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Action needed on mail-in balloting to increase voter turnout

Mail-in balloting has been popular among Hawaii’s most active voters, but the Legislature has sidestepped the next logical step of switching everybody to mail-in voting to improve our dismal overall turnout. Read More

Operating costs of rail require stable, long-term funding


Updated on  April 7, 2018 at 11:08 pm
The machinations at Honolulu Hale to fund a potential $44 million shortfall for rail administration in 2019 portend an even bigger predicament rumbling down the track. Read More

People power protects local use of Ala Moana Park

Those who think civic engagement is pointless in these polarized times should look at the battle over Ala Moana Beach Park, which has played out as a testament to municipal democracy. Read More

At last, the end appears near for medical-aid-in-dying debate

Hawaii advocates for “death with dignity” legislation to allow the hopelessly ill the choice to end their suffering on their own terms have felt for 20 years like Charlie Brown and his football — so close, but always snatched away. Read More

Angry voters can trump special interests at the ballot box


Updated on  March 10, 2018 at 7:25 pm
Because we are still a democracy, as my granddaughter says, aroused citizens who vote are more powerful than the threats of any monied lobbyists. Read More
 

Caldwell lost his cool with surf league and let meet get away


Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 8:08 pm
There was Mayor Kirk Caldwell at one of his dog-and-pony news conferences, portraying himself as the voice of reason in a dispute with the World Surf League over scheduling dates on the North Shore. Read More

Future uncertain for Hawaii’s lowest-paid workers

Without a state plan, we could face a future where even more locals leave Hawaii for economic survival and those who remain are increasingly divided between the rich living in luxury condos and the poor living on the sidewalks below. Read More

Denying ‘death with dignity’ only adds to patients’ suffering

A “death with dignity” bill that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain lethal prescriptions to end their suffering hasbeen spit out by the Hawaii Legislature like a political poison pill for 16 years. Read More
Updated on  February 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm
 

Missile fiasco further proof of officials’ ineptitude

We discussed what a shame it would be if we got blown to smithereens before we could celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, which was only a week away. But strangely, I was mostly unconcerned as my mind analyzed scenarios. Read More

Chin should resign as AG while he runs for Congress

Attorney General Douglas Chin’s announcement that he’s running for Congress is no surprise, but Gov. David Ige’s decision not to ask Chin to resign while he campaigns is surprising and troubling. Read More

Officials hope dillydallying will resolve Natatorium


Updated on  December 17, 2017 at 7:10 am
I worry the city has taken literally his concept of wishful fantasy in deciding the fate of the crumbling Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. Read More

Ige inherits tech problem and creates 2 of his own


Updated on  December 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm
Nothing ever seems to compute when the state upgrades its computers, and Gov. David Ige has made little headway in changing the calculus. Read More

Police order to turn in guns violates trust and rights


Updated on  December 2, 2017 at 10:57 pm
It turns out the police crackdown on gun-toting medical stoners predated Ballard’s recent appointment as police chief, and she has now ordered a review of the policy following the uproar over the gun confiscation letter that went out in her name. Read More

State Hospital escape shows unacceptable acceptance by legislators


Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 10:43 pm
Randall Saito’s escape from the Hawaii State Hospital sent Gov. David Ige and state legislators running to the microphones to declare it “unacceptable.” You think? Read More

Renovation of Blaisdell is nice, but not necessary


Updated on  November 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm
The wildly escalating cost of Oahu rail has a way of poisoning other city projects, even when they seem unrelated. Read More

HPD officers’ wide support for new chief signals hope

The strong show of support for new Honolulu police Chief Susan Ballard by fellow officers at her swearing-in bodes well for her chances of lifting the department out of the funk left by the corruption scandals of federally indicted former Chief Louis Kealoha. Read More

Sound bites aren’t the ticket to Ige’s re-election


Updated on  October 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
If Gov. David Ige and his advisers really think his low voter approval and perceived vulnerability are only because he hasn’t communicated his success, they could face a grim primary election night. Read More

Hawaii could face the same winds of scorn that hit Puerto Rico


Updated on  October 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Hawaii should pay special attention to President Donald Trump’s shameful bullying of Puerto Rico as the U.S. commonwealth staggers from a historically devastating hurricane. Read More

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