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Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Union Sways State’s Prison Policy
Our state prisons are overcrowded, lack adequate mental health treatment and cost us too much. But Hawaii voters and law-makers seem stupefied about what to...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Wishful Thinking For The New Year
Happy New Year. But it begins with 47 million Americans on food stamps. Nothing to be happy about. Ringing in the new year Jan. 1...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Christmas, USPS Mahalo And Bus Ads
Merry Christmas. (I’m not a “Happy Holidays” kind of guy.) Most American colonists had no holiday greeting at all. Puritans, Calvinists and Quakers considered Christmas...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Look At Development Plans
I’ve lived here 51 years and have been a reporter on and witness to all the Oahu development that began our sprawl, crowding, bad architecture,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Catching Up To New Realities
Let’s face it, this mixed plate of same-gender marriage, civil unions, sexual partnerships and children picking their gender identity is tough chewing, swallowing and digesting...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Senate Race A Proxy For Governors
Here’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot lately: “Who do you think will win the Brian Schatz/Colleen Hanabusa race?” I say, “I have no...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Talking Turkey At The White House
This week and Thanksgivings 2014, 2015 and 2016 are President Obama’s last times to pardon turkeys. It’s a meaningless gesture when you consider that Americans...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Remembering Military C-rations
This pre-Thanksgiving column is dedicated to every GI whose combat-zone holiday meal was C-ration ham with lima beans, beef slices with potatoes and gravy, and...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A National Embarrassment
It would be wrong to label Hawaii police union president Tenari Ma’afala as the village idiot for his anti-same-gender-marriage and patently homophobic remarks last week...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Beware Parking On Private Roads
So why don’t the parking meters on that short Kaheka Street extension between Ala Moana Hotel and the shopping center honor handicap parking? Carol Egan...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Legislature’s Social Laggards
It’s become very clear from the polls (and especially polls of young voters) that the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church and the legislators who are...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // What Exactly is ‘Hawaiiana’?
I was sitting in on a local school’s briefing on programs it hopes to fund for the coming years and one item was, “classes with...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Health Problems Of Zoo Elephants
There are about 290 elephants living in zoo captivity in the U.S. – two of them here. We’ve had nine over the years at our...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Demonstrators Or Public Nuisance?
Demonstrations – at government offices or on sidewalks, parks and beaches – are a distinctly Western “right,” either embedded in a constitution, in a statute...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // UH Maintenance; Minimum Wage
You’ve read that the University of Hawaii needs about $490 million to catch up on backlogged repairs. So it wants to float bonds for that,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Pope, Bishop Silva At Odds On Gays
I’ll be very curious to see how the latest pronouncements on abortion, contraceptives and gay people by Pope Francis play out with Hawaii’s very conservative...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Are You Ready For Pilotless Planes?
The first self-steering, self-braking car is now on the market – in Germany. It’s the Mercedes S-Class at $92,000-$115,000. Drivable on regular roads or the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // More Concerts In The Crater?
Do we do more housing or more parks and open space? Do we allocate more wilderness with public access or OK commercial incursion that brings...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Social Trans-phenomenon
Secrets-leaker Bradley Manning says he’s now a she named Chelsea and wants the military prison to treat him as a woman – a “transgender” person....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Funeral Alliance; Prison Guards
“We’re putting together volunteers and activists to help continue our important consumer protection work in Hawaii and start a Funeral Consumers Alliance.” -current posting on...


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