Hawai‘i could quit chlorpyrifos now

Governor Ige could immediately cancel chlorpyrifos permits for Waimea and Kekaha and create 1/4-mile buffers for other destructive pesticides, like Roundup, without waiting for the Hawai‘i Legislature.

The coronavirus is not a joking matter

There are many jokes out there on social media about the coronavirus featuring the popular beer of the same name. I once shared them and thought them funny. However, at this point, this virus must be taken seriously, and there is nothing funny about it.

Predicting Council Votes/Actions – Bill 2775

Today, on the Kauai County Council Agenda is Bill 2775, a measure introduced by Councilmembers Mason Chock and KipuKai Kuali‘i that would effectively ban the use of most styrofoam or polystyrene fast-food containers. This in my opinion is a very good thing (and this is an opinion column for those that are concerned about my offering an opinion).

What Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t covered.

Looking the other way is not an option

Drinking from a fire hose, blind-folded with both arms tied behind your back. This is a description that comes to mind when folks ask me to describe what it’s like working in the legislative arena as an advocate.

Parks director explains Black Pot parking lot decisions

Mahalo for the public’s patience while we continue to improve our facilities at Black Pot after the flood. As we embark on our public planning process concerning additional improvements at the park, we know there have been questions concerning the material choice and maintenance of the parking lot surface.

Three cheers for organic foods

Managers and workers of Costco, Safeway, Vim ‘N Vigor, HealthGo Market, and all other Kauai food establishments who promote “USDA Organic” and “Non-GMO Project Verified” food labels should get medals of honor.

Legislative Primer #101

A testifier stated at a recent legislative hearing, “I’m very happy to participate in this process because I was born in a country where this is not possible.”

You can change the political landscape

There are many issues that concern local residents. Lack of affordable rentals and housing, poorly maintained roads and visitors overcrowding our islands are problems everyone has to deal with daily. In fact, we have been dealing with them daily for the last twenty five years.

Trump stripping away safety nets for needy, elderly

In TGI’s Guest Opinion January 22nd, Gary Hooser shared that “the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism has determined that for a single person without children the hourly wage needed to simply ‘subsist’ is approximately $17.50 per hour.”