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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

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 25, 2015
Criticism unfair to aquarium director • Politicians would roust homeless • Police officer's actions disgraceful; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
Rural Oahu can use bicycle lanes, too • Handi-Van service needs to be fixed • Take care of people before the mountain • Compare types of nonprofit utilities • Seniors suffer from shortage of housing and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 23, 2015
Fine was peanuts for Hawaiian Air • Developers take from the poor • Maui bicyclists crowd walkers; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, 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

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2015
Impact of coal anything but cheap • Whistleblowers are American patriots • Developer's values don't reflect Hawaii • Preserve Kalaupapa for history, research • Political promises false and costly • Osprey aircraft should be grounded • Christians can sell to LGBT customers

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 20, 2015
Teachers need voting details • Neighborhood board results? • City won't go back to bicycles; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 19, 2015
Speed up initiatives to help homeless • Don't run red lights at crosswalks • Train workers in good government; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 18, 2015
UH administrators rarely accountable • State certainly can cut slack for couple • Hawaii could host Shia-Sunni summit; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2015
Elderly in Hawaii got short end of the stick • Family suspected pesticides killed dad • Publicly owned utility would answer to us • Misconduct rules overdue for review • Schools should teach, not be ‘therapeutic’ • and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 16, 2015
New cycle track a whiff of sanity • Blood Bank vital to Hawaii's health • Kupuna Care underfunded; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 15, 2015
Paper bags will be even worse • Development deprives aquifer • Pesticide article was astroturfing • Mauna Kea has plenty of room • Vino's Furuya a local treasure

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 14, 2015
Many responsible for Kailua's woes • Kawamotos deserve better consideration • Alleged prostitutes facing bogus charge • Ho‘opili will create a traffic nightmare • Pricey condos won't help housing much • Supplying blood involves expenses

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 13, 2015
Developers not aiming at locals • Old Waikiki disappearing • ‘Residential A' terribly unfair; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 12, 2015
Ban on animal acts was right thing to do • Cost to run the rail less than for TheBus • What will folks at Ho‘opili eat?; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 11, 2015
Police are supposed to serve and protect • Cars heat up fast and endanger dogs • Vacation rentals are not the problem; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 10, 2015
Condo gets a pass but elderly couple doesn't • Boxing fans would agree with headline • Non-Oahu legislators get to hike Oahu taxes • Dog-and-pony show by mayor getting old • Homeless are toying with disease outbreak and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 9, 2015
Ige should help elderly couple • Bring couple together again • Help celebrate Nurses Week; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 8, 2015
Put stadium at golf course site • Homeless need more restrooms • HEI should be publicly owned • Honolulu not ideal for bikes • TMT is a great opportunity • Direct outrage at housing plans

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 7, 2015
‘King and I' revival is groundbreaking • Where are homeless supposed to go? • Japan's neighbors need to seek peace • Keeping pair apart clearly elder abuse • Build a bike path along rail route • Cycle track unlikely to ever be removed • Medical pot's value is not in the ‘high'

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 6, 2015
Goliath was true kamaaina • Canceling rail has side effects • More sunshine not HART's job; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 5, 2015
Changes weaken dispensary bill • Tourists, rentals overwhelm Kailua • Boxing photo sends wrong message; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 4, 2015
Hawaii has legacy of aloha for science • Honolulu needs more bicycle tracks • Metered parking would help Waikiki; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 3, 2015
Don't ‘up the ante' for Howard Hughes Corp. • Blame rail bidders, not subcontractors • Get a grip on abuse of work furloughs • Ethics panel unfairly hard on chaperones • Get the word out now about plastic bag ban and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 2, 2015
Birthing moms can help others • Tax assessors fair, equitable • Rail will boost sound pollution; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 1, 2015
‘Residential A' hurts elderly • Bicyclists at risk as it gets dark • VA clinics here much improved • Use Natatorium for volleyball • Aloha toward tourists waning

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2015
Audit rail before giving more money • Reusable bags are the best option • Council on verge of forcing rent hikes • Redevelopment in Waikiki is good • Medical pot fees are all about greed • Seems like Hawaii is going nowhere

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2015
Vacation rentals have good side • Ethics panel made a bad call • Public fed up with rail flimflam; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2015
Quick horn blast saved 2 bicyclists • Business wages depend on profits • Property taxes often inexplicable; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2015
Greed is driving housing shortage • Gaming resort here would draw tourists • Population growth is cause of our woes; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 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

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 25, 2015
Use rail structure as a freeway • Nanakuli pride overcomes wait • ‘Adaptive' traffic lights would help; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2015
‘Snow birds' spend more • At-grade rail never hindered • Traffic proves need for rail • Tax laws fuel widening divide • Queen's added inpatient beds

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2015
Sen. Green cut short needed discussion • Sen. Green still has support of voters • Beach pavilions should stay public • Chaperoned tours great for students • Dagwood has right idea on carpooling • Must science impose on sacred places? • Embrace the future, behold the stars

