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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Deadlines and word lengths leave too many stories unpublished in a writer’s notebook — stuff that someday will be tossed with last night’s fish bones.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 […]

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Poor Leadership Hurts Anti-GMO

This is not going to make local anti-GMO’ers jump for joy, but the news is that everything seems to be going against you. The government has approved genetically modified potatoes to reduce the amount of a chemical in french fries and potato chips suspected of causing cancer. (The GMO potato company supplies McDonald’s.) And the […]

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John Pritchett

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Time For A Constitution Rewrite?

Did President Obama defile the Constitution by halting some immigration prosecution, exempting some Obamacare mandates and granting waivers to No Child Left Behind? Would a GOP president with a GOP Congress restore literal following of our founding document? Arguing over this goes nowhere. What we need is a total Constitution rewrite. Why? Because it was […]

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Media Makes New Rules For Cosby

All that news media coverage of Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual misbehavior has made me a bit queasy. Had I been Washington Post‘s editor I’d likely have killed that story with interviews with five of the 16 women who claim Cosby sexually assaulted them many years ago. It began: “He partied with Hugh Hefner and was […]

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The Sioux Story

If you’re from Hawaii and familiar with our Native Hawaiian “tribal” or “kingdom” issue, it’s fascinating to visit South Dakota and get immersed in its Native American (Lakota Sioux) issue. Both natives make impossible-to-resolve land demands. Both say part of their cultural breakdown has been caused by losing their land. Scholars for both can make […]

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Race For Governor By The Numbers

Numbers tell stories — among them that primary election day 2014 constituted a damning indictment of Hawaii’s democracy. On Aug. 9, the primary election attracted 287,387 voters, 41.5 percent of the 697,033 who were registered. That meant that three out of every five of us couldn’t be bothered to go to the polls or to […]