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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: Mar 28 2017 - 12:05am

    As an airline pilot, my age will force me out of a job in a few months when I turn 65. Consequently, I’m taking a much more personal interest in both Social Security and Medicare, which the Republicans are determined to do away with. It might be fun to watch as the Tea Partiers and Trumplets get exactly what they voted for, were it not for the fact that the hardship will fall on all the rest of us as well. And I expect that when it does, they will not blame their Greedy Old Party.

  2. | Posted: Mar 27 2017 - 12:05am

    Several of my letters have appeared in opinion sections having to do with the very local issue of the Waikoloa Village community golf course and my proposal to “repurpose” it into a high-tech campus.

  3. | Posted: Mar 26 2017 - 12:05am

    PHOENIX — As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father’s house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger “anything but a cactus.” His father, born in 1909 in Arizona territory, three years before statehood, built the house on a bluff where, as an adolescent, he rode his horse there and slept under the stars. There were about 30,000 people in Phoenix.

  4. | Posted: Mar 25 2017 - 12:05am

    Everybody knew health care would be complicated! It’s not just the health care itself that is complicated. To some extent that is unavoidable; humans are complex and fussy about their comfort. The health care delivery system does a pretty good job for most Americans most of the time.

  5. | Posted: Mar 24 2017 - 12:05am

    I am a member of the (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team here in Ocean View, and a ham radio operator. Being part of CERT we work closely with other agencies such as the volunteer fire department, Red Cross, Hawaii County Civil Defense, and the National Weather Service.

  6. | Posted: Mar 24 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”

  7. | Posted: Mar 23 2017 - 12:05am

    Thomas Reuter conquered the tallest mountain in the world barefoot, there’s your hero. From the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the highest and he did it.

  8. | Posted: Mar 22 2017 - 12:05am

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — I discovered Jimmy Breslin’s writing somewhere in the Indian Ocean, and met him years later in the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

  9. | Posted: Mar 21 2017 - 12:05am

    We entered a new phase as a species when Chinese scientists altered a human embryo to remove a potentially fatal blood disorder — not only from the baby, but all of its descendants. Researchers call this process “germline modification.” The media likes the phrase “designer babies.” But we should call it what it is, “eugenics.” And we, the human race, need to decide whether or not we want to use it.

  10. | Posted: Mar 20 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions:

  11. | Posted: Mar 20 2017 - 12:05am

    For crying out loud, Mr. President, it’s time to turn over your tax returns.

  12. | Posted: Mar 19 2017 - 12:05am

    Mahalo for publishing George F. Will’s column regularly. Though I often don’t agree with him, I always admire his intelligence and superior writing. When I approach one of his op-ed pieces, it is with the same kind of anxious anticipation that I felt in grade school while lining up to be seen by the school nurse. She was either going to give us a shot, which hurt, or a dose of nasty medicine, which was hard to swallow. But all of us knew it was for our own good, and we would be better off for having gone through with it.

  13. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 5:46pm

    WASHINGTON — Stupid is as stupid does.

  14. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    This is a letter sent to Councilman Dru Kanuha’s administrative assistant. I believe that if enough people of Hawaii County speak out, we can find a pollution solution to an ongoing problem littering our community:

  15. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Conservatives across the United States pinned a target on the back of Planned Parenthood long before a doctored videotape circulated in 2015 purporting to show the organization’s abortion providers talking about harvesting fetal tissue for research.