David Shapiro, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Top-2 system offers better choices than party primaries


• Updated on  June 10, 2018 at 2:07 pm
With each election cycle, it becomes more difficult to take Hawaii Republicans seriously as a major political party. Read More

Hawaii risks include slow-moving natural, man-made disasters


• Updated on  June 3, 2018 at 11:14 am
The volcanic eruption in the Big Island’s lower Puna district is a rare natural disaster that occurs in slow motion. Read More

Mixing politics and policing undermines progress


• Updated on  May 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm
As the Honolulu Police Department makes good progress digging out from the Louis Kealoha corruption scandal, the last thing it needs is an infusion of politics into policing. Read More

Harry Kim remains a caring, competent voice in crises


• Updated on  May 12, 2018 at 10:51 pm
Harry Kim can’t stop the lava, but for four decades he’s shown curmudgeonly genius for helping his people through the anguish. Read More

All 3 major Democratic candidates deserve scrutiny


• Updated on  May 7, 2018 at 5:35 pm
With Gov. David Ige picking up fewer endorsements, lacking a coherent campaign strategy and facing a Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll showing him 20 points behind U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, many feel it’s already over three months before the Aug. 11 Democratic primary. Read More

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

Caution in order for nuclear alert plan

Hawaii foolishly rushed ahead of other states into nuclear warnings, and we paid with the January fiasco that made us an international punchline and renewed worries about our state government’s competence. Read More

No shortage of folly from false missile alert

Hawaii’s false nuclear missile scare last month remained hot in headlines around the world as we “flASHback” on February’s news that amused and confused. 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 scare was nothing but warmup for election


• Updated on  January 27, 2018 at 10:34 pm
It’s bombs away as we mark the last Sunday of January with a “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused: Read More