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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Obama’s ‘gift’ to Hawai`i: Akaka Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 11:44 PM :: 4696 Views

For Hawai`i the first thing on the new political agenda created by the Democrat sweep in the national elections will be the Akaka Bill.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Barack Obama Reading List:
By Andrew Walden @ 10:12 PM :: 22318 Views
Barack Obama: Born in Hawai`i http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/92/Barack-Obama-Born-in-Haw...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Hokuli`a Settlement Exposed
By Andrew Walden @ 11:55 PM :: 10709 Views :: Development, Greenmail

Is the County of Hawai`i subject to secret agreements which direct the passage of future legislation? Is the Legislature? Did the plaintiffs get money?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
VOTER GUIDE--Our Endorsements
By Andrew Walden @ 1:00 PM :: 2320 Views

Our Endorsements for the November 4 Election

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Vote “No” on drug dealers
By Andrew Walden @ 12:56 PM :: 1943 Views

Hawai`i County voters are being asked to approve a change to county ordinance making cannabis enforcement the lowest law enforcement priority. This is falsely portrayed as a move to legalize marijuana. It is not.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Constitutional Conv.: 10 good reasons
By Willes Lee @ 3:06 AM :: 1916 Views

There are a lot of good reasons to hold vote Yes for a ConCon this year...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Media money goes to Obama
By Catherine Dreher @ 2:15 AM :: 2140 Views

I’ve worked in and studied the media industry for 20 years, and I’ve become more and more upset and discouraged by the blatant, biased journalism surrounding this year’s election. America’s mainstream news media are unabashedly sympathetic toward the Democratic campaign.


Mainstream media also have a financial interest in the Obama campaign:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Boosting the Economy
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:09 AM :: 1965 Views

As more Big Island families and businesses are tightening their budgets, your state government is developing innovative ways to maintain public service at the highest level with fewer resources, and without increasing taxes or fees.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor October 21, 2008
By Letters to the Editor @ 1:44 AM :: 1883 Views

Education? Health Care? Con-Con! -- No Amateur President -- Con-Con = Change -- Faking Lana`i residency? -- Marathon booted from Volcano -- Temblors indicate danger

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Friday, October 10, 2008
Lillian Koller named “Public Official of the Year”
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 4559 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HONOLULU – GOVERNING magazine announced today that Hawai‘i Human Services Director Lillian Koller has been selected as a “Public Official of the Year” for her leadership in bringing about widespread improvements at the State Department of Human Services (DHS) over the past five years, including an overhaul of the child welfare system.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Puna Revolution: November 4?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 PM :: 1966 Views

After years of neglect, voters of House District 4 Puna appear on the verge of making a change.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Telescope: The Shakedown begins
By Andrew Walden @ 8:14 PM :: 10494 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

Some may have thought this problem was settled when activists were given plum jobs at Hilo’s shiny new Imiloa Astronomy center, but shakedown is the foundation of Hawai`i’s so-called economy and when Dan Inouye plops a $1.2 billion money bag on the top of Mauna Kea, the grasping begins.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Drug testing: Violation of contract, not rights
By Thomas E. Stuart @ 7:55 PM :: 2421 Views

William S. Richardson School of Law professor of law emeritus and former dean Richard S. Miller claims the HSTA drug testing agreement is a “violation of basic rights”. His claims, published in the Honolulu Advertiser September 12 are wrong for several reasons.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Supreme Court to hear Ceded Lands Case
By Andrew Walden @ 2:03 AM :: 3326 Views

The State is asking the High Court to overturn the Hawai`i State Supreme Court’s January, 2008 decision holding that the United States Congress in the 1993 “Apology Resolution” had forbidden the State from selling or exchanging any of the State’s approximately 1.2 million acres of so-called “Ceded Lands”, unless and until a political settlement was reached with Native Hawaiians. The State argued to the High Court that the United States Congress had done no such thing and that Congress has no power to try to control the sale of lands belonging to a sovereign state.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Obama's CAIR Lawyer
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 3669 Views

Obama’s choice of representation is yet another sign that free speech would be at risk of being strangled by political correctness and lawsuits under an Obama Presidency.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Making Sense of Hawai`i's Economy
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 12:42 AM :: 1887 Views

As Big Island residents and businesses try to make sense of the economic news dominating the local, national and global media, it is critical to keep an objective perspective on what we need to do as a state to overcome current economic challenges.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Letters October 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 1848 Views

Nov 4 Vote for Hospital,  $700B to Bail out Political Correctness,  Crisis of Do-Gooderism, Roots of Crisis,  Let the Government handle It?,  Riddle of the horse  

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Nov 4: Old Boy vs Shakedown artist
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 AM :: 2324 Views

Kenoi vs Pilago in November 4 runoff for Big Island Mayor.  This is what happens when the entire political class has its hands in the cookie jar and can’t agree over how to divide up the cookies. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Revolution: New voters back Enriques
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 AM :: 4459 Views

