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Just Thoughts // The Curious Tale Of LG Candidates
I’ve seen them all seeking to be elected Hawaii governor for more than 50 years. Quinn vs. Burns (Quinn won), Burns vs. Quinn (Burns won),...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Sovereignty, NPs And A New UH Prez
The U.S. Interior Department may have just complicated the Hawaiian sovereignty/governance issue. Washington is seeking acceptable words to define the U.S.-Hawaiian pre-annexation relationship as “tribal”...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Keep Religion Out Of Science Education
We’ll be asked to pass a state constitutional amendment for tax money to go to some private – even church-run – pre-kindergarten schools. But look...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Look Back At Past UH Presidents
There are books on Algebra The Easy Way and Grammar The Easy Way, and the expression “Take the easy way out.” But there’s no easy...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Is New Mauna Kea ’Scope Worth It?
In 1609, it was the biggest telescope on the planet. Galileo’s 1.5-centimeter instrument in Italy set the science world and the Catholic Church on fire....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Pohakuloa Battle Heats Up
The “Oh, no!” drums started beating the moment U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa disclosed that the Department of Defense wants to do some major upgrades to...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // DMZ: A War Just Waiting To Happen
I’ve recently made another visit to the Demilitarized Zone that has separated North and South Korea since 1953. The DMZ is a hot potato, a...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Merrie Monarch Ignoring ‘Hula Mua’
Merrie Monarch is here, and if you’re a Hilo mer chant or a competing halau, this is the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl wrapped...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Where’s The ‘Community’ In HCDA?
The public interest and government-and-business interests are not one and the same, but it seems to be harder and harder for the public interest to...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Scoops On Bhutan And Nepal
I’ve returned from traveling through Nepal and Bhutan last month just in time to file my U.S. and Hawaii taxes. Do you wish you could...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Different Kind Of Island Life
The photos with this story are the ones that keep me reminded of one of the happiest times of my life. They were taken in...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Eyeing The Sovereignty Struggle
This ongoing discussion about Hawaiian sovereignty has gotten hilarious because of the claims to a nonexistent throne. Some even suggest the hanai’d Abigail Kawananakoa as...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Abercrombie’s Chances For Re-election
I don’t think anyone can say with a straight face that this has been a what-people-expected first term for Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Of course, truth...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Good Man, But Not For Supreme Court
The nomination of Kailua High School grad Michael Wilson to the Hawaii Supreme Court should be rejected by the state Senate – and I hope...

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Just Thoughts // Revising Public Workers Laws
Count me – the son of a union family – among those who would support some version here of Wisconsin’s Act 10, which curbs the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Galápagos, Hawaii Comparisons
The volcanic Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, have had permanent human habitation only since 1833. So their 30,000 residents have an...

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Just Thoughts // Should UH Sports Really Be Division I?
I haven’t been comfortable with University of Hawaii sports program financing for many years. I loved the old Fabulous Five of basketball; then we learned...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Russian Spy In From The Cold
He’s a Russian spy come over to our side. Victor Sheymov is a former high-level KGB operative who fled to the United States. Now he’s...

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Just Thoughts // The Country Doctor Of Ko’olauloa
The 1909 film Country Doctor was a tear-jerker in which a small-town American physician was torn between staying bedside with his gravely ill daughter and...

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Just Thoughts // Our Combat Vets Deserve More
I get very huhu about the casual way Americans treat people in the armed services, war veterans and those still posted in Afghanistan. Many in...

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