Editorial: America should share vaccine with the world

As more Americans roll up their sleeves for a potentially life-saving vaccination, we are called by moral imperative and social justice concern to reflect on the reality that countries without the Western world’s economic capital are being left behind.

Noah Feldman: Does Congress even have the power to end gerrymandering?

The “For the People Act” currently being proposed by House Democrats would transform the way the U.S. runs federal elections. Known as HR 1, the bill would make it substantially easier to vote. It would also counteract restrictive legislation enacted by Republican state legislatures in recent years.

Editorial: The pandemic is not over; wear your mask

There is a natural human instinct to declare victory before it is actually achieved. From the Chicago Tribune’s infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline to wide receiver DeSean Jackson spiking the football before he reached the end zone that cost the Philadelphia Eagles a touchdown some years back, people under stress can make bad choices. Sometimes, the impact is merely comical as with a football game or instant collector’s item newspaper. But then there are times when such pronouncements can have deadly consequences.

Will Bunch: Will US learn from a $1.7 trillion goof that would have paid for Biden’s infrastructure plan?

A Ferrari is surely a wonderful sports car, but let’s be honest: Most of us couldn’t afford the day-to-day maintenance, let alone the sticker price, and these beautiful creatures are hard to drive on America’s pothole-plagued streets, and a massive pain in the butt to repair when they break down. So you can imagine the raised eyebrows earlier this year when a top U.S. Air Force general compared the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet — decades and hundreds of billions of dollars into a lifetime that will cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion — to that Italian dream machine.

Commentary: What should the US do with its surplus vaccines? Follow the playbook it used during WWII

The United States is making and distributing COVID-19 vaccines so fast that production will soon outstrip demand, leading officials to ask: What should we do with the extra doses? Most answers have focused on the home front: Dozens of states, including California, are rapidly opening vaccination eligibility to all adults, and President Joe Biden has doubled the speed of his initial rollout calendar, now calling for 200 million Americans to be vaccinated by the end of April.

My Turn: The antithesis of aloha

I’m writing to express my dismay that Mayor Mitch Roth is urging Hawaii County Council members to remove Mark Van Pernis from the Leeward Planning Commission.

My Turn: Lack of Kailua-Kona tsunami evacuation plan a concern

I read the article on Sunday’s front page regarding a possible “megatsunami.” Kwok Fai Cheung, a professor of ocean resources and geoengineering at UH-Manoa, said “I’ve offered to help (Hawaii) County multiple times, even though his contract with the state had run out. So, Kailua-Kona, is not covered by the evacuation plan. This is concerning to say the least.

Editorial: Too many people are locked up for small thefts

The United States has made some progress in reducing the shockingly large share of the population that lives behind bars, mostly by dialing back the War on Drugs. Building on this progress requires similar changes in the treatment of nonviolent property crime.

Nicholas Goldberg: How two events 50 years ago helped define the 1960s

Fifty years ago, U.S. Army Lt. William Calley was found guilty of committing 22 premeditated murders during a massacre by U.S. forces in the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. A platoon leader who had led his soldiers into the undefended village, Calley stood ramrod stiff as he listened to the jury’s verdict in his court martial. Face flushed, he offered a crooked salute after the verdict was read.