Enriques and his volunteers worked to bring new voters into the process and to mobilize discouraged voters.  They won with 52.2% of the vote defeating incumbent councilman Bob Jacobson by more than 10 percentage points 2,354 to 1,894.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Big Island Weekly joins 9-11 deniers
By Andrew Walden @ 11:37 AM :: 9086 Views :: Hawaii County , Military

According to Big Island Weekly editor Kristine Kubat's  September 3 column, “If you think the U.S. government was behind the 9-11 attack, you are not alone.”  Kubat then proceeds to promote “9-11 Truth Awareness” by inviting them to a 9-11 denier demonstration ...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Moloka`i activists seek control of ranch
By Andrew Walden @ 11:31 AM :: 9438 Views :: Maui County, Development, Greenmail

Ritte’s phony “Save La`au” campaign has been falsely portrayed as an anti-development battle, but in reality it is a battle between two competing developers each tied to a different government group. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Obama tries to stall Iraq withdrawal
By Andrew Walden @ 11:23 AM :: 5898 Views

Information is emerging that Obama acted to keep troops deployed. In a September 15 New York Post editorial, CNN and BBC contributor Amir Taheri writes that, according to Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Senator Obama in June told visiting Iraqi officials that President Bush’s government was in a ‘”state of weakness and political confusion’” so the negotiations should be postponed until after the election.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor September 21, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 11:33 AM :: 1881 Views

Plastic Bag Ban: Micromanaging our lives, Ban the banners, Free Speech vs. Political Correctness, DoE’s Drive for Mediocrity, SHPDA stalls W. Maui HospitalUrgent Care in Puna  

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Lehman Brothers: Obama’s Rezko-Auchi conflict of interest
By Andrew Walden @ 11:19 AM :: 18294 Views

Reporters have not noted Obama’s glaring conflict of interest—the Lehman debt owed to a bank possibly owned by the financier who loaned millions of dollars to Tony Rezko.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
$6386 per house: Council weighs new fees
By Andrew Walden @ 2:28 PM :: 2033 Views

Your house is not the only target.  The bill also slams hospitals.   In the midst of Hawai`i’s medical crisis, a new 100,000 sq foot hospital would be required to fork out $545,100 to the county.  A 100,000 sq foot commercial center would be hit with $496,800 in new fees.  A new 100,000 sq foot school?  $108,000.  Nursing home?  $190,300.  Also targeted churches, industry, and warehouses. 

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
PRIMARY ALERT -- VOTE September 20
By Andrew Walden @ 11:35 AM :: 2095 Views

Our Primary Election endorsements:

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
No endorsement: Hawai`i Co. Mayor
By Andrew Walden @ 11:33 AM :: 2605 Views

There is nobody worthy of our endorsement running in the Hawai`i County Mayor’s race. Here are some quick points on the poor choices facing voters:

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
Takamine, Schatz attack Hawai`i Free Press
By Andrew Walden @ 11:25 AM :: 3777 Views

After 54 years of Yoshito Takamine and Dwight Takamine ruling HD 1 unchallenged, Takamine suddenly faces challenges both within and outside his own party. In late 2006 he attempted to “shed more blood, not less” of Ed Case supporters in the Legislature after Case’s defeat in the Democratic Senate Primary. Takamine failed and lost his powerful chairmanship of the House Finance Committee. Shunned, Takamine then racked up the worst attendance of any Legislator in the 2007 session. He then fled the House, announcing his campaign for the Senate District 1 seat being vacated by Sen. Lorraine’s decision to seek the Hawai`i County Mayor’s seat.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
Urgent Care in Puna
By Andrew Walden @ 11:20 AM :: 2633 Views

While activists and politicians futilely beg government to fund Urgent Care in Puna, private enterprise provides it. Thanks to what Dr Ed Gutteling calls “a very favorable deal” on rental of a Shipman-Estate-owned building near the Kea`au Police Station, Kea`au Urgent Care is up and running. Initial hours are M-F 8:30A -6P. Call 966-7942 for info.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
Banning freedom one ordinance at a time
By Andrew Walden @ 11:16 AM :: 1896 Views

Banning plastic bags – like banning other legal products (light bulbs, electric water heaters, etc)-- is much more than an inconvenience. Our individual-freedom-based “people first” way of life is being hijacked by a so-called environmental “earth first” dictatorship.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
Innovation moves economy forward
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:12 AM :: 1906 Views

In Forbes magazine’s annual list of best states in which to do business, released July 31, Hawai`i jumped 10 spots to 27th place, compared to 37th in 2007 and 42nd in 2006. Of the six criteria taken into account, Hawai`i ranked fourth in the nation for economic climate and 10th for labor. This is a vast improvement from March 2002, when Forbes’ infamous article said doing business in Honolulu had “become nearly equivalent to suicide.”

