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COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Some farm-focused groups argue that any state ban in advance of federal action would be costly. Local farmers would be forced to pour time and money into other pest-control options, giving mainland farmers still using chlorpyrifos an economic advantage.

Take hard look at insecticide use

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Some farm-focused groups argue that any state ban in advance of federal action would be costly. Local farmers would be forced to pour time and money into other pest-control options, giving mainland farmers still using chlorpyrifos an economic advantage.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 5:52 pm
Over the next few months, state lawmakers should take a hard look at chlorpyrifos and the scope of the proposed state and federal bans. Read More

Island Voices

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Republicans gathered at Big City Diner to view the Trump inauguration last month. Eric Ryan, president of the Hawaii Republican Assembly, says it will take an assertive Republican Party in the islands that works 24/7/365 to pave the way for the election of reform-minded GOP candidates and enactment of reform-minded policies.

Only real Republicans, not RINOS, can turn Hawaii around

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Republicans gathered at Big City Diner to view the Trump inauguration last month. Eric Ryan, president of the Hawaii Republican Assembly, says it will take an assertive Republican Party in the islands that works 24/7/365 to pave the way for the election of reform-minded GOP candidates and enactment of reform-minded policies.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Failed Democrat policies have lowered the quality of life in Hawaii. Voting like a Democrat drives Hawaii deeper into trouble by enacting more dubious Democrat programs while refusing to repeal failed policies. Read More

Letters

Jamm Aquino / 2016
                                Kauai resident Linda Estes thinks our athletic teams will do a good job of marketing Hawaii and promoting tourism.

Let UH athletics promote tourism

Jamm Aquino / 2016
                                Kauai resident Linda Estes thinks our athletic teams will do a good job of marketing Hawaii and promoting tourism.

Updated on  February 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm
Taking $6 million out of the Hawaii Tourism Authority marketing budget and giving it to the athletics programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo is an excellent idea. Read More

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Off the News

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The local debate over fluoride dates back decades, with some opponents wary of adding anything other than chlorine to drinking water and others claiming that the mineral is harmful to health, despite a lack of supporting scientific evidence.

Fluoride in drinking water deserves a hearing

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The local debate over fluoride dates back decades, with some opponents wary of adding anything other than chlorine to drinking water and others claiming that the mineral is harmful to health, despite a lack of supporting scientific evidence.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm
State lawmakers have again sent bills that would bring cavity-fighting fluoride to more water faucets down the drain. Read More

Insight

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Roosevelt High School Thursday, college instructor Jay Stout answered a question from Jennifer Xiao as Ren Nakamura looked on during an Early College speech class.

Never too Early for College

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Roosevelt High School Thursday, college instructor Jay Stout answered a question from Jennifer Xiao as Ren Nakamura looked on during an Early College speech class.

Updated on  February 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm
Karen Lee has assembled a lot of data points to support the push for Early College, a program in which high school students earn tuition-free credits toward both their diplomas and a future college degree. Read More

Name in the News

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As the field organizer for both the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and one of its projects, the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii, Wendy Gibson spends much of her time working to educate people about cannabis.

Nurse educates the public on health benefits of cannabis

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As the field organizer for both the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and one of its projects, the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii, Wendy Gibson spends much of her time working to educate people about cannabis.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Wendy Gibson, cannabis nurse, first became interested in the medical marijuana field by taking the opponent’s side. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY DREAMSTIME / TNS
                                Fathering children at an advanced age can carry severe consequences for their children’s health. The biggest surprise is the actual age that is considered advanced. It can be less than 40.

Māhuahua nā kīnā i ke o’o o ka māna’ai

COURTESY DREAMSTIME / TNS
                                Fathering children at an advanced age can carry severe consequences for their children’s health. The biggest surprise is the actual age that is considered advanced. It can be less than 40.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Synopsis: Many men will be surprised to learn that fathering children at an advanced age can carry severe consequences for their children’s health. There is an increased risk for certain afflictions that will be problematic for the child. The biggest surprise is the actual age that is considered advanced. It can be less than 40. Read More

On Politics

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Richard Borreca writes how the state is planning to take more of your money for things it is doing already, as well as the “clear money grab” bills in store.

Residents, brace for a clear money grab by politicians

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Richard Borreca writes how the state is planning to take more of your money for things it is doing already, as well as the “clear money grab” bills in store.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm
So the good news is you get the bad news first: Taxes are going up. 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