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Finally, real state action on our No. 1 crisis: homes

Two state Senate committees are finally trying to put real money behind the state’s so-far anemic attempts to address Hawaii’s affordable-housing crisis, arguably our No. 1 problem. Read More

Mayor’s plan brings rail to new level of insanity

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council Chairman Ron Menor think Oahu taxpayers are so rich we can pay not only for a $10 billion rail system that’s $5 billion over budget and climbing, but also for road projects on the neighbor islands. Read More

City needs to prove rail’s worth before funding flows

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is begging the Legislature for another excise tax bailout for Oahu’s runaway rail project, claiming, “This project is just too important to let it die (or) let it stop at Middle Street.” Read More

True secret to marriage is a sense of humor

My wife, Maggie, and I celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary on my writing day, and it seemed inappropriate to spend the day pontificating about my usual subjects. Read More
Updated on  January 21, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Isle GOP has only itself to blame for poor showing

With the Republican takeover of Washington, D.C., the local GOP is crying about Hawaii being out of step because of our all-Democratic congressional delegation. Yes, Hawaii would probably benefit from having a Republican voice on Capitol Hill, as the late U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong and former U.S. Rep. Pat Saiki once provided. Read More
                                Primary Elections at Kaiser High School.

Voting sends stronger message than ignoring polls

                                Primary Elections at Kaiser High School.

Updated on  October 23, 2016 at 7:48 am
This year’s election season has been so pilau that when my ballot arrived in the mail last week, I felt I should put on a hazmat suit before opening it. Read More

‘No conflict’ doesn’t mean mayor’s bank post is ethical

Mayor Kirk Caldwell denied at a recent debate with opponent Charles Djou that his post as a director of Territorial Savings Bank, which pays him $200,000 to $299,000 a year according to his financial disclosure, constitutes a second job in addition to his mayoral role that pays $164,928. Read More
Updated on  October 9, 2016 at 12:14 am

Clinton’s past vulnerabilities haunt her current campaign

Hillary Clinton entered the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries as the clear front-runner, backed by the party establishment, cash rich and expected to cruise by opponents such as Joe Biden, John Edwards and Chris Dodd. Read More
Updated on  September 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Federal and city officials ramp up rail melodrama

Last week’s meeting of city leaders and the Federal Transit Administration in San Francisco was more like an audition for the Academy Awards than a responsible attempt to fix what’s wrong with Oahu rail. Read More
Updated on  September 3, 2016 at 7:46 pm