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A summer break from campus muzzling

| | May 31 2015 - 12:06am | Comments

WASHINGTON — Commence-ment season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics.

  • | Posted: Aug 5 2015 - 3:11pm

    I appreciate Tyler Saito’s letter to the editor of July 30, expressing concern about instituting even a partial pay-as-you-throw landfill rubbish program. He can rest assured that unless such a program will save taxpayers substantial money, I, too, will not support such a program. Previously, the data I was given demonstrated that unless we do a pay-as-you-throw landfill rubbish program, we would urgently be facing the need to build a new South Hilo Landfill — which would cost many millions of dollars. To avoid that situation, the Department of Environmental Management and I worked on various scenarios to avoid such a costly dilemma. However, based on a revised assessment by the Director of Environmental Management — there is no longer looming the need for a new landfill in the foreseeable future.

  • | Posted: Aug 5 2015 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can’t even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John Boehner from the speakership.

  • Posted: Aug 5 2015 - 1:30am

    Animals deserve our care and love

  • | Posted: Aug 4 2015 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — The realist’s argument for the Iran nuclear agreement is that it is the least bad deal that a conflict-weary America could secure. Now, with the nuclear issue parked (at least for a decade), we can get down to the business of strengthening friends in the Middle East and pushing back against Iran’s regional ambitions.

  • Posted: Aug 4 2015 - 1:30am

    Why ban feeding of feral cats?

  • | Posted: Aug 3 2015 - 1:30am

    This letter does not state support nor opposition to a drag strip being built in West Hawaii. Our group does, however, oppose Hawaii Racing Association’s proposed Mahaiula location as one that threatens decades of work and critical Hawaiian coastline.

  • | Posted: Aug 3 2015 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, teeming with righteous indignation, last week introduced S. 1881, “a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood of America.”

  • Posted: Aug 3 2015 - 1:30am

    All life matters — including the fish

  • | Posted: Aug 2 2015 - 1:30am

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced in May that he was planning to increase paid maternity leave for sailors from six to 12 weeks. It was one of a number of changes designed to make his branch of the armed forces more attractive to women — and to keep them once they signed up.

  • | Posted: Aug 2 2015 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill.

  • Posted: Aug 2 2015 - 1:30am

    Pahoa roundabout plan a bad idea

  • | Posted: Aug 1 2015 - 1:31am

    The No Child Left Behind education law produced one outcome worth salvaging: an emphasis on holding schools accountable for the academic achievement of all students.

  • | Posted: Aug 1 2015 - 1:30am

    There is an app called Witness that allows a person to secretly record the police. When pushing a “panic button,” the phone will start recording video and audio, and stream that live to the Internet. It will also text three other phones, notifying them of your emergency situation, while allowing them to see and hear through your phone live. Your phone goes blank so it doesn’t look like its active at all. Imaging the local, and global, implications of filming the police in every capacity with the public.

  • | Posted: Aug 1 2015 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.

  • Posted: Jul 31 2015 - 1:31am

    Pack it out or don’t bring it with you