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Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Gov. Ige’s Fifth-floor Woes Commence
Gov. David Ige stubbed his toe last week, bruised his knee, as well, and may have suffered hairline fractures in one or both of his...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Island Can’t Handle All The Growth
My MidWeekcolleague Dan Boylan hit it smack dab on the kini popo when he recently wrote this: “The island of Oahu possesses nowhere near the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Tobacco Funds Down For Cancer Center
Blame it on the kids. It’s all their fault. We did our part; we started puffing on cigarettes as teenagers. Smokes made us look cool,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Mayor’s Selective Love For Parks
Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he loves our parks. He’s spending $1.5 million of our money just for a consultancy on remaking Ala Moana Beach Park....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Casting An Early Ballot For Benjy
I can’t wait to vote. No, I’m not talking about the opportunity to cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election. Who, save right-wing ideologues,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Could China Arm Hawaiian Nationalists?
Should we laugh at this? Some Chinese generals asked a U.S. Defense Department consultant, “How would the Pentagon like it if we provide arms to...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Of Continents, Islands And Cars
Traffic in Pearl City couldn’t be worse these days. Rail’s crept from neighboring Waipahu to the ewa end of town. That’s meant lane closures on...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // New UH Violence Policy Could Backfire
Sorry, but I’m uncomfortable with the proposed new University of Hawaii policy on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking — the one so...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Where’s The Military Rebalance?
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno came visiting recently. He devoted his time in the Islands to a general’s normal pursuits: reviewing the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Gov. Ige’s No-baloney Leadership Style
Governors and other public officials who must deal periodically with a press-conference reporter pack tend to fall into two categories. 1) Nimble afoot and greatly...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // It’s Not The Troops, It’s The Suits
When John F. Kennedy was elected president of our country, he loaded his cabinet with highly intelligent individuals who were not always that smart. As...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Highs And Woes With The Headlines
A cup of coffee and the morning Honolulu Star-Advertiser are not always a comforting combination. Such is particularly the case if the coffee’s bad or...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Taking Shots At ‘American Sniper’
I can’t quite get my mind around all that sniping about the movie American Sniper, up for best picture/best actor in Sunday’s Oscar competition. Filmmaker...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // New Hope For Moderate Muslims
According to an AP report out of Cairo, Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, opened the new year with a dramatic call for a “revolution”...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Obamacare: Unworkable, Unfortunately
I whooped with unrestrained joy when Obamacare passed in the Congress and was declared OK by the Supreme Court. It wasn’t the national healthcare I...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Rail Yes! Rail No! Enough Already
A resident of Leeward Oahu for the past 40 years and an occasional palm-sweating victim of its traffic jams, I’ve long been a supporter of...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Stating What’s Been Stated Before
A couple of Mondays ago, legislators milled about the floor of the House of Representatives, awaiting the call to order and the arrival of Gov....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Foreign Policy Is Not Tulsi’s Strength
Why am I getting nervous and uneasy about Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the rookie Democrat representative from Hawaii? It’s not just her “Hey, look at me”...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Texans Know How To Honor A War Hero
Anyone who knows a Texan knows how proud Texans are of “Texas Hospitality.” I have a Texan friend (aside from my wife), who sent me...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Political Theater In A Polarized House
Last week, television cameras caught Hawaii’s lei bedecked new 1st District U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a Democrat, beaming through President Barack Obama’s State of the...

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