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COURTESY PIXABAY
                                For all the important focus on maintaining a social safety net for society’s less fortunate, there also must be better tracking and oversight of troubled people, particularly those with records of violence.

Repair safety net to protect public from violence

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                For all the important focus on maintaining a social safety net for society’s less fortunate, there also must be better tracking and oversight of troubled people, particularly those with records of violence.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm
For all the important focus on maintaining a social safety net for society’s less fortunate, there also must be better tracking and oversight of troubled people, particularly those with records of violence. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Since major airports are financially self-sustaining through internal revenue sources and require no local tax proceeds, they are ideal candidates for governance models that operate as independent public agencies.

Authority would bring sound business practices to airports

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Since major airports are financially self-sustaining through internal revenue sources and require no local tax proceeds, they are ideal candidates for governance models that operate as independent public agencies.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Considering the importance of commercial airports to Hawaii, the Legislature should pass and the governor should sign SB 658, HD2. Read More

Letters

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Who doesn’t think that more than $5.5 million plus 60 percent of the [estate] assets over $5.5 million net is not enough for wealthy decedents to leave for their heirs?” writes Kailua resident Lunsford Phillips.

Repeal of estate tax a giveaway to rich

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Who doesn’t think that more than $5.5 million plus 60 percent of the [estate] assets over $5.5 million net is not enough for wealthy decedents to leave for their heirs?” writes Kailua resident Lunsford Phillips.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 6:23 pm
I am not a tax attorney or adviser, but anyone can see that repealing the estate tax, which supporters of repeal call dramatically the “death” tax, only benefits the super-rich. Read More

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Off the News

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                A semi-slug shown on a nickel on the Big Island. A rising number of rat lungworm cases in Hawaii could be blamed on a recent influx on Maui of a semi-slug that can carry the disease, according to the state health department.

Fight rat lungworm disease, not each other

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                A semi-slug shown on a nickel on the Big Island. A rising number of rat lungworm cases in Hawaii could be blamed on a recent influx on Maui of a semi-slug that can carry the disease, according to the state health department.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 6:19 pm
Let’s hope that this week’s funding drama over rat lungworm disease was due to an oversight snafu — and not any personal or political animosity that stands to endanger public health. Read More

Insight

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

Facing child abuse: Changes 20 years after Kema case

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                                Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm
Nearly two decades have passed since 6-year-old Peter “Peter Boy” Kema was reported missing from his Hawaii island home. And at long last, some closure is near in the troubling case of child abuse and neglect. Read More

Name in the News

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 17
                                Lenny Klompus is with milling equipment used to fashion aluminum into unique parts for the robots.

Head of robotics program helps tech-savvy students succeed

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 17
                                Lenny Klompus is with milling equipment used to fashion aluminum into unique parts for the robots.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm
Lenny Klompus, who has helped shape the thriving robotics movement in Hawaii, serves as president and board chairman at Hawaii Friends of Robotics. Read More

Kauakukalahale

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                United Airlines’ tactics in having a man removed from an overbooked Chicago to Louisville flight created a national stir.

Ku‘ia nā hoa makalauna o ka lewa

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                United Airlines’ tactics in having a man removed from an overbooked Chicago to Louisville flight created a national stir.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 11:49 pm
Synopsis: The scandal involving the overbooked United Airlines flight and the passenger who was dragged off the plane created quite a public relations stir. It is clear that United has alternative ways of handling the situation but chose a path that would make it pay. Read More

On Politics

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige is preparing for a second statewide campaign — and it appears to be as low-key as his first attempts at state leadership, writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Ige’s administration lacks needed victories

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige is preparing for a second statewide campaign — and it appears to be as low-key as his first attempts at state leadership, writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Four years ago, the state Senate was wrapping up business for the year with a series of farewell toasts for its Ways and Means chairman, Sen. David Ige. Read More

Back in the Day

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A traditional Persian stew of chicken and eggplant is served alongside basmati rice with a crisp golden top and a plate of fresh herbs topped with nuts, radishes and a block of feta cheese. The herbs are eaten between bites of the stew, rice and yogurt.

Freshen palate with Persian cuisine

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A traditional Persian stew of chicken and eggplant is served alongside basmati rice with a crisp golden top and a plate of fresh herbs topped with nuts, radishes and a block of feta cheese. The herbs are eaten between bites of the stew, rice and yogurt.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Persian food is rich, colorful and delicious, and it offers refreshing flavor combinations that are unfamiliar to many local palates. Read More