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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: Apr 25 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In the category of argument by irresistible anecdote, David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report tells of meeting with a group of young Democrats in wealthy, suburban Northern Virginia. In the course of his presentation, he made reference to “Cracker Barrel voters” — those in counties with Cracker Barrel restaurants (Donald Trump won about 75 percent of such counties). “Excuse me,” interrupted one of the young liberals. “Do you mean Crate and Barrel?”

  2. | Posted: Apr 25 2017 - 12:05am

    Earlier this year, I renewed my two-year driver’s license. When I arrived, I had to wait about 10 minutes for the check-in clerk to review my documents. I was given a number and joined about 15 people waiting for various DMV items. I then waited for two hours before my number was called. Upon being called, it took about 15 minutes to renew my license. Sounds great except for the two-hour wait for me. For others, one problem was the documents required, many did not have the exact paperwork and had to go get it and come back again causing double time for the reviewing clerk.

  3. | Posted: Apr 24 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Imagine if I began a column about Attorney General Jeff Sessions this way: “I really am amazed that an attorney general who hails from a former Confederate state in the Deep South can issue a series of orders wrecking efforts to reform police practices, cutting back on voting rights and restarting the war on drugs.”

  4. Posted: Apr 24 2017 - 12:05am

    British Prime Minister Theresa May proposed an early election Tuesday, approved by Parliament on Wednesday, for June 8, a mere seven weeks from now. Her ostensible reason was to provide herself, if her Conservative Party improves its position in the elections, a more unified British front in the next two years of negotiations with the European Union over the terms of Britain’s exit and, possibly, its post-departure relationship with the 27 partners in the EU. Last June’s referendum on EU membership produced a fairly close, 51.89-to-48.4 percent vote in favor of scission.

  5. | Posted: Apr 23 2017 - 12:05am

    On Earth Day, I joined a protest of the continual bombing of our island home. When I arrived, I saw what I thought were fellow protesters at the entrance to the Pohakuloa Training Area, the world’s largest military practice range at 133,000 acres.

  6. Posted: Apr 22 2017 - 9:23pm

    WASHINGTON — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th president resembles the sixth.

  7. | Posted: Apr 22 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — For those of us convinced that Donald Trump’s defects of character, lack of knowledge, encouragement of social division and disregard for democratic norms outweigh any good he may do — the rough definition of being #NeverTrump — these are confusing and challenging times.

  8. | Posted: Apr 21 2017 - 12:05am

    PHOENIX — Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 mph long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with an adult female wearing only lingerie. Their passenger was a female juvenile whose fake document showed her to be 18. She was, Otto says, “not wearing a whole lot of clothing.”

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

    Have you ever noticed that immigrants — that is those who’ve stood in line, paid all the fees, did the paperwork and waited and waited to get the green light to become American citizens — have not only a deeper appreciation for that thing called U.S. citizenship, but also a better understanding of our founding documents and how our government works? I certainly have. Let’s face it, native born Americans can be jaded.

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

    I was clinging to the edge of a live volcano, risking my life for one lousy unit of science.

  11. | Posted: Apr 19 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Last year, Mark Meckler, one of the founders of the tea party movement, had concerns about Donald Trump but gave the Republican nominee the benefit of the doubt, because Trump “at least says he’s going to attack” the crony-capitalist system.

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

    As a Libertarian, I am mirthfully delighted by the news that neo-Marxist nanny-stater Margaret Wille has been selected to become chair of the county Democratic Party. Indeed, this should be educational and amusing to everybody on the Big Island not a Democrat, few though we be.

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

    BOSTON — Those of us who hail from Massachusetts are proud of our special patriotic holiday, formally celebrated only in our state and Maine (which was part of us until 1820), though Wisconsin and Florida pay it some honor as well. Patriots’ Day commemorates the rebels at Lexington and Concord who fired the shot heard round the world on April 19, 1775.

  14. | Posted: Apr 17 2017 - 12:05am

    The lowly penny and the $5 bill are dedicated to the quintessential American icon, Abraham Lincoln.

  15. | Posted: Apr 16 2017 - 12:05am

    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard confirmed at the April 11 Kona town hall meeting that 1) she is a skilled manager and manipulator of audiences; 2) that she has a remarkable command of the issues and 3) that her legislative accomplishments as Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District Representative since 2013 are negligible.