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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released
                                Red Hill provides fuel to operate overseas while ensuring drinking water in the area remains safe.
Editorial: Navy’s Red Hill plan inadequate

Oahu’s primary drinking water aquifer — tapped to serve more than 400,000 residents, from Moanalua to Hawaii Kai — is situated just 100 feet below the Navy’s aging Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility, which maintains a continuous supply of petroleum to fuel ships and jets. Read more

Island Voices

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The summit of Mauna Kea is studded with telescopes.
Column: Mauna Kea: A society of love, compassion and justice is worth protecting

Seeing so many negative letters about Thirty Meter Telescope protectors, I felt moved to share my personal experience. Read more

Letters

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Letter: Mayor needs to listen to his constituents

I question whether Honolulu’s mayor is serving the best interests of the residents of the city. Read more

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Off the News

A big retailer gives up e-cigs

The first to snuff out their e-cigarette sales will be those that can most afford to lose the merchandise line. Read more

Insight

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Alberto Fernandez manning the Hokkaido Brug Bakery booth selling freshly baked items at the NBC Concert Hall Farmer’s Market in May 2017. The booth accepts GreenBucks from the GreenWheel Food Hub, which partners with vendors at farmer’s markets to allow people to shop with Hawaii Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
Tougher climb for Hawaii immigrants with new ‘public charge’ rule

Most of Melba Bantay’s clients at Catholic Charities don’t have to worry about how recent changes in immigration rules will affect them personally. They have a green card, meaning they can stay in the United States, no matter what. Read more

Name in the News

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jeffrey Herzog, the Army Corps project manager works to help deliver Ala Wai flood mitigation, and more.
Name in the News: Jeffrey Herzog

For Jeffrey Herzog, being a project manager for the Civil Works Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) fits his military training and skill set. Read more

Kauakukalahale

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Members of Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus sing and dance during the start of ceremonies at Gov. David Ige’s inaugural on Dec. 3, 2018.
Column: I mua nö ka ho‘okae ‘ili o ke alo a hala

Synopsis: John Learned, a professor at the University of Hawaii, is claiming that he is not a racist, despite some very unfounded, derogatory remarks he has made about Hawaiians. His position reflects the privilege of power, but at least we know where he stands. Read more

On Politics

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                U.S. Attorney Kenji Price (speaking) and Honolulu Police Department Chief Susan Ballard (behind Price on left) along with several leaders from various law enforcement agencies, participate in a presser to announce significant federal gambling charges on Sept. 17, 2019.
Column: When it comes to gambling crackdowns, Hawaii is all in — with help from the feds

Kenji Price, U.S. attorney for Hawaii, last week announced new federal investigations into illegal gambling outfits in Hawaii. Price kicked off the action by saying the local- federal joint investigation has identified 80 illegal Oahu game rooms in both commercial areas and residential neighborhoods. Read more

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