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Larry Price
The Right Price // Tip Credit: Do The Math, If You Can
Every once in a while, legislators are abstract to the point of being comical. Our Legislature’s latest effort to pass a proposal to raise the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Russian History Lesson Is In Order
Some folks seem to feel nostalgic for the Cold War. Arizona Sen. John Mccain, for example. The former Republican presidential candidate recently demonstrated his sound-bite...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Abercrombie’s Chances For Re-election
I don’t think anyone can say with a straight face that this has been a what-people-expected first term for Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Of course, truth...

Larry Price
The Right Price // A Long Or Short School Year?
Former Gov. Linda Lingle must be doing backflips over the Legislature’s decision to shorten the school year after she was blamed for – that’s right,...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Now You See It, Now You Don’t
All politics,” it’s said, “are local.” So let’s start here at home, but be forewarned that before the period’s placed on this edition of “Mostly...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Good Man, But Not For Supreme Court
The nomination of Kailua High School grad Michael Wilson to the Hawaii Supreme Court should be rejected by the state Senate – and I hope...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // On Political Likes And Dislikes
MidWeek usually appears in our Pearl City mail box late Tuesday afternoon. I fetch it, check the letters section for critics, place it on the...

Larry Price
The Right Price // New Calls For Bringing Ukraine, Georgia Into NATO
I like this period of the legislative session because the real politicians rise to the surface and do things you don’t see during the beginning...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Potholes, Sewers And Name-dropping
A formula exists for “states of,” as in State of the Union, State of the State or, one of the variety Kirk Caldwell delivered last...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Revising Public Workers Laws
Count me – the son of a union family – among those who would support some version here of Wisconsin’s Act 10, which curbs the...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // The Swamp Ghost’s New Home
Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor is a wonderful success story that just keeps going – and growing. Occupying two Ford Island World War II...

Larry Price
The Right Price // The State Of Local Political Promises
Well, we survived another round of State of the State, State of the City, and State of Local Political Promises. You could guess it was...

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...

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