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Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Galápagos, Hawaii Comparisons
The volcanic Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, have had permanent human habitation only since 1833. So their 30,000 residents have an...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // What The Polls Show For Hawaii’s Pols
The most hackneyed phrase in the political lexicon belongs to the nameless politician who, upon reading a poll that showed him behind his opponent, groused:...

Larry Price
The Right Price // Saying No To College Athletes’ Union
One of the hottest topics in college athletics right now is the possibility that the National Labor Relations Board will rule in favor of college...

Larry Price
The Right Price // A Whole Lot Of Pono Madness
After state Rep. Bob Mc-Dermott released his report critical of Pono Choice, a proposed state Department of Education sex-education program, I thought the public discussion...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Obama Wasting Troops’ Sacrifice
This week’s column borrows from the closing comments of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in his speech to the Marine Corps Association July 18,...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Whither Kakaako, Whither The HCDA?
In the past year, I’ve heard Tony Ching’s presentation on Hawaii Community Development Authority’s (HCDA) master plan for Kakaako on three separate occasions: before an...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Should UH Sports Really Be Division I?
I haven’t been comfortable with University of Hawaii sports program financing for many years. I loved the old Fabulous Five of basketball; then we learned...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Russian Spy In From The Cold
He’s a Russian spy come over to our side. Victor Sheymov is a former high-level KGB operative who fled to the United States. Now he’s...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Look Back To See How We Got Here
I’m teaching late 19th-century U.S. history this semester, and I’m here to tell you, beloved reader, it’s a hard sell. For one thing, it’s almost...

Larry Price
The Right Price // Fast-tracking Minimum Wage Bill
Just about everyone at the Square Building on South Beretania is either trying to get re-elected, raising campaign funds, making nice-nice with the governor or...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Country Doctor Of Ko’olauloa
The 1909 film Country Doctor was a tear-jerker in which a small-town American physician was torn between staying bedside with his gravely ill daughter and...

Larry Price
The Right Price // Will Hawaii Go To Pot – Or What?
A group of legislators is proposing that a study is needed to determine if our farmers should be allowed to grow marijuana because it would...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Getting To Know Mitt, Just A Bit Late
On presidential election night 2012, Mitt Romney related a comment made by one of his teary-eyed supporters: “When you think about it, we kinda had...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Building An African Oasis For Keiki
Swaziland is Africa’s only remaining kingdom. Drifting like a tiny autonomous island in the northeastern corner of South Africa, it is a little less than...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Politics: Fears Win Over Facts
Amy Harmon writes about the impact of science and technology on American life for The New York Times, perhaps the country’s last great newspaper. Harmon...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Our Combat Vets Deserve More
I get very huhu about the casual way Americans treat people in the armed services, war veterans and those still posted in Afghanistan. Many in...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Getting Sensible About GMOs
I’d hope that by the time this session of the Hawaii Legislature is pau, the current fad of claiming that genetically modified food poisons our...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Takayama: From Observer To Participant
Gregg Takayama seems both too old and too traveled to be a freshman state legislator. Yet there he was last week, sitting in the State...

Larry Price
The Right Price // 2014 Legislative Predictions
Oh, good, state lawmakers are back in session and they promise to be there for at least four months. After all the fireworks at last...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Anticipating Oscar Picks And Pans
I was a juror last October for Hawaii International Film Festival’s European entries: three great films and eight pieces of semi-dreck; one flick of gay...

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