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All clean energy is just a dream

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2015
NextEra’s record not inspiring • Utility on Kauai could be a model • Student travel still possible; and more

Leading tours for freebie is common

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 1, 2015
Leading tours for freebie is common • HECO best equipped to analyze its costs • Don’t let LNG ploy distract us from goal • Perhaps FEMA could donate some trailers • Why go hiking when weather threatens? • Treat motorists and bicyclists equally

Public schools here fail to make progress

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 31, 2015
The recent headline "DOE buoyed by students' slight gains" appears to be another sugar- coated article about how educators' aims to make "sweeping educational reforms" has somehow boosted ACT scores for our students entering college (Star-Advertiser, Aug. 27).

Hawaii's energy goals are useless distraction

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015
Gov. David Ige has forcefully expressed his commitment to ridding Hawaii of electric power generation from fossil fuels in order to contribute to the effort to reduce global warming.

Teacher shortage here has many causes

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2015

Chun Oakland deserves praise

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2015
Chun Oakland deserves praise • Can Army help homeless vets? • Homeless have basic needs, too • Raw sewage not our only mess • Keep thrill craft at safe distance

Ige correct to resist calls to use LNG

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2015
Ige correct to resist calls to use LNG • Time to privatize handling of sewage • Martin put politics over homelessness • Not all Hawaiians support protesters • Ka Iwi case suggests way to end protests • Have legislators host homeless families

‘Clean energy’ just not practical

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 26, 2015
‘Clean energy’ just not practical • Slackers not our worst problem • Low-cost homes got bulldozed • Don’t buy into Trump’s trope • Iran will be able to just buy nukes • If times are good, bad will be awful • DOE bosses get AC but not kids • Pay raises due if work merits it

Ka Iwi leaders an inspiration

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2015
Ka Iwi leaders an inspiration • Kapalama Canal could be lovely • It’s Clinton who should take fall • Don’t use babies for political aims • Bomb reactors easily detectable • Don’t wait for Laniakea fatality

Federal official not too encouraging

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 24, 2015
Federal official not too encouraging • Homeless need jobs, skilled and unskilled • Happy birthday, Duke Kahanamoku • Atherton House fostered friendships • Give news coverage to keiki competitors • Blackout warnings bad sign for future

It’s a bad idea to feed fish off Waikiki Beach

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2015
As a retired science teacher, I now volunteer several mornings each week at the Waikiki Aquarium. I have begun to notice an activity that is harmful to our already stressed coral reefs and near-shore waters: fish feeding.

Cost of rail construction impossible to calculate

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 22, 2015
Anyone interested in seeing what rail construction will do to a community should come into Waipahu and Pearl City to see the devastation of businesses and the traffic jams created.

Let voters have say again on rail

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 21, 2015
Let voters have say again on rail • Iran deal seems fatally flawed • Illegal aliens not a voting threat • Schools could house homeless • ISIS inside U.S.’s ‘decision cycle’

NextEra has offered a lot of information

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2015
NextEra has offered a lot of information • North Shore needs better infrastructure • Other business near rail need tax break • No child should go hungry in Hawaii • Homeless should obey the law, too • A better diet won’t stop kidney dialysis

Just let PRP run city’s rail board

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 19, 2015
Large farms here are thing of past • ‘Sweeps’ are not compassionate • Most people not fans of Trump; and more

Please don’t use marsh for recreation

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 18, 2015
Now maybe some work will get done • Crosswalks blend in too much with roads • ‘God Bless America’ should be anthem; and more

Condescension not appreciated

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 17, 2015
Telescopes actually serve to consecrate • Hawaiians didn’t originate in Hawaii • Deal with Iran good as it’s going to get; and more

U.S. and Japan allied in bullying Okinawa

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 16, 2015
While the U.S. and Japan celebrate, Okinawans struggle now to end World War II in Ryukyu, better known as Okinawa, where the U.S. and Japan continue to militarily occupy the once-sovereign island nation 70 years after the U.S. invasion (“Pearl Harbor fireworks to mark 70 years of peace,” Star-Advertiser, Aug. 14).

Pay better salaries to get needed teachers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2015
Trump and Sowell have much in common • Trump wrong about China’s currency move • Ancient cultures lacked modern conveniences; and more

Re-examine laws on ag zoning

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2015
Re-examine laws on ag zoning • NextEra could cut Hawaii jobs • DOH must work to save funding • Homeless should keep areas clean • Support Schatz and Iran deal

Water main breaks raise questions

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2015
Water main breaks raise questions • Homeless occupying park in Kapahulu • Make sure donations are used properly • Trump would keep us all entertained • Unitarians support Planned Parenthood • Iran deal will lead to war, not avoid it

Teach snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2015
Let’s hear more about Fiorina • Green sea turtle is part of Hawaii • Kakaako needs a preschool; and more

Kema-Kaleiwahea deserves the best

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2015
Reward work and you’ll get more of it • Taxpayers will tire of being abused • TMT debate really a matter of trust; and more

iLEAD Kauai would like charter status

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2015
Radical feminists betray feminism • Global warming difficult to deny • Everyone should learn to recycle; and more

Visit to Hiroshima was stunning and inspiring

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 9, 2015
On the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, we should look at the event not only as a horrific act of war but also a legacy of peace.

Hawaiians have more to offer world than TMT

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 8, 2015
Krauthammer ignores Israel’s transgressions • Nuclear arms pact with Iran a threat to U.S. • Chaplain who blessed Enola Gay regretted it

Let’s take better care of our aina

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 7, 2015
Let’s take better care of our aina • Homeless leave too much litter • Time to declare an emergency • Fix up state’s vacant housing • HECO could be publicly owned

Use Aloha Stadium to help homeless

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 6, 2015
Use Aloha Stadium to help homeless • Sand Island units would be cheapest • ISIS can thank U.S. for gains it’s made • Political correctness reflects group-think • Actually, probably all ground is sacred • Taxing solar power would be bad policy • Hawaii’s priorities seem to be mixed up

Rejection of TPP would hurt U.S.

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 5, 2015
TPP would help Hawaii economy • Telescopes not a threat to Hawaii • Rail votes need to be challenged; and more

Start school later, when it’s cooler

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 4, 2015
Repair restroom at Magic Island • Treat mentally ill in proper facilities • Beware company that supports Bush; and more

Rail gobbling up all available funds

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 3, 2015
Will Michael Burns see the "big picture" ("Expert hired to gauge 'big picture' of rail," Star-Advertiser, July 30)? Rail is not $900 million over budget; it is $1 billion over budget. $210 million is supposed to be for the bus, not for rail.

HEI business model doesn’t serve public

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
Kudos to Rep. Chris Lee for pointing out the disconnect between NextEra’s public relations campaign in Hawaii and its track record in Florida (“If NextEra can’t deliver what public wants, another option is a publicly owned utility,” Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, July 26).

Sand at Ala Moana has complicated past

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 1, 2015
I praise Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s effort in asking the people what they think about his plans for Ala Moana Beach Park.

HPD’s failure unacceptable

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2015
HPD’s failure unacceptable • Legislature takes rail transit funds • Kakaako sewers are overloaded • Hawaii doesn’t need NextEra • Videos reveal abortion horror

Beach restoration needs a barrier, too

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2015
Beach restoration needs a barrier, too • Koshiba provided useful perspective • We may all end up in tents in Kakaako • Prosecuting teens won’t set things right • Don’t let developer bend rule post facto • Hawaiians on roll had to affirm what?

