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Superintendent Hamamoto Taking Chancellor Rhee’s Lead?

by Pearl Hahn In June 2007, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty surprised the nation when he selected Michelle Rhee, seen as an unlikely choice, as chancellor of the capitol’s public schools. In doing so, he sent a signal that it would not be business as usual in the district. Problems plaguing

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Government Waste Not Just On Oahu

by Pearl Hahn Who can forget the time Kauai residents joined together to complete a $4 million road repair, which was estimated to take two years, in only eight days and for free? While providing an uplifting lesson about what is humanly possible, the story also paints a grim picture

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Before You Move to France, or Even Cuba

by Pearl Hahn   Yes, it’s true that the United States is one of the few industrialized nations in the world that does not have some form of nationalized health care.  Thank your lucky stars. If you move to France, you would be moving to a country whose health care

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Townhall Turnout Shows Debate Isn’t Over

by Pearl Hahn On Tuesday night, over two hundred people gathered at McKinley High School for Charles Djou’s health care forum. I was granted the opportunity to speak about Hawaii’s failed experience with employer mandated insurance. Dr. Linda Rasmussen imparted key information about the need for tort reform while Bruce

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Townhall Meeting on Health Care Tonight

by Pearl Hahn At this time, no town halls discussing health care reform are planned in August by Hawaii’s congressional delegation. Considering how town hall meetings on this vital topic have been hosted by representatives across the country, this is a shame and an affront to Hawaii citizens. Fortunately, Councilman

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Higher Taxes Hurting Hawaii

by Pearl Hahn It has not been an easy year. Everyone has been touched in some way by the economic recession, but everyone also disagreed on how it would be best addressed. State workers battled Governor Lingle over furloughs, and labor unions wrangled over pay cuts. In an effort to

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Accountability Needed to Keep Hawaii Beaches Clean

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s beach water quality was recently ranked sixth in the nation by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The few states that topped Hawaii included Delaware, Virginia, and New Hampshire. The waters of Hawaii attract over seven million visitors annually and provide year-round recreation for residents. Keeping them

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DOE’s Student Achievement Update

by Pearl Hahn The Department of Education (DOE)’s July 16 newsletter announces  the news of student achievement, claiming that proficiency scores “continue to improve” and that students are making steady gains in reading and math. “The progress made by our schools is evidence that student achievement is improving,” Superintendent Patricia

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Superintendent Hamamoto Taking Chancellor Rhee’s Lead?

by Pearl Hahn In June 2007, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty surprised the nation when he selected Michelle Rhee, seen as an unlikely choice, as chancellor of the capitol’s public schools. In doing so, he sent a signal that it would not be business as usual in the district. Problems plaguing

Read More →

Government Waste Not Just On Oahu

by Pearl Hahn Who can forget the time Kauai residents joined together to complete a $4 million road repair, which was estimated to take two years, in only eight days and for free? While providing an uplifting lesson about what is humanly possible, the story also paints a grim picture

Read More →

Before You Move to France, or Even Cuba

by Pearl Hahn   Yes, it’s true that the United States is one of the few industrialized nations in the world that does not have some form of nationalized health care.  Thank your lucky stars. If you move to France, you would be moving to a country whose health care

Read More →

Townhall Turnout Shows Debate Isn’t Over

by Pearl Hahn On Tuesday night, over two hundred people gathered at McKinley High School for Charles Djou’s health care forum. I was granted the opportunity to speak about Hawaii’s failed experience with employer mandated insurance. Dr. Linda Rasmussen imparted key information about the need for tort reform while Bruce

Read More →

Townhall Meeting on Health Care Tonight

by Pearl Hahn At this time, no town halls discussing health care reform are planned in August by Hawaii’s congressional delegation. Considering how town hall meetings on this vital topic have been hosted by representatives across the country, this is a shame and an affront to Hawaii citizens. Fortunately, Councilman

Read More →

Higher Taxes Hurting Hawaii

by Pearl Hahn It has not been an easy year. Everyone has been touched in some way by the economic recession, but everyone also disagreed on how it would be best addressed. State workers battled Governor Lingle over furloughs, and labor unions wrangled over pay cuts. In an effort to

Read More →

Accountability Needed to Keep Hawaii Beaches Clean

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s beach water quality was recently ranked sixth in the nation by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The few states that topped Hawaii included Delaware, Virginia, and New Hampshire. The waters of Hawaii attract over seven million visitors annually and provide year-round recreation for residents. Keeping them

Read More →

DOE’s Student Achievement Update

by Pearl Hahn The Department of Education (DOE)’s July 16 newsletter announces  the news of student achievement, claiming that proficiency scores “continue to improve” and that students are making steady gains in reading and math. “The progress made by our schools is evidence that student achievement is improving,” Superintendent Patricia

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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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