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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: Mar 9 2017 - 12:05am

    A letter to the editor in the Feb. 22 edition of the West Hawaii Today misrepresented my position on a bill — HB 1586, relating to taxation — and I wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

  2. | Posted: Mar 7 2017 - 9:18pm

    In Dave Chrisman’s letter to WHT he states how liberals and progressives are terrified of Donald Trump being successful with regards to improving the American economy and stemming Islamic Jihad, therefore making Democrats an irrelevant political party. I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Chrisman that liberals are terrified, however, I would argue that he is wrong as to the source of their terror.

  3. | Posted: Mar 7 2017 - 12:05am

    Here’s what’s scariest about the last week’s incident at Middlebury College, where protesters shouted down the social scientist Charles Murray and injured a professor who was escorting him from the venue: It felt like an everyday event. So common has such odious behavior become that it’s tempting to greet it with a shrug.

  4. | Posted: Mar 6 2017 - 4:44pm

    Mayor Kim replied to my letter dated Feb. 8 regarding the Department of Public Works directive issued against me. I have a very good memory of what happened over the past two months since his term began. Most of my inquiries went through the DPW public affairs officer, but I did email the highway and traffic division heads about highway and traffic signal issues. In addition, I emailed Ben Ishii about an issue with the Mamalahoa Highway Bypass.

  5. | Posted: Mar 6 2017 - 12:05am

    It’s becoming clearer by the day that to get to the bottom of Russian interference in the presidential election, we need a bipartisan select committee in Congress, plus a special prosecutor.

  6. | Posted: Mar 6 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s astonishing and reckless accusation that he was wiretapped on orders from President Obama should finally be the tipping point in how the country views him and his presidency.

  7. | Posted: Mar 5 2017 - 12:05am

    We write this letter as a group of families who are proud to call Hilo our home. Our aloha for the place where we continue to operate our family-built businesses runs deep. Our commitment to making Hilo the kind of place where our future generations will thrive is profound. While this letter is an expression of the sentiments we share, it is also an invitation to any and all who want to see Hilo prosper – and a call to action at a critical time when our combined effort can make a difference.

  8. | Posted: Mar 4 2017 - 8:04pm

    WASHINGTON — Although America’s political system seems unable to stimulate robust, sustained economic growth, it at least is stimulating consumption of a small but important segment of literature. Dystopian novels are selling briskly — Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (1932), Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here” (1935), George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” (1945) and “1984” (1949), Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” (1953) and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1985), all warning about nasty regimes displacing democracy.

  9. | Posted: Mar 4 2017 - 12:05am

    With the recent revelations of the Attorney Generals’ meetings with the Russian Ambassador, it is becoming clear that Donald Trump has made the deal of his life to get elected president. It has been obvious for a long time that Trump admired Putin with all his comments. No one could understand why he was so complementary. At the same time the Russians had hacked the Democratic National Committee’s mail server and had access to all the emails between the DNC and party members.

  10. | Posted: Mar 4 2017 - 12:05am

    My friend Sam laughed when I told him I was going to spend my Saturday at a “Search for Meaning” festival at a Jesuit college in the heart of seriously secular Seattle. He assumed, as I did, that a bare handful of the usual search-for-meaning suspects would be straining minutiae while still clinging to the meaninglessness of it all.

  11. | Posted: Mar 3 2017 - 12:05am

    American progressives are really coming apart at the seams. They can’t believe America could elect someone as unfit for the presidency as Donald Trump and that he must be stopped at any and all cost.

  12. | Posted: Mar 2 2017 - 12:05am

    I would like to remind people and comment on the uncovered issue of the dangers of walking, biking and running along Alii Drive. I just had a friend who was hit by a truck which meandered into the shoulder this past Saturday morning. He ended up in Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu with serious injuries, but there weren’t any news articles in West Hawaii Today about this accident, so this makes me think that this type of accident happens more often than the public hears about.

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

    President Trump’s first formal address to the nation Tuesday was the reasoned, focused showing he has needed to make since he took office. Appearing relaxed and confident, Trump finally articulated his vision — one that was contradictory at times, but which nevertheless laid out an optimistic path for a country that can “turn hopes and dreams into action” and whose people are “empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears.”

  14. | Posted: Mar 1 2017 - 12:05am

    Nighttime photographs of the United States from space are at first surprising and, upon reflection, dismaying. In rural stretches of North Dakota and Texas, where you’d expect to see dark swaths, you instead see bright splashes of light from the burning of uncaptured methane, a natural gas that can be released as a byproduct of oil drilling. Not all of the unused methane produced by oil extraction is “flared,” as the industry calls that burning process. In addition, massive amounts of methane — which is a more dangerous contributor to short-term global warming than carbon dioxide — are simply released and spewed into the atmosphere. Both processes — the burning and the release of wasted methane — are bad for the environment.

  15. | Posted: Mar 1 2017 - 12:05am

    I just took my community survey put out by Rep. Nicole Lowen. The first part is multiple choice and then there’s an opportunity to submit additional comments in a blank space. You can say whatever you want (which I did) so please don’t attribute any of the following in any way to Rep Lowen, it’s all on me: