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HART spending needs more clarity

Last fall, when Oahu’s cash-strapped rail transit system was in need of a rescue from cost overruns, state lawmakers put together a bailout package with oversight strings attached. Read More
Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Ban fundraising during session

One of the chief complaints about campaign finance is that the need to fundraise cuts into the time for work that lawmakers are elected to do: the people’s business. Read More
Updated on  April 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Isles must brace for rising tides

Updated on  April 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm
Earth Day may be just the occasion to acknowledge the difficulty of change, but to embrace it with that optimistic spirit. Read More

Gun laws can be improved

Updated on  April 20, 2018 at 8:12 pm
Every Saturday, we’ll present these short-take editorials that reflect on some of this week’s news. Read More

Bill could help settle B&B issue

After years of debating how to get a handle on oversight of an exploding inventory of vacation rental operations, it’s encouraging to see a bill advancing at the state Capitol that has potential to lay a foundation for effective legislation. Read More
Updated on  April 19, 2018 at 7:07 pm

Storm victims need more help

Once again, Kauai has survived another battering from the weather, which thankfully roared through without serious injury or loss of life, but was brutal nonetheless. Read More
Updated on  April 18, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Get tough with builder scofflaws

Securing a building permit from the city can test one’s patience. The process, which includes an increasing amount of regulatory hoop-jumping, sometimes prompts attention to unforeseen details — and additional hoops. Read More
Updated on  April 16, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Facebook really isn’t your friend

Just 14 years ago, thefacebook.com was launched from a Harvard University dorm room as a tool to help connect people at the university. Read More
Updated on  April 15, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Mixed results as bills move ahead

Updated on  April 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm
By the calendar, it looks as if the Legislature is nearly done with its work, but state Capitol-watchers know: This is where the rubber meets the road. Read More

Tourism, military booming

Updated on  April 13, 2018 at 11:41 pm
Every Saturday, we’ll present these short-take editorials that reflect on some of this week’s news. Read More

HI-EMA should follow FCC’s lead

There is no question that the recommendations from federal officials on new protocols for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency should take effect, governing how alerts to missile warnings should go out. Read More
Updated on  April 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Toughen rules on use of chlorpyrifos

Shortly before the Trump presidency, the agriculture industry was bracing for an expected ban on use of chlorpyrifos — a widely used insecticide. Read More
Updated on  April 11, 2018 at 6:39 pm

‘Ohana zones’ not a sure thing

Some Hawaii lawmakers are aiming to adapt the “safe zone” approach to the islands’ homelessness crisis, and are realizing that this version will be different in more than name only. Read More
Updated on  April 12, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Charging must keep up with EVs

Hawaii is second only to California in per capita count of electric vehicles (EVs). Nearly 7,000 are motoring fume-free along our roads and highways. Read More
Updated on  April 9, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Akaka’s advocacy helped Hawaiians

Updated on  April 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Daniel Akaka will never be forgotten, and not in small measure because he shone a light on others who otherwise might have been overlooked. Read More

Toughen rules for Oahu B&Bs

Updated on  April 7, 2018 at 7:07 pm
The city cannot afford to let another decade pass without striking a viable balance between collecting taxes owed and deterring the rocketing rise of illegal vacation rentals. Read More

‘Master lease’ holds promise

Updated on  April 6, 2018 at 8:33 pm
Every Saturday, we’ll present these short-take editorials that reflect on some of this week’s news. Read More

Let public decide on tax for schools

People in various states across the country, witnessing walkouts by teachers wanting better pay, have been confronted with a core governmental question: Have we given enough financial support to the education of our children in public schools? Read More
Updated on  April 5, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Keep citizenship off Census survey

Updated on  April 4, 2018 at 6:45 pm
The recent proposal by the U.S. Census Bureau and Commerce Department to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census is a wrong-headed move, being opposed on several fronts, that should be rebuffed in the courts. Read More

Expand education about concussions

We encourage children to pursue sports for all sorts of reasons, ranging from lofty competitive goals to health benefits and even simply for fun. Read More
Updated on  April 4, 2018 at 12:20 am

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