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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...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // The Wonders Of Modern Hearing Aids
Several years ago, when my 83-year-old mom was visiting us, we were in our kitchen – wife Susan was at the sink, my mom and...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // What To Do With $844 Million?
What do you do with an $844 million state budget surplus? You read that right: $844 million. That is, even by the calculations of this...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Union Sways State’s Prison Policy
Our state prisons are overcrowded, lack adequate mental health treatment and cost us too much. But Hawaii voters and law-makers seem stupefied about what to...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Holidays Of Conspicuous Consumption
I write on New Year’s Eve with less than 48 hours remaining in the holiday season. Thank all the gods on heaven and earth. As...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Hello, 2014 … What’s Mufi Gonna Do?
Ah, the new year is upon us: full of hope, full of cheer, full of … foreboding. Which will it bring? “You wanna get a...

Larry Price
The Right Price // 2014: We’ve Seen This Before
It’s that time of the year when most of us want to sweep out the old and invite in the new. That sounds nice, but...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Wishful Thinking For The New Year
Happy New Year. But it begins with 47 million Americans on food stamps. Nothing to be happy about. Ringing in the new year Jan. 1...

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