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ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 15
                                North Korean soldiers salute while the national anthem is played during a parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country’s late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

Ramp up defense, diplomacy against North Korea

ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 15
                                North Korean soldiers salute while the national anthem is played during a parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country’s late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm
There’s a fine line between preparedness for a threat and panicking about it, unproductively. Hawaii now finds itself in that uncomfortable position, as the simmering tensions with North Korea tick up closer to a boiling point. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                We’ve accomplished a lot in the 47 years since the first Earth Day, thanks to a shared vision that crossed party lines. Let’s work toward that again.

Work together for environment

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                                We’ve accomplished a lot in the 47 years since the first Earth Day, thanks to a shared vision that crossed party lines. Let’s work toward that again.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 7:18 pm
We’ve accomplished a lot in the 47 years since the first Earth Day, thanks to a shared vision that crossed party lines. Let’s work toward that again. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / MARCH 31
                                A Securitas Airport Police officer patrolled the Honolulu International Airport overseas terminal.

DOT disregards its duty to public

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / MARCH 31
                                A Securitas Airport Police officer patrolled the Honolulu International Airport overseas terminal.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm
Public accountability demands that officials remain engaged and responsive. That starts with the governor demanding results from his departmental directors, and in turn, those directors demanding that their subordinates respond meaningfully to public concerns. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY

Refine proposal on sponsorships

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Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm
Facing public resistance to raising fees and taxes to pay for essential city services, the city has resurrected a 2-year-old proposal to raise money another way — commercial sponsorship of city assets. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The city must come to terms with the reality that regulations governing vacation rentals have to be enforceable and realistic. But at a minimum, that system must be in place before any new mother lode of taxes start rolling into state and county coffers.

Fix oversight of vacation rentals

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                                The city must come to terms with the reality that regulations governing vacation rentals have to be enforceable and realistic. But at a minimum, that system must be in place before any new mother lode of taxes start rolling into state and county coffers.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm
Wheels seem to be turning — some of them, headed in the right direction — toward resolution of the longstanding divide over the status of vacation rentals, the overwhelming majority of them currently operating illegally on Oahu. Read More

Funding limited for new agencies

By passing a City Charter amendment creating a dedicated office on climate change last fall, Honolulu voters showed their theoretical support for “resiliency” planning. Read More
Updated on  April 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                Lifeguards watch as bodyboarders and surfers take on waves at Rocky Point on the North Shore. Lawmakers are deciding whether to extend liability protection for city lifeguards.

Keep immunity for lifeguards

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                Lifeguards watch as bodyboarders and surfers take on waves at Rocky Point on the North Shore. Lawmakers are deciding whether to extend liability protection for city lifeguards.

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm
For the sake of public safety, the current law, which allows our lifeguards to work at rollicking shorelines without fear of liability-related repercussions, should be extended or — better yet — established as permanent. Read More
 
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction in the Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Extend rail tax past 2 more years

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

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm
Few public-policy debates have been as corrosive as the one over the completion of Honolulu’s elevated-guideway rail system. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The City is moving forward with plans to build a foot-bike bridge over the Ala Wai Canal connecting at University Avenue with Kalaimoku Street.

Footbridge over Ala Wai good idea

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The City is moving forward with plans to build a foot-bike bridge over the Ala Wai Canal connecting at University Avenue with Kalaimoku Street.

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm
Any city that’s serious about enabling multiple ways residents can get around has got to provide the connections. Certainly the advance of the long-proposed pedestrian/bike bridge crossing the Ala Wai Canal is a positive signal that Honolulu officials are committed to fulfilling that duty. Read More
 
COURTESY PETERS COMMUNICATIONS
                                An artist rendering for a potential new facility to replace Aloha Stadium.

Stadium overhaul exciting, daunting

COURTESY PETERS COMMUNICATIONS
                                An artist rendering for a potential new facility to replace Aloha Stadium.

Updated on  April 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm
The Aloha Stadium Authority presents a persuasive argument for starting fresh rather than going the repair route. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / 2016
                                There’s a reason why the city takes a go-slow approach to development. Neighborhoods along the North Shore already are straining to cope with the crowds, including many tourists lured by the rustic charm and natural beauty of the place. At Shark’s Cove in Pupukea, there have been growing community complaints about the commercial activity on the site.

