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Will Hawaii Become the Next California?

by Pearl Hahn  Sunny climates and beautiful beaches aside, Hawaii is starting to experience some of California’s growing problems. The national spotlight on California’s deepening economic crisis continues to shine as its poverty rate rises and its finances slip down the drain. The sad thing is, many of California’s problems are

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Life and Death Medical Challenges in Maui

by Malia Zimmerman  Ellen Bellerose rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center’s emergency room at her cardiologist’s direction after she felt severe pain and pressure in her neck, chest and arms. As the pain intensified over the next two hours, she walked up to the counter three times to report difficulty breathing.

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Swiss Health Care More “Free Market” Than U.S. Health Care

by Pearl Hahn  Misconceptions concerning the United States and its supposedly broken health care system abound, especially the assertion that nations in Europe have superior health care systems because they are more socialist. As has been indicated repeatedly, government spending dominates America’s $2.5 trillion health care sector, and Medicare and Medicaid

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Why Obama’s Public Option Would Lead to No Option

by Pearl Hahn  American citizens who value choice and freedom have done it again. They rallied enough to force President Obama to back away from single-payer health care following his election. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that a public option is no longer

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Plastic Bag Ban Neither Logically Nor Environmentally Sound

by Pearl Hahn  The vote to ban plastic bags on Kauai has again been postponed. Lawmakers would be wise to use this extra time to seriously consider the ramifications of banning plastic bags. Posed with the paper-or-plastic question, many instinctively pick paper, as it is biodegradable, recyclable, and made from a

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Civil Rights Activist and Attorney Dies

Remembering kama’aina John Goemans John Goemans, a revolutionary attorney well known for his initiation of the Rice v. Cayetano case, passed away on Monday, June 15th in a California hospice. He had spent the past few years in California with his sister. Mr. Goemans was passionately involved in various civil

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Are Dog Walkers the New Criminals?

by Pearl Hahn  KITV News recently reported that dog walkers have been the target of a new city and county crackdown. Kapiolani Park, a popular recreation and gathering area for families, bikers, skaters, joggers, and the like is now a barred zone for dog walkers. Actually, dog walkers are permitted around

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Special Interests Continue Mischief in the House

by Pearl Hahn  The House Ethics Committee has been probing three members of the House; Maxine Waters (D) of California, Sam Graves (R) of Missouri, and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D) of Illinois. In the meantime,  Representative Jackson’s investigation has been deferred. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said the investigations

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Honolulu Drivers Suffer Through Worst Roads

by Pearl Hahn Last year, TRIP, a national transportation watchdog group, rated Honolulu as having the second-worst urban roads in the nation. On top of all the potholes, Honolulu residents also pay the third highest cost for extra vehicle maintenance due to poor road conditions. The price tag is $770

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Debunking More Misinformation on Health Care Reform

by Pearl Hahn In his recent Honolulu Advertiser op-ed, Maui Democratic Party chairman Lance Holter deemed President Obama’s health care reform an essential and patriotic plan. His rationale can be summed up as such: The American health care system is a mess because of too little government intervention, thus the solution is more government

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Will Hawaii Become the Next California?

by Pearl Hahn  Sunny climates and beautiful beaches aside, Hawaii is starting to experience some of California’s growing problems. The national spotlight on California’s deepening economic crisis continues to shine as its poverty rate rises and its finances slip down the drain. The sad thing is, many of California’s problems are

Read More →

Life and Death Medical Challenges in Maui

by Malia Zimmerman  Ellen Bellerose rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center’s emergency room at her cardiologist’s direction after she felt severe pain and pressure in her neck, chest and arms. As the pain intensified over the next two hours, she walked up to the counter three times to report difficulty breathing.

Read More →

Swiss Health Care More “Free Market” Than U.S. Health Care

by Pearl Hahn  Misconceptions concerning the United States and its supposedly broken health care system abound, especially the assertion that nations in Europe have superior health care systems because they are more socialist. As has been indicated repeatedly, government spending dominates America’s $2.5 trillion health care sector, and Medicare and Medicaid

Read More →

Why Obama’s Public Option Would Lead to No Option

by Pearl Hahn  American citizens who value choice and freedom have done it again. They rallied enough to force President Obama to back away from single-payer health care following his election. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that a public option is no longer

Read More →

Plastic Bag Ban Neither Logically Nor Environmentally Sound

by Pearl Hahn  The vote to ban plastic bags on Kauai has again been postponed. Lawmakers would be wise to use this extra time to seriously consider the ramifications of banning plastic bags. Posed with the paper-or-plastic question, many instinctively pick paper, as it is biodegradable, recyclable, and made from a

Read More →

Civil Rights Activist and Attorney Dies

Remembering kama’aina John Goemans John Goemans, a revolutionary attorney well known for his initiation of the Rice v. Cayetano case, passed away on Monday, June 15th in a California hospice. He had spent the past few years in California with his sister. Mr. Goemans was passionately involved in various civil

Read More →

Are Dog Walkers the New Criminals?

by Pearl Hahn  KITV News recently reported that dog walkers have been the target of a new city and county crackdown. Kapiolani Park, a popular recreation and gathering area for families, bikers, skaters, joggers, and the like is now a barred zone for dog walkers. Actually, dog walkers are permitted around

Read More →

Special Interests Continue Mischief in the House

by Pearl Hahn  The House Ethics Committee has been probing three members of the House; Maxine Waters (D) of California, Sam Graves (R) of Missouri, and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D) of Illinois. In the meantime,  Representative Jackson’s investigation has been deferred. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said the investigations

Read More →

Honolulu Drivers Suffer Through Worst Roads

by Pearl Hahn Last year, TRIP, a national transportation watchdog group, rated Honolulu as having the second-worst urban roads in the nation. On top of all the potholes, Honolulu residents also pay the third highest cost for extra vehicle maintenance due to poor road conditions. The price tag is $770

Read More →

Debunking More Misinformation on Health Care Reform

by Pearl Hahn In his recent Honolulu Advertiser op-ed, Maui Democratic Party chairman Lance Holter deemed President Obama’s health care reform an essential and patriotic plan. His rationale can be summed up as such: The American health care system is a mess because of too little government intervention, thus the solution is more government

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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