David Shapiro, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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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

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

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