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Rail’s last segment fraught with risk


Updated on  September 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm
Honolulu’s taxpayers can be forgiven if they’re still quite nervous about the “recovery” financial plan that in theory puts the city’s fiscally troubled rail project back on track. Read More

Kaiser adults poor role model for youth sports


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:14 pm
The homecoming football game, a time-honored tradition on a high school’s Homecoming Week calendar, won’t happen for Kaiser High School this year. And that’s a real shame. Read More

Make long-term plans to protect Ka Iwi coast


Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm
An ongoing community effort aimed at preserving the Ka Iwi coastline started in the early 1970s, when plans were in the works to develop lands between Sandy Beach and Makapuu as a resort and residential site. Read More

Support local food processors


Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 7:19 pm
Even if the Waialua Community Kitchen cannot be reopened, plainly there is a need for something very much like it to serve North Shore farmers and food businesses, and for others of its kind to support farm-to-table operations statewide. Read More

Keep vendors off Waikiki sidewalks


Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm
Commercial activity needs to be kept in its place. Most merchants would agree with that — particularly those in the majority, who pay for the place in which they do business. Read More
 

Careful on state rental lease deal


Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm
What counts is how any initiative plays out in practice, and Hawaii’s track record for affordable housing development sets off some alarm bells about this one. Read More

Improve reviews of harassment claims


Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm
The Title IX guidance on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools is a work in progress. The national re-examination we’re poised to undertake needs to result in a framework that seriously addresses it, and yields a policy of refined fairness to the accuser and the accused. Read More

Hiring practices need oversight

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. In the islands, that unspoken directive sometimes applies to catching waves at choice surf break lineups and admission in certain private organizations. Read More
Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm
 

Open hearings should be norm


Updated on  September 13, 2017 at 7:35 pm
The importance of open hearings is a key value of our democracy. The public can’t have a voice in government without having eyes and ears on it, to understand what government is doing on its behalf — or to its detriment. Read More

Cyber security needs tightening


Updated on  September 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm
The massive data breach at Equifax — one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States — underscores an urgent need to tighten everyday cyber-security measures and hold companies accountable when consumers are wronged. Read More

Shore up defense against hurricanes


Updated on  September 11, 2017 at 7:31 pm
There are always lessons to be learned from history, both from the distant past and from more recent events. Read More

Demand more from candidates in governor’s race


Updated on  September 10, 2017 at 11:12 am
Hawaii’s 2018 primary election is less than a year away, and already one can feel the rumblings of a major battle looming among Democratic Party heavyweights. Read More

Pave citizen path for ‘Dreamers’


Updated on  September 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm
President Donald Trump’s decision to dismantle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), while giving Congress six months to save it, is not just controversial. It is baffling. Read More

Truly affordable homes needed


Updated on  September 8, 2017 at 6:38 pm
Several decades in the making, there is no pain-free fix for our affordable housing problem. Read More

Water-polluting cesspools need to be eliminated


Updated on  September 7, 2017 at 7:01 pm
Each day, the city collects about 112 million gallons of wastewater from the toilets, sinks and drains of homes, workplaces and elsewhere, and funnels it to wastewater treatment plants. Read More

Kuhio project can ease rental crunch


Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm
The revitalization of Waikiki — and specifically, the Kuhio Avenue corridor — would see another welcome, transformative newcomer if developer OliverMcMillan delivers on what it’s selling. Read More

At-risk youth the top priority

With three decades of work experience in correctional facilities, Mark Patterson knows how to talk the talk of effective juvenile justice reform. Read More
Updated on  September 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Increase the use of smart meters


Updated on  September 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Charting Hawaii’s map to renewable energy is no easy task, but there’s no turning back. Hawaiian Electric Co., which has been working on a “smart grid” concept for the better part of a decade, last week filed a final $205 million Grid Modernization Strategy with state regulators, laying out its plan to build a more resilient grid while meeting the state’s 100 percent renewables mandate. Read More

All need to rally to finish rail well


Updated on  September 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm
Oahu is getting more and more crowded, and that includes cars. Without a practical alternative to driving, traffic all over the island — but especially to where people live, work and shop — will continue to get worse, until it becomes unbearable. Read More

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