Monday, June 27, 2022
A friend and I were recently discussing the prevailing state of affairsdominating world news and the human outlook. After we got past Covidand the raging war in Europe, we couldn’t avoid the recently releasedUnited Nations report on climate change. IPCC: “Window to avert catastrophic...
By Keli'i Akina Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions:>> Who are we trying to help?>> Who would actually be affected?>> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families?Clearly,...
It has just been revealed by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) that Hawaii’s wild food resources, including sheep, goats, and pigs, are deliberately and inhumanely being denied water, causing untold suffering, disease, and death, made worse by current drought conditions in many parts...
This week again, we spotlight some legislation that has the potential to change our tax system in very bold ways. Our focus is on  Senate Bill 3201, which fundamentally changes how the general excise tax (GET) applies to nonprofits. Under federal...
The measure seeks relief from the law for oil imports from U.S. sources, because otherwise they are too expensive, which is why Hawaii is so dependent on foreign oil in the first place HONOLULU, April 1, 2022 >> The Maui County Council unanimously approved today a resolution...
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina We are finally breathing a little more freely.  As of Saturday, March 26, 2022, Hawaii’s mask mandate was officially lifted, two years after Gov. David Ige first declared a COVID-19...
Sydney Ross Singer, Medical Anthropologist Soma Grismaijer, Medical Anthropologist Ken L. Smith, Breast Health Facilitator March 31, 2022 Of all the body parts, the breasts would probably have the most to say, if they only...
Our latest tale of legislative drama starts from diapers. Literally. House Bill 2414 in this year’s legislative session proposes to enact a general excise exemption for diapers. The bill recites that diapers are a large expense for Hawaii...
A few years ago, in 2017 to be exact, our lawmakers enacted an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which then was touted as a truly wonderful way to deliver tax relief to working families. If it is properly claimed, that is.
By Keli'i Akina When you’re a hammer, the saying goes, everything looks like a nail. And when you’re a fan of big government, regulation is the go-to solution to every problem.  That may be why so many of our policymakers try...