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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 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?

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

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

  3. | 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:

  4. | 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.

  5. | 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?”

  6. | 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.

  7. | 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.

  8. | 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?”

  9. | 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.

  10. | 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.

  11. | 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.

  12. | 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.

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

    WASHINGTON — The technique has been called (by this columnist) “immunity through profusion.” By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors’ capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections. This technique was on display the other day when the president met with some sheriffs.

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

    The Hawaii State Teacher’s Association has proposed a tax targeted on “wealthy investors” who own property in Hawaii as a means to retain teachers, raise their salaries, have smaller classroom sizes, and improve classroom conditions — all laudable goals.

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

    WASHINGTON — Each day of the Trump era seems to bring strange new objects to the national punchbowl. The newly minted president publicly obsessed on his inaugural crowd size. He claimed pervasive voter fraud. He reviewed television shows. He attacked the independence of the judiciary. He has called into question the fairness and good faith of Nordstrom’s, further deepening our class divide on tie selection.