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                                This week, Hawaii lawmakers took a step in the right direction by advancing House Bill 552, a measure that seeks to secure the benefits established by the ACA (“Obamacare”) when that law was enacted in 2010.

Protect Hawaii’s health policies

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                                This week, Hawaii lawmakers took a step in the right direction by advancing House Bill 552, a measure that seeks to secure the benefits established by the ACA (“Obamacare”) when that law was enacted in 2010.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm
The campaign against the Affordable Care Act hit a wall Thursday, with the Republican congressional leadership unable to muster the votes to pass its replacement. Read More

Island Voices

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                                “It is time for the Hawaii Legislature to protect our human right to autonomy in health care, including a legal option for medical aid in dying,” writes Malachy Grange, a retired registered nurse and Hawaii hospice volunteer.

Like other states, Hawaii is ready for medical aid in dying

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                                “It is time for the Hawaii Legislature to protect our human right to autonomy in health care, including a legal option for medical aid in dying,” writes Malachy Grange, a retired registered nurse and Hawaii hospice volunteer.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm
It is time for the Hawaii Legislature to protect our human right to autonomy in health care, including a legal option for medical aid in dying. Read More

Letters

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                                “Women making decisions about pregnancy need timely access to medically accurate information,” writes Ann S. Freed, co-chair of Hawaii Women’s Coalition. “Sending women to one of these ‘providers’ who delay pregnancy tests as a tactic put women’s health at risk.”

Clinics should offer real pregnancy care

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                                “Women making decisions about pregnancy need timely access to medically accurate information,” writes Ann S. Freed, co-chair of Hawaii Women’s Coalition. “Sending women to one of these ‘providers’ who delay pregnancy tests as a tactic put women’s health at risk.”

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm
Imagine you are a woman who needs a pregnancy test. Then imagine you see a sign, “Pregnancy Service Center,” offering free pregnancy tests. You go in and what you get is propaganda, obfuscation and a lack of privacy, as your personal information can be disclosed to anyone. Read More

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Off the News

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                                Workers with T&M Environmental drag a tarp filled with debris from the makai slopes of Diamond Head in an effort to clear homeless camps from the area on Wednesday.

A better shelter awaits Diamond Head dwellers

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                                Workers with T&M Environmental drag a tarp filled with debris from the makai slopes of Diamond Head in an effort to clear homeless camps from the area on Wednesday.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm
State law enforcement officers are clearing 40 or so homeless encampments — mostly tucked behind tangles of kiawe and hidden from view — on Diamond Head’s iconic slopes. Read More

Insight

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                The HPOWER waste-to-energy facility in Campbell Industrial Park has been able to increase the amount of garbage diverted from landfills due to expansion. A giant claw, above, picked up trash at the facility.

New landfill site elusive, but HPOWER burning more waste

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                The HPOWER waste-to-energy facility in Campbell Industrial Park has been able to increase the amount of garbage diverted from landfills due to expansion. A giant claw, above, picked up trash at the facility.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm
City officials have made progress at turning a mountain into a molehill — the mountain being Oahu’s mammoth heap of trash. But the fact remains that there will always be excess material, and the need to stow it someplace. Read More

Name in the News

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

HCDA executive director balances needs of developers

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                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, a state agency that has oversight of land uses in Kakaako, Kalaeloa and Heeia — the latter being a site where preservation more than development is the concern. Read More

Kauakukalahale

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                                Getting angry does not solve anything when we’re on the road. Let’s heed some of the words from our kūpuna.

Hōlapu ke ahi, koe iho ka lehu

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                                Getting angry does not solve anything when we’re on the road. Let’s heed some of the words from our kūpuna.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Road rage is something probably everybody experiences, but we should find ways to curb it because the consequences may be permanent. Getting angry does not solve anything. Let’s heed some of the words from our küpuna. Read More

On Politics

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                                “If Republican fiscal conservatives are holding elections-have-consequences parties, others, including those just hanging on, could discover that the consequences for Hawaii are bleak,” writes Richard Borreca.

Federal gov’s proposed belt-tightening will put huge squeeze on Hawaii’s budget

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                                “If Republican fiscal conservatives are holding elections-have-consequences parties, others, including those just hanging on, could discover that the consequences for Hawaii are bleak,” writes Richard Borreca.

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 12:10 am
There is a flood of scary government budget news this month and it is likely to just get worse. Read More

Back in the Day

Oct. 16, 1964: Shoemaker, Hitch, Cool to Foreign Trade Zone

Every Sunday, “Back in the Day” looks at an article that ran on this date in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The items are verbatim, so don’t blame us today for yesteryear’s bad grammar. Read More
Updated on  October 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm