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Deadlines and word lengths leave too many stories unpublished in a writer’s notebook — stuff that someday will be tossed with last night’s fish bones.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