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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: Feb 7 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Stepping back, cooling off a bit, displaying some strategic patience, taking the long view: The first two weeks of the Trump administration have been the most abso-friggin-lutely frightening of the modern presidency.

  2. Posted: Feb 6 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Tight labor markets shrink income inequality by causing employers to bid up the price of scarce labor, so policymakers fretting about income inequality could give an epidemic disease a try. This might be a bit extreme but if increased equality is the goal, Stanford’s Walter Scheidel should be heard. His scholarship encompasses many things (classics, history, human biology) and if current events are insufficiently depressing for you, try his just-published book “The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century.” Judge this book by its cover, which features Albrecht Durer’s woodcut “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

  3. Posted: Feb 6 2017 - 12:05am

    Decriminalize prostitution?

  4. | Posted: Feb 6 2017 - 12:05am

    Republicans finally control Washington and are licking their chops about what they can achieve: tax cuts, ending regulations, a stronger defense.

  5. Posted: Feb 5 2017 - 12:05am

    All walls not equal

  6. | Posted: Feb 4 2017 - 8:54pm

    Dottie Duncan’s letter Jan. 21 is typical of the Republican’s misguided view of anyone who opposes our new president. She is willfully wrong about the rally (rather than protest) by women and men on Jan. 21.

  7. | Posted: Feb 4 2017 - 8:54pm

    WASHINGTON — President Trump is finally following through on his promise to Make America Safe Again.

  8. Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 9:25pm

    Proud Gabbard stands up

  9. Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 12:05am

    Trump head of fascist state

  10. | Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — It is the gist of much Neil Gorsuch coverage that he is a brilliant jurist with one large weakness: being firmly anti-choice. Exhibit A is his book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” in which he scandalously defends the “idea that all human beings are intrinsically valuable.”

  11. | Posted: Feb 3 2017 - 12:05am

    The women’s marches in Washington and elsewhere made a powerful statement on the day following Donald Trump’s inauguration. But a statement is not a movement, so two questions arise: Did this demonstrate anything more than that people who didn’t like Trump before election day still don’t like him? If it did, can this expression of outrage and unity translate into political power?

  12. Posted: Feb 2 2017 - 12:05am

    Top 10 overheard things at White House

  13. | Posted: Feb 1 2017 - 7:34pm

    Peggy and I went paddling on our one-man canoes this morning, Jan. 30. The swell was large, the ocean bumpy and all over the place. We paddled the three miles from Keauhou to Banyan’s, a couple miles offshore because of the big waves.

  14. | Posted: Feb 1 2017 - 1:12pm

    The people of Hawaii have been asking for a medical aid in dying option (also known as “death with dignity”) for almost 20 years. Today, 80 percent of Hawaii residents believe medical aid in dying should be an option in our state.

  15. Posted: Feb 1 2017 - 1:12pm

    Speeding in reverse — great