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Too early for AG’s contingency fund

Any call for a new state or county contingency fund — a cash reserve set aside to cover possible future expenses — elicits varied responses. Read More
Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm

Make our lives as special as possible

The effect of the outrage over the false missile alarm will be that future warnings will be later or non-existent. The reason is that bureaucracies are single- minded. Read More
Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm

Emotional impacts real for families


Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm
The effects of Saturday’s mistaken alert of a ballistic missile launch will require immediate attention as the state of Hawaii works to ensure that this does not happen again. Read More

Lawmakers should focus on housing, homeless

Saturday morning’s alert that mistakenly advised of a incoming ballistic missile unleashed an islandwide adrenaline spike that’s likely to still be buzzing when the 2018 Legislature opens Wednesday. Read More
Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 6:37 pm

False alert reveals frightening gaps

Unbelievable. Un-freaking- believable. Two mornings ago, Hawaii residents and visitors woke to a postcard-perfect day, and to this emergency text alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Read More
Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Homeless pay taxes, agencies try to help


Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm
Daci Armstrong asserted that parks and other amenities belong to people with homes who pay taxes (“Homeless wield the real power,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, Jan. 10). Read More
 

Take precautions against the flu

Medical clinics and emergency rooms across Oahu are now grappling with an upsurge in flu cases — and one strain appears to be particularly tough. Read More
Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Affordable rentals require much income verification


Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 8:27 pm
There’s a price to be paid for a lower-cost apartment: heavy paperwork, all meant to demonstrate that the tenant could use a hand in Hawaii’s sky-high rental economy. Read More

Trump complains about people like us


Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 5:29 pm
For the people of Hawaii, the majority of whom are not white or haole, Donald Trump’s attitude is dangerous, destructive of America’s stature in the world and plainly racist. Read More
 

Taxation drives cost of living in isles


Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 12:56 am
On Wednesday, the state Legislature will convene. It is time it addresses the too-long-ignored elephant in the room: Hawaii’s forgotten middle class. Read More

Crisis looming for health care


Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 1:00 am
Hawaii has been long touted for its mandatory employer-provided health insurance system, but Gordon Ito, the state insurance commissioner, has a dire warning. Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Day reminds us all that heeding past is needed for better future

To truly honor Martin Luther King’s legacy, it is important for us not only to celebrate the progress that the civil rights movement made possible but also to grapple with the full truth of our nation’s history, to acknowledge the inequities with which our society still struggles and to recognize our individual responsibility for social change. Read More

Hawaii has racial discrimination, too


Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 8:56 pm
If you are not a descendent of Norwegians, President Donald Trump, whom I consider a racist and white nationalist, might not want you in the United States. Read More

Stacks of rules for ‘affordable’ renters


Updated on  January 13, 2018 at 11:15 pm
It seems counterintuitive, but one of the challenges in providing affordable rentals appears to be securing the tenants who are willing to apply, and who qualify to move in. Read More

More changes in Kakaako

Hawaiian Electric Co. is launching a search for private-developer proposals so it can sell eight of its 10.7 acres across from Neal Blaisdell Center. Read More
Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Abandoned cars litter highway


Updated on  January 13, 2018 at 6:35 pm
It seems to me the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau might want to assess the impact of this sight on our image as a beautiful destination to visit. Read More

Help give at-risk families stability

Sure, visitors now touching down from frigid mainland states and elsewhere envy our easy access to world-class shorelines and year-round T-shirt weather. Read More
Updated on  January 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Windward side needs repaired boat ramp


Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 4:19 pm
The Star-Advertiser ran a story recently about Kailua Beach debris and noted in the first sentence that “the state and city pondered jurisdictional questions” (“Blanket of ocean debris at Kailua Beach spurs couple, other beachgoers into action,” Star-Advertiser, Jan. 3). Read More

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