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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: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    West Hawaii Today’s Nov. 15 editorial page provided insight into the intelligence and caring nature of our island’s people. All except for one. Leonora Prince’s self-righteous offering as well as post-election interactions show that it’s easier to be a gracious loser than a gracious winner, even in our Aloha State.

  2. | Posted: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — With the end of Fidel Castro’s nasty life Friday night, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies. Experience suggests there will always be tyranny tourists in flight from what they consider the boring banality of bourgeois society and eager for the excitement of sojourns in “progressive” despotisms that they are free to admire and then leave.

  3. | Posted: Nov 26 2016 - 12:05am

    Imagine being thrown onto a table and pinned down as someone cuts off one of your arms. A group of nervously giggling diners is sitting nearby — ready to feast on your flesh. You’re terrified and in excruciating pain, and you want nothing more than to get away. But you can’t escape. You’re kept alive, conscious and in pain, until each limb is cut off, one by one, for other diners. Then you’re killed. It sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but at some restaurants — including in the United States — this is the fate of octopuses who are hacked apart while still alive for the Korean dish “sannakji” (literally, “wriggling octopus”).

  4. | Posted: Nov 26 2016 - 12:05am

    “Every country has the government it deserves” and “In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve.” — Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre 1811.

  5. Posted: Nov 26 2016 - 12:05am

    Give descendants the stars

  6. Posted: Nov 25 2016 - 12:05am

    Democrats camouflaged history

  7. | Posted: Nov 25 2016 - 12:05am

    Much has been said about how we Americans, particularly we Americans in the mainstream media, should not “normalize” Donald Trump. I think it’s way too late for that.

  8. | Posted: Nov 24 2016 - 12:05am

    I read both the climate change articles in Sunday’s paper. The article on Captain Cook’s recordings of summer, 1778, was most interesting. However, Max Dible’s article was one-sided, basically focusing on the dry, west side of our beautiful, but diverse, island.

  9. Posted: Nov 24 2016 - 12:05am

    Recycle Washington

  10. | Posted: Nov 24 2016 - 12:05am

    I was in the process of writing an editorial about how the two sides of the divide in America share common core aspirations. I had my draft all ready to proofread and was beginning to think how the uplifting thoughts of how we share more than we might know could help us find areas where we can work together.

  11. | Posted: Nov 23 2016 - 12:05am

    In a recent interview with CNBC, Warren Buffet offered one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: “I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he said, you just pass a law that says anytime there is a deficit of more than 3 percent of the GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.

  12. Posted: Nov 23 2016 - 12:05am

    Trump a conman

  13. | Posted: Nov 23 2016 - 12:05am

    In Leonora Prince’s letter to the editor in the Nov. 15 edition of WHT, she celebrates how America is “turning back to God” while “getting back to moral principles,” and is apparently giving credit for this new direction to Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election. At first I just assumed she was writing a satirical letter, but upon reading it a second time I realized she was being serious, which I must admit was quite unsettling. Donald Trump leading us back to God and moral principles? Really? Mrs. Prince, if I may make a few points regarding your letter.

  14. | Posted: Nov 22 2016 - 12:05am

    Many undergraduates, their fawn-like eyes wide with astonishment, are wondering: Why didn’t the dean of students prevent the election from disrupting the serenity to which my school has taught me that I am entitled? Campuses create “safe spaces” where students can shelter from discombobulating thoughts and receive spiritual balm for the trauma of microaggressions. Yet the presidential election came without trigger warnings?

  15. | Posted: Nov 22 2016 - 12:05am

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not vote in the Nov. 8 election. Yes, the player who kneels during the national anthem in the name of justice and change.