David Shapiro, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Volcanic Ash: Attacks on First Amendment are not a laughing matter

When I moved from Hilo to Washington, D.C., in 1978 to cover the Hawaii congressional delegation for the Honolulu Star- Bulletin, I called the Gannett News Service office I’d be working from to tell them I’d landed safely. Read More

fl(ASH)back: Going from the ridiculous to the profane

It’s the last Sunday in November and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Lieutenant governor needs a real job or save us the big salary

Hawaii LGs have struggled to find meaningful roles since statehood. They come into office with grand plans, only to find themselves toiling at the governor’s whim with assignments that are often menial. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Was rail worth all the pain? Voters suggest maybe not

Mayor Kirk Caldwell stood before microphones last week to announce he’ll float a $44 million short-term loan to meet federal demands to get that much more to the $9 billion rail project by Nov. 20. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Let’s breathe some energy into voting

I mailed in my ballot out of hope it still matters, but find it more difficult to fault the majority who don’t consider voting worth their time. Read More

flASHback: There’s rain on the tracks and varmints in the hale

It’s the last Sunday in October and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Swearing at one another; the new American curse

The first rule of a functioning democracy is that nobody gets to have everything their own way. Unable to square this with our self-righteousness, we’ve broken down into angry and entitled tribes. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Putting school tax on ballot lets unions sidestep debate

If the teachers’ union wants to amend the state Constitution to facilitate pay raises, it could support a constitutional convention and let its proposal be properly considered alongside all the other priority needs of public education. Read More

Volcanic Ash: P3 plan to shift rail costs burdens future generations

For those having trouble understanding the city’s scheme to finish the grossly over-budget rail project with a public-private partnership, perhaps it would help to think of it by another name: Kick the Can Down the Road. Read More

FlASHback: Fuzzy thinking and fights fail to rouse bored voters

It’s the last Sunday in September and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Politics of shutting up must also involve listening

The only way America returns to achieving great things is if principled people across the divide shelve the antagonism and find a way to work together again. Maybe we all need to shut up once in awhile and just listen. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Dispute about rail delays puts HART over a barrel

It’s hard to decide what’s worse, the persistent bad news about Oahu’s $9 billion rail project or the city’s unrelenting efforts to put a happy face on the problems. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Alleged mail-in voting abuse demands deeper investigation

Twice in six years, state Rep. Romy Cachola has been accused of effectively stealing elections by intimidating elderly immigrants in his Kalihi district to vote for him via mail-in ballots. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Be honest about schools tax before it goes on ballot

The four counties make a fair point in their lawsuit trying to stop a poorly written constitutional amendment that would allow the state to raid real property taxes purportedly to finance public education. Read More

Isles’ future put on layaway after voters deliver verdict

The primary election is finally over, and it’s time to “flASHback” on August’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Let’s stop winging it on rail; take the time to get it right

The fight between Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the City Council over SamKoo Hawaii’s 513-unit condominium near the Ala Moana Center rail terminus again points up the the chaos that bedevils rail. Read More

Political snits snarl recovery from Big Isle eruption disaster

House Speaker Scott Saiki and Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke are out of line in their political bullying of Big Island officials trying to recover from an ongoing volcanic disaster that has crippled a major quadrant of the island. Read More

Kirk Caldwell is off track blaming high rail cost on Colleen Hanabusa

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s effort to stick U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa for skyrocketing rail costs is shameless even for him. Read More

Rail finances get more funky; governor’s race grows touchy

It’s the last Sunday in July and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused: Read More

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