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                                Linda Rich, Lynn Babington and Dr. Laurie Tom
Column: New governor must reform prisons system

Gov.-elect Josh Green has expressed a desire to reform our correctional system, and has the opportunity to do so when he chooses new leadership for the Department of Public Safety. It is important that his appointees are committed to a dramatic and creative paradigm shift in how we treat justice-involved persons, especially women. Read more

Letter: Wait for City Council to decide on guns

Following Police Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan’s private meeting with gun lobbyists, the release of the final regulations reflected a significant easing of training and proficiency requirements (“Rules for concealed-carry weapon license are finalized,” Star-Advertiser, Nov. 23). Read more

                                Elna Nagasako and Erica Yamauchi
Column: Keep firearms out of sensitive areas

2022 marks a year of fundamental change in Hawaii’s gun laws. Hawaii is currently one of the safest states in the nation, with one of the lowest rates of gun deaths per capita. Read more

Letter: Rail project remains a big boondoggle

For Denise and Erik Soderholm and all the others affected, I am truly sorry for them and their clients (“Rail work severely disrupts local business,” Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, Nov. 23). Read more

Editorial: Taking action on housing

Setting a firm tone of urgency is necessary, as evictions rise while governmental supports in funding and mandated mediation start to wane. Beyond temporary assistance, permanent housing is crucial and policymakers must fast-track more affordable units. Read more

Editorial: Insurance for coral reefs

Hawaii’s coral reefs are a critical part of our natural environment, supporting myriad marine species and the tourism industry, and serving as a protective buffer for our coastlines. Read more

                                Kaimuki resident Alyssa Kawamura shops at House of Intention in Kaimuki.
Editorial: Shop local, small and don’t stress

Whether you call tomorrow Small Business Saturday or Shop Small Saturday, that’s a suggestion we endorse. Channeling your spending power into local businesses and local makers supports the island economy and gives gifts a special appeal that comes with Hawaii ties. Read more

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