Police arrest 19 for suspected DUI

Hawaii Island police arrested 19 motorists for suspected DUI between Dec. 21 and Sunday. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes and one of the drivers was under the age of 21.

Senate GOP blocks swift vote on Trump’s $2K checks

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Democrats’ push to immediately bring President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks up for a vote, saying the chamber would “begin a process” to address the issue.

As I See It: Some things to be thankful for in a new year

Our Constitution may be the most brilliant, document ever created. There were 13 sovereign states, hundreds of autonomous communities; the people spoke multiple languages: English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Yiddish (The Plimouth Plantation alone had nineteen dialects). There were multiple religions, many of which were hostile to others. Some: Quakers, Jews, Catholics and Musselmen (Muslims) were distrusted. The relationship with the original inhabitants was unsettled to say the least. To make matters complicated the new nation was over 1,000 miles long. A republic had never been tried on that scale. There were large empires, but held together by guns, gallows and steel.