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                                “We believe we can keep our keiki safe when they sleep no matter who is caring for them. Let’s have a collective conversation about how we put babies to sleep and not let a single child be silenced by our own silence,” write Pankaj Bhanot, director of the state Department of Human Services, and Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health.

Don’t be silent about protecting sleeping infants from harm

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                                “We believe we can keep our keiki safe when they sleep no matter who is caring for them. Let’s have a collective conversation about how we put babies to sleep and not let a single child be silenced by our own silence,” write Pankaj Bhanot, director of the state Department of Human Services, and Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm
The death of a newborn or infant is always a heartbreaking tragedy, especially as we search for reasons why or things we could have done differently. Read More
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                                “We need to remind our elected representatives that they have an obligation to enact public policy that addresses systemic inequities that make the lives of low-income earners such a struggle,” writes Jeff Gilbreath, executive director of Hawaiian Community Assets, a housing counseling agency.

Tax credits would lift unfair burden on low-income taxpayers

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                                “We need to remind our elected representatives that they have an obligation to enact public policy that addresses systemic inequities that make the lives of low-income earners such a struggle,” writes Jeff Gilbreath, executive director of Hawaiian Community Assets, a housing counseling agency.

Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 12:33 am
Continuing media coverage of families reduced to living on the streets and the lag in building enough affordable housing should challenge all of us to ask if we are doing enough to develop solutions. Read More
COURTESY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
                                Mesophotic coral ecosystems, such as this one found at 230 feet in Maui’s ‘Au’au Channel, are populated with many of the same fish species found on shallow reefs and among the environments scientists are studying. President Donald Trump is proposing to cut NOAA’s budget by at least 20 percent, which have serious implications for Hawaii.

Who needs the EPA and NOAA? Hawaii does

COURTESY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
                                Mesophotic coral ecosystems, such as this one found at 230 feet in Maui’s ‘Au’au Channel, are populated with many of the same fish species found on shallow reefs and among the environments scientists are studying. President Donald Trump is proposing to cut NOAA’s budget by at least 20 percent, which have serious implications for Hawaii.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm
President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” is a declaration of war on the environment. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, left, and Gov. David Ige discussed the state’s legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel ban at a press conference March 15.

Blue states wield power to fight Trump

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, left, and Gov. David Ige discussed the state’s legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel ban at a press conference March 15.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm
Federalism matters. That was the unmistakable message of state Attorney General Douglas Chin’s successful legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2015
                                Rep. Cynthia Thielen measures the height of a hemp plant at the first harvest of the University of Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Research Project in Waimanalo. Thielen is a leader in promoting hemp farming as an agricultural mainstay. She says she’s fighting to rebuild the moderate GOP, which has proven to be its best version for helping citizens.

GOP needs to return to moderate roots

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2015
                                Rep. Cynthia Thielen measures the height of a hemp plant at the first harvest of the University of Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Research Project in Waimanalo. Thielen is a leader in promoting hemp farming as an agricultural mainstay. She says she’s fighting to rebuild the moderate GOP, which has proven to be its best version for helping citizens.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:36 pm
We have an unrecognizable GOP in Hawaii. Let’s restore Republicanism as it should be. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                A solution, spearheaded by the DOT, has been introduced this legislative session to modernize Hawaii’s airport system and help the entire state remain a destination of choice.

Independent management would improve Hawaii’s airports

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                A solution, spearheaded by the DOT, has been introduced this legislative session to modernize Hawaii’s airport system and help the entire state remain a destination of choice.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm
Despite these facts and figures, our airports fall woefully behind when compared to competing tourism destinations and business centers across the world. Read More
 
CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction in the Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Rail will help small businesses thrive

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction in the Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Over the many years that I’ve worked with business owners in Hawaii, I’ve found that most are willing to put up with short-term inconveniences if it’s for the long-term betterment of the community. That’s how we do things in Hawaii. Read More
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Gorsuch could hasten erosion of women’s rights

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm
Filling the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat is a matter of urgency in these tumultuous times, but it is also one demanding cautious and careful consideration. Read More
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2013
                                Six years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Tohoku area, including the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the ocean off Japan has been declared clear of radioactive contamination. Fisherman Fumio Suzuki was shown sorting fish caught in waters off Iwaki, about 25 miles south of the power plant.

Seafood safe to eat in aftermath of Japan tsunami

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2013
                                Six years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Tohoku area, including the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the ocean off Japan has been declared clear of radioactive contamination. Fisherman Fumio Suzuki was shown sorting fish caught in waters off Iwaki, about 25 miles south of the power plant.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm
On March 11 this year, we had a solemn opportunity once again to pay tribute to the countless victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The number of wireless customers in Hawaii continues to grow. Today, there are more than 1.4 million wireless users in Hawaii… Having a strong wireless network will help the state continue to attract national and international visitors,” writes Burt Lum, co-host of Bytemarks Café on Hawaii Public Radio and a technology advocate.

Wireless infrastructure upgrades shouldn’t face roadblocks

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The number of wireless customers in Hawaii continues to grow. Today, there are more than 1.4 million wireless users in Hawaii… Having a strong wireless network will help the state continue to attract national and international visitors,” writes Burt Lum, co-host of Bytemarks Café on Hawaii Public Radio and a technology advocate.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 8:04 pm
Advancements in wireless connectivity can’t come fast enough for today’s tech-savvy and data-driven consumers. That is why investments in new wireless infrastructure is important for those living in Hawaii and elsewhere across our country. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2009
                                A new study will examine the feasibility of again running a ferry throughout the Hawaiian islands. The now-defunct Hawaii Superferry, halted in 2009 by a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling, is shown leaving Honolulu Harbor.

Launch new ferry study with open minds

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2009
                                A new study will examine the feasibility of again running a ferry throughout the Hawaiian islands. The now-defunct Hawaii Superferry, halted in 2009 by a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling, is shown leaving Honolulu Harbor.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm
The Hawaii Department of Transportation has finalized an agreement with the federal government to study a new interisland ferry. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                States allowing medical cannabis total 28, and D.C., up from 18 in 2013. And, medical cannabis use will likely waft through another 10 states by 2020.

Involve pharmacists on medical cannabis

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                States allowing medical cannabis total 28, and D.C., up from 18 in 2013. And, medical cannabis use will likely waft through another 10 states by 2020.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:40 pm
There certainly has been a lot of news about medical cannabis lately. And rightly so, with the first of Hawaii’s 16 dispensaries to open soon. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Robert H. Stiver, of Pearl City, is a retired federal employee. He hopes lawmakers will give SB 534 and HB 607 a resounding “yes” vote for public policy that supports Hawaii Kupuna Caregivers.

Caregivers could use a helping hand with their heavy burden

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Robert H. Stiver, of Pearl City, is a retired federal employee. He hopes lawmakers will give SB 534 and HB 607 a resounding “yes” vote for public policy that supports Hawaii Kupuna Caregivers.

Updated on  March 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm
I ask, I plead to lawmakers: Give Senate Bill 534/House Bill 607 a resounding “yes” vote. In doing so, I believe they will be saying yes to a growing citizens’ movement for public policy that supports Hawaii Kupuna Caregivers. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., is CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He wrote this in his capacity as a private citizen.

Public-worker benefits need reform

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., is CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He wrote this in his capacity as a private citizen.

Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm
There is a looming danger in the unsustainable growth of our state government: The unfunded liabilities for the pensions and health benefits of retired state workers are now estimated at $23 billion, and the prospect is for the debt to continue increasing. Read More

DOE needs a new leader, but I won’t apply

I am a proud graduate of Waipahu High School who has been honored to serve as a teacher, principal and state administrator in the Department of Education. Read More
Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Designed to facilitate access to spay-neuter services among targeted populations of animals, spay-neuter programs prevent reproduction and reduce birthrates and subsequent overpopulation.

Neuter Now bill offers humane way on animal population

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Designed to facilitate access to spay-neuter services among targeted populations of animals, spay-neuter programs prevent reproduction and reduce birthrates and subsequent overpopulation.

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm
Spay-and-neuter is not only a compassionate and humane solution to pet overpopulation, it saves the city — and taxpayers — money. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Regardless of the Energy Star program’s fate, we must remain focused on what’s truly important: Working together to reach Hawaii’s 100 percent clean energy goal,” writes Brian Kealoha, Hawaii Energy executive director.

With Energy Star program at risk, keep focus on energy goals

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                                “Regardless of the Energy Star program’s fate, we must remain focused on what’s truly important: Working together to reach Hawaii’s 100 percent clean energy goal,” writes Brian Kealoha, Hawaii Energy executive director.

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm
Regardless of the Energy Star program’s fate, we must remain focused on what’s truly important: Working together to reach Hawaii’s 100 percent clean energy goal. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is preparing a recovery plan for the FTA, which is due at the end of April.

FTA rail meeting yields somber options

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                                The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is preparing a recovery plan for the FTA, which is due at the end of April.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm
Legislators at the state Capitol are determining how we fund the remaining costs to complete Honolulu’s rail system. Read More

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