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2015
Indeed, how will rail be funded? • Turkey should admit genocide • Bigger copters needed for fires; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 21, 2015
Controls on pCards seem awfully lax • Rail should reduce number of cars • Access to top execs much appreciated; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2015
Building purchase lacks traffic data • Improve beach park but keep it local • Preserve access to beaches and parks; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2015
Homeless people are not a disease • Dispensing meds requires training • Cops drinking should not be carrying guns • ‘Vertical integration' bad for dispensaries • Discharge planning a key to health care and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 18, 2015
Humane Society does good work • Senate should consent to Lynch • Impeach Kenoi over pCard use; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2015
Expand who can prescribe meds • Using God card is inappropriate • Moiliili resident was a kamikaze • Don't stick with current rail plan • Use rail savings for desalination

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2015
NextEra statements aren't promises • High fees finance Hawaiian Air CEO • Doctors distracted by so many rules; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2015
Hawaiians of old studied the stars • Exploration best from Mauna Kea • Education isn't rich versus poor; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 14, 2015
TMT is fitting way to honor Hawaiians • Spiritual powers superior to science • HECO saves money buying solar power; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 13, 2015
Honolulu locked in to current rail plan • Government chokes housing market • Bill would help solve homelessness; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2015
State must learn from canceled IT proposal • Have new rail system end at Aala Park • Legislature can't alter state residency rule; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2015
NEM credits not a gain to HECO • Questions were unanswered • Motorists ignore the laws as well; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2015
Anti-rail rants unproductive • Kenoi should resign as mayor • Homeless are living at school • How could such thefts happen? • Kudos for story on foster kids

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 9, 2015
State can't afford to buy Alii Place • Don't turn away qualified people • Incentives can blunt income inequality • Small fry go to jail; big fish get a pass • NextEra Energy will be good for Hawaii • Who's responsible for cleaning Makua?

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 8, 2015
Kenoi doesn't deserve to serve • Hoopili project like vandalism • Science supports pesticides fears; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 7, 2015
Ala Moana park must be protected • We must prepare for major storms • Make better use of Kalakaua Avenue; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 6, 2015
Why was there no ZipMobile backup? • Pedestrian deaths can be reduced • Look to Atlanta for traffic advice; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 5, 2015
Astronomers seem to be a greedy bunch • Police poorly used during traffic crisis • Open alternate route when freeway closes • Kenoi funny but now joke might be on him • OK, so Kenoi's future isn't bright after all • What does Lau do to get paid so much? and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 4, 2015
Cellphone law at fault, not HPD • Bicycle track helped cut traffic • Let thirst guide water-drinking; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 3, 2015
Staggered hours could cut traffic • At-grade train wouldn't help • Better leaders are needed • Lack of Plan B unacceptable • Kenoi worthy despite stumble • Plan now for climate change

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 2, 2015
ZipMobiles should be replaced quickly • Hold next meeting for rail in Kapolei • Contraflow 2 lanes of freeway traffic • Cops seemed to do little during crisis • DOT needs better plan for West Oahu • Limit total number of cars on Oahu • ‘Perfect right' for PV users has limits

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 1, 2015
Billy Kenoi sets a bad example • Oahu streets missing signs • Residents pay, tourists use; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 31, 2015
Cruz's flat-tax plan would hurt the poor • Taiwanese suffered under Japan rule • As a boy, Kuhio was ‘Prince Cupid' • HECO made bogus excuses against PV; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 30, 2015
Charter schools can be excellent • College graduations a better indicator • Homeless at Capitol are an opportunity; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2015
'Invasive species' often misrepresented Remove parking stalls along cycle track Proposal to privatize Medicare is big story Have more empathy for the homeless and more

Change city's streetlight proposal now

By Richard Wainscoat Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2015
When was the last time you saw the Milky Way? Have your children ever seen the Milky Way? Recently, when I took my astronomy class to the planetarium, one student asked, "What are the clouds in the sky?"

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2015
Island Air execs lack decisiveness • Use property tax to pay for rail • All rail expenses should be public; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 27, 2015
It's finally time for audit of rail • Let's try out ‘mopedbus' • Stop rail or find new funding • Parking laws are predatory • A little leg work can go long way • Letter to Iran was bellicose

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 26, 2015
It's easy to get used to reusable bags • Rail proponents should be ashamed • Vacation rental laws not being enforced • Ala Wai Canal could be tourist attraction • Hawaii already has diagonal crossings • Military budget huge for a reason

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2015
Amemiya would be great choice • Stadium should be UH operation • 'Off limits' idea is very troubling; and more

Letters to the Editor

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 24, 2015
It's sad to see what's going on in Haleiwa • All species here are ‘invasive' species • U.S. military budget not about ‘defense' • Unlicensed dogs a minor problem • My enemy's enemy is still my friend • Rail reinforces case for opening casino

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