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Political snits snarl recovery from Big Isle eruption disaster

House Speaker Scott Saiki and Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke are out of line in their political bullying of Big Island officials trying to recover from an ongoing volcanic disaster that has crippled a major quadrant of the island. Read More

Kirk Caldwell is off track blaming high rail cost on Colleen Hanabusa

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s effort to stick U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa for skyrocketing rail costs is shameless even for him. Read More

Voters should rebel against super PAC campaign clout

For the first time since the infamous smear against Ben Cayetano’s 2012 mayoral campaign by Pacific Resource Partnership, a well-funded super PAC is investing heavily in a Hawaii election. Read More

Hanabusa coasts on leadership claims while vague on policy

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is campaigning for governor on her abilities as a leader, but she is failing the first obligation of political leadership: telling voters exactly where she intends to lead us. Read More

Hawaii News Now enables Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign hypocrisy

Hawaii News Now deserves kudos for hosting debates that try to energize local elections, but made a couple of bad journalistic calls in the latest round by shutting out potentially the most interesting GOP candidate for governor and again letting U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard run and hide to deny opponents a chance to be heard. Read More
 

Top-2 system offers better choices than party primaries

With each election cycle, it becomes more difficult to take Hawaii Republicans seriously as a major political party. Read More

Hawaii risks include slow-moving natural, man-made disasters

The volcanic eruption in the Big Island’s lower Puna district is a rare natural disaster that occurs in slow motion. Read More
 

Mixing politics and policing undermines progress

As the Honolulu Police Department makes good progress digging out from the Louis Kealoha corruption scandal, the last thing it needs is an infusion of politics into policing. Read More

Harry Kim remains a caring, competent voice in crises

Harry Kim can’t stop the lava, but for four decades he’s shown curmudgeonly genius for helping his people through the anguish. Read More

All 3 major Democratic candidates deserve scrutiny

With Gov. David Ige picking up fewer endorsements, lacking a coherent campaign strategy and facing a Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll showing him 20 points behind U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, many feel it’s already over three months before the Aug. 11 Democratic primary. Read More

Action needed on mail-in balloting to increase voter turnout

Mail-in balloting has been popular among Hawaii’s most active voters, but the Legislature has sidestepped the next logical step of switching everybody to mail-in voting to improve our dismal overall turnout. Read More

Operating costs of rail require stable, long-term funding

The machinations at Honolulu Hale to fund a potential $44 million shortfall for rail administration in 2019 portend an even bigger predicament rumbling down the track. Read More

People power protects local use of Ala Moana Park

Those who think civic engagement is pointless in these polarized times should look at the battle over Ala Moana Beach Park, which has played out as a testament to municipal democracy. Read More

At last, the end appears near for medical-aid-in-dying debate

Hawaii advocates for “death with dignity” legislation to allow the hopelessly ill the choice to end their suffering on their own terms have felt for 20 years like Charlie Brown and his football — so close, but always snatched away. Read More

Angry voters can trump special interests at the ballot box

Because we are still a democracy, as my granddaughter says, aroused citizens who vote are more powerful than the threats of any monied lobbyists. Read More

Caldwell lost his cool with surf league and let meet get away

There was Mayor Kirk Caldwell at one of his dog-and-pony news conferences, portraying himself as the voice of reason in a dispute with the World Surf League over scheduling dates on the North Shore. Read More

Future uncertain for Hawaii’s lowest-paid workers

Without a state plan, we could face a future where even more locals leave Hawaii for economic survival and those who remain are increasingly divided between the rich living in luxury condos and the poor living on the sidewalks below. Read More

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