And I can’t say I like it anymore here than I did in Denver.
That’s not to say that the good folks at the Star-Advertiser haven’t tried to step up and produce a bigger — and better — newspaper than either of the city’s two previous titles. But the new reality has disturbing implications for the city’s journalism, commercial vitality and public life. There’s something depressing about not being able to compare the coverage in two competing papers to try to understand what’s going on in a city.
Let me give you a small example from Thursday’s paper.
The black front-page above the fold headline in the Star-Advertiser said: “Veto of civil unions bill is not group’s position.” The italic sub-headline said, “The Business Roundtable clarifies its statement, reacting to internal dissent and other pressures.” The article was on Page B3. The headline on the B3 article was fine, but the lede (the first and most important paragraph) was flat-out wrong. It read: “The Hawaii Business Roundtable clarified yesterday that it has not taken a position on a civil unions bill, responding to internal dissent and under pressure from gay rights advocates for urging Gov. Linda Lingle to veto the measure.”
The Roundtable has taken a position on the civil unions bill. What it hasn’t taken a position on, it now says, is the concept of civil unions. The group wants the governor to veto House Bill 444 because it believes there are “administrative challenges to the implementation of H.B. 444 in its present form.”
So, the Star-Advertiser struck out on this one. That’s bound to happen to the best …
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Mr. Caldwell’s Penguins
Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be “welcoming” four endangered African penguins to the Honolulu Zoo on Wednesday, according to a press release. Photo op at 1:30 p.m. So how does one welcome a penguin?
SCOTUS Asked To Review Nai Aupuni
The Grassroot Institute has taken its case to stop the Nai Aupuni election to the U.S. Supreme Court, after lower courts declined to halt the process.
The Last Telescope
UH President David Lassner says in a letter to the Department of Land and Natural Resources that the Thirty Meter Telescope will be the last one built in that area on Mauna Kea.
But there’s hope around planned rail stations where the city administration wants to concentrate growth.
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The past 12 days have focused a spotlight not only on troubling events in Europe and Africa, but on an unseemly wave of panic sweeping America.
The Labor Department says Tomasita Farm Service paid 65 migrant workers from Mexico and Micronesia well below minimum wage.
The $6.6 billion project hangs in the balance until Honolulu’s City Council votes on a 5-year tax extension to cover a $1 billion-plus deficit.
The signs are hard to regulate because they’re put up and taken down before city enforcement can get to them.
Plenty of traditionally trained medical professionals cite evidence that supports many alternative approaches to health care. It’s not an either/or situation.
The SAT and ACT are warmed-over versions of the old IQ tests, but there are much better ways to assess our students today, if only we would use them.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed five bills into law Monday on issues from property taxes to discrimination against women.
Lots of money is being spent in the western U.S. to build rail lines. From Denver to LA to Honolulu, federal officials want to know whether the FTA is doing a good job overseeing those projects.
New Civil Beat columnist: The illusory promise of paradise obscures Hawaii’s fundamental problems.
Peter Apo’s roots may have saved his life when he was on the West Coast. Now he is working to facilitate federal recognition for Hawaiians.
Attorney Eric Seitz joins the Pod Squad to talk about two of his cases: two lesbians recently arrested for kissing in public and a man who died after being shot with a Taser.
Only five weeks remain for public comment on a federal rule to govern relations between the United States and a Native Hawaiian government.
Congress panders as it passes a bill pointlessly targeting Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Also: Iran draws down under the new nuclear deal, and Sand Island moves forward.
Hawaiian Electric wants to offer shockingly lower rates to customers — at least for part of the day.
Six residents are the first to move in to a facility that’s been in the planning stages for more than a year.
In the past two months, 79 cases have been confirmed on the Big Island.
Options will be available to view transcripts of the Hawaii PUC hearing without spending thousands of dollars to buy them from the court reporter.
Under a court-sanctioned agreement, the city’s maintenance crew cannot immediately dispose of most items taken while clearing out homeless encampments.
Rumors are swirling, but Scott Morishige says any action on the state-owned land in Waianae would be based on input from the community and service providers.
For better or worse, millennials can’t look away. They are caring and civic minded, whether the injustices they perceive are trivial or of global importance.