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Legislative Session’s Dramatic Finish

Oh my! A Senate president deposed, the advice of the Legislature’s only M.D. rejected on a health issue, the extension of the excise tax surcharge for rail passed … the list goes on. Thus, a relatively dull legislative session ended in drama. Let’s start with the 19- 6 vote that ousted Donna Mercado Kim from […]

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The Plight Of The Mountain People

My daughter Brett Jones, a State Department foreign service officer, worked out of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu until last year, designing plans for saving lives during a big earthquake. She always said, “It’s not about if, it’s about when and how big.” She even had experimented with small drones as potential lifesavers. Everyone there […]

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The Plight Of The Mountain People

My daughter Brett Jones, a State Department foreign service officer, worked out of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu until last year, designing plans for saving lives during a big earthquake. She always said, “It’s not about if, it’s about when and how big.” She even had experimented with small drones as potential lifesavers. Everyone there […]

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John Pritchett

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DLNR Director’s Job Has Changed

“Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of the people of Hawaii nei, and its visitors, in partnership with others from the public and private sectors.” Aside from the run-on sentence, state Department of Land Natural Resources’ mission statement […]

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Gov. Ige Takes An Early Tumble

Gov. David Ige stubbed his toe last week, bruised his knee, as well, and may have suffered hair-line fractures in one or both of his gubernatorial legs. Only time, X-rays and future legislative votes will tell. He tripped, of course, on his failure to muster sufficient votes to ratify his appointment of Castle and Cooke […]

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John Pritchett

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Obamacare: Unworkable, Alas

I whooped with unrestrained joy when the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare passed in the Congress and was declared OK by the Supreme Court. It wasn’t the national health care I wanted and most Western countries provide, but it was a step in that direction. I had no clue that it would not work because […]

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John Pritchett

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It’s Just What We Do In Hawaii

Deadlines and word lengths leave too many stories unpublished in a writer’s notebook — stuff that someday will be tossed with last night’s fish bones. My December sessions with Dawn and David Ige left more than a few. Following last November’s election, I attended the dinner meeting of a local Okinawan organization: three tables at […]