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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 16 2016 - 12:05am

    What better time to discuss the 17th Amendment than now with all the cries for the direct election for president because some did not like the outcome where their candidate received considerably more popular votes but still lost in the Electoral College vote tally.

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

    Christmas is coming up and we’re going to find out who’s naughty and nice.

  3. | Posted: Dec 14 2016 - 4:12pm

    A few days ago I read a letter from one of Kona’s perpetual whiners, a Frank Dickinson, titled “Give Trump a chance.” Now why would any thinking individual even consider this after the way our president of the last eight years was treated?

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

    Americans and the news media have displayed a great willingness to believe that the Russian government stands behind the theft and release of emails that may have helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election.

  5. | Posted: Dec 13 2016 - 12:06am

    President-elect Donald Trump has a Russia problem — and he alone can fix it. The longer he waits to do so, the more damage he’ll do to his own credibility and that of vital American institutions. That damage is already too great.

  6. | Posted: Dec 13 2016 - 12:06am

    ATLANTA — Mall Santa has secrets.

  7. | Posted: Dec 12 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.

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

    Sandi Doughton on the Tribune News Service may have concluded that “Captain Cook’s 1778 records confirm global warming” from the junk science of Harry Stern and David Nicandri but what I personally have concluded is that “anthropogenic global warming” has moved from questionable climate science to a belief system fraught with the inaccuracy, bias confirmation and fact dismissal of any other nescient belief system. Is man-made climate change a new religious doctrine?

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

    WASHINGTON — So, this is the new conservatism’s recipe for restored greatness: Political coercion shall supplant economic calculation in shaping decisions by companies in what is called, with diminishing accuracy, the private sector. This will be done partly as conservatism’s challenge to liberalism’s supremacy in the victimhood sweepstakes, telling aggrieved groups that they are helpless victims of vast, impersonal forces, against which they can be protected only by government interventions.

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

    If you voted for Donald Trump, do not read this article. It is a waste of your time. You will not believe it. You will have to wait to experience it for yourself in time. For the rest of us though, reality seems clear enough.

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

    It is raining in Waimea today so I am stuck in the house and while watching the news, I learned that John Glenn had just passed away. It brought back memories from 54 years ago. I was a young Kau boy working to save money for college. Bendix Radio operated a Tracking Station at South Point in the NASA Program.

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

    By Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which shall live in infamy,” the war had been raging in Europe for more than two years.

  13. Posted: Dec 8 2016 - 12:05am

    I was deeply saddened to see Sean “Peaman” Pagett getting harassed by the employees of the DLNR at the last Peaman race.

  14. Posted: Dec 7 2016 - 12:05am

    Happily the opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline have won a major victory for the rights of Native Americans and protection of the environment.

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

    WASHINGTON — Whatever his other considerable achievements, our president-elect is not known for his broad reading in American history. But Donald Trump is about to enter that history. And in the spirit of new beginnings, he might view this as an opportunity to accumulate some inspiration, both for his inaugural address and his manner of governing.