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Editorial

Tide swinging against Aug. 1

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly across large swaths of America, it is no surprise Gov. David Ige is being urged to reconsider the Aug. 1 date for easing travel restrictions on transpacific travelers. Even in normal times it would be difficult to implement an effective program of testing, ...

Foreign students valuable to keep

President Trump may rant and rail about trade deficits in a global economy that he says rips America off, but one market the U.S. has cornered for decades, to the broader benefit of us all, is higher education. The world’s students — Asia’s especially — flock to our undergraduate and ...

Did TSA enable spread of virus?

The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. That may not always have been the case. February and March were the months in which COVID-19 took the offensive in the United States. They also were a time when supplies and equipment needed to battle the ...

Raising the flag on 4th of July

Sixty years ago today, the 49-star United States flag was lowered at Iolani Palace and replaced by one with 50 stars. Across the nation, the 50-star flag became the official United States flag. Hawaii had gained statehood nearly a year earlier, on Aug. 21, 1959, by executive order of ...

Baltimore vs. Trump states

Anyone with the fortitude to endure President Donald Trump’s wearisome campaign rally June 20 in Tulsa might have caught a passing reference to Baltimore. The reference was to the city’s homicide rate comparing it to that of El Salvador, Guatemala and Afghanistan. And it was purely to ...

Understanding Black history

If you were to somehow be able to spread Mississippi’s history out on a table, the first thing you would notice is a gaping hole in it. It would not be inaccurate to describe it as a black hole. The full story of Mississippi’s history is untold, and will likely remain untold because ...

Celebrate safely on 4th of July

When it comes to Fourth of July traditions, Maui has a boatload. From parades and rodeos to firework displays and family beach barbecues, we celebrate this particular holiday like no other. How many of us have gotten up early to make sure we could find a parking place and still have time to ...

Tiny protest large in heart

In late May, the nation was collectively shell-shocked when a video surfaced of George Floyd dying while in police custody as Officer Dave Chauvin pressed a knee into his neck. Since that incident, several law enforcement leaders have denounced the manner in which the officers in Minneapolis ...

A celebration of equal rights

There was much celebration in the land among people who value equal rights on June 15 after the Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender. The decision that they are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ...

Encourage future visitors

The Aloha State’s strict enforcement of its mandatory 14-day quarantine for Mainland and international travelers has sent a message that’s being heard around the world. National Geographic, Time, CNN and Reuters are just a few of the outlets to post stories about visitors being busted for ...

Look before locking car

Every summer, disturbing news reports arrive about children left in sweltering vehicles. Many of these cases are fatal. The National Safety Council reports that on average 39 children under the age of 15 die from heat stroke after being left in a vehicle each year in the U.S. More than half ...

Planning for the next school year

We don’t think there’s any argument with the statement that this has been one of the strangest school years in history thanks to the coronavirus and the disease it can lead to, COVID-19. Schools were emptied in most parts of the country in March and students did not return to those ...

Masks are new norm

Wearing protective masks in public has become the norm on Maui. While out shopping you see all kinds of folks wearing all kinds of facial coverings. From plain surgical to bright homemade aloha prints, they run a gamut nearly as diverse as our island population. While most businesses have ...

Our nation deserves better

George Floyd and his family were owed a memorial to his full but tragically shortened life. Tuesday was a day of preaching and singing, praising and remembering. He was always more than a man who was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police, even before his death reignited a national ...

More petulance than policy

President Donald Trump’s preposterous executive order, attempting to regulate speech on the internet, actually could do some good. It would force social media platforms to rein in . . . Trump. After Trump added a vicious smear against a dead woman and falsehoods about mail-in ballot fraud ...

Little fanfare this year

The candidate filing deadline for the primary election Aug. 8 and the general election Nov. 4 came and went Tuesday without the usual fanfare. The final slate of candidates would normally be the lead story on most media outlets in Hawaii but that was not the case this year. Blame that on the ...

Public health vs open RNC

For those who’ve long wanted Charlotte to rid itself of the 2020 Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s tweets on Tuesday were a strong reminder why. The president packed a lot of wrong into a handful of words. He said N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper refused to guarantee Republicans “use ...

Set limit on assistance

Activities such as that which, in recent weeks, embroiled this country and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it ...

E komo mai with caution

We support Congressman Ed Case’s call for the Federal Aviation Administration to confirm Hawaii’s ability to impose or enforce COVID-19 public health prevention conditions on air travel to the islands. Case’s May 13 letter to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson says these conditions could ...

Hawaii deserves pat on the back

While it is far too early in the coronavirus pandemic to declare victory, the entire state of Hawaii deserves a pat on the back for a job well done. We still have a fight ahead of us, and it may be a drawn-out affair, but things are looking good with new cases at zero or low single-digits on ...