Category: Just Thoughts

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Handicapping The Guv’s Race

The question of this month, next month and October is: Can Duke Aiona (R) or Mufi Hannemann (I) defeat David Ige (D) in the November general election? Ige is not eloquent or charismatic and drew many “Anybody But Abercrombie” voters in the primary. But I can’t see an Aiona or Hannemann win unless Ige or […]

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The Curious Tale Of LG Candidates

I’ve seen them all seeking to be elected Hawaii governor for more than 50 years. Quinn vs. Burns (Quinn won), Burns vs. Quinn (Burns won), Burns vs. Gill (Burns), Ariyoshi vs. Crossley (Ariyoshi, by only 5,000 votes), and Fasi twice losing to Ariyoshi. Often strange running mates. Bill Quinn had James Kealoha, who ran solely […]

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Teach Science In Science Class

We’ll be asked to pass a state constitutional amendment for tax money to go to some private — even church-run — pre-kindergarten schools. But look at those charter school problems managing state money. And kids taught in religious schools? But I’ll gag my reservations and vote “yes.” We need schooling for our 18,000 kids turning […]

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A Look Back At UH Presidents

There are books on Algebra The Easy Way and Grammar The Easy Way, and the expression, “Take the easy way out.” But there’s no easy way to do much of anything in our University of Hawaii system. No “easy way out,” either. I think back to UH presidents of my time here. Laurence Snyder (1958-63) […]

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Is New Mauna Kea ’Scope Worth It?

In 1609, it was the biggest telescope on the planet. Galileo’s 1.5-centimeter instrument in Italy set the science world and the Catholic Church on fire. This year, the academic fire is about the planned 30-meter telescope (TMT) for Mauna Kea on Hawaii island, a 39-meter European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) at Cerro Amazones, Chile, and […]

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The Pohakuloa Battle Heats Up

The “Oh, no!” drums started beating the moment U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa disclosed that the Department of Defense wants to do some major upgrades to the Pohakuloa live-fire military training range between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island – now called by its Chamber of Commerce (but not many residents) “the Island […]

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World’s Most Armed Border

I’ve recently made another visit to the Demilitarized Zone that has separated North and South Korea since 1953. The DMZ is a hot potato, a war waiting to happen. “Demilitarized?” No, it’s the most armed border in the world. We have agreed to a 2.5-mile buffer zone. In the 1960s, our guys and theirs were […]

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No Hula Mua At Merrie Monarch

Merrie Monarch is here, and if you’re a Hilo merchant or a competing halau, this is the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl wrapped into one. Sig Zane, Hana Hou, Basically Books and Cafe Pesto may do better in these five days than the other 360. Sonny Ching’s Halau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu is back, […]

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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 […]