Friday, May 27, 2022
Several times in this space, we have discussed the Governor’s emergency powers.  Our laws (chapter 127A, HRS) give the Governor broad powers to deal with emergencies.  One of those powers is to:  “Suspend any law that impedes or tends to impede or be detrimental...
This week we continue our series on the recommendations made by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission. “Hawai‘i taxation of retirement income is neither fair nor equitable,” they say.  “The exemption of large portions of retirement income impairs tax adequacy.”  Their recommendations:  “Tax pension and...
Editor's Note: Dr. Greg Yuen is local-born psychiatrist in private practice for over 40 years.  He has also, for as many years, taught free taichi classes in both Honolulu and Kailua.  When he was twelve, the death of his grandmother launched him on a...
For Those Who Thought They Knew What a Woman Is It’s more than Supreme Court Nominees, like Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, who do not know what a woman is. Judge Jackson’s response to Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s question to define a “woman”, asked during Judge...
Every year, our Department of Taxation submits bills to the Legislature for their consideration.  Those bills are included in the Governor’s Package.  Under our laws (section 231-3(7), HRS), the Department is supposed to recommend “any amendments, changes, or modifications of the laws as may seem proper or...
In an exhibition of a disturbing level of confusion and incoordination – and widely divergent determinations, two of the chief authorities on the security of our nation in combatting Islamofascist terrorism took diametrically opposed positions on the matter. On the 20th anniversary of the...
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...
President Barack Obama regularly referred to his home state of Hawaii as a big, harmonious community, where he was born and spent his boyhood and adolescence. In fact, his Hawaiian background is, in many ways, a key to understanding who he really is. There...
BY ZOGBY INTERNATIONAL- For a sizeable number of U.S. adults, ghosts are more than just pranksters in costume for Halloween. A Zogby Interactive poll found that 37% say they believe in human or animal ghosts, 23% believe they have been visited by a dead relative or friend, and 20% say...
I recently had a chance to connect with my old friend Roberta Davis, who has spent the last two years at her B&B-style property called Makaira on the Garden Island of Taveuni. Located in the north of the Fiji Archipelago, it's far from civilization and remains...