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Hawai‘i must say no to paper and plastic

January 16, 2014 The Honolulu City Council’s compassionate decision to ban plastic bags from island supermarkets, restaurants, and retailers--making Hawai‘i the first state to ban plastic bags from checkout... more »»

I’m dreaming of a green New Year

January 2, 2014 This year, I’m dreaming of a green New Year--where animals aren’t abused, the planet isn’t polluted, and people are healthy and light. Here are five reasons to eat a vegan--not animal flesh. 1. more »»

Cat trapping must be conducted humanely

December 19, 2013 We have a huge population of feral cats here on Maui, just as elsewhere in the world. Domesticated cats have established themselves since left to breed. more »»

New technology can resolve cane-burning issue

December 12, 2013 My main two points about cane burning are: 1) the ash from the burning of the plant material produces benzo(alpha)pyrene, one of the most dangerous carcinogens studied. more »»

Delete paragraph to allow cane-burning regulation

December 12, 2013 Dear Speaker, Maui Representatives and Maui Senators, In South Maui, we are repeatedly buried in cane ash. more »»

Vog and cane smoke ruin vacation experience

December 12, 2013 Susan Hales’ article, “Cane Burning Draws a Crowd to Rep. Ing’s Town Hall Meeting” (Nov. 28-Dec. 4 issue), highlighted the adverse health affects caused by continued cane burning on Maui. more »»

Response to ‘GMOs Not Safe’

December 5, 2013 This is a response to “GMOs not safe” letter in the Nov. 21-27 issue of the Maui Weekly. more »»

The pressing need to reform entitlements

December 5, 2013 One place to start is slowly increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security. In 1930, shortly before Social Security was enacted, average life expectancy for men was about 58 years. more »»

Articles generated more GMO heat that light

November 28, 2013 Your last issue of the Maui Weekly with several articles about GMOs provided more heat than light on a subject that is altering the lives of thousands of people on this and other neighbor islands. more »»

County should buy Launiupoko land

November 28, 2013 We let Linda Lingle sell us out of North Beach back in the 1990s, when a deal to sell it to the county for public open space was at the 11th hou. more »»

The pressing need to reform entitlements

November 28, 2013 After 16 days of political brinkmanship, lawmakers passed a temporary funding plan that raised the debt ceiling and reopened the federal government. more »»

GE articles a breath of fresh air

November 21, 2013 I can’t resist suggesting a new moniker for your newspaper, Monsanto Weekly, as I imagine your last issue will create quite an uproar among GE opponent. more »»

GMOs not safe

November 21, 2013 Genetically modified organism (GMO) crops are not as safe for cultivating and consumption as Monsanto would have us believe, as they continue to do open-field testing in South Maui. more »»

Love one another

November 21, 2013 In America, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. more »»

Negotiation offers better prospects than escalation

September 12, 2013 Too often, our excellent vision for the faults of others is blinded when facing our own shadows. That kindest of critics once said: only one without sin should cast the first stone. more »»

Costco cruises through PV approval

August 29, 2013 I just found out that the Costco here on Maui has been approved for a PV system. They are going to build covered parking and put the PV system on top of the structures. more »»

MECO making up for past losses on PV installations

August 29, 2013 We have gone through the paperwork and the stall tactics of Maui Electric Company (MECO) with regard to the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system for our house for the past 10 weeks, and we... more »»

Marriage equality advancing in Hawai‘i

August 29, 2013 We’re really on to something. Recently, momentum for marriage equality in Hawai‘i has hit an all-time high. Gov. Neil Abercombie and our allies in the Legislature are considering a special sessi. more »»

Road construction should be done at night

August 15, 2013 My wife and I had the unpleasant task of taking care of a doctor’s visit in Kahului on Thursday, July 11. more »»

Affordable housing is needed now

August 15, 2013 Thanks to Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez for his excellent article, “Affordable Housing Struggles to Compete in a Rising Housing Market,” in the Aug. 1-7 issue of the Maui Weekly. more »»



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