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Column: Catching COVID: Prayers and vaccine

Toward the end of 2019, fear struck the world. A deadly virus, COVID-19, entered our lives. Many became sick and many died. Many were in shock, not understanding what was happening or why. The world was in chaos. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JULY 2019
                                Dexter Kaiama held his hands high as a tribute to Mauna Kea before a line of kupuna who formed a human barricade in 2019 to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Column: Science should honor the answer: ‘No’

The recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s (Astro2020) prioritizes U.S. funding of the Thirty Meter Telescope — with its contentious preferred site on Mauna Kea — continuing America’s legacy of colonialism and oppression of indigenous kanaka maoli. Read more

COURTESY U.S. NAVY REGION HAWAII
Editorial: Navy needs Red Hill push

Activists have rung the alarm, loudly, about the continuing presence of the subterraneous and aging fuel tank system positioned above a primary Oahu drinking-water aquifer, and their dissatisfaction with how its overseers in the Navy have handled the issue. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Black Friday signage at Ala Moana Center.
Editorial: Keep it local this holiday season

The spirit of this holiday season? It’s now infused with relief with a capital “R,” thanks to eased pandemic restrictions that will open up these holidays to more in-person activities and socializing. And that will propel recovery, as more people venture out, spend money and create needed churn for Hawaii’s economy. Read more

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Five-year-old girl reaches out to Santa Claus through a plexiglass barrier at Windward Mall.
Off the News: Help Santa help poor kids

In this time of excess and indulgence, there’s no better reality check than to look in on the wishes of children who have nothing. Check out the U.S. Postal Service’s Operation Santa for a direct way to make a connection. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                A Thanksgiving dinner.
Editorial: A welcome return to some normalcy

It’s the simple things that people have missed the most over the course of this pandemic, as the two-year mark appears just over the horizon. The ease of inviting friends and family to the house for a meal, the fun of an impromptu night on the town. Read more

STAR-ADVERTISER
Column: We can do better: lessons from arrest of a 10-year old girl

In January 2020, a 10-year-old African-American girl with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) was arrested at Honowai Elementary School after drawing a threatening picture. As researchers and practitioners in education, mental health and criminology, we have grave concerns over the mishandling of the situation and call for schools and law enforcement to do better. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                In this photo provided by Vedanta Griffith, Joshua Spriestersbach enjoys birthday cake in 2020 in Danby, Vermont.
Off the News: A serious case of mistaken identity

In the holiday season, it’s hard to confront the problems faced every day by the homeless, but the case of Joshua Spriestersbach is harder still to ignore. The homeless man has sued the state, asserting that he was mistaken for another man who had violated probation. He ended up at Hawaii State Hospital for two years, despite protestation he was the wrong man. Read more

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Audience members were encouraged to show their best moves on Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki to the street performance group United Pros.
Editorial: Lower volume on Waikiki sidewalks

Waikiki is a noisy city within a city. A place of crowds, bustle and general cacophony. During the pandemic, Waikiki rediscovered serenity, but that time has passed, the racket has returned, and the noise level is building along with tourist numbers. Read more


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