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Remembering Cliff Kopp

| | Oct 19 2016 - 12:05am | Comments

Cliff loved puzzles and was a puzzle himself. He was challenging; running you through a series of innocuous questions inevitably leading to a conclusion he hand-picked for you. Cliff had many confusing personas; the unassailable hero dentist, the community builder, the mischief-prone Rotarian, and the relentless, obnoxious contrarian. He remarked that his favorite compliment came from Mayor Billy Kenoi as Cliff walked in, “you see that guy,” said Billy, “he’s a son of a bitch but he gets things done.” Cliff highly valued both descriptions. Nevertheless, Cliff was truly pleasurable company.

  1. | Posted: Feb 13 2017 - 12:05am

    These are giddy times for the forces of reason and light. A surge of resistance to a bumbling and unstable president has sent millions of people into the streets, into the faces of politicians, and into bookstores to make best sellers again of authoritarian nightmare stories.

  2. | Posted: Feb 13 2017 - 12:05am

    I am a 78 year old retired law enforcement administrator of limited physical mobility (can’t drive; use walker to walk) and limited financial ability ($1,311 monthly). I am struggling with a number of medical conditions, including chronic lymphoid leukemia, insomnia, PTSD, chronic pain and peripheral neuropathy, degenerative lumbar disease, loss of appetite, major recurrent depression and bilateral knee vascular calcification. I have a medical marijuana use card because marijuana provides me with significant relief in managing the effects of these conditions.

  3. | Posted: Feb 12 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The technique has been called (by this columnist) “immunity through profusion.” By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors’ capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections. This technique was on display the other day when the president met with some sheriffs.

  4. | Posted: Feb 12 2017 - 12:05am

    The Hawaii State Teacher’s Association has proposed a tax targeted on “wealthy investors” who own property in Hawaii as a means to retain teachers, raise their salaries, have smaller classroom sizes, and improve classroom conditions — all laudable goals.

  5. | Posted: Feb 11 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Each day of the Trump era seems to bring strange new objects to the national punchbowl. The newly minted president publicly obsessed on his inaugural crowd size. He claimed pervasive voter fraud. He reviewed television shows. He attacked the independence of the judiciary. He has called into question the fairness and good faith of Nordstrom’s, further deepening our class divide on tie selection.

  6. | Posted: Feb 10 2017 - 8:05pm

    The County Council’s achievement of which I am most proud was redirecting our solid waste program away from a behemoth waste-to-energy mass burn incinerator plan that would cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and instead moving our program in a direction more consistent with our county’s “recycle, reuse, reduce” solid waste policies and its agricultural priorities.

  7. | Posted: Feb 9 2017 - 12:05am

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corp. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it effects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic thinking about nuclear weapons in the context of the U.S.-Soviet competition. Seven decades later it is thinking about the nuclear threat from a nation created in 1948.

  8. | Posted: Feb 9 2017 - 12:05am

    The high-school boy is terrified walking the girl to her door on the first date.

  9. | Posted: Feb 8 2017 - 12:05am

    Catastrophic climate change is undeniably upon us, especially in Washington, D.C. Witness the blizzard of neo-fascism raging since Jan. 20. Amidst this snowjob, I stumbled on a news item that George Orwell’s novel, “1984” had sold out on Amazon. It was after White House press secretary Sean Spicer blatantly lied in his first press briefing and then counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, explained in all seriousness that he used “alternative facts.” Seth Meyers joked on Late Night: “Kellyanne Conway is like someone trying to do a Jedi mind trick after only a week of Jedi training.”

  10. | Posted: Feb 8 2017 - 12:05am

    My views on most issues are not fashionable or attractive to the mainstream media, Hollywood celebrities, educators or Democrats.

  11. | Posted: Feb 7 2017 - 12:05am

    Hawaii’s small boat harbors, under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), serve as the ocean gateways for thousands of kamaaina and visitors every year.

  12. | Posted: Feb 7 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Stepping back, cooling off a bit, displaying some strategic patience, taking the long view: The first two weeks of the Trump administration have been the most abso-friggin-lutely frightening of the modern presidency.

  13. Posted: Feb 6 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Tight labor markets shrink income inequality by causing employers to bid up the price of scarce labor, so policymakers fretting about income inequality could give an epidemic disease a try. This might be a bit extreme but if increased equality is the goal, Stanford’s Walter Scheidel should be heard. His scholarship encompasses many things (classics, history, human biology) and if current events are insufficiently depressing for you, try his just-published book “The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century.” Judge this book by its cover, which features Albrecht Durer’s woodcut “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

  14. | Posted: Feb 6 2017 - 12:05am

    Republicans finally control Washington and are licking their chops about what they can achieve: tax cuts, ending regulations, a stronger defense.

  15. | Posted: Feb 4 2017 - 8:54pm

    WASHINGTON — President Trump is finally following through on his promise to Make America Safe Again.