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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: Nov 7 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Although Donald Trump’s defeat is a prerequisite to national recovery, the profound damage he has done to our nation will not be wiped away if he loses.

  2. | Posted: Nov 6 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Tuesday evening, after Election Day’s tranquility, new clamors will erupt as analysts with agendas tickle portents and lessons from the torrent of election returns. Herewith some developments to watch.

  3. | Posted: Nov 5 2016 - 12:05am

    We can say with absolute certainty that the Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year spell of futility and won the World Series. The Curse of the Billy Goat is dead. We also know with absolute certainty that on the dawn following the last out, the sun rose over Chicago, my dad’s hometown, at 7:26 a.m.

  4. Posted: Nov 4 2016 - 12:05am

    This is Hawaii, I could write about Don Ho and his tiny bubbles, Gabby and Brudda IZ, Jake and his wonderful ukulele. I could even write about Elvis and his famous Oahu concert beamed around the world.

  5. | Posted: Nov 3 2016 - 12:05am

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Will Missouri be the one state next Tuesday that produces an anti-establishment trifecta? And will we ever get to exploring how Donald Trump, who has trafficked with old-style politicians all his life, has gotten away with casting himself as the year’s premier outsider?

  6. | Posted: Oct 30 2016 - 5:49pm

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — in 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt defeated Kansas’ Gov. Alfred Landon in 46 of the 48 states, thereby creating the jest, “As Maine goes, so goes Vermont.” Eight decades later, New England has gone from the Republicans’ last redoubt in a bad year to their least receptive region in any year. Its six states have made 36 decisions in the last six presidential elections and the score is Democrats 35, Republicans 1 — New Hampshire supported George W. Bush in 2000. Republicans hold just two of New England’s 21 congressional seats, and two of 12 Senate seats, those of Maine’s Susan Collins and New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte.

  7. | Posted: Oct 30 2016 - 5:49pm

    WASHINGTON — The most depressing news from last week did not come from the presidential campaign. It came instead from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who told us what a Republican Congress would be all about: investigating a President Hillary Clinton, starting on or about Jan. 20, 2017.

  8. | Posted: Oct 30 2016 - 12:05am

    I first wrote about Syria 11 months ago in a My Turn piece on Nov. 22, decrying the xenophobia, racism and unwarranted fear exemplified by a petition to Gov. David Ige to “pause immigration to Hawaii.” I noted that one champion of that paranoid agenda was Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who one week earlier had declared a Syrian refugee family unwelcome in his state, even though they had spent more than two years in a refugee camp being thoroughly vetted. Small wonder he has since become the running mate of fear-monger-in-chief, Donald Trump. Meanwhile, we have seen the horrors being inflicted on Syrian civilians by the Assad regime and their Russian allies as well as by the U.S. and Saudi supported rebels. On Oct. 7, Secretary of State John Kerry called for a war crimes investigation into the relentless Syrian and Russian attacks on Aleppo, declaring them “inexcusable” and “beyond the pale.”

  9. | Posted: Oct 29 2016 - 12:05am

    I confess, I am voting for Hillary, proudly. I think her basic values are consistent with mine and the Bill of Rights. She may be the most prepared candidate ever. The GOP has been after Hillary for as long as I can remember, yet every “scandal” fails. Calling someone a cheat or liar does not make it so, no matter how often or loudly. If there was substance you would think there would be at least an indictment, nope, not one. A grand jury could indict a Spam sandwich. Not one allegation I can find has made it to formal charges. The notorious Ken Starr could not make a case against her. Some things she has said are not totally accurate, but who’s that perfect, Mr. Spock?

  10. | Posted: Oct 29 2016 - 12:05am

    Ms. Kerr wrote a factual summary of the Electoral College on Oct. 24 and a Ms. Owens subsequently complained in a note, stating her opinion that the Constitution is “very, very complicated” and basically must be left to some scholar.

  11. | Posted: Oct 27 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — When told that the New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller had grandly declared “I accept the universe,” the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle dryly remarked: “She’d better.” Much ink and indignation has been spilled concerning whether Donald (“I am much more humble than you would understand”) Trump will “accept” the election’s outcome. The nation, like the universe of which it is the nicest part, will persevere even without the election result being accepted by the fellow who probably will be the first presidential candidate in 16 years to receive less — probably a lot less — than 45 percent of the vote.

  12. | Posted: Oct 25 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Though Republican prospects are not quite dead, the autopsy has already begun. Which is probably not a good idea, even in metaphor.

  13. | Posted: Oct 24 2016 - 12:05am

    PHOENIX — Donald Trump is running against democracy itself.

  14. Posted: Oct 23 2016 - 12:05am

    MILWAUKEE — In 49 states, when you order breakfast in a restaurant you might be asked if you would like pancakes or an omelet. In Wisconsin, you are asked if you would like pancakes with your omelet. Ron Johnson would, thank you. This Republican U.S. senator, who is burning prodigious amounts of calories campaigning for a second and final term, really does represent the hearty eaters who were fueling up at a Perkins restaurant here on a recent Sunday morning.

  15. | Posted: Oct 22 2016 - 12:05am

    The West Hawaii Today article last week regarding the renovation of the Hilo Municipal Golf Course caught my attention. Apparently it has been discovered that numerous variances have been requested in order to bring the project up to code. Aside from the millions already being spent on the renovation, payment of overtime to various employees has been authorized in order to get the project completed and also to avoid further inconvenience to residents who are able to play there for under $10 per round.