Building code ignores the obvious – at great expense

“I want to go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua Hawaii.” Do you dare go back to when a little grass shack was considered adequate housing? You might be fined if the shack does not fully comply with the international building code.

My Turn: Editorial pity party for poor wealthy developer

The editor’s recent sympathy for that poor Hilo/Honolulu developer in West Hawaii Today’s editorial, “Neighbors’ call for preservation curious,” brought tears to my eyes. It was moving how you educated the public about how, “[t]he legitimate work the developer has done to get this far has been sound.” There is so much more to this story than you told.

WHT editorial: How did pursuit get this far?

A 37-year-old man was airlifted to an Oahu hospital in serious condition after suffering gunshot wounds on Wednesday, launching another police manhunt in an area that was already in the middle of one.

WHT editorial: Ex-officer’s appeal seems heartless

When Jody Buddemeyer was sentenced in November to one year of probation for striking and killing a cyclist in 2015, many in the community — including this editorial board — felt the ex-officer got off lightly.

Our View: Anti-vaccination message barely worth printing

Detailing information with the community about what’s going on around the island is this newspaper’s daily mission, but every once and while it can be a difficult decision as to whether sharing certain information actually serves any public good.

Accident awful, but jury decision understandable

Last week, former Hawaii County Police officer Jody Buddemeyer was sentenced to up to a year in jail for hitting Jeffrey Surnow from behind while traveling east in his police subsidized vehicle on Waikoloa Road.

WHT editorial: No to education tax; but yes on local control

With so much uncertainty swirling around the constitutional amendment proposal asking voters to raise property taxes to help fund public schools, it’s been impossible for anyone to say — should the measure pass — where the money would go.