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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sidewalk closed for construction greets departing travelers at Honolulu International Airport. The airport has been plagued with delays in plans to modernize.

State needs leaders to manage airports

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sidewalk closed for construction greets departing travelers at Honolulu International Airport. The airport has been plagued with delays in plans to modernize.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm
What the state of Hawaii needs are leaders who are committed and held accountable to get the state airport system where it should be. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                “Darrel Galera is still the absolute best candidate for superintendent [of the Hawaii Department of Education],” writes Aiea resident Nancy Wond. “No mainland search will find anyone better.”

Galera best pick to lead the DOE

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                “Darrel Galera is still the absolute best candidate for superintendent [of the Hawaii Department of Education],” writes Aiea resident Nancy Wond. “No mainland search will find anyone better.”

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm
Finally, we got the perfect candidate for the superintendent of the Hawaii Department of Education: Darrel Galera, former principal and a lifelong dedicated and innovative educator. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “If the city is now saying it is fair to charge for city trash pickup, isn’t it also fair to charge all properties a fair property tax?” writes Ewa Beach resident Earl Arakaki.

Minimum property tax doesn’t seem fair

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “If the city is now saying it is fair to charge for city trash pickup, isn’t it also fair to charge all properties a fair property tax?” writes Ewa Beach resident Earl Arakaki.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm
The proposed city budget neglects to include any increases in the minimum property tax rate for those enjoying city services at a ridiculous rate. Read More
COURTESY PEACE CORPS
                                Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited Hawaii during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and spoke at the East-West Center in May 2016. She talked about the future of the corps and congratulated UH Manoa on its No. 20 ranking on the Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

East-West Center a valuable resource

COURTESY PEACE CORPS
                                Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited Hawaii during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and spoke at the East-West Center in May 2016. She talked about the future of the corps and congratulated UH Manoa on its No. 20 ranking on the Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 12:08 am
President Donald Trump’s budget would eliminate support for the East-West Center here in Honolulu. It costs $20 million to maintain the East-West Center. Trump’s proposed wall would cost $21 billion. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “All of us here are immigrants; we all came from other places, and found here a unique place where people of all races and creeds may live together in relative harmony, cooperation and respect,” writes Aiea resident Mark Yasuhara, in support of the travel ban challenge.

Travel ban challenge good for democracy

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “All of us here are immigrants; we all came from other places, and found here a unique place where people of all races and creeds may live together in relative harmony, cooperation and respect,” writes Aiea resident Mark Yasuhara, in support of the travel ban challenge.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm
It was never our desire to disrespect the presidential office; rather, we believe we enhance that office and America’s democracy when we respond boldly and contribute effectively to the debate. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Women making decisions about pregnancy need timely access to medically accurate information,” writes Ann S. Freed, co-chair of Hawaii Women’s Coalition. “Sending women to one of these ‘providers’ who delay pregnancy tests as a tactic put women’s health at risk.”

Clinics should offer real pregnancy care

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Women making decisions about pregnancy need timely access to medically accurate information,” writes Ann S. Freed, co-chair of Hawaii Women’s Coalition. “Sending women to one of these ‘providers’ who delay pregnancy tests as a tactic put women’s health at risk.”

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm
Imagine you are a woman who needs a pregnancy test. Then imagine you see a sign, “Pregnancy Service Center,” offering free pregnancy tests. You go in and what you get is propaganda, obfuscation and a lack of privacy, as your personal information can be disclosed to anyone. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                HB 625 and SB 1201 propose granting the cell phone industry access to all public rights-of-way throughout the state for 5G small-cell infrastructure. Kohala resident Ron Becker writes that allowing this without any health and safety studies is careless and irresponsible.

Beware health risks in 5G infrastructure

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                HB 625 and SB 1201 propose granting the cell phone industry access to all public rights-of-way throughout the state for 5G small-cell infrastructure. Kohala resident Ron Becker writes that allowing this without any health and safety studies is careless and irresponsible.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm
Allowing total access to the cell phone industry for 5G small-cell infrastructure without any health and safety studies is careless and irresponsible. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Veterans say when they get their care from private physicians, instead of those at the Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center or other VA facilities, the program allowing for that choice is marred by red tape.

Veterans Choice a good program

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Veterans say when they get their care from private physicians, instead of those at the Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center or other VA facilities, the program allowing for that choice is marred by red tape.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm
There is no question that Veterans Choice has added another layer of bureaucracy and takes longer. However, the program does find good health providers and the results are positive. Read More
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Jerry King holding onto his wife, Pauline, in 2013 as she lifts him into his wheel chair at their home in Anna, Ill. Jerry is a Vietnam Veteran who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1978. The disease results in the loss of muscle control and balance.

