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Don't rush Inouye center plans


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2013

~~<p>The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye left a very deep imprint on his home state. In addition to the part he played in its history, from World War II onwards, his advocacy for Hawaii brought federal support for many programs and investments &mdash; in government, as well as in developments now part of the private underpinnings of the island economy. They touch almost everyone here, whether or not they realize it.</p>
<p>That's why the University of Hawaii approach to memorializing him seems so ill-advised. It isn't so much the notion of creating the Daniel K. Inouye Center &mdash; few would dispute that his lifetime achievements merit a permanent presence &mdash; as it is the process that has been unnecessarily cloaked and hurried.</p>
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The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye left a very deep imprint on his home state. In addition to the part he played in its history, from World War II onwards, his advocacy for Hawaii brought federal support for many programs and investments — in government, as well as in developments now part of the private underpinnings of the island economy. They touch almost everyone here, whether or not they realize it.

That's why the University of Hawaii approach to memorializing him seems so ill-advised. It isn't so much the notion of creating the Daniel K. Inouye Center — few would dispute that his lifetime achievements merit a permanent presence — as it is the process that has been unnecessarily cloaked and hurried. Login for more...



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