The obituary for U.S. manufacturing has been written many times. But as Mark Twain famously informed the New York Journal after various newspapers had reported that he was dead or dying, reports of manufacturing's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Caregivers sometimes find supplies or equipment delivered at the door that they had, in fact, expected. But, said Susan Reinhard, it would be nice had it come with instructions or, better still, an instructor.
State Rep. Angus McKelvey likes the metaphor: Finding the best fix for the Hawaii Health Connector is like trying to fix an airplane after takeoff. You have to do it very carefully, he said. That is the whole approach to the current version of House Bill 2529, originally a proposal to make the Connector a state agency.
I was talking about government and the economy with then-state Rep. Brian Schatz, later lieutenant governor and now U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz. "You're not saying that all you want government to do is fix the potholes and clean the bathrooms at the public park?" he asked me.
In preparing the executive supplemental budget, Gov. Neil Abercrombie set forth an overall strategy of maintaining a sustainable multi-year financial plan to establish a solid financial foundation for Hawaii.
Everyone can be forgiven for being confused about the meaning of "affordable housing." The expression is popularly applied to everything from heavily subsidized public rentals up to condos that are also described as "workforce housing," units priced for urban professionals.
The method hailed as the best way to end chronic homelessness was born of desperation more than two decades ago on the streets of New York City: Psychologist Sam Tsemberis despaired seeing his severely mentally ill, drug addicted or alcoholic patients cycle from the streets to jail, psychiatric wards, homeless shelters and back to the streets.
The overarching goal of the public nonprofit East-West Center -- established in 1960 by Congress -- is to promote cooperation and understanding among nations in Asia, the Pacific and the United States.
A friend of mine used to say: "Managing is nice, being managed is not." This is especially true in academic institutions like the East-West Center. Fereidun Fesharaki has been highly critical of the EWC's present management and its president, Dr. Charles Morrison
As times change, so must institutions. With the growth of Asia, the core public diplomacy mission of the East-West Center -- promoting deeper understanding and relations among peoples of the Asia-Pacific -- is more relevant than ever.
Back in 2011, when the University of Hawaii at Hilo began its concerted push for funds to build a permanent home for its College of Pharmacy, it released "Emergence of the College of Pharmacy," a book about the birth of the institution, a photo depicting a river of lava on the front cover. The idea was to use the metaphor of volcanic emergence, which seems suited to the Hawaii island setting.
Those born in the mid-1980s and later, the fabled millennials, don't care much for political labels.
A series of polls taken late last year show that about 45 percent consider themselves to be independents. Another 33 percent say they are Democrats and 23 percent say Republican.
Recent national research suggests that Gov. Neil Abercrombie's scaled-back, dual approach to early learning — focused on getting the neediest kids into a variety of public and private programs — fuels the best educational outcomes for disadvantaged children and offers taxpayers a stronger return on their investment.
Laws limiting outdoor advertising are designed to protect what the 9th U.S. Circuit Court described "as perhaps the state's most valuable and fragile economic asset — the natural beauty upon which Hawaii's tourism economy relies."
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Hawaii, schools should update their curriculums to reflect that fact, and include more positive depictions of same-sex couples and their children, the contributions of gays and lesbians to society, the history of the gay-rights movement and other topics important to the LGBT community that have been neglected in the past, advocates say.
For all the talk about supporting local agriculture in Hawaii, ranchers and farmers in the islands sometimes feel besieged. While contentious debates over GMOs and pesticides garner more headlines, theft remains a persistent problem, especially for the small operations that are less able to absorb the loss of livestock, fruit, vegetables and plants.
This past Friday, Nov. 8, marked the 25th anniversary of the historic "Save Sandy Beach Initiative" vote in 1988, when Oahu residents took a stand to defend the wild nature of the Ka Iwi coast and said "no" to a city-approved, luxury subdivision that would have stretched more than a mile along the mauka side of Kalanianaole Highway from Sandy Beach Park to the 11th hole of the Hawaii Kai Golf Course.
Now that the sculpture "Forgotten Inheritance" is back in full view at the Hawaii Convention Center, the urgent debate that rightly focused on the artist's right to free expression should give way to a broader dialogue that also raises awareness about how Hawaii's indigenous culture is depicted in art, commerce and daily life.
My father came to the Islands from northeastern Kansas with the Air Force and married a local girl just after World War II. He grew up on a farm during the Great Depression and gleaned some degree of native wisdom.
Clara-Joyce Olds was mourning the death of her father from early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 1996, after having cared for him during his last days. "If I ever get this disease," she told her husband Mark, "I want you to put me in a home. I don't want to be a burden to you."
The Affordable Care Act, talked about in the abstract since it became law three years ago, will become concrete reality to most Americans within six weeks, when the various state and federal health-insurance exchanges go online.
Public school students head back to the classroom tomorrow and, other than noting their friends' new clothes or the names of their new teachers, things are probably going to look just about the same as they remember it from the other end of their brief summer break.
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