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LETTERS for September 22 issue

By Staff | Sep 22, 2016

Unions should work together to end hospital standoff

With the potential of reduced capacity at Maui Memorial Medical Center, logical questions arise about the ability of our county to support new developments. In this case, it seems, infrastructure is not keeping up with the building of new neighborhoods.

Can we truly care for an increased population with the reduction of critical care services and the inability to attract physicians to our beautiful island?

It appears that the state cannot reach agreement with the United Public Workers and Hawaii Government Employees Association to the satisfaction of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and Kaiser Permanente.

It’s a head-butting contest where nobody wins!

If the infrastructure is not up to par and development is stalled, it would reasonably follow that the members of the Hawaii Carpenters Union Local 745 would suffer as well.

Additionally, it’s a detriment to other labor organizations on the island, like Electrical Workers Union 1186, AFL-CIO, Engineers Union, and Plumbers and Fitters Union Local 675. They all depend on jobs associated with building new projects.

Wouldn’t it be more profitable for all of the unions to work in harmony to resolve this impossibly ludicrous standoff to the benefit of us all?

Our families, our children, our grandchildren, our elderly and the sick and infirm should not be used as pawns in this untenable life and death game.



Trump should release his taxes

It’s amazing that Donald Trump has been sued over 40,000 times, has $650 million in debts to foreign companies, and says he could make money on running for the presidency using his own companies.

He refuses to release his taxes like all the other presidents have done the past ten years. They should be released and examined as soon as possible, so the country will know the truth about Trump.

It’s obvious he is trying to hide something. I can’t believe anyone would want to vote for this man, just because he yells and tells everyone not to believe what he said before. But they are supposed to believe him now? That’s ridiculous.



Use the cane haul road to create another access

Here’s how we can create a second access road from West Maui to the other side of Maui and the airport at Kahului.

If you know West Maui, there is something called THE CANE ROAD which is next to Highway 30, and it runs a long distance. The beginning is in OLOWALU and the end at Kaanapali.


There is enough land between the main highway and the cane road that two lanes may be possible. Sure, maybe some utility poles have to be moved…. no problem. “Just do it,” like Nike says.

There is a road crew paving between Highway 30 and Puunene. The crew seems to be making this a lifelong project.

If you want this done fast and efficiently, bring in a major paving company from the Mainland

How good would we be with one or two more lanes crossing the island?



Pay attention and drive safely

For locals and visitors: I just saw an accident on Honoapiilani Highway and a stoplight. Somebody just ran a light! Racing through a yellow? Come on – too many people racing around! Slow down!!

Even at the cannery or Foodland, trying to get to the store, some of you are going too fast. Old people cannot move fast, people with disabilities, or kids not comprehending how fast you guys are driving in the parking lot.

Where is the new motorcycle patrol? Kihei speed trap? Puamana? Starbucks?

And YOU people too busy texting and on the phone. Get OFF the phone! Come on – pay attention before someone gets hurt or killed!



Commemorate the good September 11

Here it comes: the marking of another year living with the memories and influences of Sept. 11, 1906.

Excuse me? 1906? Don’t I mean 2001? Indeed, when we say “September 11” in the U.S., it is shorthand for the heinous attacks on that day in 2001.

However, Sept. 11 means something special and good in the annals of my field of conflict transformation. It’s the day strategic nonviolence began its assault on the institution of war.

On Sept. 11, 1906, Mohandas Gandhi stood to speak in the Imperial Theater in white-ruled South Africa, a society completely grounded and awash in blatant, “legal” racism.

Gandhi – those old enough to have seen the 1982 Hollywood version of his life may remember the scene – stood in a crowded theater and explained the new odious racial laws that ruled Hindu marriages void, that allowed police to enter the home of any Indian without a warrant or permission, and that required each Indian to carry a pass at all times.

The theater erupted into shouts of defiance, including threats to kill any policeman who so insulted a Hindu wife. Gandhi expressed admiration for such determination and willingness to fight for justice. Then he said that this was a cause “for which I would die, but there is no cause for which I would kill.”

