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DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                The Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) seeks a more equitable state-county distribution of the transient accommodations tax, or TAT, which Hawaii visitors pay as part of the cost of their hotel rooms or vacation rentals.

Counties oppose removal of TAT share

DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                The Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) seeks a more equitable state-county distribution of the transient accommodations tax, or TAT, which Hawaii visitors pay as part of the cost of their hotel rooms or vacation rentals.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm
If tourists pay a local visitor tax, shouldn’t the counties get their fair share of that revenue? Read More
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                                90 percent of the state’s medical marijuana certifications are issued by just 10 doctors. As we progress through 2017 and in anticipation of opening dispensaries, it’s time to remove the inconsistent treatment of cannabis as an illegal substance from Hawaii law, writes Michelle Tippens, founder and executive director of the Hawaii Veteran’s Cannabis Alliance.

It’s time to move on marijuana bills

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                                90 percent of the state’s medical marijuana certifications are issued by just 10 doctors. As we progress through 2017 and in anticipation of opening dispensaries, it’s time to remove the inconsistent treatment of cannabis as an illegal substance from Hawaii law, writes Michelle Tippens, founder and executive director of the Hawaii Veteran’s Cannabis Alliance.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm
As we progress through 2017 and in anticipation of opening dispensaries, it is now the appropriate time to remove the inconsistent treatment of cannabis as an illegal substance from Hawaii law. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2008
                                In April 2008, James Faria addressed state legislature during a conference where ex-offenders spoke about the challenges of life after prison. Faria has spent most of his life in and out of prison and now is a productive member of society. He attributes his success to the Being Empowered and Safe Together (BEST) program in Maui. Now, there are bills that would implement pilot programs that advocates hope will help to reduce the OCCC population and generate more success stories like Faria’s.

Problem with prisons: Build justice, not jails, for public safety

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2008
                                In April 2008, James Faria addressed state legislature during a conference where ex-offenders spoke about the challenges of life after prison. Faria has spent most of his life in and out of prison and now is a productive member of society. He attributes his success to the Being Empowered and Safe Together (BEST) program in Maui. Now, there are bills that would implement pilot programs that advocates hope will help to reduce the OCCC population and generate more success stories like Faria’s.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm
The bottom line is that jails and prisons are making us poorer, not safer. We can’t build our way out of these social challenges in Hawaii by constructing more jails and prisons. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Republicans gathered at Big City Diner to view the Trump inauguration last month. Eric Ryan, president of the Hawaii Republican Assembly, says it will take an assertive Republican Party in the islands that works 24/7/365 to pave the way for the election of reform-minded GOP candidates and enactment of reform-minded policies.

Only real Republicans, not RINOS, can turn Hawaii around

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Republicans gathered at Big City Diner to view the Trump inauguration last month. Eric Ryan, president of the Hawaii Republican Assembly, says it will take an assertive Republican Party in the islands that works 24/7/365 to pave the way for the election of reform-minded GOP candidates and enactment of reform-minded policies.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Failed Democrat policies have lowered the quality of life in Hawaii. Voting like a Democrat drives Hawaii deeper into trouble by enacting more dubious Democrat programs while refusing to repeal failed policies. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                If you share our opposition to a Medicare voucher system, contact your congressional members to make sure your voice is heard.

‘No’ to Medicare voucher system

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                If you share our opposition to a Medicare voucher system, contact your congressional members to make sure your voice is heard.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm
Under a voucher system, the basic premise of guaranteed coverage would be tossed aside. Instead, consumers would get a fixed dollar amount to help pay for care in the private marketplace. If that amount is insufficient, tough luck! Read More
 
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE, DOLE PINEAPPLE CO. PHOTO / APRIL 1915
                                These early Ginaca machines were photographed in 1915 at Honolulu’s pineapple cannery.

Ag-tech innovation could boost food sustainability

STAR-ADVERTISER FILE, DOLE PINEAPPLE CO. PHOTO / APRIL 1915
                                These early Ginaca machines were photographed in 1915 at Honolulu’s pineapple cannery.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 12:42 am
Sustainability and food security are critical to our island community, and fortunately Gov. David Ige and his administration continue to acknowledge that fact through supporting our local agriculture industry. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Psychiatrist and former Hawaii Health Authority member Stephen Kemble, M.D., says the public needs to know that it is bad government policy that is causing Hawaii’s worsening doctor shortage.

Lawmakers ignore better health-care reform plan

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Psychiatrist and former Hawaii Health Authority member Stephen Kemble, M.D., says the public needs to know that it is bad government policy that is causing Hawaii’s worsening doctor shortage.

Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm
The public needs to know that it is bad government policy that is causing Hawaii’s worsening doctor shortage. It is time for a change, and we need the reforms proposed by the Hawaii Health Authority more than ever. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Renewable energy consultant and project manager Carl Campagna says with the development of a biofuels industry in Hawaii, we could support farmers and increase food production; replace lost jobs from the sugar cane industry; develop a sustainable manufacturing sector; and support the further development of infrastructure.

Biofuels could advance agriculture, energy goals

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Renewable energy consultant and project manager Carl Campagna says with the development of a biofuels industry in Hawaii, we could support farmers and increase food production; replace lost jobs from the sugar cane industry; develop a sustainable manufacturing sector; and support the further development of infrastructure.

Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm
With the development of a biofuels industry in Hawaii, we could support farmers and increase food production; replace lost jobs from the sugar cane industry; develop a sustainable manufacturing sector; and support the further development of infrastructure. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                Workforce housing is much needed throughout Oahu. In Kakaako, the Hawaii Community Development Authority is proposing changes to its affordable housing rules, but the sales agent for one housing project in the area, 801 South St, says those changes would be counterproductive. Two years ago, this man and his family ended up on a Kakaako street, saying “the rent is too expensive” on his Makiki apartment; he was on a wait list for an affordable unit.

Proposed changes would restrict affordable housing in Kakaako

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                Workforce housing is much needed throughout Oahu. In Kakaako, the Hawaii Community Development Authority is proposing changes to its affordable housing rules, but the sales agent for one housing project in the area, 801 South St, says those changes would be counterproductive. Two years ago, this man and his family ended up on a Kakaako street, saying “the rent is too expensive” on his Makiki apartment; he was on a wait list for an affordable unit.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm
The Hawaii Community Development Authority is proposing significant changes that will kill the development of much-needed workforce housing in Kakaako. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016

Homeless strategy includes prevention

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm
As a state, we have made progress in addressing our homeless issue, but as we all know, there is more work to be done. Read More
COURTESY RHODA BAER / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
                                With the goal of balancing personal choice with patient safety, those in our legislative and judicial systems, as well as the public, should consider the following written by physicians and certified specialists in hospice and palliative medicine.

Medically assisted death: Wariness is warranted

COURTESY RHODA BAER / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
                                With the goal of balancing personal choice with patient safety, those in our legislative and judicial systems, as well as the public, should consider the following written by physicians and certified specialists in hospice and palliative medicine.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm
With the goal of balancing personal choice with patient safety, those in our legislative and judicial systems and the public should consider the following. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY

Medically assisted death: A compassionate option

COURTESY PIXABAY

Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 6:22 pm
We should always provide quality end-of-life care for people who are suffering from an incurable and irreversible terminal illness. Read More
Ernie Martin is a City Councilman and former Council chairman.

State has major stake in success of Honolulu’s rail project

Ernie Martin is a City Councilman and former Council chairman.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 12:46 am
Last December, the Honolulu City Council, by an unprecedented 9-0 vote, reaffirmed its position on the completion of the Honolulu rail project to Ala Moana Center. Read More

Targeting of ethnic or religious groups a present danger

Even though the World War II Japanese-American internment was “wrong,” the late Justice Antonin Scalia proclaimed in 2014 during a visit to the William S. Richardson School of Law, “you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.” Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Ige should invest in UH faculty

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Updated on  February 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm
Gov. David Ige’s State of the State address did not offer anything new or substantive, and did not provide any concrete solutions to actually move our state forward. Read More

Don’t give counties the authority to regulate pesticide use

A critical point is being reached in our Legislature, relating to the controversy over genetically modified organism (GMO) agriculture and pesticide use that has riven our state for over four years. Read More
Updated on  February 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Students attended a speech class at Roosevelt High School this month, part of the Early College curriculum gaining steam in the public schools system.

Reshaping schoolhouse invests in state

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Students attended a speech class at Roosevelt High School this month, part of the Early College curriculum gaining steam in the public schools system.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 8:36 pm
Coding. Robotics. Digital media. International education exchanges. These programs weren’t offered when I attended public schools in Pearl City, and we can only imagine what fascinating opportunities await students in the world of tomorrow. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Vacation rentals at Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands that were being advertised on sites such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor in April 2016.

Illegal vacation rentals harming community

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Vacation rentals at Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands that were being advertised on sites such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor in April 2016.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm
Now more than ever, we need state and county cooperation to ensure any housing, whatever the number of units, stays as residential. Read More

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