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Chin should resign as AG while he runs for Congress

Attorney General Douglas Chin’s announcement that he’s running for Congress is no surprise, but Gov. David Ige’s decision not to ask Chin to resign while he campaigns is surprising and troubling. Read More

Officials hope dillydallying will resolve Natatorium

I worry the city has taken literally his concept of wishful fantasy in deciding the fate of the crumbling Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. Read More

Ige inherits tech problem and creates 2 of his own

Nothing ever seems to compute when the state upgrades its computers, and Gov. David Ige has made little headway in changing the calculus. Read More

Police order to turn in guns violates trust and rights

It turns out the police crackdown on gun-toting medical stoners predated Ballard’s recent appointment as police chief, and she has now ordered a review of the policy following the uproar over the gun confiscation letter that went out in her name. Read More

State Hospital escape shows unacceptable acceptance by legislators

Randall Saito’s escape from the Hawaii State Hospital sent Gov. David Ige and state legislators running to the microphones to declare it “unacceptable.” You think? Read More
 

Renovation of Blaisdell is nice, but not necessary

The wildly escalating cost of Oahu rail has a way of poisoning other city projects, even when they seem unrelated. Read More

HPD officers’ wide support for new chief signals hope

The strong show of support for new Honolulu police Chief Susan Ballard by fellow officers at her swearing-in bodes well for her chances of lifting the department out of the funk left by the corruption scandals of federally indicted former Chief Louis Kealoha. Read More

Sound bites aren’t the ticket to Ige’s re-election

If Gov. David Ige and his advisers really think his low voter approval and perceived vulnerability are only because he hasn’t communicated his success, they could face a grim primary election night. Read More
 

Hawaii could face the same winds of scorn that hit Puerto Rico

Hawaii should pay special attention to President Donald Trump’s shameful bullying of Puerto Rico as the U.S. commonwealth staggers from a historically devastating hurricane. Read More

Little medical scrutiny in medical pot screenings

Even before the state’s medical marijuana law is fully implemented, some legislators are talking about making marijuana legally available to all adults for recreational use. Read More

Instability, distrust still mire Police Department

It rankled when former police Chief Louis Kea­loha, facing a federal corruption investigation for allegedly involving the department in a family legal dispute, was paid $250,000 by the Police Commission to go away. Read More

Schatz gains traction with hawkishness over climate

Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is one of the few congressional Democrats who broken from a consensus in the party to hold fire on climate change politics while hurricane victims in Florida and Texas recover. Read More

Rail has run the mayor flat broke in credibility

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s trail of debt on Oahu rail is strewn with loose words and broken promises. Read More

Management, not funding, of rail needs to be explored

State legislators are focused on the wrong question heading into their Aug. 28 special session on Oahu’s $10 billion runaway train. Read More

Sticking up for the little guy is never such a bad move

Many in Hawaii have mixed feelings about Attorney General Doug Chin’s multiple lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Read More

Tillerson offers hope for solution on N. Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered the first hope in a while of a path to peaceful resolution of the Korean nuclear crisis that has Hawaii, Alaska and ultimately the U.S. mainland in the crosshairs. Read More

Isle leaders intently keep blind eye on rail’s budget

Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the City Council, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the state Legislature have made a culture of looking the other way when it comes to the financial and managerial lapses that have doubled the cost of Oahu rail to $10 billion and delayed its opening by six years. Read More

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