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                                On Monday, the Senate’s WAM Committee took up that chamber’s rail-tax extension bill. K. N. Murthy, left, interim executive director and CEO of HART, Councilman Joey Manahan, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Councilman Kymberly Pine listened to testimony.

Senate’s rail plan all talk, no solution

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                                On Monday, the Senate’s WAM Committee took up that chamber’s rail-tax extension bill. K. N. Murthy, left, interim executive director and CEO of HART, Councilman Joey Manahan, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Councilman Kymberly Pine listened to testimony.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm
The Senate must know its plan will not provide a route to complete the project Honolulu needs. Its leadership needs to buckle down and deliver one that will. Read More

Island Voices

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Last year’s Legislature set up a special action team to figure out how to get 22,500 affordable housing units built in the next 10 years. What is an affordable housing unit and for whom is it affordable? Housing advocates are asking these questions all the time.

Bonds can finance affordable housing

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Last year’s Legislature set up a special action team to figure out how to get 22,500 affordable housing units built in the next 10 years. What is an affordable housing unit and for whom is it affordable? Housing advocates are asking these questions all the time.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm
What do we want? Housing! When do we want it? NOW! Read More

Letters

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                In Oregon, the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) steers patients to suicide in lieu of desired treatments for cure or to extend life. Private insurers have this same ability. Kenneth Stevens, M.D., is a doctor in Oregon. He asks, do you want this to be your choice?

Learn lessons of Oregon’s law

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                In Oregon, the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) steers patients to suicide in lieu of desired treatments for cure or to extend life. Private insurers have this same ability. Kenneth Stevens, M.D., is a doctor in Oregon. He asks, do you want this to be your choice?

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 6:11 pm
In Oregon, the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) steers patients to suicide in lieu of desired treatments for cure or to extend life. Private insurers have this same ability. Do you want this to be your choice? Read More

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Off the News

COURTESY NAOJ
                                A 3-D rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

A contentious TMT hearing nears its end

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                                A 3-D rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm
More than four months after it began, the contested-case hearing on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea is finally coming to a close. Read More

InsightIsland Voices

DENNIS ODA / JAN. 27
                                Terry Santos walked through a connecting corridor at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi. Debate is swirling about rebuilding OCCC.

Problem with prisons: Old facilities hinder safety, efficiencies

DENNIS ODA / JAN. 27
                                Terry Santos walked through a connecting corridor at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi. Debate is swirling about rebuilding OCCC.

Updated on  February 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm
We can’t replace all facilities at once, but OCCC is a necessary start. Let’s do it because it’s the human thing to do. Read More

Name in the News

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mateo Caballero, legal director of ACLU of Hawaii, is concerned for family members about crossing borders, given the current climate under the Trump administration.

Legal director of ACLU-Hawaii steps up as immigration becomes a hot issue

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mateo Caballero, legal director of ACLU of Hawaii, is concerned for family members about crossing borders, given the current climate under the Trump administration.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm
Mateo Caballero, legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, is watching the national debate over immigration and refugees with more than academic interest. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Pluto is currently labeled a “dwarf planet,” but despite this label, some people still don’t view it as a real planet.

Aia nō kahi ‘Ilioki ua pa’a i waho o ke anu

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Pluto is currently labeled a “dwarf planet,” but despite this label, some people still don’t view it as a real planet.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm
Synopsis: New efforts are being made to reverse the 2006 decision to revoke Pluto’s status as a planet in our solar system. It is currently labeled a “dwarf planet”. Despite this label, it is not viewed by some as a real planet. Why then call it a “planet”? Read More

On Politics

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                House Speaker Joe Souki is tallying up the votes for SB 1129, which would allow a terminally ill person to get a prescription for medication to be self-administered to end the patient’s life. It will be a close vote, writes Richard Borreca. Legislators will get little political benefit, but the public benefit of voting for compassion and empathy is immense.

If Souki’s tallies are right, medically-assisted-death bill has fighting chance to survive

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                House Speaker Joe Souki is tallying up the votes for SB 1129, which would allow a terminally ill person to get a prescription for medication to be self-administered to end the patient’s life. It will be a close vote, writes Richard Borreca. Legislators will get little political benefit, but the public benefit of voting for compassion and empathy is immense.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Legislators will get little political benefit, but the public benefit of voting for compassion and empathy is immense. 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