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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

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

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