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Editorial

Walking a tightrope

Reopening tourism must feel like walking a tightrope to state and county leaders. Their bid to restart Hawaii’s economic engine balances on the health of its residents and visitors. The void the governor and mayors find themselves inching across is home to all sorts of challenges and ...

Depressingly predictable

One of the more distressing parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, besides the obvious toll on lives and health, is how easy to predict the whole mess was at the very beginning. Sure, we might not have understood the instant that cases appeared in the United States. But fairly soon afterward it ...

Courts have been packed

Former Vice President Joe Biden is asked, over and over, whether he will pack the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president. The better question is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been allowed to spend the last six years packing the lower courts. With Republicans ...

Tourism gates have reopened

Ready or not, here they are. As Hawaii’s economic engine sputters back to life, we are once again welcoming visitors to our beaches, businesses and roadways. Maui’s October arrival numbers are a small fraction of pre-COVID-19 totals, but screening lines at Kahului Airport confirm that ...

Challenging Big Tech

The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between experimental nodes at UCLA and Stanford. And in some industries, it remains a great equalizer — giving upstart creators and service providers the sort ...

Reduce the risk of breast cancer

This is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Maintaining that focus is important since breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, regardless of race, contributing more than 25 percent of new cancer cases. Although more women are surviving, breast cancer has been on the rise ...

Tourism reboot

The confusion surrounding this week’s reopening to tourism reminded us of a spaceship plunging through Earth’s atmosphere. After seven months of solitary orbit, suspended weightless and viewing the world from afar, suddenly Hawaii was hurtling toward reentry, rattling and shaking as it ...

‘Stamping’ mad about increase

Next year will bring higher prices at the post office. Anyone who didn’t see this coming hasn’t been paying attention, but it’s sure to make consumers “stamping” mad. It makes sense that the advent of email and instant messaging apps would have a deleterious effect on the postal ...

Release video from incident

There is no excuse for a Louisiana State Police trooper to use foul language in the course of doing or discussing his or her job. More disturbing is hearing a trooper claim to beat the life out of someone. Yet a short audio clip indicates that happened. Reporter Jim Mustian, of The Associated ...

COVID-19 is not discriminatory

What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. Actions dictate consequences. Chickens come home to roost.         Having observed this karmic balancing throughout millennia, mankind has developed many ways of saying the same thing. As you make your bed, so you must lie ...

Answers are still needed

The process was broken from the beginning, on March 12, when a judge in Kentucky’s Jefferson County signed off on the no-knock search warrant that led to the death of Breonna Taylor. It remains broken today. New questions have been raised about the actions of Louisville police as well as ...

Make home more fire safe

This is Fire Prevention Week and a good time to take inventory. Families need to know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. An important first step is installation of fire alarms. And it’s imperative to check the smoke alarms of elderly family members and to help identify fire ...

Tradition of transitions

Tuesday’s presidential debate has us thinking about peaceful transitions of power and accepting the results of an election. As painful as it is to lose, the script is practically boilerplate across America. The vanquished candidate puts on a stiff upper lip and goes out to face the ...

Stop politics, help Kenosha

Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., made headlines together recently, sending a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to make good on his pledge to send federal funds to Kenosha. The state’s two top Democrats reminded Trump of his commitment, made during his visit ...

Include minority groups in trials

Scientists and researchers have long failed at inclusiveness in clinical research trials. African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic patients in particular are largely underrepresented in research into drugs and other disease treatments. Overall, African Americans make up about 13 percent ...

Face masks for everyone

There’s a lot of back and forth regarding Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s declaration that he would impose a federal mask mandate to combat the spread of COVID-19 if elected president. He announced the planned mandate at the Democrat National Convention in August but now ...

GOP should follow its rule

For all their crawfishing now about when it’s appropriate in a presidential term to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, no one captures the shamelessness of the Republican majority in the Senate more than South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. In 2016, shortly after Antonin Scalia died, ...

Shooting, shouts both abhorrent acts

The ambush-style shooting Sept. 12 of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as they sat in their patrol car at the L.A. Metro station in Compton was cruel and disgusting, as were the words that some demonstrators reportedly shouted outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where the ...

Coastal erosion threatens parks

Baldwin Beach Park’s doomed pavilion is a “poster child” for the damage coastal erosion and sea level rise cause. This newspaper has been chronicling the pavilion’s plight for decades. Almost every August or September we run a story or photos showing how currents, wind and waves have ...

Indoor rally a reckless event

We know from reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” that last spring, when the coronavirus pandemic was spreading across the United States, President Trump was aware that it posed a grave threat. Still, he lied to the public frequently and unforgivably, saying the virus would just go ...