Commentary: The end of trickle-down economics

As President Joe Biden gears up to sell his new infrastructure plan, Democrats are finally calling out Republican hypocrisy on government spending. The GOP, they note, supported Trump’s 2017 tax cuts — which greatly expanded the national debt — but now refuse to back his stimulus bills.

Editorial: The facts on the vax: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and lifesaving, but the risk of a US pause is that resistance will harden

Our hearts sank on word Tuesday that officials at the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, zealously guarding their reputations as the most careful and protective regulatory agencies in the world, were recommending a pause in the safe, easy-to-store, proven-to-be-effective, one-dose Johnson &Johnson vaccine, after doctors recorded six, count ‘em, instances of people developing blood clots after getting the shot.

My Turn: Mediation could help landlords, tenants

Hawaii’s low- and moderate-income residents have historically faced a number of barriers to accessing justice. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this concern even more as our community prepares to deal with a flood of landlord-tenant disputes over unpaid rent and other expenses, once the statewide moratorium on evictions is lifted.

Things to ponder before going to court

With Hawaii Island’s extensive rental housing market, many landlords and tenants in our community are facing a potentially difficult situation. When Gov. David Ige’s moratorium on residential evictions is eventually lifted, they might need help resolving any outstanding payments.

Editorial: Biden’s moves to curb gun violence should be just the start

President Joe Biden announced a slate of actions Thursday aimed at fulfilling his campaign promise to combat the proliferation of firearms and gun violence that kill some 40,000 people a year in this country. But the moves, while necessary and welcome, also spotlight how few options a president has for addressing an issue that’s critical to public safety and public health.

My Turn: Lack of vaccine passports explained

There is one big problem with the argument that a COVID vaccination card should be accepted as an alternative to pre-flight testing for people flying into Hawaii. The problem is that they are too easy to fake.

Commentary: Is our infrastructure ‘crumbling’? Not according to this data

Speaking about his ambitious infrastructure plans in a press conference, President Joe Biden recently stated, “One in five miles of our highways and major roads are in poor condition,” “More than one third of our bridges” need repair, and “we rank 13th globally in infrastructure.” These statements probably don’t sound surprising. Americans seem to believe that our infrastructure is, as some people say, “crumbling.”

My Turn: Planning ahead

It was very disappointing to read in the March 19 edition of the West Hawaii Today that the Leeward Planning Commission approved a five-bedroom Bed and Breakfast establishment on Alii Drive.

My Turn: A positive consequence of a conflict of interest

Good things happen unexpectedly! There is a positive consequence of Planning Director Zendo Kern’s conflict of interest. The conflict was caused because Kern was the owner’s representative for the Campbell/Clapp Trust before the Leeward Planning Commission and then he signed the Tentative Plat Approval for this owner days after being the mayor’s nominee for Planning Director. Having this conflict exposed, we are grateful that the Planning Department has now reopened the subdivision rezoning for the Campbell/Clapp Property.

Ramesh Ponnuru: One cheer for the return of earmarks

After a 10-year hiatus, earmarks are coming back to the U.S. Congress. Democrats and Republicans alike repudiated the practice of letting congressmen direct federal spending to specific projects and enterprises around the start of President Barack Obama’s administration. Now both parties have decided to revive it, with reforms.