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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...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Is New Mauna Kea ’Scope Worth It?
In 1609, it was the biggest telescope on the planet. Galileo’s 1.5-centimeter instrument in Italy set the science world and the Catholic Church on fire....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Running As A Political ‘Alternative’
Kathryn Xian proclaims herself “the most progressive candidate” in the race for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa. “I’m offering myself...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Seasons Of The Political Year
Ah, it’s springtime, 30 games into the major league baseball season, tornado time on the continent and the madcap final days of Hawaii’s legislative session....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Pohakuloa Battle Heats Up
The “Oh, no!” drums started beating the moment U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa disclosed that the Department of Defense wants to do some major upgrades to...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Why We Don’t Vote
In 2004, I ran as a Republican for the office of state representative for District 33, essentially Aiea, Halawa and part of Waimalu. Running for...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // DMZ: A War Just Waiting To Happen
I’ve recently made another visit to the Demilitarized Zone that has separated North and South Korea since 1953. The DMZ is a hot potato, a...

Larry Price
The Right Price // The Coach Steps Away
With our Perry & Price 30th anniversary coming up, I’ve decided this will be my last column. It is with deep sorrow that I must...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Dems Barely Avoid A Messy Convention
Whew! Hawaii’s Democrats almost stepped into their own doo-doo. It began when State Democratic Party convention planners scheduled incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie to speak at...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Merrie Monarch Ignoring ‘Hula Mua’
Merrie Monarch is here, and if you’re a Hilo mer chant or a competing halau, this is the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl wrapped...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // U.S. Military Spending Falling Behind
Although a quick glance at a bar graph of military expenditures by the U.S., Russia and China – the three largest militaries in the world...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Buying Pols With Cold, Hard Cash
Years ago, in a paroxysm of political idealism, I compared our esteemed United States senators, members of Congress, governor and state legislators with certain women...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Where’s The ‘Community’ In HCDA?
The public interest and government-and-business interests are not one and the same, but it seems to be harder and harder for the public interest to...


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