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President’s Corner

Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

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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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Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Housing is one of those issues we have long talked about in Hawaii, and after decades of debate, it seems there are now a few important points about housing that most of us agree on: >> There’s not enough of it. >> Zoning laws and regulations can stifle more of

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The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty

As Hawaii’s coronavirus predicament drags on, the real enemy of aloha has become uncertainty. It is at the root of our economic woes, policy disagreements and growing cultural divides. Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions

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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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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

Read More →

Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

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 →

Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Housing is one of those issues we have long talked about in Hawaii, and after decades of debate, it seems there are now a few important points about housing that most of us agree on: >> There’s not enough of it. >> Zoning laws and regulations can stifle more of

Read More →

The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty

As Hawaii’s coronavirus predicament drags on, the real enemy of aloha has become uncertainty. It is at the root of our economic woes, policy disagreements and growing cultural divides. Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions

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 →

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 →

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 →