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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),...

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”...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // A Big Milestone In This Life
Like most of you, my life has been full of milestones: graduations (four), marriages (two), professional highlights/low lights (more of the former than latter), children’s...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Latest Politician To Switch Sides
As the Hawaii Democratic Convention wound down two Sundays ago, a former state legislator looked over the convention hall, shook his head and asked, “What...

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...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Surprise! An Interesting LG Race
This column is about political conventions, am bition and charisma. Still reading? May is the month Hawaii’s two major political parties hold their conventions, the...

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...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Most Memorable Memorial Day
In May of 1865, former slaves in Charleston, S.C., reburied from their mass grave 257 dead Union prisoners of war in the cemetery bordering the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Military Leaders And Universities
Let’s talk about Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, one of the finalists for the vacant University of Hawaii presidency. Wiercinski’s nomination has met with resistance. At...

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