Ship has sailed for hemp crops

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2015
U.S. Navy could help homeless • Brower should try compassion • Some homeless are just slackers; and more

Politicians supposed to protect all of us

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2015
Word is out about moving to Hawaii • Hawaii a small part of world pollution • Don’t remove rocks; crush them instead; and more

Governor out of line to diss NextEra deal

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2015
Rail tax extension a blown opportunity • How can rail afford designs on columns? • Planned Parenthood portrayed unfairly; and more

ADUs wrong approach to housing shortage

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
The very first objective cited in the General Plan for Honolulu is “to control the growth of Oahu’s resident and visitor populations in order to avoid social, economic, and environmental disruptions.”

Sen. Slom is our beloved voice in the wilderness

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 25, 2015
Peter Principle is alive and well in government • Hawaii should do more to support its caregivers • There’s a reason praise for Obama is rare; and more

Utility should become a co-op

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 24, 2015
Utility should become a co-op • Many drivers ignore the law • Create a camp for homeless • Press Navy to fix its old fuel tanks • Positive article on Obama rare

Sugar cane refuse has alternative uses

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2015
Sugar cane refuse has alternative uses • Pearl City feeling pain of rail project • Protect pre-contact Hawaiian structures • Homeless issue lacks sense of urgency • Shooting loose cow seemed unnecessary • Stryker brigade plan was costly mistake

Raise wage floor to help homeless

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2015
Congress should approve Iran deal • Compromise not a solo task • Video will only sicken you more; and more

Housing bill could become a monster

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2015
Don’t give EV cars special treatment • Mentally ill people unfairly blamed • July Fourth evening was one of the best; and more

Using state Guard would be bad sign

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2015
Science can co-exist with spirituality • U.S. flag at rail site was great to see • Drivers need to use turn signals more; and more

‘Laniakea Solution’ not culturally sensitive

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2015
Your editorial, “Realign highway to resolve traffic along Laniakea” (Star-Advertiser, Our View, July 16) appears to support the map in Tuesday’s Star-Advertiser, “Laniakea Solution,” paid for by a group called Concerned North Shore Residents.

Stryker Brigade wasn’t about ‘pork-barrel era’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2015
Gassing feral chickens widely frowned upon • Cardiac and stroke unit is a blessing to Maui • Crew of ‘angels’ helped me to live another day; and more

Schools can’t replace parenting

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2015
Schools can’t replace parenting • Rest of the story of Hawaiian flag • Harbor provides low-cost housing • Kauai leads in B&B enforcement • Statutes do target sex trafficking

Maunalua Bay needs protection

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2015
Maunalua Bay needs protection • Shelters tailored to unique needs • Adopt micro-houses for homeless people • HART's pillar won't support agriculture • American flag flies for our freedoms • Mahalo to dog park's original supporters

Plastic bag ban doesn’t work

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2015
Use string bags that expand • Mahalo to those working outside • Asphyxiation cruel to chickens; and more

Don’t get irrational about feral roosters

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2015
Allow unionization for UH assistants • Change way HECO pays for PV energy • Speed enthusiasts; and more

Let everyone's opinions be heard

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2015
No majority has right to oppress • Navy should fix storage tanks now • Most people oppose ban on plastic bags; and more

Mayor and HART are in full spin mode

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
Your newspaper recently reported on Mayor Kirk Caldwell's threat that property taxes would have to be increased by 30-43 percent if the rail general excise tax surcharge isn't extended ("Mayor's tax warning not about shortfall," Star-Advertiser, June 26).

Diamond Head can be dangerous

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2015
PUC should OK HECO solar deals • Doi was a friend of marathons • Cable service in Kaaawa stinks; and more

Charge for reusable bags

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2015
Charge for reusable bags • Bring own bags to the store • TMT comments inflammatory • Shelter should help children • Donate to help the homeless

Ban plastic bags, thick and thin

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
Ban plastic bags, thick and thin • Pick up rubbish and find a trash can • Crack down on illegal immigration • Trump has a point on immigration • Ala Moana Park should stay as it is • Housing for the rich is the new normal • Keep homeless moving with bikes

Open quality mobile parks

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 8, 2015
We shouldn't harass homeless • Tour helicopters shatter peace • Utilities profit from PV systems; and more

Solar owners must demand freedom

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 7, 2015
Open Mauna Kea and move on • Provide help for poor, middle class • Thank those who sacrificed for us; and more

Court's delays also at fault in goat case

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 6, 2015
Industries succumb to new conditions • Jeb Bush wrong to chastise pope • Require seat belts for truck-bed riders; and more

Mauna Kea protesters not exempt from law

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2015
Protesters have built rock walls and thrown boulders to block access to the public road on Mauna Kea.

