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Accountability

Grassroot Institute founder was right about big government

The following article was originally published in Honolulu Civil Beat on Sept. 22, 2021. ___________ The late Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, famously remarked, “The bigger government gets, the smaller you get.” “Big government,” of course, is a euphemism for extensive economic interventionism and authoritarianism,

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‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

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COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to the measures still in place to address COVID-19, our leaders are oddly reluctant to engage in any discussion of the costs. People tend to have a visceral dislike of putting a dollar value on things like health and safety. I  understand. It

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Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’

Photo by Charley Myers It was a great victory for government accountability when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a long-standing but deceptive legislative practice “Gut and replace” is finally dead. For years, Hawaii’s government watchdog groups have protested the Legislature’s use of a procedural loophole that allowed them

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There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure

Over the past year, I have often expressed concern about the possibility that “temporary” measures taken in response to the COVID-19 emergency would become permanent. That’s a serious problem when it comes to civil liberties. But we also need to consider the ramifications for the state’s fiscal decision-making. Just like the

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Constant moving of goal posts breaks public trust

This commentary was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter.  __________ When COVID-19 began wreaking havoc on the planet early last year, the popular slogan was “We’re all in this together.”  Now, after 18 months of being under a so-called state of

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PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

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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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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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Grassroot Institute founder was right about big government

The following article was originally published in Honolulu Civil Beat on Sept. 22, 2021. ___________ The late Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, famously remarked, “The bigger government gets, the smaller you get.” “Big government,” of course, is a euphemism for extensive economic interventionism and authoritarianism,

Read More →

‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

Read More →

COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to the measures still in place to address COVID-19, our leaders are oddly reluctant to engage in any discussion of the costs. People tend to have a visceral dislike of putting a dollar value on things like health and safety. I  understand. It

Read More →

Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’

Photo by Charley Myers It was a great victory for government accountability when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a long-standing but deceptive legislative practice “Gut and replace” is finally dead. For years, Hawaii’s government watchdog groups have protested the Legislature’s use of a procedural loophole that allowed them

Read More →

There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure

Over the past year, I have often expressed concern about the possibility that “temporary” measures taken in response to the COVID-19 emergency would become permanent. That’s a serious problem when it comes to civil liberties. But we also need to consider the ramifications for the state’s fiscal decision-making. Just like the

Read More →

Constant moving of goal posts breaks public trust

This commentary was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter.  __________ When COVID-19 began wreaking havoc on the planet early last year, the popular slogan was “We’re all in this together.”  Now, after 18 months of being under a so-called state of

Read More →

PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

Read More →

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 →

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 →