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Janus v. AFSCME: 5 takeaways from SCOTUS hearing

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about a case that would deal a financial blow to public sector unions, a major political force in California and Democratic politics, nationally. Read More

Janus v. AFSCME: Supreme Court has a chance to correct itself

Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the U.S. Supreme Court. Last Monday, the court heard oral arguments that probably will presage another overdue correction. Read More

Amid OHA turmoil, Chairwoman Machado sets record straight on spending

It’s time to set the record straight about the spending of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Let’s be clear: OHA’s funding absolutely goes toward bettering the lives of Native Hawaiians. Read More

OHA turmoil: Trustee Akina says CEO must go, trustees must repay

It is worth repeating that, while the CEO is at fault for inappropriate spending, OHA’s board of trustees is ultimately responsible. Read More

OHA turmoil: Lawyer King says audit compels voters to oust CEO, trustees

The final audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) produced by the Office of the State Auditor makes one thing clear: It is time for the incumbent OHA trustees and Chief Executive Officer Kamana‘opono Crabbe to step aside or be voted out. Read More
 

OHA turmoil: Trustee Akana says staffers told of flagrant disregard for policies

In January 2017, as then-chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ board of trustees, I and four other trustees offered OHA CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe a buyout of his contract so that we could have a fresh start with a new CEO and correct many of the issues that have now been revealed by the state auditor. Read More

Renewable-energy strides being made in Hawaii, in fits and starts

In the past several months, notable developments have occurred to advance Hawaii down the green-energy path. Read More
 

Loss of net neutrality puts innovation at risk in Hawaii

Ideas are powerful things, and the internet is the bridge to the ideas and innovations of the future. Without net neutrality, Hawaii’s bright economic future is at risk. Read More

Stalking: Sharing their harrowing experiences

January is Stalking Awareness Month. To help convey to readers the emotional and physical torment of being stalked, four clients of the Domestic Violence Action Center agreed to work with the center to publicly share their stories and experiences. Read More

Stalking Awareness Month reveals scary issue

Stalking is invisible to you and me. To those being stalked, they are acutely aware it is a scheme to keep a message clear: “I am watching you.” The message may be: “I told you I would never let you go.” Or possibly the message is, “You will never get away from me.” Read More

Improve federal-state, military-state coordination to dispel confusion

The state government needs to regain the trust of the people of Hawaii. We need to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure this mistake never happens again. Read More

Learn from field-tested experts, review drill frequency, pursue missile defense

What we must work toward is to have the public and the tourists who visit Hawaii conclude that the incident of Jan. 13 was not only unfortunate, but absolutely preventable. Read More

Stacks of rules for ‘affordable’ renters

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

Affordable rentals require much income verification

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
 

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

Will tax reform be naughty or nice for isle charitable giving?

While the season of holiday giving has ended, the season of charitable giving has just begun with fair intrigue and reasonable concern as to whether the recently enacted federal income tax reform will prove “naughty or nice” for local nonprofits in 2018 and beyond. Read More

What a year it was!

It’s Christmas Eve — so in the spirit of the season, we’re gifting readers with a bevy of editorial cartoons that recap 2017. Read More

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