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Malia Espinda
Column: Why the Honolulu Salary Commission backs Council raise

As chair of the Honolulu Salary Commission, I would like to clarify some of the factors the commission considered in setting last year’s fiscal year 2024 salaries, and now currently in its fiscal year 2025 deliberations — specifically in regards to the Honolulu City Council members. Read more

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                                View of Bachman Hall on the Manoa Campus, Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Column: UH not unduly swayed by Legislature

We collectively write this commentary in our individual capacities; we are not speaking for the University of Hawaii (UH) Board of Regents (BOR). Read more

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                                The Hawaii State Capitol rotunda.
Column: Don’t pass more tax cuts for wealthy

Does Hawaii need larger tax cuts for its wealthiest families? That’s just what the Legislature plans to do with House Bill 2653. As someone who comes from a family that would benefit from the passage of this bill, I feel the need to blow the whistle and sound the alarm. Read more

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                                Fransiska Darry, Alaysia Dimaya-Gabriel and Taviana-Jamelia Samuela
Column: Let isle students fill health care needs

A shortage is extremely detrimental to public health, particularly in an island state like ours where residents do not have the opportunity to travel easily to other states to receive the care they need. Read more


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