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Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The 2014 Oscar Movie Picks List
The controversial film The Interview hasn’t shown in Hawaii theaters. I’m not surprised. Read The New York Times any Sunday for all the movies we’ll...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Enough Already Of Clintons, Bushes
More than 90 years ago, H.L. Mencken, the journalistic “sage of Baltimore,” defined democracy as that system of government in which a nation with more...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Cuba, The Castros And Capitalism
What a marvelous way to start the new year: the U.S. getting back in the global ball game with Cuba! Back-to-back homers by President Obama:...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Why Republicans Must At Last Govern
This week we say “goodbye” to 2014. Some may mumble “good riddance” to it as well. But for moderates and liberals, it wasn’t an entirely...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Holiday Missive To The President
Dear Mr. President, I hope this finds you, Michelle and your lovely daughters enjoying Christmas in Hawaii. I apologize for not writing sooner with an...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Christmas Eve At The Hanoi Hilton
Christmas Eve of 1968 found me less than two years into my seven-year incarceration as a POW in North Vietnam. Solitary confinement was still common,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Merry Christmas … Or Happy Holidays
I wonder what we’d have been like if America had not been founded by people espousing Christian values. What if, from the get-go, we had...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // What’s Wrong At UH? Where To Start?
Goodbye, Tom. Goodbye, Gib. Goodbye, Ben. Who’s next? Let’s get right to it: What’s wrong at University of Hawaii? Presidents, chancellors, coaches and athletic directors...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Whither Polygamy; Uber Questions
Those of us who espoused same-gender marriage on the grounds that government should not control whom we marry find ourselves in a bit of a...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Monopoly’s Always A Good Buy
Why would a Florida mega-electric company want to buy a small, mid-Pacific electric utility? Simple. That small, mid-Pacific electric company enjoys a near monopoly of...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Is It Time For A Constitution Rewrite?
Did President Obama defile the Constitution by halting some immigration prosecution, exempting some ObamaCare mandates and granting waivers to No Child Left Behind? Would a...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // The Last Anti- Obama Tirade
In this column, I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m finished with my anti-Obama crusade. Mmmhmm, you might think; why would Coffee have an anti-Obama...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Chorister’s Confessions
Call this one: “Confessions of a Chorister Who Can’t Carry a Tune,” an ongoing tragicomedy in several acts. My 11 regular readers will remember some...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Media Makes Up New Rules With Cosby
All that news media coverage of Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual misbehavior has made me a bit queasy. Had I been Washington Post‘s editor I’d likely...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Looking Forward (Mostly) To The Mail
I respond to the sound of the U.S. mail carrier’s truck like Pavlov’s dog to the ringing of the bell. Oh, I don’t salivate, but...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Good Reasons To Support Sit-Lie
I’ll be sitting down Thanksgiving evening to a dinner with my wife and six friends, and I know I’m expected to feel a sense of...

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....

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