Sunday, April 26, 2015         

Editorials

Our View
 Scrutinize bid to delist humpbacks
The federal agency that wants to remove humpback whales from the endangered species list will take public comments on the proposal for roughly the next three months. Conservationists are urged to weigh in with local wisdom about the population plying Hawaiian waters, which are essential breeding, calving and nursing areas for the majestic marine mammal.  Story »
Island Voices
The leadership of the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser editorial board oppose recent language in HMSA's provider contract that requires doctors to discuss cost implications with patients who are going to be referred to an out-of-network physician. Story »

Recent correspondence concerning the rail project ranges from killing it completely and losing federal funding, to terminating the alignment at Aloha Stadium or Aala Park or placing it at grade. Story »

For Sunday, April 26, 2015
Vacation rentals bad for neighborhoods • Leasing parking lot hurts area residents • HMSA also bullies physical therapists • Kenoi is a disgrace and should resign and more

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For Saturday, April 25, 2015
Consultants sure spend our money fast &bulll; Another reason Hawaii is wonderful
Insight
Standardized testing is in full swing in Hawaii's public schools, with about 93,000 students in grades 3-8 and 11 taking new, more difficult exams aligned with Common Core academic standards. 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 »

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 »

Sunday Comic
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NAME IN THE NEWS
As the chief academic officer of Hawaii's public schools, Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe was the point man for a reform movement that demanded more of teachers and principals in an all-out effort to boost opportunity and achievement for students.


ON POLITICS
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.


KAUAKŪKALAHALE
Synopsis: Aloha is showing strength in the Protect Mauna Kea movement. Here are a few events to show support and aloha for Mauna Kea.


BACK IN THE DAY
City officials are brainstorming ways to tap sources for more revenue, and given the pressing municipal needs of Honolulu, it's obvious why they're contemplating every rational plan.

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