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Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto Woes

by Pearl Hahn A cause that is especially dear to me is transparency. That is why I find myself irritated when I see the Department of Education (DOE) get away with shenanigans like this. Today, headlines are focusing on the state school board approving $227 million in cuts, including salaries.

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Amazon Bids Hawaii Farewell

by Pearl Hahn Starving for funds, Hawaii’s lawmakers sought to tax anything they considered taxable, from cigarettes to the Internet. The Wall Street Journal took note that Amazon was cutting ties to its affiliates in our state. Amazon’s spokeswoman, Patty Smith, said the company believes such legislation is unconstitutional. Earlier

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The Real Story Behind Wind, Solar Energy

by Pearl Hahn Remember how anthropogenic global warming advocates had to switch their terminology to climate change? I also have to remind myself to stop using the term “renewable energy” for wind, solar, and other alternatives to fossil fuels. This Mises piece likens energy to a river, existing as flows

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Lessons from New Zealand and Chile

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s economy- and that of the United States- should take cues from bold moves made by two countries on opposite sides of the world, Chile and New Zealand. It seems like US leaders are intentionally steering away from capitalism towards socialism. For years, we’ve been watching as

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Recession Hitting Teenagers

by Pearl Hahn Do you recall teenage summers of flipping burgers, lifeguarding at the community pool, or scooping ice cream? During my summers in high school, I did various stints from stamping envelopes at a veterans hospital (unpaid) to performing skits as a camp counselor (paid… barely). Thanks to a

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Spain’s Green Jobs: The Opposite of a Boon

by Pearl Hahn Obama’s Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, is currently endeavoring to develop green jobs under the belief that such an initiative will alleviate rising unemployment and the recession. Chu, a Nobel-prize-winning physicist, has been adamantabout his wish to fight global warming and advocates spending billions on alternative energy research

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Government Paychecks: Bush vs. Obama

by Pearl Hahn Many members of the public would agree that paychecks of elected officials and all public servants (otherwise known as government workers, whether at the city, state, or federal level) should be kept low to ensure that people who enter the public sector are truly motivated by a

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Inouye Gets Bailout Funds For His Troubled Bank

by Pearl Hahn It turns out Central Pacific Financial, which was not originally slated to receive any bailout funds, is now standing to receive $135 million from the Treasury. Senator Inouye reported ownership of shares worth $350,000 to $700,000 at the end of 2007. According to the Washington Post article

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Shrinking Funds Force More Questions?

by Pearl Hahn The most widely read papers in Hawaii, The Advertiser and Star Bulletin, have done more investigative stories recently on waste and questionable expenditures within the state government, especially the Department of Education. Here’s one about public school contracts: “School Contracts Under Scrutiny”. Here’s another one covering expensive

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Doesn’t the HSTA Represent Teachers?

Recently the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Smart Business Hawaii held the 2009 DOE Trim the Fat contest. The goal was to encourage the citizens of Hawaii to identify innovative ways of cutting DOE costs without resorting to employee furloughs or layoffs. To get the word out, I hoped to

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Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto Woes

by Pearl Hahn A cause that is especially dear to me is transparency. That is why I find myself irritated when I see the Department of Education (DOE) get away with shenanigans like this. Today, headlines are focusing on the state school board approving $227 million in cuts, including salaries.

Read More →

Amazon Bids Hawaii Farewell

by Pearl Hahn Starving for funds, Hawaii’s lawmakers sought to tax anything they considered taxable, from cigarettes to the Internet. The Wall Street Journal took note that Amazon was cutting ties to its affiliates in our state. Amazon’s spokeswoman, Patty Smith, said the company believes such legislation is unconstitutional. Earlier

Read More →

The Real Story Behind Wind, Solar Energy

by Pearl Hahn Remember how anthropogenic global warming advocates had to switch their terminology to climate change? I also have to remind myself to stop using the term “renewable energy” for wind, solar, and other alternatives to fossil fuels. This Mises piece likens energy to a river, existing as flows

Read More →

Lessons from New Zealand and Chile

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s economy- and that of the United States- should take cues from bold moves made by two countries on opposite sides of the world, Chile and New Zealand. It seems like US leaders are intentionally steering away from capitalism towards socialism. For years, we’ve been watching as

Read More →

Recession Hitting Teenagers

by Pearl Hahn Do you recall teenage summers of flipping burgers, lifeguarding at the community pool, or scooping ice cream? During my summers in high school, I did various stints from stamping envelopes at a veterans hospital (unpaid) to performing skits as a camp counselor (paid… barely). Thanks to a

Read More →

Spain’s Green Jobs: The Opposite of a Boon

by Pearl Hahn Obama’s Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, is currently endeavoring to develop green jobs under the belief that such an initiative will alleviate rising unemployment and the recession. Chu, a Nobel-prize-winning physicist, has been adamantabout his wish to fight global warming and advocates spending billions on alternative energy research

Read More →

Government Paychecks: Bush vs. Obama

by Pearl Hahn Many members of the public would agree that paychecks of elected officials and all public servants (otherwise known as government workers, whether at the city, state, or federal level) should be kept low to ensure that people who enter the public sector are truly motivated by a

Read More →

Inouye Gets Bailout Funds For His Troubled Bank

by Pearl Hahn It turns out Central Pacific Financial, which was not originally slated to receive any bailout funds, is now standing to receive $135 million from the Treasury. Senator Inouye reported ownership of shares worth $350,000 to $700,000 at the end of 2007. According to the Washington Post article

Read More →

Shrinking Funds Force More Questions?

by Pearl Hahn The most widely read papers in Hawaii, The Advertiser and Star Bulletin, have done more investigative stories recently on waste and questionable expenditures within the state government, especially the Department of Education. Here’s one about public school contracts: “School Contracts Under Scrutiny”. Here’s another one covering expensive

Read More →

Doesn’t the HSTA Represent Teachers?

Recently the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Smart Business Hawaii held the 2009 DOE Trim the Fat contest. The goal was to encourage the citizens of Hawaii to identify innovative ways of cutting DOE costs without resorting to employee furloughs or layoffs. To get the word out, I hoped to

Read More →