Friday, May 22, 2015         

Editorials

Our View
 Military flights cause for concern
The loss of life that occurred from the Sunday crash of the MV-22 Osprey aircraft is already a tragedy for the U.S. Marines and its families. However, failure to take this as a warning also could prove calamitous for the larger community that nestles close to Oahu's military bases. Story »
Island Voices
Protesters screaming that Mauna Kea is a sacred place ignore the Hawaiian creation legend that explains why doing astronomy there fulfills the essence of what makes it sacred. Story »

The University of Hawaii was entrusted with Mauna Kea in 1968, being given a 65-year lease from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. In 1998, the state auditor submitted a meticulous analysis of the University of Hawaii's abysmal performance over the prior 20 years. Story »

For Friday, May 22, 2015
Home-grown energy needed • Hard to believe we burn coal • Natatorium best for volleyball • Blood Bank needs to charge • Violence victims need privacy

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For Friday, May 22, 2015
Any time strides are made or upheld to allow the public to "follow the money" on political campaign donations, they should be hailed. • The general mainland ignorance of Waimanalo Bay and its splendors have made for a blissful beach experience for those who know the secret.
Insight
Recently, concerns have been raised about the current state of affairs at the Waikiki Aquarium. As Aquarium director for the past 11 years, I can offer my assurance that the facility is operating under the highest standards of excellence. Story »

I was hired by, and worked directly under, Andy Rossiter. The public should be very concerned about the management of the Waikiki Aquarium. I lasted six months there. Prior to joining the Aquarium staff, I had never been fired. Story »

For Oahu retailers, a key part of the business practice — packing up the merchandise sold — is about to change. At least one of them has been in rehearsal for the change for some time. Story »

The Waikiki Aquarium is seeking a curator to care for the animals and manage the exhibits staff. This should be a golden opportunity for a talented, skilled individual who wants to share and enlighten the public about the diversity of life in the sea. Story »

Efforts to pass statewide plastic bag regulations have failed in Hawaii, leaving retailers to contend with a range of different requirements for each county. Story »

Sunday Comic
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NAME IN THE NEWS
Young people concerned about their own health and the well-being of their generation propelled passage of legislation that has Hawaii poised to be the first state in the country to limit tobacco sales to people 21 and older.


ON POLITICS
If you can decide what is important, it isn't really that hard to find the money to fix it or make it better. For instance, this week Honolulu saw the big dogs get together to fix Waikiki Beach. And they are doing it by raising taxes.


KAUAKŪKALAHALE
Synopsis: What are your roots? Freedom of journalistic expression was the fundamental message of the demonstration, but does the question of roots lie at the bottom of the shooting incidents which shook Paris in January and brought millions to the streets in solidarity with the murdered journalists of Charlie Hebdo?


BACK IN THE DAY
A $215,000 appropriation has been written into the House-passed public works bill for a Pali Lookout tourist attraction. Spearheaded by representatives Frank W.C. Loo and Peter S. Iha, the appropriation would be used to build a lodge, rest rooms, restaurant and souvenir shops, as well as a lookout.

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