Social science helpful to society

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 4, 2015
Don't reinstall parking meters • Marriage really church function • Legal pot lacks lure of forbidden; and more

Minority pines for Dark Ages

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 3, 2015
Minority pines for Dark Ages • Park Service leader did well • ‘Liberal’ judges aren’t so bad • Cane-burning must be stopped • Homeless view was good to see • Publicize deeds of good cops

Take down flag and other racist symbols

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2015
Take down flag and other racist symbols • Most reject more vacation rentals • Police officers deserve support • Mayor should be honest about taxes • Trees are valuable, not just rubbish • Burn recyclables for isle’s electricity

Reform needed on ethics panel

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 1, 2015
Gays finally get equal justice • Another word for ‘marriage' • Tax hike for rail is political folly; and more

We're a democracy, not a theocracy

By ` Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 30, 2015
A few people block what majority wants • Confederate flag helped in murders? • Hold accountable people in scandal; and more

Dispensary critics sorely misinformed

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2015
Colorado better off since legalizing pot • America's decline obvious to all but us • Mayor opposes idea of special funds • Suu Kyi has huge task in Myanmar

Don't muzzle director of Ethics Commission

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 28, 2015
As a resident, I rely on the executive director of the city Ethics Commission to inform the public about votes by the ethics commissioners on matters concerning graft or misbehavior by elected government officials.

TMT will benefit Hawaii and world

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2015
Rail structures a blight on aina • Confederate flag curiously persists • City should make good to couple; and more

Pope could host peace summit

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2015
Pope could host peace summit • Don’t mess with fireworks law • Use albizia trees for fuel source • Hawaiian Air lacking in aloha • Kauai bill sets good example

Don’t weaken city’s ban on fireworks

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2015
Don’t weaken city’s ban on fireworks • A ‘Highway Patrol’ would pay for itself • Legal pot will lead to more addiction • Council’s policies lead to congestion • High-rises will end lovely mauka views • Big projects here always opposed

Sex education serves a need

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2015
Government much too bossy • OHA could help house homeless • Help protect future of Ka Iwi; and more

We haven't learned yet to live in peace

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2015
U.S. gun laws are fraught with irony • Ridership forecast for rail not realistic • Powerful pot lobby seeks legalization; and more

Pot bill will lead to legacy of shame

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 22, 2015
States sending their homeless elsewhere • Swap meet policy raises suspicions • Trade pacts have poor track record; and more

Too bad the homeless can’t afford to lobby

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
Too bad the homeless can't afford to lobby

The result of your Big Q vote was so depressing ("Should the city help certain homeless people (those whose only issue is affording rent) with rent subsidies for up to a year?" Star-Advertiser, Big Q, June 17).

Elevated H-1 lane would cut traffic

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2015
Transportation experts have commented that the traffic woes being experienced today will continue even after the rail becomes operational.

