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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 1 2017 - 7:34pm

    Peggy and I went paddling on our one-man canoes this morning, Jan. 30. The swell was large, the ocean bumpy and all over the place. We paddled the three miles from Keauhou to Banyan’s, a couple miles offshore because of the big waves.

  2. | Posted: Feb 1 2017 - 1:12pm

    The people of Hawaii have been asking for a medical aid in dying option (also known as “death with dignity”) for almost 20 years. Today, 80 percent of Hawaii residents believe medical aid in dying should be an option in our state.

  3. | Posted: Jan 31 2017 - 12:05am

    As Canadian visitors to the beautiful Big Island for the third (and definitely not the last time), we would like to echo the concerns expressed in a recent letter to your paper about admittance to public shore accesses through some resorts. In our current stay on the island, we also have experienced unwelcoming receptions at two public accesses this week.

  4. | Posted: Jan 31 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Let me begin with a word of thanks to Stephen K. Bannon, the chief White House strategist. With a single interview, he dispelled any illusions that normal or productive relations with the media will even be possible under the Trump administration.

  5. | Posted: Jan 30 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In 2013, a college student assigned to research a deadly substance sought help via Twitter: “I can’t find the chemical and physical properties of sarin gas someone please help me.” An expert at a security consulting firm tried to be helpful, telling her that sarin is not gas. She replied, “yes the [expletive] it is a gas you ignorant [expletive]. sarin is a liquid &can evaporate … shut the [expletive] up.”

  6. | Posted: Jan 29 2017 - 12:05am

    It started at the inauguration, when the uniformed protectors of America’s front lawn took in the sweep of humanity at the National Mall. It seemed obvious that the crowd for President Donald Trump was not nearly as large as that for Barack Obama in 2009. Somebody in olive green retweeted the obvious, using comparative pictures.

  7. | Posted: Jan 28 2017 - 8:25pm

    I am in full support of stationing lifeguards at Kua Bay and as the senior pool lifeguard at Kohala pool, an avid spear fisherman and bodysurfer, I understand the need for safety at our island beaches.

  8. | Posted: Jan 28 2017 - 12:05am

    There is a source of pollution nobody seems to notice. A huge quantity of green waste is allowed to rot on the ground in Hawaii, conservatively 60,000 tons a year* (*my estimate) No doubt others will challenge my figures, but they’re the best I can find. Sure it makes topsoil, in about 100 years, but it makes pollutants, methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) immediately.

  9. | Posted: Jan 27 2017 - 12:05am

    The lives of millions of Syrians have been destroyed by a horrific war that has killed hundreds of thousands and forced millions to flee their homeland. I went there last week to see and hear directly from the Syrian people.

  10. | Posted: Jan 26 2017 - 12:05am

    It’s been a week since our Republican president took office but the outrage is still ringing in the air, from Washington, D.C. to the Islands of Hawaii.

  11. | Posted: Jan 24 2017 - 10:28pm

    Chelsea Manning will be released from Fort Leavenworth Men’s Army Prison in Kansas on May 17 after serving seven years in prison. The usual suspects are furious and venting their outrage through the usual channels. Intrepid media outlets basically have been reporting that Manning was convicted of violating the espionage act by taking around 700,000 documents and videos and giving them to Wikileaks.

  12. Posted: Jan 24 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Within 48 hours, we learned that Donald John Trump intends to govern as the same fiercely angry man who shook the country in 2016. He confirmed that his administration intends to show no regard for norms — or facts.

  13. | Posted: Jan 23 2017 - 12:44am

    It began at about the time Chuck Schumer, addressing the inauguration crowd from the Capitol, lamented that politics is “frequently consumed by rancor.”

  14. | Posted: Jan 22 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.

  15. | Posted: Jan 22 2017 - 12:05am

    I believe you to be intelligent people.