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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: May 15 2016 - 12:30am

    WASHINGTON — Academia’s descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually assaulted and that campuses require minute federal supervision to cure this. Encouraged by the government’s misuse of discredited social science (one survey supposedly proving this one-in-five fiction), colleges and universities are implementing unconstitutional procedures mandated by the government.

  • | Posted: May 14 2016 - 8:17pm

    I have heard lots of people say there’s such a homeless problem in Hawaii and different attitudes toward the homeless: Some people pointing and laughing as people dig in trash cans, the looks of disgust because someone is dirty on the outside. I have this to say, anyone with soap and water can become clean on the outside but only love can clean the inside.

  • | Posted: May 14 2016 - 12:30am

    It should be obvious to all by now that Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals.

  • | Posted: May 13 2016 - 10:13am

    Three Gadfly technology writers on three continents had a heated debate about Google’s announcement on Wednesday that it will stop showing ads next to Web-search results for “payday” loans. The decision bans a powerful marketing tool from providers of a category of short-term loans, which critics contend take advantage of low-income people by imposing onerous fees and interest rates. The lending companies say they are providing credit to people who can’t obtain loans from traditional sources.

  • | Posted: May 12 2016 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate. Dismayed, he permanently enriched American slang by exclaiming: “This is a helluva way to run a railroad!” Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s second-most important court, recently said, with judicial decorousness, essentially the same thing about Amtrak.

  • | Posted: May 11 2016 - 1:00am

    I read with sadness Jake Jacobs’ “Jake’s Take” and enjoyed Barry Blum’s thoughtfully presented “My Turn” response, both in West Hawaii Today.

  • | Posted: May 11 2016 - 1:00am

    West Point is investigating whether black female cadets violated any rules by raising their fists in an informal group photo. I hope their commanders will be lenient.

  • | Posted: May 10 2016 - 1:00am

    I don’t think it would be wise to split Hawaii County into two counties. Yes, West Hawaii does pay 70 percent of the property taxes. However, this disparity is due in part to the value of the homes being higher on the west side versus the east side. In other words, West Hawaii homeowners are subsidizing the lower property taxes paid from East Hawaii residents.

  • | Posted: May 10 2016 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — The great Republican crackup has begun.

  • | Posted: May 9 2016 - 1:00am

    In countless commencement speeches at high schools and colleges in the coming weeks, graduates will be advised to chase their dreams, pursue their passions and settle for nothing less. That is terrible advice.

  • | Posted: May 9 2016 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — It wasn’t precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul Ryan’s comment that he’s not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least … something.

  • | Posted: May 7 2016 - 9:04pm

    WASHINGTON — Speaking on “Fox &Friends,” of course, Trump revealed something he learned from the National Enquirer, of course. Although the Kennedy assassination is one of history’s most minutely studied events, all previous scrutiny missed something the supermarket tabloid discovered for people like Trump — a connection between Ted Cruz’s father and the murder of the 35th president. Trump said:

  • | Posted: May 7 2016 - 9:04pm

    Sierra Club urges Hawaii County to reconsider plans for Kukuihaele Park in light of community opposition, cost concerns and the ability of county’s parks and recreation staff to service and maintain what we already have. This is a project that is out of scale. If there is a pressing need for an organized sports field, a more appropriate location should be found where the roads and water infrastructure can better support it. This would help bring the cost down as well.

  • | Posted: May 7 2016 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s Republican primary triumph means that this cannot be a normal election. Americans who see our country as a model of tolerance, inclusion, rationality and liberty must come together across party lines to defeat him decisively.

  • | Posted: May 5 2016 - 8:45pm

    Jake Jacobs’ “Jake’s Take” article in Wednesday’s WHT requires a response.