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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1916.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Office at Walluku, Maul, Hawaii, as aecond-clasi matter.
A Republican Paper Published in the Interest of the People
Issued Every Friday.
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WILL i. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
MARCH 24. 1916.
WASTED MORE RESPONSIBILITY.
R. Y. Shingle thinks Honolulu should have the privilege of levy
ing its own taxes. We think so too. Such a responsibility' would
cither make or break the town. I f it went broke it would have no one
to blame but itself, and it wouldn't go broke until its credit was exhaust
ed and the tax limit had been reached. Then there is ever- reason to be
lieve, the jcople would wake up and establish a really efficient gov
ernment. Judge Stuart goes to the other extreme, and would have the man
agement of all local affairs in the Islands taken over by a commission
appointed in Washington. The judge is a democrat, but his ideas are
not democratic. His panacea might bring about an improvement in
a material way, but it would be extremely unjust to the people of
Hawaii. There ns more in self government than simply efficiency.
Good citizens cannot be made by taking responsibility from them.
Rather it is the reverse. Hawaii has not made a failure in handling
its own affairs. In fact its accomplishment is quite on a par with man
y mainland communities. And it is capable of still more. Judge
Stuart says that the person who thinks this Territory has the remot
est chance of statehood is a dreamer of dreams. Perhaps he is right,
but that isn't saying that the Islands are not fit for statehood, or nev
er will be. If we don't achieve the status of a sovereign state it
will not be on account of our unfitness. It isn't less responsibility
that we need, but more of it.
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FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF MAUI.
We decline to believe the whisper that has been current on Maui
this week, that the appointment of Dr. Raymond by Governor Pink
ham, to the vacancy in the board of supervisors.would be a signal
for a general "strike" in the Maui National Guard. We do not be
lieve it, because the officers of the 3rd regiment, as a whole are men of
too big caliber are to good sportsmen to show pique in any such
manner. Dr. Raymond may or may not be appointed to the board. If
he does accept such appointment the business of the county will
probably not go to the bow-wows, and it will be time enough to get
our backs up and holler when it begins to show signs of so doing.
Because the thing we want in county affairs is efficiency. How it is
attained may be important, but it is at least a secondary consideration.
Dr. Raymond has served as supervisor before, and he left a record of
accomplishment behind him. He would probably do so again.
THE SALOON ON TRIAL.
As a result of the brutal assault case in Kahului in which a saloon
man was beaten half to death by a gang of drunken sailors, and the tra
gic death of an intoxicated Hawaiian in front of a slowly moving au
tomobile on a Wailuku street a few days later, a movement has been
put on foot to make saloons tabu on Maui. The idea is simply to re
fuse to license saloons after the present license period, which ends on
June 30. Some of the strongest advocates of this policy are in no sense
prohibitionists, but they believe that the open barroom, where men can
congregate and drink, is an evil that should be done away with. And
there is much in the argument. In any event it is worth thinking about,
and there is plenty of time for public opinion to crystallize on the mat
ter, if it has not already done so. If public sentiment is against the sal
oon, it must go.
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DON'T DELAY THE FAIR.
It is to be hoped that-those who are called upon to take a part
in shaping the Maui County Fair, will lose no time in responding.
.There no time to lose if the fair is to be made what it can and should
be. Chairman Wadsworth has asked the various organizations which
are expected to be interested, to nominate members for the executive
committee. This should be done at once. The people of Maui have
indicated plainly that they want the fair, and this executive committee
is the first step. As'soon as it is formed the outlining of the scope
of the undertaking can commence. The responsibility of the executive
committee will be heavy, and no handicaps in way of unnecessary
delay in getting organized should be permitted.
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WHAT TIME IS ITT TAKE YOUR CHOICE.
I he MAUI NEWS prints two communications today from
citizens whose patience has become exhausted over the confusion of
time here on Maui. It does seem strange that this annoyance cannot
be remedied. Of course the plantations, which must make the most
of all daylight hours, cannot well adopt a standard time, but there
seems no good reason why the town clock should run from 8 to 10
minutes behind the railroad and steamer time. It should be a simple
maner to nave tne correct time all over Maui. Ihe wireless company
Hashes the correct time from Honolulu daily for the benefit of ships
at sea ana the other islands, but apparently Maui prefers her old
system, which is really no system.
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It is gravely to be feared that our difficulties with Mexico have
but begun. It seems more than likely that our expedition sent to
capture the bandit Villa, will result in cementing the various Mexican
factions against us, and that we are in for a real war. And it will be
a most unpleasant sort of war. Mexico is a big country, and its de
serts and mountains afford ideal ground for the sort of guerrila war-
lare in winch the Mexican is at his best. There isn t much question
as to the outcome of the struggle, but it is a safe guess that it will
not De speeuuy accomplished, or without the loss of all too many
American lives. But if the United States can establish some sem
blance of order in the unfortunate country, and at the same time render
our own border safe, the cost may be worth it.
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The promotion committee, or at least some of its members, are
urging the suspension of the quarantine inspection of passengers
arriving on liners from mainland ports. The suggestion is one
that ought to pass. It seems no more logical, in this day of constant
and ready communication, to subject travelers to the annoyance and
delay of the superficial examination now required, than would the
same thing at a railway terminus. If the health department is still
afraid that San Francisco will be able to conceal some serious con
tagion and pass it on to Hawaii, the ships, phycicians might be sworn
in as health officials, and be empowered to pass their vessels.
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William E. Rowell, who died in Honolulu on last Saturday, was
one of the finest, most Christ-like characters that ever blessed any
community. He was not a church member, but no professing Christian
could have led a more exemplary life. Probably no one ever heard
him say a really unkind word about any person, -certainly not in the
later years of his life-- although it is well known that his kindness and
generosity had been abused on numerous occasions. Those who were
privileged to know him well, know that they - are left richer in that
which money cannot buy, or thieves steal.
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