Is life like football or is football like life? Let’s see: one involves unnecessary roughness, revolves around money and encourages gambling and excessive drinking—and the other is played on Sunday. Another similarity between life and America’s real pastime (sorry baseball, ratings don’t lie): each is conveniently divided into four quarters. So let’s flip the coin […]
We’ve had a Republican Governor for the last eight years, so it’s easy, and understandable, for outsiders to conclude that the party has some clout. It doesn’t. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fragmented, marginalized and impotent group. November 2 was a good day for Republicans nationwide, but the conservative wave fizzled […]
The Kids Are All Left… Last week, Gov. Lingle visited Oahu’s Aikahi Elementary and encouraged students to participate in the statewide Kids Voting Hawai‘i program. It was an especially magnanimous move, considering that in 2008 Hawaii’s students “elected” Democrats across the board, including current gubernatorial hopeful Neil Abercrombie (to his old Congressional seat) in a […]
The Akaka Bill—also known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act—has endured a number of setbacks and false starts since it was first introduced 10 years ago. But it’s actually close to becoming law—perhaps closer than ever. In February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed it. Five months later, Senators Akaka and Inouye agreed to […]
Gov. Linda Lingle What is there to say about Gov. Linda Lingle that hasn’t already been said (much of it in these pages)? From the Superferry boondoggle to the Furlough Friday dustup to her recent veto of civil union bill HB444, she has been consistently—and often woefully—out of tune with the best interests of Hawaii. […]
Searching for Gov. Linda Lingle on Facebook, I discovered three competing anti-Lingle groups (none pro): Impeach Linda Lingle!!! (31 members); Impeach Linda Lingle (less exclamation points and less members–10); and Anti-Linda Lingle Group (84 members). It looks like there’s some membership crossover, but may I make a humble suggestion? Get together, folks. Strength in numbers!
Pissed off parents converged in Wailuku yesterday to protest “furlough Fridays” (which is nearing catch-phrase status, by the way). The Maui News estimated there were about 60 people in attendance, a decent turnout for a Wednesday morning. People’s anger is clearly building on this issue, and state officials are going to start to feel the […]
SCARIEST PUBLIC FIGURE Gov. Linda Lingle That Gov. Lingle (a former Maui County Councilmember and Mayor) is a frequent target of criticism in these pages is no secret. She just gives so much ammo: from the Superferry to work furloughs, Lingle is nothing if not a magnet for controversy. Clearly she has her supporters, but […]