David Shapiro, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Volcanic Ash: Firm federal law enforcers cover for local indifference

Most welcome here is seeing state law enforcers finally show up to help confront the sewer of improbity swirling around us, after sitting on the sideline far too long and leaving it to the feds to clean up local corruption. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Local Democratic politicians quiet on Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential run

As U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard struggles to right her faltering campaign for president, deafening in their silence are fellow Hawaii Democratic politicians who have been slow to back the hometown candidate. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Legislature puts new focus on changing state elections

If top state legislators are good to their word, 2019 could be a year of badly needed election reform in Hawaii. Read More

David Shapiro: Gabbard plays both sides in angling for White House

Gabbard built her prominence on a twist to the old political adage that you pick your fights carefully: She carefully picks fights with her own Democratic Party. Read More

David Shapiro: A year of false missiles, real lava and dud elections

It’s the last Sunday of 2018 and time to “flASHback” on the year’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Attacks on First Amendment are not a laughing matter

When I moved from Hilo to Washington, D.C., in 1978 to cover the Hawaii congressional delegation for the Honolulu Star- Bulletin, I called the Gannett News Service office I’d be working from to tell them I’d landed safely. Read More

fl(ASH)back: Going from the ridiculous to the profane

It’s the last Sunday in November and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Lieutenant governor needs a real job or save us the big salary

Hawaii LGs have struggled to find meaningful roles since statehood. They come into office with grand plans, only to find themselves toiling at the governor’s whim with assignments that are often menial. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Was rail worth all the pain? Voters suggest maybe not

Mayor Kirk Caldwell stood before microphones last week to announce he’ll float a $44 million short-term loan to meet federal demands to get that much more to the $9 billion rail project by Nov. 20. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Let’s breathe some energy into voting

I mailed in my ballot out of hope it still matters, but find it more difficult to fault the majority who don’t consider voting worth their time. Read More

flASHback: There’s rain on the tracks and varmints in the hale

It’s the last Sunday in October and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Swearing at one another; the new American curse

The first rule of a functioning democracy is that nobody gets to have everything their own way. Unable to square this with our self-righteousness, we’ve broken down into angry and entitled tribes. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Putting school tax on ballot lets unions sidestep debate

If the teachers’ union wants to amend the state Constitution to facilitate pay raises, it could support a constitutional convention and let its proposal be properly considered alongside all the other priority needs of public education. Read More

Volcanic Ash: P3 plan to shift rail costs burdens future generations

For those having trouble understanding the city’s scheme to finish the grossly over-budget rail project with a public-private partnership, perhaps it would help to think of it by another name: Kick the Can Down the Road. Read More

FlASHback: Fuzzy thinking and fights fail to rouse bored voters

It’s the last Sunday in September and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

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