Saturday, April 18, 2015         

Editorials

Our View
 Promise not to text while you're driving
As a society we've seemingly lost some of our ability to focus on the task at hand. Ordinarily that's an annoyance, but as Hawaii sadly noted this past week, it can have tragic consequences. Story »
Island Voices
If there was any lingering question about the need for rail, the recent mega-jam should put that to rest.  Story »

Medicare's "sustainable growth rate" (SGR) formula, passed in 1997, required drastic cuts to physician fees annually.  Story »

For Saturday, April 18, 2015
Humane Society does good work • Senate should consent to Lynch • Impeach Kenoi over pCard use; and more

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For Saturday, April 18, 2015
Wow, Wie is playing really well • Bankoh banks on future customers
Insight
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 »

Tony Green happily points out one of the advantages of voting by mail that many in his community enjoy the most: Once they send in the ballot, they drop off the list of undecided voters that campaign robo-callers care about. Story »

Recently, Gov. David Ige spoke about his energy policy, emphasizing the need for diverse solutions to break Hawaii's dependence on imported oil. At Hawaiian Electric, we couldn't agree more. Story »

This spring, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress want to use an outdated process used to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement more than 20 years ago — a rule called "fast track" — to force through trade deals without a real debate or any amendments.  Story »

Hawaiian Electric is at the forefront in addressing a vast array of complex issues associated with Hawaii's clean energy transformation, and its goals -- including increasing renewables to 65 percent, tripling distributed solar and lowering customer bills 20 percent in real terms by 2030 -- are among the most ambitious in the nation. Story »

Sunday Comic
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NAME IN THE NEWS
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).


ON POLITICS
After days and nights of testimony, private meetings and public pleas, the city and the state Legislature are reaching decision time on the over-budget, 20-mile heavy rail system now under construction.


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


BACK IN THE DAY
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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