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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

HECO working to make sure Hawaii isn’t next Puerto Rico

The destruction and ongoing misery caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, as well as the sluggish emergency response, is especially troubling to those of us who live on islands twice as far from the U.S. mainland as Puerto Rico. Read More

How I became a medical cannabis patient here

Those familiar with marijuana street sales may find prices high. The dispensary response: That’s because of expensive testing and growing requirements, among other factors. Read More

Medical marijuana: As easy as pot

It’s simple to get an isle medical cannabis card, which opens the door to controlled, clinical dispensaries. Read More

N. Korea’s ICBM might be storm before calm

Counter-intuitive as it may sound, the latest North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test may actually set the stage for a reduction of tensions, rather than an exacerbation of the “crisis.” Read More

Religious diversity is a true blessing

I’m confident that our nation will to do better and remain hopeful of our intentions to accept our differences and disagreements. I’ll always be thankful for the “great American experiment” that offers these possibilities. Read More

Giving thanks: A collection of readers’ thoughts

Intriguing times are sweeping through our nation and Hawaii — but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s pause to reflect on blessings. Here’s a collection of readers’ thoughts. Read More

Many hurdles ahead in farming our land

Stepping up local food production in our island state is a sensible goal. With greater access to fresh, homegrown products, Hawaii could reap economic, environmental and health gains. Read More
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Film on veterans’ struggles tough to see, but spurs talk of peace

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“Thank You for Your Service” is a graphic and disconcerting accounting of the emotional, psychological, physical and sociological effects that haunt service members upon their reintegration to society post-combat. Read More

Seeking help is not easy; more welcome mats are needed

As we celebrate another Veterans Day, may we all reflect on how we might contribute to help end homelessness for the men and women who have served us in the military. Read More

VA in Hawaii stepping up access with an array of services

It is my privilege to serve as the director of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, and I want to thank the staff for their hard work to provide our veterans quality, safe and compassionate health care. Read More

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