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Editorial

COVID coda playing out

In quite the change of tune this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is time for fully vaccinated folks to take off their masks and mingle. While this is a welcome benchmark that says vaccines are working, the sudden easing of guidelines reflects the scattershot ...

Thank you, Colt Brennan

On Tuesday morning, reading the news that Colt Brennan had passed away, the immediate reaction was “Oh no, please don’t be true.” Sadly it was. The people of Hawaii have amazing memories of Colt and the University of Hawaii football team that we will cherish for a lifetime. The 2007 ...

Opening lane for nuclear talks

President Joe Biden’s call for “stern deterrence” in response to North Korea’s nuclear program and Pyongyang’s angry reaction, accusing the Biden administration of being “hostile”, suggest that both countries are headed towards a diplomatic showdown. In his first congressional ...

Sad to see senator go

It was with sorrow that we read that Hawaii State Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English was retiring due to lingering effects of COVID-19. The 55-year-old lifelong Hana resident spent 25 years in public office before stepping away from his post on May 1. Hopefuls are lining up to fill the ...

Get moving on gun control

For more years than it is comfortable to count, the National Rifle Association and its abettors in Washington have forestalled even the most sensible efforts to confront our national scourge of gun violence. But at the moment, the NRA is on the ropes as an institution. Its problems include a ...

Biden’s pick for ICE is right

Compassion isn’t the first word on the tip of anyone’s tongue when discussing U.S. immigration policy. But in tapping Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, President Biden has wisely selected a veteran lawman who knows when to be tough and when ...

Weighing all sides

The rutted four-wheel drive dirt road down to Wailea Beach wound through kiawe trees and blue rock boulders to end, if memory serves, near where the Grand Wailea Resort’s Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a restaurant now sits. The access road was soon to be gated off, but we didn’t know that the ...

Addressing years of federal neglect

Three times already in his brief tenure, President Biden has rolled out a far-reaching and extraordinarily expensive proposal to address large-scale problems in this country. First there was a $1.9-trillion plan to help individuals and businesses cope with the surging COVID-19 pandemic. Then ...

Gun laws must be tightened

At 19, he already had a gun taken from him by police after his mother told them he might try to commit suicide-by-cop —”to induce a police officer to shoot him. He had been committed briefly to a hospital for mental evaluation. He was questioned by the FBI. Yet this clearly unstable young ...

Travel plans not in sync

Gov. David Ige announced plans Tuesday to start an intercounty travel program that sounds a lot like a precursor to COVID-19 vaccine passports. Interisland travelers who can prove they are fully vaccinated will get to skip testing and quarantine starting May 11. Also recently, Maui County ...

Strengthen red flag laws

At 19, he already had a gun taken from him by police after his mother told them he might try to commit suicide-by-cop — to induce a police officer to shoot him. He had been committed briefly to a hospital for mental evaluation. He was questioned by the FBI. Yet this clearly unstable young man ...

Afghanistan exit plan right move

President Biden’s announcement Wednesday that he will begin removing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the month and complete the withdrawal by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks that provoked the war, will finally bring to a close direct American military ...

Don’t lollygag in cars, COVID

This newspaper recently ran a letter to the editor from a Makawao reader offering polite advice to slow drivers who insist on cruising our multilane highways in the passing lane: Activate your turn signal, merge right and let faster-moving vehicles pass on the left. We always wonder what ...

J&J vaccine needs study

Blood clots in veins that drain blood from the brain can lead to alarming strokelike results. The symptoms can be severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain and shortness of breath. That’s why it made sense for federal, state and local health officials to hit pause Tuesday and again on ...

Permanent housing crisis

One problem with government emergency actions is that the political class never wants them to end. Witness the Biden Administration’s extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, which by now are creating more trouble than they’re worth. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ...

Putting brakes on overtourism

Maui County Council members heard testimony this week on a pair of measures that could dramatically change the beachgoing experience for residents and visitors alike. A bill introduced by Maui County Council Vice-Chairwoman Keani Rawlins-Fernandez calls for reserving half of all public beach ...

Infrastructure upkeep needed

The United States is the wealthiest country in the world. You wouldn’t know it from the condition of the systems that make it work. There are 45,000 bridges and more than 170,000 miles of highways and major roads in poor condition. Drinking water is delivered to many residents through ...

Anti-Asian talk harmful

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted is a savvy and reasonable man who aims for higher office. So why is Husted so dead set against apologizing for his ill-considered March 26 tweet: “So it appears it was the Wuhan Virus after all?” Husted says the words were aimed at the Chinese government’s ...

442nd would wear masks

Charging straight into enemy fire, Private First Class Sadao “Spud” Munemori had just knocked out a pair of gun emplacements with grenades and was withdrawing under withering fire when an enemy grenade bounced off his helmet and rolled toward a bomb crater where two of his comrades ...

Trans girls not a threat

Judging from the news coming out of half the legislative halls of America, you would think that the biggest problem facing women’s sports hasn’t been athletes being sexually abused but girls who were born with penises taking all the glory from those born with vaginas. Out of all the ...