Better managers needed at UH

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2015
Better managers needed at UH • Real change lies with our leaders • Don’t be cruel to feral cats • Resolution caters to tourists • Let firms sell solar to HECO

Young people courteous on bus

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
Young people courteous on bus • Offshore windmills hard to maintain • Renewables subject to natural disasters • NextEra isn't really a 'green' company • Drivers, bicyclists should take care • Housing developer could help veterans • GMO-friendly pols overruled scientists

More pot means more problems

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2015
Trade pact lacks transparency • Develop teams for traffic jams • Keep Monsanto running scared; and more

Federal rules define ACA member pool

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 16, 2015
Health insurers face economic realities • Look at both sides of political debates • Nothing new about legal marijuana; and more

Penalize prisoners who abuse furloughs

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2015
New HSTA chief foremost a teacher • Mokapu Peninsula also sacred ground • Sit-lie ban contrary to revered edict; and more

Teacher tenure policy has harmful effect

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
Teacher tenure policy has harmful effect • HMSA seems to be working against ACA • Koko Head stables will not be closing • Faith in government is quite Pollyannaish and more

Officials should finish bike lanes

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 13, 2015
City managers deserve an ‘F' • If we must have rail, why Italian? • Handi-Van gets a thumbs up; and more

Truly honor Kamehameha

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2015
Truly honor Kamehameha • HMSA needs bigger risk pool • Either way, taxpayers pay • We can’t rely on wind and solar • It’s not easy being homeless

Special fund will help care for park

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2015
Special fund will help care for park • Telescopes actually a spiritual venture • Reaction of youthat concert gratifying • No one ashamed Connector failed? • Connector money was poorly spent • Drone usage needs to be regulated

Connector clients treated unfairly

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2015
Ho‘opili means loss of fresh food • Hawaiians have right to be leery • Court should reject TMT bid; and more

McDermott lucky his appeal dismissed

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 9, 2015
Arizona Memorial was worth the cost • Hawaii too reliant on tourism industry • China likely thinks ‘it's payback time'; and more

All the do-overs are an abuse of position

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 8, 2015
Road repaving not being prioritized • Times were simpler and we did just fine • Lung association ignores Maui issue; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 7, 2015
City paying too much for container houses? • U.S. should adopt single-payer system • Let's spread aloha around the worldv Public schools should have a religion course and more

Punish politicians who abuse trust

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 6, 2015
What can China be thinking? • Micro-units run risk of ruination • Luis made visit of UH team real; and more

Special funds are bad policy

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 5, 2015
Special funds are bad policy • Much fodder for ‘Aloha’ critics • ‘Aloha’ tempest is a distraction • Lantern event was uplifting • Jenner is now Wonder Woman • Reusable bags are easy to use

Lum Sai Ho Tong not fine with project

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 4, 2015
Lum Sai Ho Tong not fine with project • HEI/NextEra deal a vital public issue • Obamacare headed for choppy waters? • Homeless people need restrooms, too • Duke Kahanamoku believed in ‘aloha’ • Plastic bag ban will have reverse effect

Grassroots effort fought zip line

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 3, 2015
Culture is living, breathing thing • Bilingual tests not without cost • HSTA leadership failed members; and more

HCDA finally taking the longer view

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 2, 2015
Hawaii filmmakers will tell our stories • Visitors can't access Arizona Memorial • Faulty prosecutors try to shift blame; and more

More can be done to help homeless

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 1, 2015
Danger of texting applies to doctors • Nonpartisan panel could review emails • Let’s have a ‘GET’ for Hawaiian Air; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 31, 2015
HSTA’s old guard trying to hang on • Help seniors avoid being victimized • Let’s try to resolve Hawaii culture clash and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 30, 2015
HEI sale benefits underestimated • Rail votes need to be reviewed • Police could be more educated; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 29, 2015
HSTA board an embarrassment • Lease to IHS Hilo Hattie site • Keep zip line out of Waimalu • Don't tolerate bad behaviors • TMT protesters seek big payoff

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2015
Fossil-fuel opposers should walk the talk • Neutral carbon tax would help Hawaii • Homeless won't help themselves • Airline can easily afford paltry fines • Rail won't reduce use of fossil fuels • Low bid for rail will prove more costly

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 27, 2015
Show aloha for the word ‘aloha' • HSTA board set bad example • Kalakaua might have nixed TMT; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 26, 2015
Don't reward disruptive students • Police officers meet highest standards • Are we becoming servants to the rich?; and more

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