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Don’t fault the Senate if Balfour’s nomination is approved

April 17th, 2015 · 6 Comments

While Bill Balfour would not have been my choice to serve on the State Water Commission, I don’t think there are good grounds to block his nomination. It seems to me that much of the testimony focused on what Balfour is not. He’s not a scientist. He’s not a lawyer. And, more specifically, he’s not […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Politics

Do resales of “affordable” units undermine housing policy?

April 15th, 2015 · 19 Comments

“Something wrong here.” That was the subject line of an email from a reader earlier this week. He pointed to a story about the new condo at 801 South Street, on part of the site which formerly housed Honolulu’s two competing newspapers (“High-rise in Kakaako completed, owners set to move-in June“). The story quoted Marcus […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Planning · Politics

Environmentalists again flex their growing political muscle

April 15th, 2015 · 7 Comments

I’ve exhausted myself today getting our taxes figured out, forms completed, and finally into the mail. I made it, but it was touch and go for a while. So now I’m relaxing while watching the confirmation hearing for Bill Balfour, who Gov. David Ige has nominated to another term on the State Water Commission. There’s […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Politics

Does HPD really want your critical comments?

April 13th, 2015 · 17 Comments

Early this morning, the Star-Advertiser posted a story on its website, obviously based on info from the police department (“Public’s comments about HPD to be used by inspection team”). Here’s the substance: The Honolulu Police Department is seeking comment on any of its polices and procedures. An international accreditation team will accept public comments Tuesday […]

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Tags: Crime · Media · Politics

Two contrarian views (video)

April 11th, 2015 · 24 Comments

Here are two video pieces relevant to current news that are worth watching for the different perspective they provide. The first is an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, a CNN original series. This episode, broadcast in December 2014, was filed in Iran. …the Iran you see from the inside, once you walk the streets […]

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Tags: Media · Politics