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Editorial: Transparency key to vaccine success

After nine months of attempting to fend off the spread of COVID-19 while armed with infection testing and basic public hygiene protocols, this week’s delivery of the first trays of vaccine rightly stirs high hopes for 2021 bringing more restoration of pre-pandemic life and economic recovery. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Honolulu police are seen outside Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Recent rises in cases of covid-19 among the inmates and staff have caused minor uprisings as tensions flare.
Editorial: Investigate COVID outbreak at prison

With Hawaii now receiving its first deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, there’s no argument about forming the immunization line behind health-care workers with direct exposure to coronavirus patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities. But a potentially controversial question is how to prioritize subsequent groups. Read more

JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Workers sit at their stations at the City’s contact tracing and call center headquarters on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Editorial: Protect viability of contact tracing

With COVID-19 infections surging to staggering counts on the U.S. mainland — including in West Coast states that serve as key markets for Hawaii tourism — it seems counter-intuitive for the state Health Department (DOH) to be scaling back its lineup of workers dedicated to contact tracing. Read more

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                                A vial with Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a medical room, in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
Editorial: Major development for COVID vaccine

For those on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic — and those hit hardest by it — there’s good reason to hope that a vaccine is fast-approaching, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs emergency approval for the two front-runners. Read more

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Editorial: Keep Giving Tuesday going

Amid COVID-19, this holiday season’s Black Friday began well before Thanksgiving, as struggling retailers jumped in early. And Cyber Monday’s cachet was diminished after many cyber months of pandemic-induced online commerce. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Travelers pass through the Terminal 1 security check point at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Editorial: Travel rule shifts disrupt tourism

Hawaii leaders want the islands’ tourism industry to survive but are making that objective harder to achieve. The long-delayed Safe Travels pre-travel testing program — with its rules now shifting — has created a measure of chaos that has frustrated businesses depending on visitor spending supporting their bottom line. Read more

PHOTO COURTESY OF WAIALUA HIGH & INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
                                Eighth grade math teacher Stephanie Oshiro and her husband installed plexiglass barriers on student desks in her classroom at Waialua High & Intermediate School. Many classrooms have the shields on teachers’ desks.
Editorial: Distance learning not looking good

In October, shortly after Hawaii’s public schools started their 2020-21 second quarter, the state released data showing that only 10% of K-12 students were receiving in-person instruction daily, with younger students getting the most time on campus. Read more


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