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Community Viewpoint: Why is Island Hopping so Expensive?

Have you ever wondered why island hopping is so expensive? About $15.28 of every airline ticket goes to taxes and fees for security and administration, and this can add up for island residents who travel often to visit family. But part of the cost of every ticket goes to the monopoly pricing we pay for the lack of competition in …

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OPINION: The Maui Film Industry Rant

Why is it millions and millions $$ later the Maui film industry is still largely imaginary? Case in point – today’s Maui News (10/25/15) update on film/tv industry here, a long desired much courted economic component with jobs the Valley Isle really wants, but “Gee whiz”, like our tech industry, (and every other industry except sugar and tourism), it has …

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POLL: Should people pay for rescues on Maui?

Should people who get themselves into trouble be forced to pay for their rescue? Growing concern is building with people who exhibit reckless behavior and show no regard for the safety of themselves of others, or what some may call “gross negligence.” Cast your VOTE!

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Viewpoint: Our Commitment to Hawai‘i – A More Affordable, 100 Percent Renewable Energy Future

Gov. David Ige’s recent comments raised important questions about our pending merger and Hawaiʻi’s clean energy future, questions that we continue to work diligently and transparently to address with all of our stakeholders. We want to make our position clear and reiterate our full and unequivocal support of the State of Hawaiʻi’s goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by …

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POLL RESULTS: To burn, or not to burn.. (CANE)

This poll conducted on July 6, 2015 allowed Mauians a chance to highlight their preferences for how cane burning should be treated. 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 chosen to participate. The MAUIWatch Community Network …

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Community Viewpoint: 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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