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Bad timing on Cuba

December 21, 2014 The announcement last week by the Obama administration that it will establish full diplomatic ties with Cuba displayed an incredibly bad sense of timing. more »»

 
 
 
Remembering an old friend

December 20, 2014 “Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over “But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning . . . more »»

Birth of a princess noted

December 19, 2014 Dec. 19, 1831, a daughter was born to Ke Ali‘i Abner Paki and Laura Konia in Honolulu. more »»

Nice guys can finish first

December 18, 2014 Newly crowned Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota is a great example of what a football hero should be. more »»

Anniversary of hero’s death

December 17, 2014 Today marks the second anniversary of the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye. As we wrote last year, Inouye’s death marked the closing of the most important chapter of Hawaii’s life as a state to date. more »»

The Festival of Lights

December 16, 2014 Tonight at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah. The first flame of the menorah will be lit and the eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins. more »»

Afraid of optimism

December 15, 2014 How important is optimism to the country’s economy? The obvious answer is that citizens who are worried about their economic future are not going to invest nor purchase very many consumer good. more »»

Happy ending holiday story

December 14, 2014 The survival at sea story of fisherman Ron Ingraham is a mixture of holiday miracle, doggedness and creative ingenuity. Ingram was rescued last Tuesday after being lost for 12 harrowing days. more »»

Sheetless in Wailuku

December 13, 2014 The Wall Street Journal had an interesting story a while back about how some companies increase their profits without seemingly increasing prices. more »»

The troubling Senate report

December 12, 2014 The recently released Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s “enhanced interrogation methods” in the years after 9/11 raises an interesting dilemma for current operatives: What if a... more »»

Push still on for drones

December 11, 2014 On the same page as a story on Amazon pushing the government to allow it to begin testing package delivery by drones, The Wall Street Journal featured an article on “flyaways” — drones that suddenly... more »»

Private systems are still needed

December 10, 2014 The news that Hawaiian Electric Co. and its offshoots Maui Electric Co. and Hawaii Electric Light Co. are being sold to NextEra Energy of Florida caught us off-guar. more »»

An extremely weak sentence

December 9, 2014 We’re not sure we understand how our justice system determines the severity of crimes and the ensuing sentences. For example, a man who threatened to behead Rep. more »»

Giving a special joy

December 8, 2014 The joy of Christmas is in giving. Selecting just the right gift for a loved one and seeing it bring cheer is a special delight this time of year. more »»

Remember our heroes

December 7, 2014 Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The other night we watched as four survivors of the sinking of the USS Arizona returned to the scene of that tragedy. more »»

Bad choice for a career

December 6, 2014 There are some really bad jobs in the world. Low pay, lousy hours, shouting bosses. But we read this week about a guy who must have the worst job in the world. He gets eaten alive by snakes. more »»

Hawaii is better run

December 5, 2014 Hawaii is moving up in the ranks of the best-run states in America, according to analysts at 24/7 Wall Street (247wallst.com). Each year the site ranks the management of U.S. states from 1 to 50. more »»

Price is up, space is down

December 4, 2014 Don’t think that just because fuel prices are plummeting that interisland airfares are going to drop. They are not. more »»

Quiet and competent

December 3, 2014 Some of our leaders in public life simply drip political ambition. When one encounters such a person it seems that his/her ego fills the whole room. more »»

Jump-start to the season

December 2, 2014 It is too early to know how well local merchants did on Black Friday this year, but certainly driving around stores in Central Maui showed packed parking lot. more »»

The search for leaders

December 1, 2014 There are not many times we feel sorry for the young. Yet, this week as we approach the 73nd anniversary of the “date that will live in infamy” — the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. more »»

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Restating the Obvious

What I DON'T want for Christmas

December 21, 2014 I mean, besides Bill O'Reilly's seasonal attack of the vapors. I don't want beer-favored soda pop. more »

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