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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: Mar 14 2016 - 1:30am

    One hundred and fifty — that’s how many lives were lost when Germanwings 9525 crashed into the French Alps a year ago this month. In the immediate aftermath, concerns were raised about safety in the budget-travel industry, concerns that some analysts were quick to dismiss. “When you pay less at a budget airline, you do get what you pay for; it’s just less in terms of frills and customer service, not less in terms of safety,” opined one expert. Statistics seemingly agree, showing no difference in accident rates between budget and mainline carriers. But is this really the case? Is there any truth to the claim that low cost means less safe?

  • | Posted: Mar 12 2016 - 7:54pm

    WASHINGTON — Frequently predicted but never reached, “peak oil” — maximum possible production — has been postponed yet again, this time because of fracking. “Peak Sanders” was prematurely announced because of persistent underestimations of how underwhelming Hillary Clinton is as a candidate. The Vermont senator’s peak might not arrive soon because his fundraising prowess will allow him to continue campaigning to outlaw fracking.

  • | Posted: Mar 12 2016 - 1:31am

    Ongoing nationally televised debates along with the posturing for votes in state party caucuses provide a lively backdrop as we mark the fifth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. The devastation in Japan and elsewhere in the Pacific Basin from Alaska to Chile including severe damage to coastal areas in Hawaii should neither be forgotten nor masked by the current political frenzy to find a presidential candidate that can win in November or by other issues we face at home such as rail and homelessness.

  • | Posted: Mar 12 2016 - 1:30am

    In 1968, the Beatles advised, “Honey, disconnect the phone,” in their song, “Back in the U.S.S.R.” Fast forward to 2016, and more people might follow that advice if the FBI gets its way and forces Apple to create software to “hack” the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

  • | Posted: Mar 10 2016 - 4:49pm

    Rolling Stone Magazine dubbed the mob of Republican presidential candidates the “Clown Car.” It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad to see our nation’s “Grand Old Party” sinking to one low after another.

  • | Posted: Mar 9 2016 - 5:01pm

    It is easy to see that the U.S. is headed for a political train wreck. In fact, even the railroad executives have begun to sound the alarm, but the speed of the train and the malfeasance of their railway maintenance efforts over the last decade make it all but impossible to avoid the catastrophe. The Republican Party seems poised to reap the whirlwind it has so assiduously sown.

  • | Posted: Mar 8 2016 - 12:30pm

    It is a shame that some letters to the editor have begun to personally attack the board of the Hawaii Island Humane Society and to polarize this as a “cultural” issue. The culture of Hawaii Island Humae Society is to help the animals.

  • | Posted: Mar 8 2016 - 8:20am

    WASHINGTON — They were just four words, but they denoted something that led to a wonderful swerve in world history. They were words Ronald Reagan repeatedly used when referring to something that happened long before he spoke his most famous four words: “Tear down this wall.” The other four words described the most important event in his eventful life, an event without which Reagan probably would never have been in a position to bring down the Berlin Wall:

  • | Posted: Mar 8 2016 - 8:18am

    Da kine wurd/frayze/turm uv da day: an den but!

  • | Posted: Mar 7 2016 - 10:27am

    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: Mar 7 2016 - 1:30am

    As one of the “geniuses” that worked on the reconfiguration of the bike lanes on Queen Kaahumanu between Makala and Henry streets I feel I must reply to the accusation by Mr. Gruber (Feb. 28 WHT, p. A4) that we have created a death trap.

  • | Posted: Mar 7 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — It was William Bennett, education secretary in the Reagan years and the Republican Party’s premier moralist, who embedded a phrase in the American consciousness when he bemoaned the fact that “our elites presided over an unprecedented coarsening of our culture.”

  • | Posted: Mar 6 2016 - 1:31am

    WASHINGTON — So it has come to this: A brokered convention or President Hillary Clinton.

  • | Posted: Mar 5 2016 - 2:04pm

    Let’s start with the good news: Hawaii Island Humane Society and its rescue partners have already eliminated nearly all euthanasia of healthy dogs and non-feral cats that arrive at our three shelters islandwide.

  • | Posted: Mar 4 2016 - 1:31am

    As a participant of the February 2016 aha (Native Hawaiian Convention), it was a privilege to work with Hawaiians coming from a cross section of America and our Native Hawaiian community which included: (1) professors of law, ethnic and Hawaiian studies, economics, communication; (2) farmers/fishermen; (3) school teachers and principals; (4) lawyers; (5) cultural practitioners; (6) PhD candidates; (7) retired judges and military; (8) community organizers; (9) law students; (10) former/current senators/representatives; and (11) a physician. The youngest, 21, the oldest, 92. In my view, this diversity enabled us to create a constitution that truly represents our people.