Tuesday, April 21, 2015         


Our View
 Stay focused on state IT upgrade
Hawaii officials need to keep their eyes on the prize — moving the state technologically into the 21st century — even if the timetable for making that shift has to be prolonged to make it more affordable and workable. Story »
Island Voices
The recent gasoline price drop has finally put Hawaii below $4 a gallon and as low as $2.74 per gallon at Iwilei Costco. While it is cheaper to fill up now than it's been in years, the costs continue to fluctuate and we must decrease our dependency on imported fuels by bolstering Hawaii's electric vehicle (EV) momentum.  Story »

This week, Hawaii is hosting an international tsunami science symposium, on the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Tsunami Warning System — a coordinated effort by member nations to advance tsunami hazard assessment, warning and preparedness across the Pacific Rim.  Story »

For Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Controls on pCards seem awfully lax • Rail should reduce number of cars • Access to top execs much appreciated; and more


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For Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Gov. David Ige is known for a low-key style, but his announcement regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope was so understated that observers are left wondering how he actually feels about the astronomy project atop Mauna Kea.
Work on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea is temporarily halted — but much activity has swirled around the project since March 6, when the state Land Board signed off on a notice to proceed with construction Story »

The Thirty Meter Telescope is committed to supporting Hawaii's next generation of STEM students. I am evidence of that. It helps sponsor the Akamai Workforce Initiative, which provides college students with internships at observatories and companies throughout Hawaii.  Story »

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, negotiations are in their final phase and the policy debate is in full swing. Unfortunately, it's shaping up as a debate about trees, not forests; it ignores the central goal of the TPP: to renew the Asia-Pacific trading system and firm up America's role in it.  Story »

The Star-Advertiser's coverage of opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea has recently focused on the opinions of Kānaka Maoli who support the project because it "has been done right," presumably in contrast to the 13 telescope projects preceding it.  Story »

Get mad about poor education • Sacredness lies in knowledge • A yearning to know more • A spiritual place for navigators • Esoteric studies won't help us • Compromise on telescopes and more  Story »

Sunday Comic
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Myles Breiner is a former city deputy prosecutor from the days when Charles Marsland was Honolulu's chief prosecutor, who now leads the charge for the rights of defendants — and by extension, he says, all of us — as president of the Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (HACDL).

The issues swirling around the Big Island's proposed Thirty Meter Telescope are so intense it now appears to be no longer about winning, but just not losing.

Synopsis: Some events in Hawai'i and elsewhere to show support for Mauna Kea.

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.


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