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Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // What Exactly is ‘Hawaiiana’?
I was sitting in on a local school’s briefing on programs it hopes to fund for the coming years and one item was, “classes with...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Health Problems Of Zoo Elephants
There are about 290 elephants living in zoo captivity in the U.S. – two of them here. We’ve had nine over the years at our...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Demonstrators Or Public Nuisance?
Demonstrations – at government offices or on sidewalks, parks and beaches – are a distinctly Western “right,” either embedded in a constitution, in a statute...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // UH Maintenance; Minimum Wage
You’ve read that the University of Hawaii needs about $490 million to catch up on backlogged repairs. So it wants to float bonds for that,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Pope, Bishop Silva At Odds On Gays
I’ll be very curious to see how the latest pronouncements on abortion, contraceptives and gay people by Pope Francis play out with Hawaii’s very conservative...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Are You Ready For Pilotless Planes?
The first self-steering, self-braking car is now on the market – in Germany. It’s the Mercedes S-Class at $92,000-$115,000. Drivable on regular roads or the...

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Just Thoughts // More Concerts In The Crater?
Do we do more housing or more parks and open space? Do we allocate more wilderness with public access or OK commercial incursion that brings...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Social Trans-phenomenon
Secrets-leaker Bradley Manning says he’s now a she named Chelsea and wants the military prison to treat him as a woman – a “transgender” person....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Funeral Alliance; Prison Guards
“We’re putting together volunteers and activists to help continue our important consumer protection work in Hawaii and start a Funeral Consumers Alliance.” -current posting on...

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Just Thoughts // Say No To GMOs: Folly Or Fact?
Kauai is going bonkers over that proposed genetically modified organism-pesticide county ordinance. Citizen against citizen. And it’s all unnecessary, because there is existing state and...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // What If Deedy Didn’t Pack A Gun?
There’s much to be learned from the Christopher Deedy murder trial, whether you agree with the eventual outcome or not. It’s about our gun culture....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Overblown TV Storm Coverage
This should have been said or written a long time ago: Our TV news stations must stop scaring the hell out of us every time...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Getting Homeless Out Of Parks
This whole homeless-in-Hawaii issue is fraught with political and emotional overtones – so much that there really is no compromise solution that will have all...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Quirky Candidate For Quirky UH
Can the next University of Hawaii president be a proven CEO without also offering almost-peerless academic credentials? I think a case can be made that...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Recovering From Knee Surgery
I’m pleased to say I’ve had a quick, complete and limited-pain recovery from total knee-replacement surgery. It’s common surgery now, and I thought my recovery...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Gender Identity In The Restroom
A Star-Advertiser reader from Moiliili probably touched many sensitive social-issue nerves with a recent letter to the editor, saying, “I believe one should use a...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // To War Or Not To War, America?
Forget about Vietnam. American armed forces seem to be topping our politicians and journalists in favorability rankings in polls this year by Gallup and Pew...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Query For UH Prez Candidates
One question I’d like to ask any prospective UH president is, “What would your policy be on free speech, even politically incorrect speech, by faculty...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Golden Opportunity — Or Not
“A thousand men go searchin’ for gold. After six months, one of them’s lucky. His find represents not only his own labor, but that of...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Extinction Of Languages Is Natural
I took heat recently for writing that $28 million for a new Hawaiian Language College building in Hilo could be viewed as excessive. One woman...

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