Category: Editorials

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Seeking Safer Streets On Kauai

I love going for a jog or a walk at the beginning or end of a long day. It’s such a great emotional and physical release, and never fails to lift my spirits. Unfortunately, I find that the island is largely inhospitable to those on foot (or on a bike). Except for Kauai Path in […]

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Thankful To Escape Iselle’s Winds

Thankfully, Kauai escaped the predicted wrath of Hurricane Iselle almost without a scratch. I wonder what will happen to all those plastic water bottles scooped up from store shelves so fervently during the days preceding the tropical system’s arrival? It wasn’t long ago we used to rely on tap water (remember that stuff?) to fill […]

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A Good Reason To Leash Your Dogs

More Kauai wildlife has suffered at the hands of irresponsible dog owners. Leash-less pooches recently killed a baby monk seal while injuring its mother trying to protect her offspring. When we look at the cold, hard facts of this matter, it points to a life that was needlessly lost and a beautiful motherly instinct to […]

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New Workforce Housing On Its Way

Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs — messing up the scenery. Political signage is in full abundance this year, creating quite an eyesore to passersby. Now, I don’t mind an occasional tasteful sign here and there to let us know who’s running for office, but some of the campaigns this year are seriously out of […]

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We Need Help With Housing Crunch

I recently joined the throngs of people scrambling to find a new place to live after discovering my home of five years was sold to a Mainland investor who intends to inflate rent, as “it’s simply a matter of economics.” Those of us who live and work here, however, know it’s so much more than […]

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Replying With A Heartfelt ‘Yes!’

The first of three summer “supermoons” radiated its brilliance in the night sky June 12. But what might have outshined the large, glowing orb was my heart. The love of my life, Gabriel Zingaro, asked me to marry him on that special eve. Of course, I said “Yes,” and my days have felt as bright […]

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Delivering The Gift Of Sheer Joy

My life changed in a wonderful way Sunday, June 29, at 2:16 p.m., when Kylie Rose Kekai’olaliuli Luat entered the world — and I became a grandpa for the first time. She is the daughter of my daughter Dawn and her husband Kalei Luat. (Longtime readers may recall reading about Dawn’s birth back in 1984 […]

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Double Duty For Firefighters

Thanks to the Kauai Fire Department, whose firefighters were already busy extinguishing the blaze at Coco Palms, for putting a prompt stop to the flames behind my home sparked by firecrackers on Independence Day. I think the enthusiasm to celebrate the birth of America on Kauai is great, but when it endangers people’s lives and […]

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Help For Our Feathered Friends

The plight of Hawaii’s rare, native birds breaks my heart. Their twills and tweets as they dash among the ohia trees in Kokee enchant me, and I find the hardships they face with continued habitat destruction and the introduction of non-native plant species discouraging. But what brings me a glimmer of hope are the many […]

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The Only Way Iraq War Could Turn

I can’t see any way that America can get out of Iraq without the serious involvement and cooperation of the Arabic Sunni Saudis, the Persian Shia Iranians and the Sunni Turks — a treaty among those traditional regional rivals allowing Sunni, Shia and Kurdish homelands in the former Iraq would be a good start, and […]