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Hawaii politics, political news and opinions.

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // When ‘Just Say No’ Is Not Enough
Jon Krakauer writes longform journalism as well as anyone in the trade. He learned his craft as a mountaineer and writer for Outside magazine. Two...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Technology Era’s Effect On Education
“Back in the day,” as my wife likes to say, when she and I were in high school, there were usually only two tracks of...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Weighing The Dangers Of Foreign Travel
Most any travel you do has some danger attached: car crashes, a bad fall, stomach illness, an airplane crash. Or you might only lose a...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Pedaling Slowly Toward A Livable City
Les Ishimoto is the most loyal of my 11 regular readers. On Wednesday mornings, he emails me with an always critical, occasionally scathing critique of...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Social Security, Taxes And Gambling
Why is there so much resistance to sensible Social Security reform, federal tax reforms and some gambling for Hawaii? Social Security isn’t a “due.” It...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Legislative Session’s Dramatic Finish
Oh my! A Senate president deposed, the advice of the Legislature’s only M.D. rejected on a health issue, the extension of the excise tax surcharge...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Saluting The Cadets Of Junior ROTC
After seeing a film, or reading an inspiring account of military heroism or accomplishment, it has become common to ask, “Where do we get such...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // No Conclusion To Common Core Confusion
The bluster, blather and pandemonium about Common Core teaching and testing in public schools everywhere but Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Indiana is very...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Plight Of The Mountain People
My daughter Brett Jones, a State Department foreign service officer, worked out of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu until last year, designing plans for saving...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Traffic, ZipMobiles, Rail And Leadership
My friend Robyn Nelson earns her keep as an itinerant college lecturer. She teaches introductory English composition: one section at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu,...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // An International Tale Of Three Jerrys
After my first year-anda-half as a POW in North Vietnam, I was taken to the prison commander’s office one day and very unceremoniously handed a...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Gimme Shelter — Or Better, A Home
On the night of Jan. 25, 2015, approximately 3,000 homeless slept in Oahu shelters. A count taken over the next five nights found 2,000 more...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Who Should Pay For Poor Decisions?
There are eight states, including ours, where people who have to be rescued because they made poor hiking, boating or flying decisions can be charged...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Mixed Feelings On Mauna Kea Scope
I first saw Mauna Kea on a late summer morning in 1966. It was a spectacular Hawaiian day, nothing but sunshine, blue sky and Mauna...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Contemplating A Trio Of Island Issues
A triple-header for MidWeek readers this week. The lawmaker-residency issue, corporate Hawaiian Electric and our growing dislike of air travel. 1) Why do we insist...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Two Hot Situations On The Big Island
HILO — I’m no seer who can divine the political and cultural will of the Big Island’s very diverse population of about 186,000 when the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Punchbowl Memorial For Ernie Pyle
My Uncle Bud landed in France soon after DDay, June 6, 1944. He fought across Europe, came home and went about his life. He never...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Mayor Of Punchbowl Street
Kirk Caldwell recently passed the midpoint of his first term as mayor of the City and County of Honolulu. He won his post in November...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Spotlight On Merrie Monarch Musicians
HILO — It’s Merrie Monarch Festival week and I’m there. Scored an affordable rental car and a Hilo Seaside hotel room — which ain’t easy!...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // A Time To Honor Vietnam Veterans
My, how time flies. Can you believe that this month marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War — and that plans...

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