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ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                President Donald Trump smiles during a luncheon with members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Dec. 5.
Editorial: It’s now time to impeach Trump

Impeachment, sadly, seems the only means of ensuring that this untethered, unscrupulous behavior won’t be tolerated — either from this president, or any future occupant of the White House. Read more

Island Voices

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2015
                                Approximately 200 people attended a June 2015 public hearing at Moanalua Middle School about the U.S. Navy’s plan to fix the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility storage tank leak. This meeting was convened after one of the tanks leaked an estimated 27,000 gallons of jet fuel on Jan.13, 2014.
Column: Military can’t delay on Red Hill fuel tanks

The military has also shown itself to be effective when redirected toward disaster relief; it should start with the ones it has created. Read more

Letters

STAR-ADVERTISER FILE
                                A young cat peers from its enclosure prior to being spayed at the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Letters: ‘Broken Windows’ start of urban decay; Bill aims to help animals; Praying for Trump

A controversial explanation for urban decay called “The Broken Windows Theory” states that visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes. Read more

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Off the News

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Press conference on the lawn outside of HPD headquarters demonstrates an inflatable shelter for the homeless. It’s an equipment preview for the Project Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons (HONU) thought up by HPD’s Capt. Mike Lambert. People tour the inside of one of the just inflated shelters.
Off the News: A HONU world for homeless strategy

Through a new strategy for reducing homelessness, the two-pronged “Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons” (HONU), police will crack down on homeless-related violations within a 5-mile radius, while directing homeless people to a temporary “navigation center” housed in inflatable structures. Read more

InsightIsland Voices

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Roosevelt High School students create interesting shadows as they walk toward the football field as the sun sets on Dec. 10.
Column: With civil discourse declining, educators can help reverse the trend

While the sources of incivility are complex, our schools can teach students how to engage with a spectrum of competing ideas in a thoughtful and respectful way. Read more

Name in the News

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Twinkle Borge.
Name in the News: Twinkle Borge of Pu‘uhonua O Wai‘anae

Just over 16 years ago, Twinkle Borge, wounded in spirit and haunted by meth, came to live with six others under the kiawe trees bordering the Waianae Small Boat Harbor. Read more

Kauakukalahale

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the word “they” their word of the year based on a 313 percent increase in look-ups on the company’s search site, Merriam-Webster.com, this year when compared with 2018. Merriam-Webster recently added a new definition to its online dictionary to reflect use of “they” as relating to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary.
Column: Kū mai nei ʻo ‘they’ i ka hano hāweo i ka MH 2019

Synopsis: The English pronoun “they” has been selected word of the year for 2019. It is being used as a non-gendered, third-person singular pronoun. Read more

On Politics

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu resident and TMT opponent Mahealani Martin holds a flag along Beretania Street on August 1 at the state Capitol.
Richard Borreca: Big issues of 2019 will carry into 2020, sadly

The good news is we have just about made it through 2019; the bad news is that most of Hawaii’s political crises, missteps and predicaments will follow us into 2020. Read more

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