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Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Seeking Photos Of Vietnam Dead
Last week I was in our nation’s Capitol, and as is my usual routine, I spent some time at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. After...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Obama Doesn’t Deserve Impeachment
The national Republican Party enjoyed a terrific off-year election. The GOP grew its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to 250, a near record....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Thrill Of Seeing Hot Lava Up Close
There’s nothing quite like witnessing, close up, a Big Island volcanic eruption and the subsequent flow of either smooth pahoehoe or craggy a’a lava at...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Generally Speaking, Election Was A Yawn
Yawning was the order of general election day 2014. Did I miss anything that might excite? No, Democrats won every marquee race. Governor? Check. U.S....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Post-election Notes To Political Players
Memo to: Pat Saiki, GOP State Chair woman Did you have a moment last Tuesday when you wished you were a Democrat? When you realized...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Praise And Revulsion In Gov’s Race
My deadline for submitting copy to MidWeek is Wednesday at noon. Occasionally, I nail it. (“Very occasionally,” my editor mumbles as she reads this.) So...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Police Union Boss Part Of The Problem
I hope most of you readers will agree with this: That was a pathetic attempt by police union president Tenari Maafala to shift blame from...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Touched By Trade Center Memorial
One of the lasting realizations from our recent trip to Manhattan: The place is perpetually under repair or construction. It seems that at least half...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Bad Ideas For Improving Education
Most everyone I meet has an idea how to make our education system better. The perception persists here that we have failing public schools turning...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Finding Votes Here, There, Everywhere
With a scant two weeks left before General Election Day 2014, Republican gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona and wife Vivian found themselves lost on the eighth...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Parallels For Hawaiians, Lakota Sioux
If you’re from Hawaii and familiar with our Native Hawaiian “tribal” or “kingdom” issue, it’s fascinating to visit South Dakota and get immersed in its...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Epidemic Of Incompetence Hurts U.S.
As bad as the Ebola epidemic may seem, it has occurred to me that there is a far more dangerous epidemic that appears to be...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Gubernatorial Contest By The Numbers
Numbers tell stories — among them that primary election day 2014 constituted a damning indictment of Hawaii’s democracy. On Aug. 9, the primary election attracted...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Two Sundays Ago In The Park …
Mufi Hannemann’s gubernatorial campaign recently competed with a sunset. Any sunset offers stiff competition, but a “Waianae Sunset on the Beach” can steal the show...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Crazy Ideas About Drugs; Yes On ’4′
National columnists sometimes write the silliest things. (I am only local and, ipso facto, exempt from that charge!) Thomas Sowell always seems to write silly...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Korea Vet Wins Military Literature Prize
“The Military Writers Society of America has awarded its gold medal for historical fiction to Hawaii author Richard McMahon for his novel, The Dark Side...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Those Wonderful Cold War Days Of Yore
Ah, how I yearn for the good old days. Remember when godless Commies threatened us from East, West, North, South: Russian Commies, Chinese Commies, Cuban...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Political Punditry; Police And Politics
There’s been a surfeit of punditry about the perceived faults that caused the political downfalls of Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann. I’d like to add...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Turning Stew And Rice Into Votes
Gary Moniz comes to my house in years ending in a 2 or a 7. Around the Boylans’ dining room table, he joins fellow members...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Problem With Being Pro-homeless
There seems to be a cluster of compassionate folks opposed to any “criminalization” of the homeless — that is, they cringe at confiscating their sidewalk...

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