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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

Departures and arrivals made month memorable

Updated on  November 26, 2017 at 12:25 am
It’s the last Sunday of November and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Akaka defends affable political style in new memoir

Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm
Dan Akaka was 52 when first elected to public office, winning a U.S. House seat in 1976. He recounts the journey in his new memoir, “One Voice: My Life, Times and Hopes for Hawai‘i,” written with Honolulu Star-Advertiser journalist Jim Borg. 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

Choice of new police chief turns fumble to touchdown

Updated on  October 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm
It’s the last Sunday of ­October and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. 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

Little medical scrutiny in medical pot screenings

Updated on  October 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm
Even before the state’s medical marijuana law is fully implemented, some legislators are talking about making marijuana legally available to all adults for recreational use. Read More

Instability, distrust still mire Police Department

Updated on  September 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm
It rankled when former police Chief Louis Kea­loha, facing a federal corruption investigation for allegedly involving the department in a family legal dispute, was paid $250,000 by the Police Commission to go away. Read More

Schatz gains traction with hawkishness over climate

Updated on  September 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm
Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is one of the few congressional Democrats who broken from a consensus in the party to hold fire on climate change politics while hurricane victims in Florida and Texas recover. Read More

Rail has run the mayor flat broke in credibility

Updated on  September 3, 2017 at 12:30 am
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s trail of debt on Oahu rail is strewn with loose words and broken promises. Read More