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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 genius, referring to Russia as nothing but a “gas station masquerading as a country.” While he was at it, McCain decided to pile it on. Russia, he said, is not […]

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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 Politics,” we’ll go global, or at least roam as far away as the Ukraine. For the past few months, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s been crowing about an $840 million state revenue […]

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The Guv’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 be told, we liked Abercrombie most when he was away in Washington pondering military appropriations and not when he was the loud upstart in the City Council and the Legislature. […]

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Public-worker Unions Under Fire

Count me – the son of a union family – among those who would support some version here of Wisconsin’s Act 10, which curbs the clout of public worker unions. I know that’s anathema to HGEA, UPW, UHPA and HSTA leaders and rank-and-file, and probably won’t happen while we have a lopsidedly Democratic Legislature. But […]

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What 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: “The only poll that counts takes place on election day.” True enough. Still, the recent Hawaii Poll published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser provided numbers that should alarm politicians running for […]

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Galápagos Deal With Tourism Rise

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 opportunity to take charge and not become Hawaii with high-rise beach-front hotels, houses on every hillside, too many cars and half the endemic fauna and flora extinct or endangered. But […]

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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 telling us cyber secrets – sort of like Edward Snowden. His latest book, edited by Kahaluu literary agent Roger Jellinek, is Tiebreaker: Tower Of Secrets II. Sheymov deals with his […]

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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 is good at what she does — good enough to have won two Pulitzer Prizes, the most recent in 2008 for a series of articles titled “The DNA Age.” In […]

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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 bodies also will be pau. Or at least have faded into the background chatter as did the idea of total Hawaiian sovereignty. My argument against the no-GMO (genetically modified organisms) […]

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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 mathematically challenged English major, almost a billion dollars! No chump change, that. No siree, and from the day Gov. Neil Abercrombie and his estimable budget director announced the number, visions […]