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Isle leaders intently keep blind eye on rail’s budget


Updated on  July 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the City Council, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the state Legislature have made a culture of looking the other way when it comes to the financial and managerial lapses that have doubled the cost of Oahu rail to $10 billion and delayed its opening by six years. Read More

Governor mixes it up with typical complacency


Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 10:33 pm
It’s the last Sunday in June and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Leeward GOP silence over rail missteps is deafening

You can tell all you need to know about the irrelevance of the Hawaii GOP as an opposition party by the cheerleading of two of its most prominent elected officials for the deficit-ridden Oahu rail project. Read More

Souki’s House career lasted 35 years for good reason

It would be negligent to let the 2017 Legislature get too far away without voicing an appreciation of Rep. Joe Souki, who resigned as House speaker at the session’s end. Read More

Mayor’s claim of not using tax deduction garbles truth


Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s past use of a property tax exemption for historic homes that allowed him to pay only $100 to $300 for several years has come back to haunt him as the city considers raising property taxes to cover rail deficits. Read More

Legislators apply brakes on Caldwell’s money train


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

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


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

Caldwell makes bank from side job at Territorial


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

Politics still at the heart of education reinvention

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

Legislature is last hope of digging up true rail cost

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