Sunday, March 01, 2015         

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For Sunday, March 1, 2015
It's proper to keep cost estimates secret

With the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) awaiting proposals from contractors to build rail stations, Mayor Kirk Caldwell's decision to withhold internal cost estimates for the construction is not only in the best interest of Honolulu's taxpayers, but is fiscally prudent.

For Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ala Moana Beach needs good sand • Israel need not fear nuclear Iran • Almost getting hit is life-changer; and more
For Friday, February 27, 2015
Malaekahana better off rural • Don't buy stuff you can't afford • Giuliani insulted all of Hawaii • HECO all about cash, not safety • Caldwell speech praiseworthy
For Thursday, February 26, 2015
End rail fiasco now and cut our losses • Caldwell going back on promises on rail • Folks want to know what's in their food • Play it safe and live to jog another day • Limit expenses for legal defense • Isle delegation puts Obama over DHS
For Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Don't turn Ka Iwi into tourist trap • Vacation rentals violate law, too • Kunia violators not the problem • Mayor should share rail data; and more
For Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Plastic bag ban likely will backfire • Promote literacy by reading to your kids • Is A&B sabotaging its Kailua tenants?; and more
For Monday, February 23, 2015
City, state officials like Keystone Cops • Term limits might reduce complaining • Poverty explains educational woes; and more
For Sunday, February 22, 2015
Counties should craft vacation-rental rules • Ige's choice of Ching for DLNR is baffling • Where is the courage to take on ISIS threat? • Something wrong at Paiko sanctuary • Limits of Oahu growth need to be explored • Sailing is a bright spot among UH activities and more
For Saturday, February 21, 2015
Ala Moana area needs a cleanup • Courts taking away voter rights • Story on tax vote was underplayed • Afuso epitomizedcourt system staff
For Friday, February 20, 2015
Ask pedestrians for safety ideas • Street closures poorly reported • Increased hours in class backfire • What's the asset if rail defaults? • Public sector has housing role
For Thursday, February 19, 2015
Roadside rules not enforced in Lanikai • Make tax surcharge for rail permanent • Added rail expense not really a surprise • Let other companies bid to purchase HEI • Poverty contributes to underachieving • We should do more to help caregivers
For Wednesday, February 18, 2015
AARP fights for issues that matter • DHHL hopes to improve service • Red lights don't matter on Oahu; and more
For Tuesday, February 17, 2015
It's not too late for Oahuans to stop rail • Prosperity is not about splitting ‘pie' • Hawaii should back ban on ivory sales; and more
For Monday, February 16, 2015
Kudos to Schatz for boycotting speech • Schatz hypocritical about partisanship • Medical insurers need more freedom; and more
For Sunday, February 15, 2015
Ban on plastic bags will add to expenses • Ige nominees raise doubts about future • Sacrifice for rail not as bad as some think • Language programs have deeper value • Aiding Cancer Center is to invest in life and more
For Saturday, February 14, 2015
Order returning to Chinatown • Represent your neighborhood • UH scientists are at your service; and more
For Friday, February 13, 2015
Cut UH athletics, not languages • Cars cost more than rail project • Lack of signal is a clear danger • Williams goes but not Cheney? • Let Oahu stew in its own mess • Connector ads inappropriate
For Thursday, February 12, 2015
Makapuu Trail needs restrooms • Caregivers should be offered training • AARP ignoring needs of members • Connector woes bear more scrutiny • Let's work to train, retain isle doctors • Homeless do need own ‘bill of rights' • Pressure UH regents to fix financial mess
For Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Transit should be age-friendly • Pilikia at Paiko offers a lesson • City gave away store to Kyo-Ya; and more
For Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Sports committee not very ‘diverse' • HPD Chief Kealoha should be replaced • Cancer Center could be a science mecca; and more
For Monday, February 9, 2015
Feeding homeless encourages abuse • ‘Buck' is a real stud and he's available • Obama budget would help nation; and more
For Sunday, February 8, 2015
Ward Warehouse can continue in our lives • Land Use Commission should be eliminated • Counties have done terribly with land use • Don't leave Oahu beholden to cars • Army downsizing would involve pain and more
For Saturday, February 7, 2015
Penalties levied were disgraceful • Ala Wai marina always so filthy • U.N. should help stop terrorism; and more
For Friday, February 6, 2015
NextEra won't be cat's meow • Oahu becoming a big nuisance • Use rail funds for buses instead • Don't give HART a blank check • Minor issues distract police
For Thursday, February 5, 2015
