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Remembering Cliff Kopp

| | Oct 19 2016 - 12:05am | Comments

Cliff loved puzzles and was a puzzle himself. He was challenging; running you through a series of innocuous questions inevitably leading to a conclusion he hand-picked for you. Cliff had many confusing personas; the unassailable hero dentist, the community builder, the mischief-prone Rotarian, and the relentless, obnoxious contrarian. He remarked that his favorite compliment came from Mayor Billy Kenoi as Cliff walked in, “you see that guy,” said Billy, “he’s a son of a bitch but he gets things done.” Cliff highly valued both descriptions. Nevertheless, Cliff was truly pleasurable company.

  1. | Posted: Mar 24 2017 - 12:05am

    I am a member of the (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team here in Ocean View, and a ham radio operator. Being part of CERT we work closely with other agencies such as the volunteer fire department, Red Cross, Hawaii County Civil Defense, and the National Weather Service.

  2. | Posted: Mar 24 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”

  3. | Posted: Mar 23 2017 - 12:05am

    Thomas Reuter conquered the tallest mountain in the world barefoot, there’s your hero. From the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the highest and he did it.

  4. | Posted: Mar 22 2017 - 12:05am

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — I discovered Jimmy Breslin’s writing somewhere in the Indian Ocean, and met him years later in the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

  5. | Posted: Mar 21 2017 - 12:05am

    We entered a new phase as a species when Chinese scientists altered a human embryo to remove a potentially fatal blood disorder — not only from the baby, but all of its descendants. Researchers call this process “germline modification.” The media likes the phrase “designer babies.” But we should call it what it is, “eugenics.” And we, the human race, need to decide whether or not we want to use it.

  6. | Posted: Mar 20 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions:

  7. | Posted: Mar 20 2017 - 12:05am

    For crying out loud, Mr. President, it’s time to turn over your tax returns.

  8. | Posted: Mar 19 2017 - 12:05am

    Mahalo for publishing George F. Will’s column regularly. Though I often don’t agree with him, I always admire his intelligence and superior writing. When I approach one of his op-ed pieces, it is with the same kind of anxious anticipation that I felt in grade school while lining up to be seen by the school nurse. She was either going to give us a shot, which hurt, or a dose of nasty medicine, which was hard to swallow. But all of us knew it was for our own good, and we would be better off for having gone through with it.

  9. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 5:46pm

    WASHINGTON — Stupid is as stupid does.

  10. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    This is a letter sent to Councilman Dru Kanuha’s administrative assistant. I believe that if enough people of Hawaii County speak out, we can find a pollution solution to an ongoing problem littering our community:

  11. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Conservatives across the United States pinned a target on the back of Planned Parenthood long before a doctored videotape circulated in 2015 purporting to show the organization’s abortion providers talking about harvesting fetal tissue for research.

  12. | Posted: Mar 17 2017 - 12:05am

    One could say the American Revolution was all about the right to private property. The cry of taxation without representation the colonists saw as the unjust taking of private property. Private property is not just someone’s possessions, but the fruits of their labor. Half of the 10 acts of abuse by the King of England in the Declaration of Independence were offenses against private property.

  13. | Posted: Mar 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Living in Hawaii, driving to work, roads are in terrible condition all over all the islands. Random homeless encampments, with all their associated trash scattered on the side of the roads. Not enough police. Not enough lifeguards. Not enough state money to pay our current pension obligations. Not enough drug rehabilitation centers. Not enough elder care. Not enough affordable housing. Not enough jails. Three billion dollars overrun on Honolulu rail project. Poor state property and other asset management. The list goes on and on.

  14. | Posted: Mar 16 2017 - 12:05am

    My name is Kami Carter and I am deeply concerned with the seemingly never ending and blatant over-spraying of Roundup on our town’s parks, roadsides, neighborhoods and schools. The tell-tale sign is the bright yellow to dark brown dead vegetation line both sides of the highways from Kona to Waimea on to Hilo and Pahoa areas and Volcano. Our roadsides have been saturated completely and totally from top to bottom, sometimes up 15 feet on the hillsides. The spray is never-ending.

  15. | Posted: Mar 16 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight.