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COURTESY PIXABAY home, mortgage, property, property tax
Editorial: Less property tax take will mean city squeeze

The city’s Real Property Assessment Division is now wrapping up distribution of notices to Oahu property owners informing them of their assessments for the 2020-21 tax year. 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

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A shelf at Bo Wah Trading Co. in Chinatown, is stocked with packs of firecrackers.
Letters: Selfish few setting illegal fireworks spoil season; HECO leaders ready for changes; Treating sleep apnea

Selfish few setting illegal fireworks spoil season; HECO leaders ready for changes, despite critic; Treating sleep apnea would be life-improvin. Read more

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Off the News

Homeless seniors see their new studio apartments.
Off the News: Happier times soon for homeless elderly

It’s easy to be overcome by the crush of a busy holiday — and political — season. That’s when a bit of happy news provides blessed relief: The 29 homeless seniors getting a glimpse of their future studio units, now under renovation, is one such story. 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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