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Parents — It’s time for that talk

October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families talking about sexual health and relationships. A survey out this month, commissioned by Planned Parenthood and New York University’s Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, shows that while most parents are talking about sexual health and relationships with their children, too many aren’t talking often enough or clearly enough about critical topics to help young people make healthy decisions.

State ID — You thought this was only about voting? It’s worse than you thought

It’s not like it used to be. In the past, we would go into the driver’s license place and simply renew our driver’s license or state identification. Now, you need all kinds of documents to prove who you are. If you are unfortunate enough not to have all the chain of documents needed, you are in deep trouble without any legal current identification. Here is how it works:

Let’s rethink our property tax system

The article in Tuesday’s paper about possible property tax revisions and the letter to the editor in the Oct. 1 West Hawaii Today also addressing the policing of the homeowners exemption have prompted me to write about our property tax structure. I believe there is a fundamental principle that should underlie good tax policy: The tax should be paid primarily by those who benefit from the revenue it generates. Applying this principle to our property tax system leads me to conclude it is very unfair and counterproductive.

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