Women's health care deserves support • Bike path is good for safety and traffic • Other Oahu areas need bike paths, too • Benefits unlikely if Army departs • It's time to rethink entire rail project • HSTA leaders risk public's support
For Wednesday, February 4, 2015
There are ways to aid homeless • Put legalization of pot on ballot • Stop rail line at Aloha Stadium; and more
For Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Reforms needed at education board • Rail cost overruns were to be expected • Rail contractors pay excise tax, too; and more
For Monday, February 2, 2015
PV owners have their expenses, too • Ward Warehouse will be missed • Let new doctors work off their loans; and more
For Sunday, February 1, 2015
Barbers Point hasn't turned out so well • NextEra would create visual blight in Hawaii • Zoo is a treasure and city should support it • There is hope for Hawaii's homeless • Governor should veto any drug-tolerant bills and more
For Saturday, January 31, 2015
Maybe put rail back on ballot? • Air-conditioning hikes living cost • Pedestrians no match for cars; and more
For Friday, January 30, 2015
Bonds for rail always the plan • Mayor's excuses keep changing • Ivory ban will boost poaching • Doctor shortage due to less pay • Climate change fuels hyperbole
For Thursday, January 29, 2015
DLNR nominee needs fair hearing • Make changes to rail transit system • No confidence in city, state leaders • Rail offers commute and a lovely view • Don't depend on military for money • Ask hard questions about NextEra now • Hold solar project hearings in Waianae
For Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Don't give HART a blank check • Rail facilitating crass land grab • Lead was buried on airline story; and more
For Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Pro golfer's story sounds a bit fishy • Military helicopters risky to those below • Brain drain applies to not just young; and more
For Monday, January 26, 2015
Pleas to keep Army in Hawaii insulting • Build fewer stations to save on rail costs • Front page ignored holiday for King; and more
For Sunday, January 25, 2015
Tort reform would cure doctor shortage • Refinery residuals also should be burned • It's way easier for Portland to fund rail • Never assume drivers can see pedestrians • Building trust, unity should be a priority and more
For Saturday, January 24, 2015
Protect people from pesticides • Cut military on Big Island, too • City doesn't care about our needs; and more
For Friday, January 23, 2015
Tax surcharge likely to stay • Keep lobbyists away from PUC • Obama seems to ignore voters • NFL exploiting federal tax law • Equal rights is U.S. heritage
For Thursday, January 22, 2015
Attitudes separate bikers and drivers • Military is a vital economic partner • Johanson betrayed campaign donors • Not all homeless are irresponsible • To drive and text is to risk fatalities • Beach rentals could help fund park
For Wednesday, January 21, 2015
It's tragic if rail won't ease traffic • Little upside for taxed tourists • ‘Justice' too easy under lax system; and more
For Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Try out cycle track, then form opinion • Safety campaign rough on wallet • UH football will never be ‘cash cow'; and more
For Monday, January 19, 2015
Heinous acts need different treatment • Kakaako waterfront not place for library • People can adapt to plastic bag ban; and more
For Sunday, January 18, 2015
Draw down military to help end poverty • HPD has hard task educating pedestrians • Kakaako becoming a miniature Dubai • There are 2 sides to Common Core coin • Kudos to all helping to improve Waikiki and more
For Saturday, January 17, 2015
Removal of trees was devastating • Uncertainty is only certainty • Many homeless just irresponsible; and more
For Friday, January 16, 2015
We need more low-cost homes • Decentralized power is better • GOP bigwigs finance losers • Flashing lights could save lives • Old Puuloa looking great and more
For Thursday, January 15, 2015
Supporting Army here is criminal • 3-strikes law would help dampen crime • Hawaii should legalize casinos • Mariota made many isle residents proud • Furoshiki is option to using plastic bags and more
For Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Unclear rules hard to follow • Crosswalks need flashing lights • Education board not open enough; and more
For Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Take honest look at costs of Army • HEI brass profit, ratepayers suffer • Keystone benefits U.S. and its ally; and more
For Monday, January 12, 2015
Commission should remove chief now • Legislator going outside his purview • Rail needs to stand on its own merits; and more
For Sunday, January 11, 2015
Zoo is a huge waste of prime real estate • Homeless deserve humane treatment • Closing Leahi Hospital would be unfortunate • Where is the aloha at Hawaiian Airlines? • Rail's advantages will make up for its costs and more
For Saturday, January 10, 2015
Restoring stream would be great • 'Super senior' an inspiration • Obama doesn't deserve thanks; and more
