORIAL: Elections have consequences

The Maui News recently reported that the change in the Maui County Council’s leadership was a “coup”. Council insiders however, have suggested that this was not the case at all. “If you asked the members at the primary election, they probably would have supported the current leadership, but through the actions within the last few months, especially as the election …

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OPINION: The Divisive Debate

For Halloween I was a Monsanto field worker. I wore a full body hazmat suit with a breathing apparatus and safety goggles. I also carried a spray bottle filled with a mixed drink of Grey Goose and Poweraide. The result was a lesson of sorts. At one point I literally had to tell a man to leave me alone because …

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EDITORIAL: The Super PAC Attack – The PAC and the common man

We hear Super PAC’s (Political Action Committees) on the news, and in the past we associate them with mainland politics affecting mainly mainland races. During the 2012 election PRP aka Pacific Resource Partnership injected the power of the PAC in the governor’s race against anti-rail candidate Ben Cayetano. It ended up being a dirty display of politics which PRP later …

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Maui United Way a nonpartisan organization

Maui United Way’s (MUW) mission is to empower our community through caring partnerships that enrich people’s lives. Over the last few days, I’ve reflected often on this mission as our organization has been under unfair scrutiny. I humbly take this opportunity to address the seemingly widespread confusion brought about by an article published last Sunday here in The Maui News. …

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EDITORIAL: Lipoa Point: The political point and invitation

Politicians from the County and State descended on the headquarters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on Lower Main Street in Wailuku to solidify the $19.5 million acquisition of Lipoa Point by the State of Hawaii. It was even proclaimed to be ‘Lipoa Point’ day. A momentous victory as the efforts started by the Save Honolua Coalition about …

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EDITORIAL: Superferry frustration: Can this boat float?

Is the Return of the Superferry possible? Will the Protesters Strike Back? Two mariner unions organized a town hall meeting yesterday on Oahu to explore just that, THE RETURN. The conference was for both pro and con ferry, and an attempt to hear all sides of the debate and why. The idea got back on everyone’s radar screens months ago …

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GRAFFITIWatch: Lahaina Anti-GMO Zealots?

As the morning sun rose over Lahaina town, residents were greeted with graffiti in various locations. The most prominent being on the side of the Lahaina Burger King with the letters GMO-symbol(Assuming the symbol means- Anarchy) sprayed on the windows. The message seems to be advocating in favor of the anti-gmo movement which is now a ballot initiative in the …

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SEPTEMBER11Watch and Remember

It is 13 years since that Sept. 11 morning when passenger planes roared out of the blue skies, flying bombs that shattered our sense of security. We will never forget when they said that they hate every American and anyone who lives in America. But it is sad that today people who live on this land are hating each other …

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