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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: Sep 15 2016 - 12:05am

    “In the walls of the cubicle there were three

  2. | Posted: Sep 14 2016 - 12:05am

    Hillary Clinton kept her pneumonia diagnosis under wraps for two days because she “didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” Right. That’s what she used to say about her private email server.

  3. Posted: Sep 14 2016 - 12:05am

    Concert brouhaha boiling over

  4. Posted: Sep 13 2016 - 12:06am

    More on dolphins, TMT

  5. | Posted: Sep 13 2016 - 12:05am

    Come November, the grim trudge across the increasingly barren Obamacare landscape begins anew. A first tranche of states has approved 2017 rates with cardiac-arrest-inducing premium increases. And in many places across the nation, people will find drastically fewer choices of plans than they did last year.

  6. Posted: Sep 12 2016 - 12:05am

    Common sense concludes swimming with dolphins disturbs their rest

  7. | Posted: Sep 12 2016 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The smell of fresh paint greeted lawmakers reacquainting themselves with their workplace after their seven-week break.

  8. | Posted: Sep 11 2016 - 5:54pm

    My wife and I moved to Waikoloa Village almost two years ago so we do quite a bit of travelling on the lower highway, 19, and the upper highway, 190, in order to get to and from Kona for shopping. It has been our experience since moving here that unless you go over the posted speed limit you will be 99 percent of the time be tailgated by the driver behind you. In order to avoid this dangerous practice of the car following too closely behind you I found that going 5 mph over the posted speed limit reduced the 99 percent to about 25 percent. Going 10 mph over the posted speed limit reduced the 99 percent to about 5 percent.

  9. | Posted: Sep 11 2016 - 5:53pm

    As with the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, every American knows exactly where they were and what they were doing on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked our nation, killing close to 3,000 civilians and injuring more than 6,000. For those in the military, especially those stationed overseas, the attacks brought a huge amount of anxiety and tension, as no clear answers were coming and our military bases went into lockdown. Not knowing if any of our bases would be attacked, we were put on alert. A captain in the U.S. Navy then, I had just taken over command of the U.S. Naval Hospital at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan and was attending a health conference in Tokyo. As we watched the news of the attacks unfold on late-night TV in Japan, it felt eerie and surreal.

  10. | Posted: Sep 10 2016 - 12:05am

    I met Gary Johnson, the somewhat-surging Libertarian Party candidate for president, years ago in one of those beautiful Western settings full of mostly awful people at the time — that is, lobbyists and various sycophants who attach themselves to any gathering of power.

  11. Posted: Sep 9 2016 - 12:05am

    Getting it from both sides

  12. | Posted: Sep 8 2016 - 8:11pm

    TERRACE PARK, Ohio — Sen. Rob Portman probably will win a second term, despite the fact that he deserves to. The swarm of young people who gathered on a Saturday morning in this Cincinnati suburb to feast on doughnuts and his gratitude are among the 5,000 volunteer interns, including students from 35 campuses, who have made 3.5 million voter contacts. Portman’s supporters are a forgiving sort, undeterred by his many accomplishments and qualifications that could be disqualifying in this season of populist antagonism toward people who have actually governed.

  13. | Posted: Sep 8 2016 - 12:05am

    How soon we forget August.

  14. Posted: Sep 8 2016 - 12:05am

    Big, loud motorcycles should scare us all

  15. | Posted: Sep 7 2016 - 12:05am

    The notorious annual dolphin hunt got underway last week in the small Japanese town of Taiji. During the six-month hunting season, terrified dolphins are violently herded into a narrow cove. Most are slaughtered — but scores of “good-looking” ones are captured and shipped off to aquariums.