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  • Editorials | December 11, 2013

    How about that…a compromise

    It didn’t take long for conservative organizations and some conservatives in Congress to criticize the budget agreement hammered out between negotiators led by the House and Senate Budget Committee chairs. In fact, criticism from Americans for Prosperity and Heritage Action for America began before

  • Editorials | December 10, 2013

    Congress should raise fuel taxes

    A bill was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives last week that proposes raising the federal tax on gasoline by 15 cents a gallon. It has a snowball’s chance in Hilo of becoming law. That’s unfortunate, perhaps even tragic, given the role

  • Editorials | December 08, 2013

    This is a season for sharing

    It hasn’t taken area residents long to get into the Christmas spirit. Houses, sometimes entire blocks, light up the dark nights with brilliant colors and boost spirits in the daytime with Santas, reindeer and nativity scenes. All those designated days — Black Friday, Small Business

  • Editorials | December 06, 2013

    Mandela led ‘irreversible’ march

    We won’t try to match the rhetoric of some of the world’s leaders reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95. Instead, we’ll marvel at the man and at his long struggle against apartheid, the official and brutal

  • Editorials | December 05, 2013

    So little time, so much to do

    Maybe there’s something to the number 13. The present session of this Congress, the 113th, is on schedule in 2013 to be the least productive since World War II. So far, lawmakers have approved just 55 laws. By this time last year, Congress had passed more than 280

  • Editorials | December 04, 2013

    Biden’s mission is a delicate one

    It’s a good thing that Vice President Joe Biden, whose undiplomatic spontaneity has on occasion stunned political allies as well as adversaries, is well grounded in international affairs. It’s also good that he is acquainted with and gets along with Xi Jinping, China’

  • Editorials | December 03, 2013

    Progress brings hope on AIDS

    Another World AIDS Day has come and gone, and the international struggle against HIV and AIDS continues. Progress, subsidized primarily by governments and private philanthropies, never seems quite fast enough, as the death toll continues to mount and more people acquire HIV. Adolescents are an

  • Editorials | December 02, 2013

    Renew Undetectable Firearms Act

    Plastic guns have become quite real with advances in 3-dimensional printing technology. The bullets these guns fire also are quite real, as is the weapons’ stealth to airport scanners. In a week, unless Congress acts responsibly, important restrictions on plastic guns will be gone. That’

  • Editorials | December 01, 2013

    Keep flights free of cell phone calls

    Perhaps apart from young children who’ve never been on an airplane, airline passengers today rarely associate air travel with enjoyment. It might not quite be a chore — chores are less expensive — but air travel can be arduous nonetheless. Courtesy doesn’t yet cost extra,

  • Editorials | November 28, 2013

    Happy Thanksgiving

    We often like to trace our Thanksgivings to the Pilgrims of the early 17th century. We might envision them dining with the Americans who lived here when the Mayflower dropped anchor and without whom that early settlement might well have failed. Some of the depictions

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