Give caregivers way to afford services

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Jerry King holding onto his wife, Pauline, in 2013 as she lifts him into his wheel chair at their home in Anna, Ill. Jerry is a Vietnam Veteran who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1978. The disease results in the loss of muscle control and balance.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm
As a former caregiver and a long-term care insurance broker, I have experienced and seen the impact on working family members of loved ones needing care. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “If you break the law, you suffer the consequences. As the proud daughter of a retired Honolulu Police Department captain (now deceased) our children were brought up to believe the same,” writes Kalihi resident Stephanie Keolanui-Cachola.

Don’t break the law, immigrate legally

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “If you break the law, you suffer the consequences. As the proud daughter of a retired Honolulu Police Department captain (now deceased) our children were brought up to believe the same,” writes Kalihi resident Stephanie Keolanui-Cachola.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm
How twisted our society has become. It’s outrageous that even some of our churches are willing to harbor illegal immigrants, and some individuals are pushing for Honolulu to become yet another “sanctuary city.” Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “It is specious at best to argue that this order was issued, as the ruling says, with ‘the purpose to disfavor a particular religion,’” writes Waialua resident Stephen Hinton on Trump’s travel ban.

Foes of travel ban ignore the facts

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “It is specious at best to argue that this order was issued, as the ruling says, with ‘the purpose to disfavor a particular religion,’” writes Waialua resident Stephen Hinton on Trump’s travel ban.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm
President Donald Trump’s efforts to protect American citizens from the chaos that is currently sweeping Europe are identified as “illegal targeting and discrimination.” Read More
GEORGE LEE / 2015
                                Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson who questioned whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns.

Watson, state leaders did Hawaii proud

GEORGE LEE / 2015
                                Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson who questioned whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm
I am so proud of all our state officials, including Gov. David Ige and all of our sitting congressional representatives, in backing up Watson’s ruling. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY

Travel ban recalls internment camps

COURTESY PIXABAY

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm
I find it most disturbing to be told that I was incarcerated by a Democratic president and apologized to by a Republican president. Read More

Castle’s influence taints BOE search

What an embarrassment to public education in Hawaii (“Search on for new schools chief back on after Galera withdraws,” Star-Advertiser, March 14)! Read More
Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The National Rifle Association opposes Senate Bill 898, which would allow police to confiscate weapons from suspects believed to be a danger to themselves or society.

NRA’s opposition to bill plainly wrong

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The National Rifle Association opposes Senate Bill 898, which would allow police to confiscate weapons from suspects believed to be a danger to themselves or society.

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm
It’s a bit disturbing, but of course not surprising, that the National Rifle Association would oppose any Hawaii gun legislation. Read More
NOAA AND BISHOP MUSEUM VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Two bills moving in the Legislature, HB 1457 and SB 1240, may address longstanding concerns about the impacts of commercial aquarium trade on Hawaii reef health and wildlife.

Restrict harvesting of fish for aquariums

NOAA AND BISHOP MUSEUM VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Two bills moving in the Legislature, HB 1457 and SB 1240, may address longstanding concerns about the impacts of commercial aquarium trade on Hawaii reef health and wildlife.

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm
Reefs, vital for culture, recreation, tourism and storm surge protection, are threatened by rising temperatures, pollution and acidification. Read More
COURTESY BIKESHARE HAWAII
                                Instead of thinking of this as a casual-rider program, how about broadening the scope to a daily commuting option for those living and working within the Diamond Head to Downtown area?

Bike-share can be commuting bargain

COURTESY BIKESHARE HAWAII
                                Instead of thinking of this as a casual-rider program, how about broadening the scope to a daily commuting option for those living and working within the Diamond Head to Downtown area?

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm
Instead of thinking of this as a casual-rider program, how about broadening the scope to a daily commuting option for those living and working within the Diamond Head to Downtown area? Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Ala Moana resident David Davis writes, rather than hiking the taxes on middle-class income, why aren’t we making the owners of the multimillion-dollar condos in Kakaako pay a steep price for their second or third residence, or for a safe place to park their excess cash?

Rich non-residents should pay more

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Ala Moana resident David Davis writes, rather than hiking the taxes on middle-class income, why aren’t we making the owners of the multimillion-dollar condos in Kakaako pay a steep price for their second or third residence, or for a safe place to park their excess cash?

Updated on  March 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm
It’s sad to realize that the folks who actually do the everyday work to support the economy and culture of this town find it increasingly difficult to enjoy a simple life here. Read More

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