Letters to the Editor
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Candidates opposing Trump foolhardy

Updated on  December 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm
Candidates vying to fill the congressional seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa do no service to Hawaii by framing campaigns as opposition to the Trump administration, even if it plays well in this bluest of blue states. Read More

Don’t shield historic homes from tax hike

Updated on  December 29, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Valuations for Honolulu residential properties are set to increase by 6.1 percent for the forthcoming tax year. Assuming the City Council keeps rates steady, 2018 property taxes will rise for many homeowners. Read More

Appreciate things money can’t buy

I’m looking forward to a bright new year, and to appreciate our wonderful state of Hawaii and her people. Read More
Updated on  December 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Con Con could fix legislative flaws

Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm
In the 2018 general election, voters will be asked whether they want a constitutional convention (Con Con). Read More

Tax cuts will benefit Hawaii residents

Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm
President Donald Trump has just given most Americans a great Christmas present in the form of tax cuts. Read More

The common good includes aiding all

We in Hawaii, especially in the smaller communities, have a close bond with family, friends and neighbors. Our doors are open. Read More
Updated on  December 25, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Challenge growing expenses for unions

Government union bosses hammered the public again, as Richard Borreca describes, “with little turmoil won pay raises from the taxpayers” (“Hawaii’s lackluster politics in 2017 should make for contentious elections in 2018,” Star-Advertiser, On Politics, Dec. 17). Read More
Updated on  December 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Headline unfairly denigrated pilot

I was appalled to see the sensationalist headline about the late Dr. William Vogt “Pilot flew without medical clearance,” Star-Advertiser, Dec. 18). Read More
Updated on  December 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Airbnb should need real estate license

Updated on  December 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm
If Airbnb is engaged in real estate rentals in Hawaii, for which it advertises and collects a commission, it is obviously engaged in real estate activities and should have a state real estate license. Read More

State forgets duty to Ala Wai customers

There are about 1,000 boats at the Ala Wai in public slips and at the clubs — customers of the state. In order to properly serve these customers, the state would do well to provide basic services. Read More
Updated on  December 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Principles for Ala Wai harbor

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) received many specific recommendations for four parcels at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor to be developed. Read More
Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm

‘Monster homes’ fill need for housing

Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm
“Monster homes” will be the answer to Honolulu’s cries for affordable housing as long as there is a need. Read More

No contractors to finish rail project

Cleverly buried under the headline, “Consultant to explore partnerships for rail’s final stretch” (Star-Advertiser, Dec. 9), and obscured by tortuous language is the news that no construction company could be found to build rail in the city center — after two years of trying. Read More
Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 12:21 am

Hold Trump accountable

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm
With the resignations of U.S. Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep. John Conyers from Congress over allegations of sexual misconduct, it is time to hold all those at the highest levels of government accountable, regardless of political party. Read More

Diplomacy only answer for N. Korea

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm
I found the headline, “North Korean missile launch raises stakes for Hawaii defense planning,” troubling (Star-Advertiser, Top News, Nov. 28). Read More

Bottle companies can help ecosystem

Updated on  December 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm
Do plastic water bottle companies realize how much damage they are doing to our ecosystem? Or do they just turn a blind eye and only focus on profit? Do these companies have programs within their operations that address environmental issues? Read More

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