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
After-School Program takes aim at risky behavior
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:56 AM :: 2484 Views

In August, I helped launch a new after-school program at Hilo Intermediate School for students who are left alone and unsupervised once the school bell rings.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
Letters to the Editor September 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:05 AM :: 2180 Views

Usual suspects against telescope, Stop Bill 324, Fascist Takamine?, Tooo Stooopid to reelect Council, Kaua`i water victory, Marine Acquitted --- Injustice Remains, Against law to deny schooling, HSTA vs Con-Con

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Billy Kenoi at Shooters—and the Pali shooter—the connections
By Andrew Walden @ 1:25 AM :: 25827 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Military

All the newspapers have missed the connections between convicted Pali shooter Ethan Malu Motta, his codefendants, and the incident at Shooters Bar and Grill....

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Incumbents get little homegrown support
By Andrew Walden @ 1:24 AM :: 2400 Views

Entrenched incumbents are relying on donations from corporations which do business with the state, lobbyists, political action committees (PACs) and labor unions. But unlike elections over the last few decades, these incumbents are facing well-funded challenges whose contributors include many fresh faces coming largely from within the electoral district.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
September 20 Election PRIMARY ALERT
By Andrew Walden @ 1:23 AM :: 2500 Views

Many Hawai`i County Council races will be decided in the September 20 primary election.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Ka`u donations boost Enriques
By Andrew Walden @ 1:11 AM :: 7354 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment, Land Use, OHA, Drugs

After years of thuggery and intimidation by Bob Jacobson’s Ka`u Preservation, Inc supporters, Council District 6 residents are fighting back....

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
A nurse says goodbye to Hawai`i
By Shane K. Pule, Sr. @ 1:10 AM :: 2080 Views

All the peoples of Hawai’i need to awaken and realize that what the American Democratic Party was calling for – the need to have government insurance for all people – is the same thing that is happening today in Hawai’i; and it is failing!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Expand Trade and Vocational Education
By Patrick Walsh @ 12:16 AM :: 2091 Views

We are at a crossroads of employment training here in our Hawai`i Public Schools. Our direction must follow more career technical training (vocational training) and secure the jobs that are coming online for our children.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor August 21, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:04 AM :: 2067 Views

Misinformation on Takamine Donors--Who is to judge?--Spaceport pipedream--Son kept out of school--Barack McGovern Obama--3rd in costs, 47th in rank--Finish the road already

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Billy Kenoi helped Pali Shooter
By Andrew Walden @ 10:13 PM :: 20690 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

Admitted Pali Golf Course shooter Ethan “Malu” Motta apparently had a lot of friends in Hilo—including politicians....

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Death of a Bakery
By Andrew Walden @ 3:24 PM :: 2595 Views

For thirteen years, Jim O’Keefe has delivered fresh-baked specialty breads to retail customers, restaurants and hotels on the Big Island. But the pressures which give Hawai`i a reputation as the nations’ worst business environment have taken their toll.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Sierra Club: Fence Mauna Kea, kill animals
By Tom Lodge @ 11:36 AM :: 9722 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

Sheep eradication has failed at affecting Palila numbers—but it sure has killed a lot of sheep.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Puna CDP: Eliminate affordable housing
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 AM :: 3490 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Puna is one of the very few places in Hawai`i where young local families can afford to buy their own home and begin life as a family.  But environmentalists are working hard to put a stop to the inflow of locals and replicate the success they have had in making Maui and Kaua`i into exclusive havens for rich mainland transplants.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Governor’s Int’l Women’s Conference
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:45 AM :: 2844 Views

Our fifth annual conference is taking place Wednesday, September 24, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel and Resort.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Anti-smoking fight for Hawai`i teens
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:33 AM :: 1916 Views

Since 80% of smokers start by the time they are age 18, prevention is the key.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Six Million paper bags
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 6661 Views :: Environment

The plastic bag ban has a certain lucrative logic to it. It turns out that plastic bags gum up plastic recycling machines and reduce the resale value of bundled used plastics. So what is the solution? Improve the recycling machines so they don’t become gummed up? No. Instead recycling companies are using their clout with City and County governments all over the world to impose plastic bag bans. They will inconvenience the public rather than improve their technology.

Waste-to energy plants don’t have a problem with plastic bags. So a council decision to ban plastic bags is just another step towards rejecting waste-to-energy, which is a more efficient method of recycling than bundling up paper and plastic and shipping it to the mainland.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Letters to the Editor August 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:08 AM :: 2510 Views

Puna doesn’t need CDP--Lay off the bureaucrats--Queen of the Tree People blocks WTE--Commission violates rules for HD24--The People’s Rights-- ‘Banana patch’ to be cleared for rail project?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Frank Marshall Davis network In Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 11:57 AM :: 5923 Views :: Hawaii History, Obama
by Andrew Walden AIM In a July 14 news release the “Honolulu Community Media Council” (HCMC) denounces Accuracy In Media and the Pittsbur...
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Monday, July 21, 2008
Dropout rate rising in public schools
By Patrick Walsh @ 5:44 AM :: 5647 Views

Hawai`i state graduation rates were about 7 in 10 on O`ahu and 5 in 10 on the outer islands. Hawai`i has about 33 high school students dropping out each school day.

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