That vow guided his movement to victory in South Africa, then to the liberation of India, and it became the discipline for the decolonization of British Gold Coast (which reverted to Ghana), as well as Zambia (formerly part of Rhodesia), then the Philippines in 1986, the Velvet Revolution in Eastern and Central Europe, and the “colored revolutions” to Arab Spring, and we see thousands of other such campaigns around the world, ever since Gandhi first identified it as a method of insurrection.

Nonviolent insurgency succeeds faster and twice as often as does armed rebellion, and obviously with a tiny fraction of the costs in blood, treasure and ecological damage.

So it has been 110 years; why hasn’t war ended if nonviolence is so effective?

Since we’ve been studying nonviolence approximately one percent as long as we’ve studied war (which archeologists tell us began approximately 11,000 years ago with the first walled cities as a result), let’s marvel rather at how quickly nonviolence has proven itself superior – much more gain for much less pain.

And let’s hope future insurrections are waged with the methods from 1906 rather than 2001.



Ho’oulu 2016 – Mahalo nui loa for your kokua!

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who participated in our second annual Ho’oulu fundraiser event, benefiting West Maui’s Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, which was recently held this past Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. To all those who contributed through donations and volunteering, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your kokua. It is because of your generosity and support that enabled us to achieve success in our Ho’oulu 2016 event.

We’d like to say “MAHALO” to Aloha First Na Kupuna O Maui, Aloha Essence of Maui, Aloha Kettlecorn Co., Amber Cara Art, ‘Anakala Ano’ai, ‘Anakala Pila Rathfon, ‘Anake Dawn Fujiwara, ‘Anake Lynn Kaho’ohalahala, Atlantis Submarines, Atomic Tattoo, Billabong, Blue Ginger, Bounty Music, Brian Stoneburner, B3 A Beach Bunny Bakery, Captain Jack’s Island Grill, Capture Maui, Central Pacific Bank, Cool Cat Cafe, Duke’s Beach House, Emmie’s Macaroons, Expeditions, Fleetwood’s, Forever Maui Photography, Galan Sports Chiropractic, Honua Kai Spa, Hyatt Regency Maui, Hula Grill, Ivory Gilmore, Jarrett & Friends, Jason Donez, Jeremy Delos Reyes, Ka’anapali Beach Club, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Kahana Canoe Club, Kaholo Rickard, Kalai La’au LLC, Kalei’s Lunchbox, Kapali Keahi, Kilinoe Designs, Kimo’s, KPOA 93.5, Koa’s Seaside Grill, Lahaina News (Mark Vieth and Louise Rockett), La Sirena Bella, Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club, Lahaina Pizza Company, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, La’imanu Designs, Lala Sweets, Lani Fernandez, Lani Fraser, Lawrence Figueroa, Leilani’s, Lahainaluna High School Boarding Department, Lori Kaufman, Mahina Boutique, Makalapua Kanuha, Mala and Honu Restaurants, Matagi, Maui Grown 808, Maui Jims, Maui Luxx, Maui Music Mission, Maui Wraps, Mauian on Napili Bay, Mommy Droppers, Na ‘Aikane O Maui, Na Lio Maui, Native 92.5, Nuff Sedd, ‘Ohana Groove, O’Carney’s Barber Shoppe, Pamela Kaniho, Pascual’s Cafe, Paul Laub, Poi Malasadas, Punana Leo o Lahaina, Robert Lyn Nelson, Round Table Pizza, Roy’s Ka’anapali, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Stacy Bookland, Sunbelt, Sweet Impressions, Sy Feliciano, Tara B. Designs, Tepatasi Sparks, Teppanyaki 2 Go, The Buddhist Women’s Association of Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, The Old Lahaina Lu’au, Trilogy, Uhane, Wai Lemi, Wailea Beach Marriott, Wash It Hawaii, West Maui FCU, West Side Jumperz LLC, 31 Bags, 808 Fluff Co., and of course to na kumu, na keiki and na makua for your aloha and dedication.

If we have forgotten anyone, “e kala mai” – it was not our intentions. Mahalo for your understanding.