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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 2
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell presents his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

Legislators apply brakes on Caldwell’s money train

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 2
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell presents his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

Updated on  April 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm
As the Legislature nears its crunch, key lawmakers are showing signs they finally mean what they say about holding Honolulu rail accountable for incessant mismanagement and budget deficits. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige

Ige ices out state’s No. 2 despite clear need for help

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige

Updated on  April 9, 2017 at 8:42 am
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui’s announced intention to leave his post to run for Maui mayor — possibly before his term ends — exposes a flaw in the way our state government is structured at the top. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / 2016
                                For the first time, Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s total Territorial stock holdings surpassed $1 million, mostly from annual grants he’s received since 2010.

Caldwell makes bank from side job at Territorial

JAMM AQUINO / 2016
                                For the first time, Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s total Territorial stock holdings surpassed $1 million, mostly from annual grants he’s received since 2010.

Updated on  April 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell again made between $200,000 and $299,999 in 2016 from his side work as a Territorial Savings Bank director, he reported in his annual financial disclosure. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We’ve only exchanged the old school board’s petty politics of indecision and infighting for the grand politics of reinventing education with every new state administration,” writes David Shapiro.

Politics still at the heart of education reinvention

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We’ve only exchanged the old school board’s petty politics of indecision and infighting for the grand politics of reinventing education with every new state administration,” writes David Shapiro.
We’ve only exchanged the old school board’s petty politics of indecision and infighting for the grand politics of reinventing education with every new state administration. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot.

Legislature is last hope of digging up true rail cost

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot.
With rail at least five years behind schedule and $5 billion over budget, the Legislature is our last hope of playing honest broker by demanding real costs and a sound recovery plan before throwing more good money after bad. Read More

Mayor’s plan brings rail to new level of insanity

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council Chairman Ron Menor think Oahu taxpayers are so rich we can pay not only for a $10 billion rail system that’s $5 billion over budget and climbing, but also for road projects on the neighbor islands. Read More

City needs to prove rail’s worth before funding flows

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is begging the Legislature for another excise tax bailout for Oahu’s runaway rail project, claiming, “This project is just too important to let it die (or) let it stop at Middle Street.” Read More

True secret to marriage is a sense of humor

My wife, Maggie, and I celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary on my writing day, and it seemed inappropriate to spend the day pontificating about my usual subjects. Read More
Updated on  January 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Isle GOP has only itself to blame for poor showing

With the Republican takeover of Washington, D.C., the local GOP is crying about Hawaii being out of step because of our all-Democratic congressional delegation. Yes, Hawaii would probably benefit from having a Republican voice on Capitol Hill, as the late U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong and former U.S. Rep. Pat Saiki once provided. Read More

Big Isle councilwoman was class act with vision

With today’s poisonous politics, it’s worth noting the passing at 87 last month of Josephine Regala Yadao DeLuz, a former Hawaii island councilwoman who exemplified civility and class in public office. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Primary Elections at Kaiser High School.

Voting sends stronger message than ignoring polls

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Primary Elections at Kaiser High School.

Updated on  October 23, 2016 at 7:48 am
This year’s election season has been so pilau that when my ballot arrived in the mail last week, I felt I should put on a hazmat suit before opening it. Read More