Monday, January 17, 2022
This is the second part of a two-part inteview I did with Julie Christensen. As alluded to in the first part of this conversation, I met Julie Christensen while working on a family history project. Julie’s mom went to high school with my late...
Mike Loftin is the co-founder of 808 Cleanups a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit organization committed to restoring Hawaiʻi’s natural beauty. According to Mike, that entails, cleaning up “everywhere, literally” --hiking trails, roadsides, parks, beaches, parking lots, underwater, litter removal, graffiti removal, illegal dumping removal and invasive plant removal....
On October 13th, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii published the result of a poll of about 1,000 Hawaii residents.  They found, not surprisingly, that people don’t like our high state taxes: Maybe I’m too cynical after being at the...
Author's Note: I met Julie Christensen while doing research on a family history project. (We didn’t know each other before that). Julie’s mom went to high school with my late father’s best friend, Hank Carbonell.  My father, an introvert, didn’t...
In recent weeks, it’s been no secret that the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has had some concerns about their working conditions. Schools are about to start up again with in-person instruction. Teachers are then supposed to be teaching a bunch of random kids, few of whom may be vaccinated because vaccines only recently have been approved for early teenagers and still aren’t approved for kids under 12.
If at first you don’t succeed because of the rules, do you redouble your efforts to meet the rules?  Or do you change the rules so you can meet them? HART, the Honolulu transportation agency, has just done the latter. In...
Prosecutors in Illinois have reportedly chosen not to charge five gang-related suspects in a deadly shootout that unfolded in Chicago, despite police wanting to charge all five with murder and aggravated battery.  The Friday shootout was sparked by an internal dispute between two factions...
What do you think of when you hear the name “Nebraska”? Steaks? Corn? Warren Buffett? As it turns out, they have a few things in common with us. They pride themselves on their quality of life (but for different reasons than us), and they are facing a population decline just like we are.
The Biden Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), wants to reinstate an Obama-era regulation that allowed labor unions to skim an estimated $1 billion from Medicaid payments to home healthcare providers. The proposal “will place a federal stamp of approval on abusive state...
Occasionally, all of us wonder what it’s like to be rich and famous, or at least act like it.  “Those people,” you might think, “have at their disposal so many ways to flummox the tax authorities if they want to.  Panamanian bearer shares corporations.  Dutch sandwiches.  Entities...