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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: Jan 24 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Within 48 hours, we learned that Donald John Trump intends to govern as the same fiercely angry man who shook the country in 2016. He confirmed that his administration intends to show no regard for norms — or facts.

  2. | Posted: Jan 23 2017 - 12:44am

    It began at about the time Chuck Schumer, addressing the inauguration crowd from the Capitol, lamented that politics is “frequently consumed by rancor.”

  3. | Posted: Jan 22 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.

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

    I believe you to be intelligent people.

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

    When someone relinquished a bull python snake earlier this week under the State Department of Agriculture’s amnesty program, it again highlighted how species like snakes can further imperil Hawaii’s already critically endangered forest and seabirds. The populations of several species are so low, that experts working in the field fear they could go extinct within the next five-to-10 years. They’d join a sobering list of 23 endemic Hawaii birds that have gone extinct, gone forever, in the last 200 years or so.

  6. | Posted: Jan 21 2017 - 12:05am

    The states created the federal government and yet they were fearful of this act from the very beginning. The founders somehow knew that the bigger and more powerful the national government, the less personal liberty individual citizens would retain.

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

    He flabbergasts the Human Race

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

    Thankfully, the County of Hawaii is taking a first step to protect the jewel of a resource for our community and island, known as the Old Airport Park, by removing those who are squatting and camping illegally.

  9. | Posted: Jan 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Please ask your Hawaii State senator and council members to include a cardiac care unit in a future state budget. It would be $2 million to remodel the emergency room at Kona Community Hospital and money for a stipend for two cardiologists.

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

    Senior officials of some 70 countries and international organizations gathered in Paris on Sunday to try, one more time, to move forward the project to divide the area shared by Israelis and Palestinians into two states, living side by side in peace.

  11. Posted: Jan 17 2017 - 12:05am

    I read with great interest the recent article in the West Hawaii Today, about the newly raised concerns about poor teacher retention here in the Aloha State. While recruiting from abroad, rather than just from educators on the mainland is an example of “thinking outside of the box,” it’s not the type of solution that will solve our teacher shortage issue in the long run.

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

    WASHINGTON — After my aunt died recently, a cousin found in her papers the “Petition for Naturalization” that our great-grandfather signed in 1913, 13 years after emigrating from Russia.

  13. | Posted: Jan 16 2017 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Who is John Lewis that Donald Trump should be mindful of him?

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

    The Nov. 18 Dennis Gregory’s “Feeling down in the Trumps” column has been on my mind. He recommended becoming an “ostrich” and sticking our heads in the sand the next four years.

  15. | Posted: Jan 14 2017 - 12:05am

    As a professional skeptic, I’m going to remain doubtful that Donald Trump has been a willing Russian tool, masterfully serving the needs of a dangerous American adversary. I’m not going to buy all the sordid details of “that crap,” as the president-elect called intelligence reports of his being compromised by nasty people operating out of the Kremlin.