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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: Jul 25 2017 - 12:06am

    For nearly a quarter-century, O.J. Simpson has served as a referendum on some American flashpoint: race, class, domestic violence, justice, California, celebrity.

  2. | Posted: Jul 24 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — President Trump had some remarkable things to say at the inaugural meeting of his Commission to Promote Voter Suppression and Justify Trump’s False Claims, which is formally known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He also asked a question that deserves an answer.

  3. | Posted: Jul 23 2017 - 12:06am

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The youngest B-52 entered service in 1962. Sons have flown the same plane their fathers and grandfathers flew.

  4. | Posted: Jul 23 2017 - 12:06am

    After reading Carrie Moore’s letter July 18, I keep thinking about “time being wasted on resistance,” etc. I don’t know how I can stop resisting when a disastrous health care bill is in the works, the EPA’s mission apparently is now protecting corporate earnings, Trump’s pulling us out of the Paris Climate Accord and his desire to turn over a lot of national monuments and sanctuaries’ territory to the mining and fossil fuel industries deeply concerns me.

  5. | Posted: Jul 22 2017 - 12:06am

    I was about to submit a column about constitutional issues, about which I am an expert recognized by no one, when my concentration was interrupted by a helicopter. It did not just pass high overhead as helos usually do. Soon joined by another, they circled for an hour. My first thought was search and rescue, but the yellow choppers never went out to sea, just circled my peaceful, law abiding neighborhood. This is not the first time.

  6. | Posted: Jul 22 2017 - 12:05am

    At dawn the woodpeckers start in, hammering heads against tree trunks, and you wonder if there’s a better way for a bird to make a living. Oh, the avian migraines. Twilight lingers till nearly 11 p.m.; if there’s a decent moon, you can fish in the silver light of Montana’s longest days.

  7. | Posted: Jul 21 2017 - 12:06am

    Depleted uranium (DU) is seen as an emerging environmental pollutant introduced primarily by military activity. The previous use of DU within Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) followed by repeated live-fire exercises, as are currently occurring, provide a serious threat to public health.

  8. | Posted: Jul 21 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — In the normal course of events, the revelation of attempted collusion with Russia to determine the outcome of a presidential election might cause an administration to overcorrect in the other direction. A president might find ways to confront the range of Russian aggression, including cyber-aggression, if only to avoid the impression of being bought and sold by a strategic rival.

  9. | Posted: Jul 20 2017 - 12:06am

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It is said that America’s armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation’s history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after Desert Storm. With an acute pilot shortage, particularly in the fighter pilot community, and with a shortfall approaching 4,000 among maintenance and staffing personnel, the service is, as Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says, “too small for what the nation expects of it.”

  10. | Posted: Jul 19 2017 - 12:06am

    After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump should consider changing his slogan from “Make America Great Again” to “Hey, We Tried.”

  11. | Posted: Jul 18 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Over the last century, there has been a characteristic American cycle of response to far-reaching social reforms.

  12. | Posted: Jul 17 2017 - 12:05am

    The County of Hawaii has revised the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) that go into effect Sept. 29. The county adopted these new maps so they can be eligible for federal disaster aid in the event of a federally declared natural disaster.

  13. | Posted: Jul 17 2017 - 12:05am

    “Elitist,” as Time magazine culture critic William A. Henry observed in his 1994 book “In Defense of Elitism,” has begun to rival if not outstrip “racist” as the “foremost catchall pejorative of our times.”

  14. | Posted: Jul 16 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone attack that killed three terrorists. The suit asked the court to declare the attacks illegal under several U.S. statutes.

  15. | Posted: Jul 15 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Given what we know about the collusion — and there is no other word for it — between then-candidate Donald Trump’s most senior advisers and what they thought was a Kremlin-tied lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, the most shocking thing is that no one on the Trump side was shocked. The most offensive thing is that no one took offense. Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager treated the offer of aid by a hostile, foreign power to tilt an election as just another day at the office. “I think many people would have held that meeting,” affirmed the president. It is the banality of this corruption that makes it so appalling. The president and his men are incapable of feeling shame about shameful things.