Today President Barack Obama made the first-ever presidential visit to Hiroshima, site of the first use of nuclear weapons in warfare. That Obama was the first president to ever visit the city–where a single American bomb killed about a hundred thousand people–betrays a great deal about how we still can't cope with the fact that the U.S. is the only nation in history to ever … [Read more...] about President Obama goes to Hiroshima, Maui gets millions in defense funding
What a time to be a Republican in the United States. It’s the first open election since 2008, general voting doesn’t take place for 10 months and the party’s nomination process has already become a reality TV circus in which the star attraction is a world-famous billionaire who decided to run on a platform that could have been written by Benito Mussolini. Not that the other … [Read more...] about Are we ready for the Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus?
If young people still read newspapers, they might be insulted by today's staff editorial in The Maui News (click here for the editorial, but a subscription is required to read it). "There are not many times we feel sorry for the young," the editorial, titled "The search for leaders," begins. After a lazy start slobbering over the virtues of the "Greatest Generation" and how … [Read more...] about Maui News Editorial Condemns Youth, Says Future Leaders ‘In Hiding’
As you can see from the above photo, which was taken at Hickam Field (now known as Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam) on Oahu in 1940, the U.S. military has maintained a large presence in Hawaii for a long time. In fact, since the U.S. annexed the islands in 1898 (the U.S. Navy's wanted Pearl Harbor for a coaling base). It's funny, really: the U.S. military began its time in … [Read more...] about HPR Worried About Future Of Hawaii’s Addiction To Military Spending