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                                Sandy Ma, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, at the State Capitol.
Column: Common Cause, transparency are vital to good government

Fifty years ago in 1970, Punahou School graduate John W. Gardner — a Republican secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) under a Democratic president, Lyndon B. Johnson — founded Common Cause, which became the nation’s largest public interest group dedicated to providing open, honest and accountable government. Read more

COURTESY KAIKEA NAKACHI
                                A whitetip shark is seen here in its ocean element.
Column: Whitetip sharks need protection from commercial fishing

The relationship between humans and the natural world is reciprocal, particularly in Native Hawaiian culture. For me, the mano (shark) is my family ‘aumakua, giving spiritual protection and guidance. Reciprocally, my family traditionally served as kahu mano (shark protectors) tasked with protecting this sacred animal from unnecessary killing. Read more

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                                Ahe Group president and CEO Makani Maeva speaks to an overflow crowd during a community meeting at Kailua District Park on June 12.
Column: Dems, rise up for affordable housing

In June, nearly 400 appeared at a Kailua Neighborhood Board meeting willing to risk their lives in the cramped recreation center, for a threat they deemed greater than a life-threatening pandemic: affordable housing for young families, single mothers and the elderly. Read more

NEW YORK TIMES
                                New York City police officers surrounded demonstrators during protests against police violence in Brooklyn last month.
Column: The root of the problem with the police: a warrior mentality

The rapid rise in police shootings has shocked many in America in recent years. Policemen once held in esteem as trusted officers who “protect and serve” are increasingly being shown acting irrationally, killing the innocent, and lying about what happened until a video shows the truth. Something has gone way wrong, but what? Read more

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