For Friday, January 9, 2015
‘Co-chief' job isn't practical • Kealoha has proven himself • Size limit for ahi still too small • Bulky items not being picked up • Stand united for free speech
For Thursday, January 8, 2015
It's good to monitor pedestrian safety • Mariota's statistics eclipsed Winston's • Movie criticism too politically correct • U.S. commits abuses in Cuba as well • Let's just finish rail the best way we can • It's obvious rail will go over budget
For Wednesday, January 7, 2015
We can control vacation rentals • Being green just about money? • More vehicles emitting soot; and more
For Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Aila did a great job as director of DLNR • Aila will be missed by DLNR employees • Vacation rentals getting off too easy; and more
For Monday, January 5, 2015
Let's hope Schatz controls spending • Kailua residents get lesson in karma • Not all sports teams reported on equally; and more
For Sunday, January 4, 2015
Fixing potholes isn't enough sometimes Johanson changed parties but not views Arms treaty should be a Senate priority Homelessness goes back to '60s reforms Hawaii lucky to call Mariota a native son and more
For Saturday, January 3, 2015
Electricity poles so 20th century • ‘The Interview' is irresponsible • Jay speaking in the wilderness?; and more
For Friday, January 2, 2015
Legalize existing vacation rentals • Sue to stop rail transit project • Can NextEra lower our costs? • UH can't afford big-time football • City misleading us on cycle track
For Thursday, January 1, 2015
Gov. Ige already showing good sense • Don't spend money on Obama library • Letter on Obamas was very welcome; and more
For Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Mayor should be enforcing laws • Medical science always evolving • No need to study homelessness • Sidewalks often inaccessible and more
For Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Vacation rentals better neighbors • Contractors control cost of rail transit • Oahu improved by transit projects; and more
For Monday, December 29, 2014
History will be kind to Barack Obama • Christmas was day for great memories • Keiki's drawings wonderful to see; and more
For Sunday, December 28, 2014
Don't make taxpayers pay for private roads • Best option for rail is to stop building it • Sale of HEI to NextEra comes with questions • Stop treating pot like a Schedule I drug • Let's hope cycle track is just the beginning and more
For Saturday, December 27, 2014
We can't afford Obama library • Spare us from bungling officials • Could NextEra be Trojan Horse? • Rail's finances mind-boggling • Kudos for terrific UH hoops games
For Friday, December 26, 2014
Make it easier for pot patients • New budget bill goes backward • Cyclists should obey laws, too; and more
For Thursday, December 25, 2014
Times are hard, but be thankful anyway • Tell your keiki how much you love them • Taiwan and China benefit each other; and more
For Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Rail costs likely will soar higher • Money for rail had better uses • It's not too late to alter rail plan; and more
For Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rail reflects failure to grasp limitations • Slater and Cayetano were right after all • Like H-3, people will grow to like rail; and more
For Monday, December 22, 2014
Ohana zoning could help provide homes • Require bicyclists to carry insurance • Wheelchair results were not reported • Plant-based diet best for the planet • Stop lava by cooling it into solid rock
For Sunday, December 21, 2014
Obama library here would benefit many Kakaako waterfront should remain open Many questions about NextEra bid for HEI Sony should have rejected movie script and more
For Saturday, December 20, 2014
Prosecute those who tortured • HPD responded fast to 911 call • Please add more bicycle tracks • Night bicyclists need to be lit up • Roads in Waikiki in need of repair
For Friday, December 19, 2014
Payroll tax cut welcome relief • Can't Obamas use helicopter? • Cycle track promotes safety • Money, winning not everything • Teo deserved a mention, too
For Thursday, December 18, 2014
'Slim line' seats ruin flying experience • Internet should be open to everyone • King Street was oasis for drivers • Honolulu not ready for new cycle track • Keep ownership of HECO in Hawaii • UH hiring decisions should be about 'fit'
For Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Get solar power before too late • Mariota made us all proud • Hawaii talent could lead UH • Jay deserves Hawaii's thanks • We need more bicycle tracks • ‘Conflict' zones oddly are green • Cycle track lacks a payoff • Kailua also had quaint charm
For Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Honolulu is going in right direction • Cyclists using track will gain in number • Bike track designer should be fired • Anti-Zionism about Israel expansionism • Christmas a time for wishful thinking • Traffic accidents should be big news
For Monday, December 15, 2014
