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A summer break from campus muzzling

| | May 31 2015 - 12:06am | Comments

WASHINGTON — Commence-ment season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics.

  • | Posted: Jun 18 2015 - 12:05am

    Parents everywhere received welcome news last week: Underage alcohol use has decreased significantly in the past decade. Better still, binge drinking among minors has also declined. Cause and effect is always hard to determine in these matters, but the many prevention measures adopted in recent years by governments, schools and other public service organizations seem to be having an impact.

  • | Posted: Jun 17 2015 - 6:00am

    His campaign is a long shot, but I’m happy to see Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders putting forth a good impersonation of a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Like a near-sighted javelin thrower, the self-described democratic socialist may not score many points but he’ll keep the crowd alert.

  • | Posted: Jun 17 2015 - 12:05am

    The core of the issues raised by the Thirty Meter Telescope have been simmering for decades — there is no issue that the entire mountaintop has historic sites and human burials, these facts are well documented by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division. The land where all of the telescopes have been built is conservation zoning. The host culture of these islands have treated Mauna Kea as a sacred site for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

  • | Posted: Jun 16 2015 - 12:05am

    The world is relearning a painful lesson in combating infectious disease: an outbreak caused by a virus or by bacteria is not only a challenge for medicine but also demands a rapid response based on real information, good detective work and a certain alacrity. Ebola showed how a small outbreak can mushroom into a global concern.

  • | Posted: Jun 16 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — About 2 million years ago, a genetic mutation resulted in the human species — social, restless, but consigned to the middle of the food chain, breaking open the bones of carrion for marrow after the lions left. As a species, we were pretty slow starters. For most of the first 2 million years we used the same stone tools, entirely unconscious of the need for iPhone upgrades. Individually, no doubt, we could be the life of the party. Collectively, we migrated across the Earth without leaving much art or history. Several species of humans — Homo erectus, Homo soloensis, Homo neanderthalensis and the rest — lived the relatively healthy, relatively happy hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

  • Posted: Jun 16 2015 - 12:05am

    Green waste plan creates more problems

  • Posted: Jun 15 2015 - 3:24pm

    Our academic freedom endangered

  • | Posted: Jun 15 2015 - 3:23pm

    The journey of the early Hawaiians navigating skillfully by the stars over thousands of miles of uncharted ocean, culminating centuries later with their knowledge advanced by an observatory deservedly placed on magnificent Mauna Kea, which welcomed them home, will be one of the most poignant and powerful stories ever told. Details of the cultural, educational and economic benefits are well written in the We Support TMT petition (gopetition.com) submitted by Mailani Neal, a brave, intelligent 18-year-old Hawaii Preparatory Academy senior.

  • | Posted: Jun 15 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Between now and the 2016 election, we need to have a searching national debate over family values.

  • | Posted: Jun 15 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — God bless the hot mike.

  • | Posted: Jun 14 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Americans should light 800 candles for the birthday of the document that began paving the meandering path to limited government. Magna Carta laid down the law about “fish weirs” on English rivers, “assizes of darrein presentment,” people being “distrained to make bridges,” and other “liberties … to hold in our realm of England in perpetuity.” But what King John accepted at Runnymede meadow on June 15, 1215, matters to Americans because of something that happened 588 years later in the living room of Stelle’s Hotel in Washington, where the Library of Congress now sits.

  • | Posted: Jun 13 2015 - 12:05am

    With their multimillion-dollar contributions to presidential hopefuls, Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban have emerged as two of the biggest names in the post-Citizens United world of democracy for sale. This week the Republican casino owner and the Democratic media mogul turned the power of their bank accounts on another country: Israel.

  • | Posted: Jun 13 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Video imagery doesn’t get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African-American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries, and drawing his gun on other teens.

  • Posted: Jun 13 2015 - 12:05am

    Kenoi should step aside during investigations

  • Posted: Jun 12 2015 - 12:05am

    Why build TMT in Hawaii?