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County government should oversee land management, not DC bureaucrats

Queen Kaahumanu Highway widening project

By Aaron Stene - I’m deeply concerned about the actions of the National Park Service and U. S Fish and Wildlife Service. These federal agencies intend to control how much new development happens in North Kona it seems. For example, the National Park Service wants the State of Hawaii to designate the Keauhou aquifer as […]

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Hawaii County Park Workers Skip Out Early, Rip Off Taxpayers

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By Carol Christianson - The best kept secret island wide. The County of Hawaii, Parks and Recreation Department; Recreation Division pays wages to Recreation Directors who aren’t even present at their assigned parks. Few park users know that there are Recreation Directors paid to be present in their assigned parks M-TH from 12-8 and Fridays […]

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

What's The Streamlined Sales Tax Project - And Should We Jump In

Tom Yamachika, Tax Foundation of Hawaii

By Tom Yamachika- The topic of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project has come up every year for some time now, and from the discussions I see that the issues are not fully understood. The problem is this. Hawaii consumers needing a certain product can buy it in a local store, where that sale is subject […]

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Legislation Would Hurt Hawai‘i's Cultural Heritage

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Development often threatens the last remaining vestiges of our cultural heritage. Fortunately, Hawai‘i's historic preservation law protects significant cultural resources. Often times amazing archaeological sites can be found in areas of spectacular natural beauty. The walls at Lapakahi State Park allow you to imagine what old Hawai‘i must have been like. Many archaeological sites throughout […]

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

On Target Review: Burris FastFire III with AR-F3 Mount

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by Robert F. Kay The first time I saw the diminutive FastFire was in its earliest incarnation. It sat atop a 1911 wadcutter owned by the best shooter in the state. I was intrigued. He talked ecstatically about it. I had always used the classic tubular red dot scopes from Ultradot, so this was something […]

April 13th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Summertime Is Coming, and the Livin' Should Be Leisurely

Russ Gerber

By RUSS GERBER -- Maybe now is the time to start thinking, or re-thinking, leisure time. Authentic leisure is good for everyone. It's not just revitalizing; it's healthy. But to make the most of leisure it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of the term, which means not only to be free from […]

April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Obama's New Budget Will Hamper Energy Job Creation

U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 22, 2014 courtesy VOA News

By Jack Gerard - President Obama just unveiled his FY2015 budget proposal. His plan includes hefty new taxes on job creators. Much of this burden will fall on the energy industry, which has proven to be a particularly powerful engine of new employment in recent years. Indeed, the oil and natural gas sector now supports […]

April 9th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Tax Return Extensions - Not An Occasion To Punt On Working The Numbers

Tom Yamachika, Tax Foundation of Hawaii

By Tom Yamachika - Well, it’s early April, and those pesky tax filing deadlines are upon us. You’re not ready, you say? You want to file an extension now so you can file your return in October? Then there are a few things you need to know. If the reason you need or want an […]

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

U.S. Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should, Explained

Panos Prevedouros, PHD, professor of Engineering at the University of Hawaii

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD -  The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere. They are: 1. Davis-Bacon Laws: Passed in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act mandates that laborers for federal public works projects receive local prevailing wages. (+22%) 2. Project Labor Agreements: […]

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Top Apps Heal Mind and Body

Keith Wommack

By KEITH WOMMACK -- Do you want to control your own health care? If so, you’re not alone. A societal shift to a more patient-centered, empowered care is taking place. Influential game changers in this adjustment, allowing people to play a more active role in their health care, are computer tablets and smart phones, as health […]

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

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