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Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Homeless; New Prison Problems
I sympathize with Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who has to do a political balancing act between those who want the homeless off our sidewalks and parks...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Prepping For Knee Replacement
One day you’re walking around OK, albeit a bit gimpy. The next some surgeon is sawing the bones out of your leg and redoing the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Elected AG, Messy Yards, GMOS
I hope those state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands bad lease policies exposed by the Star-Advertiser and those airport procurement irregularities uncovered by the state...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // UH Presidents, Books, Parks
I don’t think many non-UH-employed or -affiliated people will disagree with my assessment that the university is in extremis – most often meaning “in extreme...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Discovering The Joys Of Myanmar
Call it Burma, Myanmar or the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. It’s the hot travel destination now that the generals have donned suits, loosened...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Awaiting Proof GMOs Are Unsafe
I stand with Kaneohe veterinarian and family physician Gary Johnson, who wrote in the Star-Advertiser that “I have never seen a research article showing harm...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Are Hilo Projects Money Well-spent?
Somebody surely will ask: Why are we spending $28 million in state money for the College of Hawaiian Language building at UH Hilo? Why put...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Rethinking How We Do Marriage
Our whole marriage/civil union thing is archaic and needs to be restructured. Why is the state “licensing” any of this anyway? There may have been...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // UH Needs Audit, Not PR Campaign
A recent Star-Advertiser editorial called for “repairing the reputation” of the University of Hawaii. The writer said the main problem is that UH may not...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Always Running For A Higher Office
So, why do all those incumbent politicians yearn so mightily for higher office instead of being satisfied with the one they have? It troubles me...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Where In Heaven’s Name Is Hell?
Here comes Easter. And The Economist, the best English-language news magazine still publishing, has declared hell and heaven to be dead issues in Western culture....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // How Seriously To Take North Korea?
I’m not sure how seriously we Americans take the North Koreans. I think our general attitude is, “They can huff and puff, but in the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Four Days On The Mekong River
Here’s one that definitely belongs on your “bucket list” – things to do before you croak: A four-day, five-night float on the Mekong River from...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Letting It All Hang Out — Or Not
San Francisco has banned nudity on city property. I’m good with that. Our society isn’t comfortable with exhibitionists letting it all hang out in public...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Merrie Monarch Opening Up, Sorta
Somebody at the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo is paying attention to you fans – and even to me, as a yearly attendee and writer...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Secret Tales Of A U.S. Spy Plane
I had a short but very special overseas assignment with the U.S. Air Force in 1956, but I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about it...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Who Pays When Rescue’s Required?
News item: Lost hikers keep Oahu rescue crews busy. Should we start charging people the cost of rescue when they undertake a risky recreational activity...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Leaders Aren’t Listening To Public
I get a good sense of what’s bugging people by reading letters to the editor. I wish our leaders and lawmakers did, too, but I...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Ways To Boost Our Isle Economy
Here’s something BIG we’ve missed out on. It’s called “medical tourism.” A million-and-a-half Americans will travel somewhere this year for bone, heart or cosmetic surgery...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Tightening Security At Our Schools
I’ve wrestled mightily with the too-frequent school killings matter, come up with some ideas, chucked them, written potential columns about it and tossed those out...


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