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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: Dec 26 2016 - 12:05am

    A is for alt-right, a sanitized, newspeak name for assorted white nationalists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and other irredeemables. Also, a distressing chunk of Donald Trump’s base.

  2. | Posted: Dec 25 2016 - 5:53pm

    It’s important for those who favor the popular election of our presidents to separate their arguments for direct democracy from the outcome of a particular contest.

  3. | Posted: Dec 25 2016 - 12:00pm

    So many issues; so little space on a page.

  4. | Posted: Dec 24 2016 - 12:05am

    As holidays go, Christmas is a modern anomaly. A casual observer of the goings on around the holidays would guess that this is an unapologetic celebration of frantic, grasping acquisitiveness, well-suited to flash sales termed “door busters” in honor of the break-and-enter mentality of ravenous shoppers pounding with fury at store entrances and screaming, “Let us in!”

  5. | Posted: Dec 24 2016 - 12:05am

    What has become expected and commonplace with our new president elect is this never ending wave of tweets that the Orange Oaf keeps pumping out. Like some adolescent teen, he sees Twitter as the best way to blast out his latest thought, probably while sitting on his gold toilet seat. This includes a range of subjects, like his disdain for Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live, or on matters of national concern and security.

  6. | Posted: Dec 23 2016 - 12:05am

    I fully appreciate the points made by Ms. Rebecca Wright in the Wednesday, Dec. 21 edition of WHT. The nonchalant attitude that seems to prevail about Russian intervention in our election should be puzzling, and frightening, to everyone. I share her wonder about the reactions had the Russian intervention been on behalf of Secretary Clinton.

  7. | Posted: Dec 23 2016 - 12:05am

    “To change anything in the Navy is like punching a feather bed. You punch it with your right and you punch it with your left until you are finally exhausted, and then you find the damn bed just as it was before you started punching.”

  8. | Posted: Dec 22 2016 - 12:05am

    Economists like to tell a possibly apocryphal story about Milton Friedman. The prophet of free markets, visiting an Asian country in the 1960s, witnessed a public-works project that had people making a road with picks and shovels. When he asked why they didn’t use earth-moving machines instead, a local official responded that the goal was to provide people with jobs. In that case, the economist asked, why didn’t the government just have the workers use spoons instead?

  9. | Posted: Dec 22 2016 - 12:05am

    The Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) proceedings are rapidly headed in a downward spiral, but there is an opportunity to correct this situation.

  10. | Posted: Dec 21 2016 - 12:05am

    Christmas can wear you out, and the stress and frayed nerves make you wonder why you go through the pretense of it all. Don’t despair, though. That yuletide soul-searching can inspire — to quote one of the most-loved holiday stories — a “wonderful, awful idea.”

  11. | Posted: Dec 20 2016 - 12:05am

    It is one of fate’s cruel jokes that conservatism should be at its modern nadir just as the Republican Party is at its zenith — if conservatism is defined as embracing limited government, displaying a rational, skeptical and moderate temperament and believing in the priority of the moral order.

  12. | Posted: Dec 20 2016 - 12:05am

    America, the land that I admired for its bravery, for its constitution stating and promising equality and freedom for all, no matter which color of the skin, which religion, which beliefs people had.

  13. Posted: Dec 19 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — As of Jan. 20, Chuck Schumer will be the most important Democrat in the land. But spend a few minutes with the incoming Senate minority leader and it’s clear where the real power lies.

  14. | Posted: Dec 18 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Political mildness is scarce nowadays, so it has been pleasantly surprising that post-election denunciations of the Electoral College have been tepid. This, even though the winner of the presidential election lost the popular vote by perhaps 2.8 million votes, more than five times the 537,179 votes by which Al Gore outpolled George W. Bush in 2000.

  15. | Posted: Dec 17 2016 - 12:05am

    We’ve lived in Kukuihaele Village and can say that living across from the park for the last 10 years has given my wife and I a unique view and participation into the village community and association of all the people enjoying the open green space we called ours.