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The way it was: Mauna Kea in 1945

| | Mar 29 2017 - 12:05am | Comments

We are kamaaina, born and raised in Hilo during the 1930s and 1940s. Bill, now living in Nevada, visited me here in Kona for the Christmas holidays and we traveled back on many old, sentimental journeys. One of the special ones was about his hike to the summit of Mauna Kea in 1945.

  1. | Posted: Feb 20 2017 - 12:05am

    In response to Dr. Kwiat’s letter Feb. 12,“Taxing condos not worth teachers’ wants,” I can’t help reflect on how many teachers I know whose simple wants include affordable housing, and a decent, living wage to support their families.

  2. | Posted: Feb 20 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — I configured Twitter a couple of weeks ago to get text alerts on my phone whenever President Trump tweets.

  3. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 9:33pm

    WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why today’s distemper was incubated in that “burnt and ravaged forest of a decade.”

  4. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 9:33pm

    If tourists pay a local visitor tax, shouldn’t the counties, which handles services they use like public safety, maintenance of beach parks and roads, water and wastewater, get its fair share of that revenue?

  5. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Our First Amendment is the guardian of many great and unique things in America.

  6. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 12:05am

    You just came out of a yearlong coma, and you’re trying to catch up. The unimaginable is real. The Cubs won the World Series. California has been drenched with so much rain that its biggest dam may fail. And in the first month of a new presidency, the leader of the free world has:

  7. | Posted: Feb 17 2017 - 9:48am

    Putting on our critical thinking caps will help us better understand and address important challenges we face throughout our lives. The process requires some effort. It is often avoided, sometimes out of laziness but more so out of fear that long held beliefs will not withstand fair and reasoned analysis.

  8. | Posted: Feb 17 2017 - 9:47am

    WASHINGTON — In mid-January, after the appearance of some embarrassing material or another (it is hard to keep track), President-elect Trump tweeted: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

  9. | Posted: Feb 16 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In theory, if only occasionally in fact, Congress plays a role when a president wants to initiate military hostilities. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah thinks Congress should also have a say when a president wants to initiate a trade war.

  10. | Posted: Feb 16 2017 - 12:05am

    A recent editorial, written in support of the hiring of more lifeguards, reminds me of another editorial that appeared in WHT a few months ago. In that other piece, written in favor of establishing a firing range for gun enthusiasts, the author used the same argument — that it is a “no-brainer” decision.

  11. | Posted: Feb 15 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In early January, Speaker Paul Ryan met on the issue of tax reform with a delegation from the president-elect. Attending were future chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, future Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, future senior adviser Jared Kushner, future counselor Kellyanne Conway and future senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. As the meeting began, Ryan pointedly asked, “Who’s in charge?”

  12. | Posted: Feb 15 2017 - 12:05am

    Wow! Two very interesting articles in today’s newspaper. The first one being on the front page. The county is facing a $12 million deficit. The second being on the front page of the sports page.

  13. | Posted: Feb 14 2017 - 12:05am

    It is hard to know if Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case is purposely being disingenuous, is just flat uninformed, or has drunk the Kool-Aid mixed by her Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), but her My Turn in the Feb. 7 issue of West Hawaii Today suggests that perhaps “alternative facts,” are now being embraced outside the Trump administration.

  14. | Posted: Feb 13 2017 - 12:05am

    These are giddy times for the forces of reason and light. A surge of resistance to a bumbling and unstable president has sent millions of people into the streets, into the faces of politicians, and into bookstores to make best sellers again of authoritarian nightmare stories.

  15. | Posted: Feb 13 2017 - 12:05am

    I am a 78 year old retired law enforcement administrator of limited physical mobility (can’t drive; use walker to walk) and limited financial ability ($1,311 monthly). I am struggling with a number of medical conditions, including chronic lymphoid leukemia, insomnia, PTSD, chronic pain and peripheral neuropathy, degenerative lumbar disease, loss of appetite, major recurrent depression and bilateral knee vascular calcification. I have a medical marijuana use card because marijuana provides me with significant relief in managing the effects of these conditions.