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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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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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