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Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Big Wedding Wasn’t So Bad After All
I’ve never been a fan of big weddings: the astronomically expensive wedding gown, the tossing of bridal bouquet and garter, the slicing and smashing of...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Enforcement Lax On Improper Signs
It would be hypocritical for me to rage against advertising. Ads finance my MidWeek columns. Ads paid my 28 years of KGMB-TV salary. When I...

Jerry Coffee
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...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Rating The Season’s TV Political Ads
As a freelance scribbler, I’ve reviewed books and written about politicians, but what I’ve always wanted to review is movies. The closest I can get,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Dem Backlash?; Read The Ingredients
I am not a campaign-strategy guru, but my 51 years here give my nose a good scent for campaign strategies that resonate with local voters....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Best Journalistic Gig In Town
I wrote my first “Mostly Politics” column for MidWeek in October 1991. I was coming off a dozen years of writing features and a political...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // ‘Five-O’ Makes HPD Look Incompetent
(Historical Note: MidWeek was four years away from its birth when the first Hawaii 5-0 — originally to be titled The Man — finished its...

Jerry Coffee
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...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A New Vietnam Documentary
It’s MidWeek‘s 30th anniversary next week. Almost my 26th year as a columnist here. A chunk of my young-adult life was in-the-field coverage of the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Candidates Try For Separation
How do I find traction on a crowded field, none of whom has previously run in anything larger than a city council district?” That’s the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Further Proof Scummy Politics Works
That release of the Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) emails by former governor and defeated mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano has roiled already ruffled political feathers this...

Jerry Coffee
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...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Power — And Paucity — Of TV
Last week Gov. Neil Abercrombie began running a television commercial in which he took credit for leading Hawaii out of the throes of the Great...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Obama Disappoints Many Supporters
If you came aboard with Barack Obama in 2008 and again in 2012, and find yourself disappointed and wishing he didn’t have two-and-a-half years to...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Reading The Early Political Signs
As a certified political analyst, I am frequently asked to read the political skies, as in: “Where are the planets Hanabusa and Schatz in the...

Jerry Coffee
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...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Problem With Caged Animal Shows
Moscow State Circus with tigers and trained dog acts is coming to the Blaisdell Arena in October. That’s 20 years after the elephant Tyke killed...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Challengers Dream Of Political Upsets
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” wrote the poet, “Man never is, but always to be blest.” The poet was a 16th century English...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Manahan: Call Him Candidate 7
City Councilman Joey Manahan came late to the race for the 1st District Congressional seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa. He had not yet announced...

Bob Jones
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),...

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