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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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John Pritchett

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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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John Pritchett

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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 […]

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Wonderful Cold War Days Of Yore

Ah, how I yearn for the good old days. Remember when godless Commies threatened us from East, West, North, South: Russian Commies, Chinese Commies, Cuban Commies? Villainy marked their countenances: Joseph Stalin and his fistful of atomic weapons, Chairman Mao and his little red book, and Ho Chi Minh with his hordes of Viet Cong. […]

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A Look At The Race For Governor

There’s been a surfeit of punditry about the perceived faults that caused the political downfalls of Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann. I’d like to add something. It’s true that Mufi strong-armed the train on us, but the mark of a good leader is moving us forward when we tend to be sluggish. I’d like to […]

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John Pritchett