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Our View

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The politicians had better rethink the wisdom of pushing more than a dozen new taxes on a weary workforce already reeling from the rising cost of living. Unless they reverse this trend they may be fueling a potential tax revolt.

Citizens already feel tax-fatigued

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The politicians had better rethink the wisdom of pushing more than a dozen new taxes on a weary workforce already reeling from the rising cost of living. Unless they reverse this trend they may be fueling a potential tax revolt.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm
The Legislature seems to be in a kind of a fiscal panic, with the downward revision in projected state revenues that came to light in recent weeks. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                If you share our opposition to a Medicare voucher system, contact your congressional members to make sure your voice is heard.

‘No’ to Medicare voucher system

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                If you share our opposition to a Medicare voucher system, contact your congressional members to make sure your voice is heard.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm
Under a voucher system, the basic premise of guaranteed coverage would be tossed aside. Instead, consumers would get a fixed dollar amount to help pay for care in the private marketplace. If that amount is insufficient, tough luck! Read More

Letters

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                In this April 2016 file photo, seniors enjoyed entertainment, refreshments, and health information booths at Kupuna Power Day. According to state data, by 2020, it’s projected that about one-quarter of the state’s population will be age 60 or older. Demographers say that as a state, we’re aging more rapidly and living longer than any other state.

Respite would aid family caregivers

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                In this April 2016 file photo, seniors enjoyed entertainment, refreshments, and health information booths at Kupuna Power Day. According to state data, by 2020, it’s projected that about one-quarter of the state’s population will be age 60 or older. Demographers say that as a state, we’re aging more rapidly and living longer than any other state.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm
As the Star-Advertiser editorialized recently, House Bill 607 and Senate Bill 534 deserve legislative support. Read More

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Off the News

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword, left, with acting HPD Chief Cary Okimoto at last month’s meeting. Open to the public, commission meetings are held 2 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at HPD headquarters.

Police Commission moving apace on new powers

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword, left, with acting HPD Chief Cary Okimoto at last month’s meeting. Open to the public, commission meetings are held 2 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at HPD headquarters.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm
It’s good to see the Honolulu Police Commission taking brisk strides to consider a framework that should improve public confidence in the police department. 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