Sharks Cove plan must regain trust

JAMM AQUINO / 2016
                                There’s a reason why the city takes a go-slow approach to development. Neighborhoods along the North Shore already are straining to cope with the crowds, including many tourists lured by the rustic charm and natural beauty of the place. At Shark’s Cove in Pupukea, there have been growing community complaints about the commercial activity on the site.

Updated on  April 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm
Developers may have a good concept for developing a retail complex in Pupukea, across from Sharks Cove. Unfortunately for them, that’s almost beside the point. No project should advance until this company resolves the breach of trust it has created with the city, and with the community. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                With all the garbage, propane tanks and oil containers, there could be a potential for fires under the Nimitiz Viaduct. The recent disastrous March 30 collapse of a section of the I-85 in Atlanta brings into sharp focus the potential dangers faced by commuters on Oahu’s freeways and major highways.

Clear homeless under highways

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                With all the garbage, propane tanks and oil containers, there could be a potential for fires under the Nimitiz Viaduct. The recent disastrous March 30 collapse of a section of the I-85 in Atlanta brings into sharp focus the potential dangers faced by commuters on Oahu’s freeways and major highways.

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 6:09 pm
The recent disastrous March 30 collapse of a section of the I-85 in Atlanta brings into sharp focus the potential dangers faced by commuters on Oahu’s freeways and major highways as well. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A field crew pulls weeds from a crop of sweet onion growing at the Aloun Farms’ Helemano site.

Keep farmlands for actual farming

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A field crew pulls weeds from a crop of sweet onion growing at the Aloun Farms’ Helemano site.

Updated on  April 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm
It’s easy to see the good intentions in Ohana Farm Parcels, the innovative agricultural project on 427 Wahiawa acres that offers 35 ready-to-farm tracts in hopes of advancing food sustainability and agronomy. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Homeless man, heads toward the encampment where he lives.

Focus funding to get homeless off the streets

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Homeless man, heads toward the encampment where he lives.

Updated on  April 10, 2017 at 12:32 am
Homelessness solutions — always something to be expressed in the plural for such a complex problem — are as elusive as ever, and it seems the state is taking a somewhat new tack this legislative session. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Repeat DUI offenders pose a serious threat to all Hawaii residents. Let’s get them off the road — and if possible, off the sauce, with the help of CAM devices.

Well-intended DUI anklet needs work

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Repeat DUI offenders pose a serious threat to all Hawaii residents. Let’s get them off the road — and if possible, off the sauce, with the help of CAM devices.

Updated on  April 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm
Repeat DUI offenders pose a serious threat to all Hawaii residents. Let’s get them off the road — and if possible, off the sauce, with the help of CAM devices. Read More

‘Safe house’ help eclipsed by risks

The criminal justice system and the social services sector that often tends to crime victims connect at several points as an assault or domestic-violence case makes its way to trial. Read More
Updated on  April 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                In the aftermath of last week’s incident in which a private security company officer shot and killed a pet dog at the airport, the state must underscore its attention to facility safety with a prompt review and assessment of the division of labor regarding airport security.

Reassess private airport security

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                                In the aftermath of last week’s incident in which a private security company officer shot and killed a pet dog at the airport, the state must underscore its attention to facility safety with a prompt review and assessment of the division of labor regarding airport security.

Updated on  April 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm
On most days, an estimated 10,000 people are in the Honolulu Airport complex as passengers, employees or visitors, according to its owner and operator, the state Department of Transportation. Read More
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Save protections for environment

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Updated on  April 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm
The Trump administration is pushing to roll back federal policies aimed at curbing climate change and wants to see deep cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which it accuses of overreach. Read More
LAURA RUMINSKI/WEST HAWAII TODAY
                                On-street parking will be restricted to vehicles with permits from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

Street parking should be public

LAURA RUMINSKI/WEST HAWAII TODAY
                                On-street parking will be restricted to vehicles with permits from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

Updated on  April 3, 2017 at 7:02 pm
When much of urban Honolulu was first developed — the on-street and off-street parking facilities, for example — each household had far fewer cars. Read More
DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Six years from now the outdated and overcrowded 40-year-old OCCC could be gone from its site in urban Honolulu.

Move decisively to replace OCCC

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Six years from now the outdated and overcrowded 40-year-old OCCC could be gone from its site in urban Honolulu.

Updated on  March 31, 2017 at 6:56 pm
With the shortlist of Oahu Community Correctional Center replacement sites now in hand, a draft environmental impact statement could be in the works before the end of the year. Read More

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