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COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Kakaako resident Amy Downard hopes there will be more community support to bring awareness to the DOE about services needed for our deaf and blind students.

Blind students need more services

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Kakaako resident Amy Downard hopes there will be more community support to bring awareness to the DOE about services needed for our deaf and blind students.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm
Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind is a school for the deaf and has not had a program for the blind in nearly 20 years. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/2015
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell has allowed a bill limiting the operation of tour buses, limousines and related commercial vehicles in most Waimanalo beach parks to become law without his signature. Hawaii Kai resident David Christopher writes that the city and state should be trying to find ways to better accommodate the businesses.

Let businesses into Waimanalo beaches

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/2015
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell has allowed a bill limiting the operation of tour buses, limousines and related commercial vehicles in most Waimanalo beach parks to become law without his signature. Hawaii Kai resident David Christopher writes that the city and state should be trying to find ways to better accommodate the businesses.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm
The city and state should be trying to find ways to better accommodate the businesses, instead of restricting them, because they pay taxes that support all parks. Read More
Jamm Aquino / 2016
                                Kauai resident Linda Estes thinks our athletic teams will do a good job of marketing Hawaii and promoting tourism.

Let UH athletics promote tourism

Jamm Aquino / 2016
                                Kauai resident Linda Estes thinks our athletic teams will do a good job of marketing Hawaii and promoting tourism.

Updated on  February 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm
Taking $6 million out of the Hawaii Tourism Authority marketing budget and giving it to the athletics programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo is an excellent idea. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                In this April 2016 file photo, seniors enjoyed entertainment, refreshments, and health information booths at Kupuna Power Day. According to state data, by 2020, it’s projected that about one-quarter of the state’s population will be age 60 or older. Demographers say that as a state, we’re aging more rapidly and living longer than any other state.

Respite would aid family caregivers

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                In this April 2016 file photo, seniors enjoyed entertainment, refreshments, and health information booths at Kupuna Power Day. According to state data, by 2020, it’s projected that about one-quarter of the state’s population will be age 60 or older. Demographers say that as a state, we’re aging more rapidly and living longer than any other state.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm
As the Star-Advertiser editorialized recently, House Bill 607 and Senate Bill 534 deserve legislative support. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Support president on Presidents Day

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm
Presidents Day, like most holidays, is a day for family, fun and relaxation. It may also be a day for reflection and concern. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                One of the walk-up apartments located in the Mayor Wright Homes public housing for low income individuals and families.

Income inequality a business problem

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                One of the walk-up apartments located in the Mayor Wright Homes public housing for low income individuals and families.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm
Income inequality is routinely identified as one of the biggest challenges our country and state need to address. A recent Island Voices commentary proposed some real solutions. Read More
 
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is Chris Iseri handing a new sign to Lago Dozinn III, designating a bike lane on McCully St. last month to provide a mauka to makai connection from Waikiki to King St., as well as the UH Manoa area. Pauoa Valley resident Bob Vieira writes that the city should focus on fixing roads before adding more bike lanes.

Fix roads before adding bike lanes

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is Chris Iseri handing a new sign to Lago Dozinn III, designating a bike lane on McCully St. last month to provide a mauka to makai connection from Waikiki to King St., as well as the UH Manoa area. Pauoa Valley resident Bob Vieira writes that the city should focus on fixing roads before adding more bike lanes.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm
Let’s complete our streets before the city and Complete Streets take over this entire island, our critically needed parking and our primary mode of transportation — our automobiles. Read More
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Don’t allow builders to dodge solar law

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 6:53 pm
How does the state reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy when it has never met a development request that it did not grant? Read More
COURTESY CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
                                This is a rendering of the proposed park, for which WCIT Architecture has a contract to provide preliminary planning and designing.

Don’t waste money on canal

COURTESY CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
                                This is a rendering of the proposed park, for which WCIT Architecture has a contract to provide preliminary planning and designing.

Updated on  February 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm
If the city advances its proposal for the development of the Kapalama Canal, it will be creating a multi million-dollar attractive nuisance. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Traffic on the H-1 freeway heading eastbound.

Public must help to ease traffic woes

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Traffic on the H-1 freeway heading eastbound.

Updated on  February 13, 2017 at 7:14 pm
The Oahu vehicle commute will continue to deteriorate, crushing the dreams of Oahu living to a daily gridlock of traffic. Read More
COURTESY ANDREW HARRER / BLOOMBERG

Stop seeking ways to raise our taxes

COURTESY ANDREW HARRER / BLOOMBERG

Updated on  February 13, 2017 at 12:36 pm
Our state politicians are contemplating raising taxes for the benefit of the Hawaii State Teachers Association. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                In January, about 30 people took part in a sign waving in support of the Nationwide Day of Action protests against Pres. Donald Trump’s cabinet choices who are seen as denying climate change. Kailua resident Chip Fletcher writes that continuing to deny the reality of climate change obstructs rapid progress needed to build community resilience.

Climate-change lies obstruct progress

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                In January, about 30 people took part in a sign waving in support of the Nationwide Day of Action protests against Pres. Donald Trump’s cabinet choices who are seen as denying climate change. Kailua resident Chip Fletcher writes that continuing to deny the reality of climate change obstructs rapid progress needed to build community resilience.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm
William Happer’s commentary contained the usual climate denial lies we’ve seen, and debunked, for years. Read More
COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A rendering from a group of local architects, planners and environmental activists shows what an “at-grade” system might look like on Hotel Street.

Don’t give more money for rail

COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A rendering from a group of local architects, planners and environmental activists shows what an “at-grade” system might look like on Hotel Street.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm
It’s good to hear there is still hope that smarter heads will prevail to avoid the rail disaster lurching on to Honolulu. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2016

Gabbard raises valid questions on Syria

STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2016

Updated on  February 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has always been a warrior for peace, and she is a rare, sane voice in Washington opposing the neoconservative and neoliberal warmongers who push U.S. policy to overthrow another foreign government. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / AUG. 2015
                                Kaka’ako resident Rico Leffanta writes that the anti-urination bill is yet another example of legislative ignorance. Complaints about urine and feces left in public places have prompted state Rep. Gene Ward to introduce a measure to impose fines of up to $2,000 for repeat offenders who relieve themselves in certain spots.

Anti-urination bill doesn’t make sense

STAR-ADVERTISER / AUG. 2015
                                Kaka’ako resident Rico Leffanta writes that the anti-urination bill is yet another example of legislative ignorance. Complaints about urine and feces left in public places have prompted state Rep. Gene Ward to introduce a measure to impose fines of up to $2,000 for repeat offenders who relieve themselves in certain spots.

Updated on  February 8, 2017 at 9:52 pm
Yet another classic example of legislative ignorance. Honolulu does not provide drinking fountains, toilets or hand-washing facilities for public use in the downtown area… Read More

Not enough options for board voting

There is a serious move to restrict voting in Honolulu’s Neighborhood Board elections. Instead of using an outside vendor to run internet and phone voting, the city, claiming it would save money, created a program for internet voting. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                A plan for more than 180 undeveloped acres surrounding the University of Hawaii-West Oahu makai campus identifies areas for commercial development and campus expansion.

Build stadium at UH-West Oahu

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                A plan for more than 180 undeveloped acres surrounding the University of Hawaii-West Oahu makai campus identifies areas for commercial development and campus expansion.

Updated on  February 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm
If the stadium ostensibly is for the use of University of Hawaii sports, and UH needs a new stadium, it has ample land. Read More

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