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The way it was: Mauna Kea in 1945

| | Mar 29 2017 - 12:05am | Comments

We are kamaaina, born and raised in Hilo during the 1930s and 1940s. Bill, now living in Nevada, visited me here in Kona for the Christmas holidays and we traveled back on many old, sentimental journeys. One of the special ones was about his hike to the summit of Mauna Kea in 1945.

  1. | Posted: Jul 21 2017 - 12:06am

    Depleted uranium (DU) is seen as an emerging environmental pollutant introduced primarily by military activity. The previous use of DU within Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) followed by repeated live-fire exercises, as are currently occurring, provide a serious threat to public health.

  2. | Posted: Jul 21 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — In the normal course of events, the revelation of attempted collusion with Russia to determine the outcome of a presidential election might cause an administration to overcorrect in the other direction. A president might find ways to confront the range of Russian aggression, including cyber-aggression, if only to avoid the impression of being bought and sold by a strategic rival.

  3. | Posted: Jul 20 2017 - 12:06am

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It is said that America’s armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation’s history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after Desert Storm. With an acute pilot shortage, particularly in the fighter pilot community, and with a shortfall approaching 4,000 among maintenance and staffing personnel, the service is, as Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says, “too small for what the nation expects of it.”

  4. | Posted: Jul 19 2017 - 12:06am

    After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump should consider changing his slogan from “Make America Great Again” to “Hey, We Tried.”

  5. | Posted: Jul 18 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Over the last century, there has been a characteristic American cycle of response to far-reaching social reforms.

  6. | Posted: Jul 17 2017 - 12:05am

    The County of Hawaii has revised the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) that go into effect Sept. 29. The county adopted these new maps so they can be eligible for federal disaster aid in the event of a federally declared natural disaster.

  7. | Posted: Jul 17 2017 - 12:05am

    “Elitist,” as Time magazine culture critic William A. Henry observed in his 1994 book “In Defense of Elitism,” has begun to rival if not outstrip “racist” as the “foremost catchall pejorative of our times.”

  8. | Posted: Jul 16 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone attack that killed three terrorists. The suit asked the court to declare the attacks illegal under several U.S. statutes.

  9. | Posted: Jul 15 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Given what we know about the collusion — and there is no other word for it — between then-candidate Donald Trump’s most senior advisers and what they thought was a Kremlin-tied lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, the most shocking thing is that no one on the Trump side was shocked. The most offensive thing is that no one took offense. Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager treated the offer of aid by a hostile, foreign power to tilt an election as just another day at the office. “I think many people would have held that meeting,” affirmed the president. It is the banality of this corruption that makes it so appalling. The president and his men are incapable of feeling shame about shameful things.

  10. | Posted: Jul 15 2017 - 12:06am

    Our Department of Land and Natural Resources slapped trespass citations on 49 adults who were enjoying a forest reserve in Waimea Saturday. I didn’t think it was even possible to trespass on public land. Public land is just that, public. It belongs to all of us. What compelling reason does our government have to stop these hikers?

  11. | Posted: Jul 13 2017 - 12:06am

    WASHINGTON — Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future. Such dyspepsia is encouraged by watching Republicans struggle to move on from the dog’s breakfast they have made of health care reform to the mare’s nest of tax reform. Concerning which, House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose preternatural optimism makes Candide seem morose, says: “If we’re going to truly fix our tax code, then we’ve got to fix all of it.” Trying to fix “all of” immigration in 2013 and health care in 2010 with “comprehensive” legislation left almost everyone irritable. Perhaps the third time is the charm. Sen. Ron Wyden is skeptical about fixing much this year, even given Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to limit the August recess.

  12. Posted: Jul 13 2017 - 12:06am

    This week I have decided to offer an advice column. I call it Denny’s Mailbox.

  13. | Posted: Jul 12 2017 - 12:05am

    West Hawaii’s water well pump’s have been failing at an abnormally high rate, which has raised concerns of over pumping by the local golf course that has six wells tapped into the same aquifer.

  14. | Posted: Jul 12 2017 - 12:05am

    When I was a child, the Kealakekua Public Library was overseen by a well-meaning but rather stern librarian, Mrs. Cushingham, who held keys that unlocked doors of wonder.

  15. | Posted: Jul 11 2017 - 12:05am

    Al Franken in his latest book addresses the false claim that the United States already has the best health care system in the world. Yes, he acknowledges, if you’re just talking about Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, it might have a ring of truth, but a few world-class hospitals and clinics don’t make a national health care system.