Elect council candidates who show up

As absentee ballots are out and general election day is near, when reviewing our choices for council candidates, a major consideration for me is in looking at who has already shown up and been engaged in our community conversations well before needing our votes.

Following the imprint of Queen Emma’s spirit

Speaking of diversity — the focus of the last “Green Flash” (Oct. 8) — the meaning of that word boomeranged back to me in Kokee as I enjoyed watching and being part of the Eo e Emmalani i Alakai Festival in honor of the beloved Hawaiian Queen Emma Naea Rooke and her 1871 upland trek with 100 friends into the Alakai Swamp area.

Overtourism: Time for some limits

“Overtourism” is a word coined by the international news media after rebellions against tourism in several European cities occurred in the summer of 2017. There are many reasons for locals in cities like Venice, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and other localities to demand: “Visitors go home.”

What if the roles were reversed?

Connect the dots. It’s not Sen. Brian Schatz but rather the most popular Sen. Mazie Hirono who recently garnished national attention with her part in the Kavanaugh hearing and her stance on the “Me too” movement. She said on national TV to the men of our country: “Just ‘shut up’ and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”

Be aware of human trafficking, gang stalking

I came to (The Garden Island newspaper) to inform people of my situation that I am in so as to help me and others. It’s called “human trafficking” and/or “gang stalking. It is a billion-dollar industry that targets people for various reasons; mostly for criminals to make money off your life in any way “they” can.

Heavy burden weighs down postal service

The Oct. 11 editorial, “Postal service can’t continue on same financial path,” states that the U.S. Postal Service is losing money. This is not quite true. The post office does not use taxpayer money and the taxpayer is not on the hook to pay for the accounting problems that Congress, in 2006, burdened the post office with when it passed HR6407 by voice vote in the House and unanimous consent in the Senate.