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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: Feb 26 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Much has been made of Melania Trump’s absence from the capital.

  2. | Posted: Feb 26 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad new sub-Cabinet agencies (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency), and a slew of matters on the federal policy agenda that were virtually absent in 1960 (health care insurance, primary and secondary school quality, crime, drug abuse, campaign finance, gun control, occupational safety, etc.), and with a population of 324 million, there are only about 2 million federal bureaucrats.

  3. | Posted: Feb 25 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The most striking aspect of the vast and swiftly organized movement against Donald Trump is how little it had to do with the Democratic Party. Whoever is elected to chair the Democratic National Committee this weekend should draw two conclusions from this, and they are in tension.

  4. | Posted: Feb 24 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Over the past week, we have seen two responses from the Trump administration to the spike in anti-Semitism that has accompanied Donald Trump’s rise to power.

  5. | Posted: Feb 23 2017 - 12:05am

    I’m writing this in the hope that your newspaper might revisit the issue of the deeply imperiled historic Naalehu Theater in the heart of town, to hopefully remind our apparently oblivious elected officials of its plight. The old plantation theater in nearby Pahala literally collapsed in a heap years ago, and its Naalehu sibling is headed for the same sad fate if something isn’t done soon.

  6. | Posted: Feb 23 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Some American disasters come as bolts from the blue — the stock market crash of October 1929, Pearl Harbor, the designated hitter, 9/11. Others are predictable because they arise from arithmetic that is neither hidden nor arcane. Now comes the tsunami of pension problems that will wash over many cities and states.

  7. | Posted: Feb 22 2017 - 12:05am

    This commentary is in response to the West Hawaii Today’s Feb. 16 front page headline article concerning House Bill 1586 “Lower taxes for lower income – Legislators looking to shake up tax structures; opponents say it would hurt counties,” which would completely eliminate the county’s allocation of the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) revenues. The TAT revenue is the counties’ second highest source of income after property taxes and is collected from visitors on rental car use, hotel stays and other short-term rentals.

  8. | Posted: Feb 22 2017 - 12:05am

    While I recognize that Mikie Kerr’s “Constitution Corner” is, as labeled, her opinion, I must take issue with statements she presents as fact with no supporting evidence.

  9. | Posted: Feb 21 2017 - 12:05am

    Various accounts in an article Sunday, Feb. 19 describe what happened to Japanese immigrants and their American-born children who were put into internment camps 75 years ago. This was our American government’s reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This is abhorrent but missing in the story is something even more disturbing.

  10. | Posted: Feb 21 2017 - 12:05am

    An enemy of the American people came into my office Friday night to talk about a story he was working on.

  11. | Posted: Feb 20 2017 - 12:05am

    In response to Dr. Kwiat’s letter Feb. 12,“Taxing condos not worth teachers’ wants,” I can’t help reflect on how many teachers I know whose simple wants include affordable housing, and a decent, living wage to support their families.

  12. | Posted: Feb 20 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — I configured Twitter a couple of weeks ago to get text alerts on my phone whenever President Trump tweets.

  13. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 9:33pm

    WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why today’s distemper was incubated in that “burnt and ravaged forest of a decade.”

  14. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 9:33pm

    If tourists pay a local visitor tax, shouldn’t the counties, which handles services they use like public safety, maintenance of beach parks and roads, water and wastewater, get its fair share of that revenue?

  15. | Posted: Feb 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Our First Amendment is the guardian of many great and unique things in America.