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Hawaii politics, political news and opinions.

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Where’s The Military Rebalance?
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno came visiting recently. He devoted his time in the Islands to a general’s normal pursuits: reviewing the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Gov. Ige’s No-baloney Leadership Style
Governors and other public officials who must deal periodically with a press-conference reporter pack tend to fall into two categories. 1) Nimble afoot and greatly...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // It’s Not The Troops, It’s The Suits
When John F. Kennedy was elected president of our country, he loaded his cabinet with highly intelligent individuals who were not always that smart. As...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Highs And Woes With The Headlines
A cup of coffee and the morning Honolulu Star-Advertiser are not always a comforting combination. Such is particularly the case if the coffee’s bad or...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Taking Shots At ‘American Sniper’
I can’t quite get my mind around all that sniping about the movie American Sniper, up for best picture/best actor in Sunday’s Oscar competition. Filmmaker...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // New Hope For Moderate Muslims
According to an AP report out of Cairo, Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, opened the new year with a dramatic call for a “revolution”...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Obamacare: Unworkable, Unfortunately
I whooped with unrestrained joy when Obamacare passed in the Congress and was declared OK by the Supreme Court. It wasn’t the national healthcare I...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Rail Yes! Rail No! Enough Already
A resident of Leeward Oahu for the past 40 years and an occasional palm-sweating victim of its traffic jams, I’ve long been a supporter of...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Stating What’s Been Stated Before
A couple of Mondays ago, legislators milled about the floor of the House of Representatives, awaiting the call to order and the arrival of Gov....

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Foreign Policy Is Not Tulsi’s Strength
Why am I getting nervous and uneasy about Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the rookie Democrat representative from Hawaii? It’s not just her “Hey, look at me”...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // Texans Know How To Honor A War Hero
Anyone who knows a Texan knows how proud Texans are of “Texas Hospitality.” I have a Texan friend (aside from my wife), who sent me...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Political Theater In A Polarized House
Last week, television cameras caught Hawaii’s lei bedecked new 1st District U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a Democrat, beaming through President Barack Obama’s State of the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // A Love-Hate Relationship With Military
This is the week the Army hosts some “listening to you” sessions about the future of the military presence in Hawaii. USARPAC Gen. Vincent Brooks...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Stating The Case For A Medal Of Honor
Native son Peter Kama, Kamehameha Schools ’53, Army private to lieutenant colonel, two Vietnam combat tours and one there as a general’s aide, has a...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Nothing But A Man, More Than A Movie
Selma begins with Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo, Norway, trying to tie an unfamiliar neckpiece before going on stage to accept the 1964 Nobel...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // It’s Just What We Do Here In Hawaii
Deadlines and word lengths leave too many stories unpub lished in a writer’s notebook — stuff that someday will be tossed with last night’s fish...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // The Movie Misses The Best Parts
Like many who have read Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken, the impeccably researched story of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini, the film version was greatly anticipated —...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Poor Leaders Hurt Anti-GMO Efforts
This is not going to make local anti-GMOers jump for joy, but the news is that everything seems to be going against you. The government...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The 2014 Oscar Movie Picks List
The controversial film The Interview hasn’t shown in Hawaii theaters. I’m not surprised. Read The New York Times any Sunday for all the movies we’ll...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Enough Already Of Clintons, Bushes
More than 90 years ago, H.L. Mencken, the journalistic “sage of Baltimore,” defined democracy as that system of government in which a nation with more...

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