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COVID-19 meets its match: UH football

University of Hawaii photo If there is one thing more powerful than COVID-19, apparently it’s a winning football team. Just a day after Gov. David Ige extended his coronavirus state of emergency for two more months, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team played an exciting nationally televised home

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Toilet paper shortage? Government interference strikes again

If you’ve found yourself at the store lately trying to grab the last of the toilet paper before the supply runs out, you’ve probably wondered how we could be in this situation again. In some ways, this crisis reminds me of Hawaii’s shortage of healthcare capacity, in which government policy

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Yes, we have a crisis — of aloha and governance

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. _____________ In some ways, the public health threat posed by the coronavirus is not our only worry. Just as important is whether our government has crossed a line that we can’t come

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Jones Act apologists build straw man around China threat

Apologists for the Jones Act would like you to believe that the protectionist federal maritime law is the only thing stopping China from taking over American shipping. The truth is that China loves the Jones Act. In fact, the Jones Act — which requires goods carried between U.S. ports to be on ships that

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What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

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What happened to our state’s balance of powers?

When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers.  We are rapidly approaching the point where Hawaii residents will be divided into “cans” and “cannots,”

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COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

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‘Jenga’ budgeting is no game

Last week, I accidentally demolished the state budget. What’s more, I was helped by Maui residents who attended the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s recent event in Wailuku concerning “The real state of Hawaii’s finances.” The guest speaker for the event was Sheila Weinberg of Truth in Accounting, an organization dedicated

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One step forward, two steps back

Hawaii leaders should take notice: Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders. The opaque nature of the tier system and emergency orders raises an important question: Has the lack of real discussion over the

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Isle residents need relief from Jones Act burden

The following commentary appeared in The Garden Island on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
 ___________ Visitors to Hawai‘i probably experience sticker shock when shopping at our local grocery stores. But Hawai‘i residents are shocked by those prices every day, and for that they can partly blame the 101-year-old Jones Act. The

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COVID-19 meets its match: UH football

University of Hawaii photo If there is one thing more powerful than COVID-19, apparently it’s a winning football team. Just a day after Gov. David Ige extended his coronavirus state of emergency for two more months, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team played an exciting nationally televised home

Read More →

Toilet paper shortage? Government interference strikes again

If you’ve found yourself at the store lately trying to grab the last of the toilet paper before the supply runs out, you’ve probably wondered how we could be in this situation again. In some ways, this crisis reminds me of Hawaii’s shortage of healthcare capacity, in which government policy

Read More →

Yes, we have a crisis — of aloha and governance

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. _____________ In some ways, the public health threat posed by the coronavirus is not our only worry. Just as important is whether our government has crossed a line that we can’t come

Read More →

Jones Act apologists build straw man around China threat

Apologists for the Jones Act would like you to believe that the protectionist federal maritime law is the only thing stopping China from taking over American shipping. The truth is that China loves the Jones Act. In fact, the Jones Act — which requires goods carried between U.S. ports to be on ships that

Read More →

What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

Read More →

What happened to our state’s balance of powers?

When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers.  We are rapidly approaching the point where Hawaii residents will be divided into “cans” and “cannots,”

Read More →

COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

Read More →

‘Jenga’ budgeting is no game

Last week, I accidentally demolished the state budget. What’s more, I was helped by Maui residents who attended the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s recent event in Wailuku concerning “The real state of Hawaii’s finances.” The guest speaker for the event was Sheila Weinberg of Truth in Accounting, an organization dedicated

Read More →

One step forward, two steps back

Hawaii leaders should take notice: Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders. The opaque nature of the tier system and emergency orders raises an important question: Has the lack of real discussion over the

Read More →

Isle residents need relief from Jones Act burden

The following commentary appeared in The Garden Island on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
 ___________ Visitors to Hawai‘i probably experience sticker shock when shopping at our local grocery stores. But Hawai‘i residents are shocked by those prices every day, and for that they can partly blame the 101-year-old Jones Act. The

Read More →