Please speak out for the monk seals • Our leaders should heed these letters • Big-name coaches critical to success • NextEra should engage with public • Bike track serving very few bicyclists • Bike track making it safer for everyone
For Sunday, December 14, 2014
Separate public sector from charity drives • King Street bike track just needs some time • Bike track needs more obvious signage • Campaign ‘reform' would muzzle speech • CIA director should not support torture and more
For Saturday, December 13, 2014
Burch, Vizzone are real heroes • Cycle track likely to cause accident • 'Stupidity' claim is easily proven • Endure flags or leave Kailua • Aid to homeless encourages them
For Friday, December 12, 2014
Homelessness needs analysis • Hawaii should copy Denmark • Political parties can trump PACs • Christmas not about shopping • Jay should stay for '15 season and more
For Thursday, December 11, 2014
NextEra committed to customers first • Technology makes Act 195 obsolete • Leaders ignorant of responsibilities • Locals can't afford houses on Oahu • Electric skateboards good idea for youth • King Street parking could be hazardous
For Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Rules can hinder pain treatments • Rail project wreaks havoc • HECO should be publicly owned • 70-plus folks can contribute much • Fed-up fans will fire Chow • Save football with new coach • Public housing could use ADUs
For Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Ratepayers should be HECO's owners • Mopeds are noisy and dangerous • Encourage building of mobile homes • Only magic will get rid of the homeless • Kudos to Suzuki for lighting decorations • Ho‘opili OK reflects flawed process
For Monday, December 8, 2014
Police misdeeds are disappointing • Prosecutor tilted cases for accused • Homelessness fault of illegal aliens • Bike track must cost more than $100K • Honolulu becoming more livable city • Age limits should apply to politicians
For Sunday, December 7, 2014
Most DOE workers are upstanding folks • Public schools need to focus on students • Micronesians deserve more media coverage • UH provides timely, affordable education • Solar farms better than golf courses and more
For Saturday, December 6, 2014
OHA was asking wrong question • Anti-Zionism hard to fathom • Downtown used to be pleasant • Mexico has long bond with U.S. • HECO income should stay here
For Friday, December 5, 2014
Quit blocking more housing • Punishment was inadequate • Shopping mall demotes Santa • Don't rescind mileage order • Bike lane looks rather perilous
For Thursday, December 4, 2014
It was nice to hear Ige honor his wife • It's time to get real about public toilets • Bike lane causing driver confusion; and more
For Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Aloha Tower not fulfilling mission • Rail plan would lose vote today • HART reacted to deal properly; and more
For Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Status of documents mischaracterized • Why stop at calls to reform elections? • Toys for Tots event was great success; and more
For Monday, December 1, 2014
Put public toilets in commercial areas • America exploits Latin Americans • What took so long to look at contract?; and more
For Sunday, November 30, 2014
Military personnel deserve all they get Housing allowance sets local rental rates Bicycle lanes coming, so let's welcome them UH needs more deans like William Ditto HandiVan managers should be riders, too and more
For Saturday, November 29, 2014
Americans can be pretty stupid • Kaiser principal inspiring leader • Hawaii should back amendment • Our power costs should be lower • Cosby, Clinton treated unequally
For Friday, November 28, 2014
Was Kaneshiro not forthright? • Army departure offers benefits • Article showed Army's mindset; and more
For Thursday, November 27, 2014
New bike lanes are start toward civility • All societies have social problems • Football supports other programs; and more
For Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Molokai, Lanai part of state, too • New bike lane goes overboard • Kudos for series on child abuse; and more
For Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Thanksgiving shows America at its best • Enjoy loved ones every day you can • Obama plays games with immigration; and more
For Monday, November 24, 2014
Obama adviser considered us fools • Smaller Army here could be a blessing • China still behind U.S. standards • Politicians fiddle while Hawaii burns • Republicans should have heralded Djou • and more
For Sunday, November 23, 2014
UH football program needs better finances • Tour operators wrong to sell ‘free' tickets • Palace vandal given pretty light sentence • Enforce anti-noise law against boom boxes • Thanksgiving history not well understood and more
For Saturday, November 22, 2014
Homeless should avoid spotlight • Brower violated property rights • Boating safety not a racial issue • Let ticket buyers name buildings • Neon green best when running


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