You might be interested in my weekly column over at Civil Beat (“Hawaii Monitor: Time to Question Dan’s ‘Last Wish’”). It takes a closer look at the letter from Senator Dan Inouye to Governor Abercrombie, delivered on the day the senator died.
It was prompted by a call from Manfred Henningsen, a professor of political science at UH Manoa who I took classes from in the dark ages when I was a Ph.D. student in that department.
Henningsen, an old friend of the governor, had been traveling late last year when Inouye died and learned about the letter on his return. It raised questions in his mind, and prompted him to write a short commentary. Although he submitted it to the Star-Advertiser, he complained to me that he had never even received an acknowledgement from the newspaper.
I read his commentary and thought he had raised legitimate questions about the letter, and my column was born.
But I also would like to share Henningsen’s original unedited article, because it adds political context and commentary that goes beyond my column.
Comments welcome, as always.