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Coffee Break // No Moral Equivalency With Hamas
As I pen this column, my fingers are crossed for the continuation of a cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza forces of Hamas — this...

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Coffee Break // Gaza: Hamas Wants To Destroy Israel
A recent Wall Street Journal contained a very poignant article reminding us of the true nature of the enemy we face in international terrorist organizations...

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Coffee Break // No Surprises For Readers Around Here
They say time flies when you’re having a good time. I was recently called upon to come up with the date I started writing this...

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Coffee Break // Native Hawaiians Are Not A Tribe
In the course of my eight-year tenure as a MidWeek columnist, I have spared no ink to explain to readers why I believe the passage...

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Coffee Break // Bergdahl-Taliban Deal Endangers U.S. Troops
At the beginning of his first term, President Obama announced, “In the first year of my presidency, I will close down the prison at Guantanamo...

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Coffee Break // A Big Milestone In This Life
Like most of you, my life has been full of milestones: graduations (four), marriages (two), professional highlights/low lights (more of the former than latter), children’s...

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Coffee Break // Most Memorable Memorial Day
In May of 1865, former slaves in Charleston, S.C., reburied from their mass grave 257 dead Union prisoners of war in the cemetery bordering the...

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Coffee Break // Why We Don’t Vote
In 2004, I ran as a Republican for the office of state representative for District 33, essentially Aiea, Halawa and part of Waimalu. Running for...

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Coffee Break // U.S. Military Spending Falling Behind
Although a quick glance at a bar graph of military expenditures by the U.S., Russia and China – the three largest militaries in the world...

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Coffee Break // Remembering A Heroic POW
Some of you more “seasoned” readers may re call the infamous “Hanoi March” in June 1966, in which we American POWs, cuffed together in pairs,...

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Coffee Break // Southeast Asia And Flight 370
I realize that by the time this column is published the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 and its passengers and crew March 8 may...

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Coffee Break // The Swamp Ghost’s New Home
Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor is a wonderful success story that just keeps going – and growing. Occupying two Ford Island World War II...

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Coffee Break // Obama Wasting Troops’ Sacrifice
This week’s column borrows from the closing comments of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in his speech to the Marine Corps Association July 18,...

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Coffee Break // Building An African Oasis For Keiki
Swaziland is Africa’s only remaining kingdom. Drifting like a tiny autonomous island in the northeastern corner of South Africa, it is a little less than...

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Coffee Break // The Wonders Of Modern Hearing Aids
Several years ago, when my 83-year-old mom was visiting us, we were in our kitchen – wife Susan was at the sink, my mom and...

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Coffee Break // In The True Christmas Moment
Probably like so many of you, months ago my wife, Susan, and I took a sacred oath to avoid the deadly “Christmas Crunch” (sounds like...

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Coffee Break // An American Hero’s Surprise
On the morning of April 8, 1968, an Army helicopter was traversing a shard of scrubby jungle a few clicks (kilometers) south of the DMZ...

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Coffee Break // Hanging With Young Presidents, Raptors
“YPO” does not stand for a magnificent valley on Hawaii Island (Waipio) or a countryside suburb west of Pearl City. YPO stands for Young Presidents...

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Coffee Break // Inspired To Poetry By Bombing
There had been no bombing raids in or around Hanoi for weeks, a situation that only increased the frustration of us POWs. “C’mon you guys,...

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Coffee Break // Obama’s Promises Don’t Hold Up
A few weeks ago I wrote a column about President Barack Obama’s propensity to play fast and loose with the truth. Imagine my surprise when...

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