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| | Mar 7 2016 - 10:27am | Comments

Hawaii Island’s homeless population is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, it is not so much the homeless population, it is the unsheltered population, and Hawaii County leads not only the state of Hawaii, it very likely has one of the highest unsheltered homeless rates of any county in the United States of America. For children, that is certainly the case.

  • | Posted: Jun 15 2016 - 12:05am

    Some of June’s gay pride celebrations happened last weekend, but many are still ahead. The one in Louisville, Kentucky, is among them. There’s a parade scheduled for Friday.

  • | Posted: Jun 13 2016 - 9:04am

    WASHINGTON — The five days in 2008 between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary were Hillary Clinton’s crucible. They showed what she’s made of and that she should never be underestimated.

  • | Posted: Jun 13 2016 - 9:02am

    I wrote a column earlier this week about U.S. workers’ widespread and well-founded anxiety about retirement, and how, in the absence of any meaningful public or private efforts to address those concerns, many plan to work into their 70s.

  • | Posted: Jun 13 2016 - 9:02am

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton faces a strategic choice. She can concentrate on closing off Donald Trump’s potential openings with the white working class. Or she can build large leads among more affluent voters, many of whom are moderate and see Trump as dangerous, extreme and temperamentally unfit.

  • | Posted: Jun 13 2016 - 12:06am

    For just over a year, “We the People” have been inundated with political campaign rhetoric. The temperature of candidate debates and stump speeches often reaches critical mass, exalting form over substance and fear and hatred in the place of reasoned and dispassionate analysis. The media thrives on this gladiatorial exchange by promoting – continuous looping – the most vile of conduct under the guise of “breaking news.”

  • | Posted: Jun 11 2016 - 12:05am

    If Stanford University had handled Brock Turner’s case as a matter of internal discipline, the rest of the world might never have known what he did.

  • | Posted: Jun 10 2016 - 12:05am

    Five months ago, I was alarmed to read the first stories about a new virus called Zika that was spreading through South and Central America. I was particularly concerned by reports of the disease’s devastating health consequences for pregnant women and their babies. Since then, we’ve all learned a great deal about the threat posed by the Zika virus, and it’s become clear that we have to take urgent action to stop it from becoming a full-on epidemic.

  • | Posted: Jun 8 2016 - 12:05am

    We should have seen it coming — an epidemic of eye damage is spreading throughout the Big Island like fire, or rather, like little fire ants.

  • | Posted: Jun 8 2016 - 12:05am

    Washington Republicans, panicky over the prospect of Donald Trump as their nominee, are discussing ways to dump him and are looking at Ted Cruz as the most likely alternative. They’re probably tilting at windmills.

  • | Posted: Jun 7 2016 - 12:05am

    As the chairman of the board of our island veterans’ 501 (c)3 corporation, HIVM, Inc., I’m obligated to respond to comments made by Neal Herbert in his letter titled “Memorial Day politics” on West Hawaii Today’s opinion page.

  • | Posted: Jun 6 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — With the surrender of House Speaker Paul Ryan to the Trump crusade, it is fair to wonder what the Republican Party stands for.

  • | Posted: Jun 6 2016 - 12:05am

    In these days of news cycles measured in minutes, if not seconds, the Katie Couric scandal may seem almost as stale as Katie Couric herself. But bear with me. It’s a big deal, and not just because she lied. But let’s begin with the lie.

  • | Posted: Jun 1 2016 - 12:05am

    A big-time Russian whistleblower recently spilled astonishing details of how top athletes cheated, with a likely assist from the Kremlin, to snag medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  • | Posted: Jun 1 2016 - 12:05am

    As Barack Obama’s presidency takes a backseat to the psychodrama known as the 2016 election, historians, speculators and revisionists are busy writing his presidential epitaph.

  • | Posted: May 31 2016 - 12:05am

    PORTAGE, Ind. — James Snyder, the mayor of Portage, Indiana, is a Donald Trump delegate from the state whose primary on May 3 made Trump the de facto Republican nominee. He is a two-term Republican mayor in Porter County, which sits on the shore of Lake Michigan, is predominantly Democratic and delivered big majorities for both Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.