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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
VOTER GUIDE--Our Endorsements
By Andrew Walden @ 1:00 PM :: 3743 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 :: 3207 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 7, 2008
Puna Revolution: November 4?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 PM :: 3489 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 7, 2008
Telescope: The Shakedown begins
By Andrew Walden @ 8:14 PM :: 18321 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 7, 2008
Supreme Court to hear Ceded Lands Case
By Andrew Walden @ 2:03 AM :: 5579 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 7, 2008
Obama's CAIR Lawyer
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 5370 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 7, 2008
Letters October 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 3099 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 :: 3723 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 :: 7428 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 :: 15464 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 :: 16211 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 :: 9360 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 :: 3151 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 :: 24797 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 7, 2008
$6386 per house: Council weighs new fees
By Andrew Walden @ 2:28 PM :: 3327 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 7, 2008
PRIMARY ALERT -- VOTE September 20
By Andrew Walden @ 11:35 AM :: 3157 Views

Our Primary Election endorsements:

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Sunday, September 7, 2008
No endorsement: Hawai`i Co. Mayor
By Andrew Walden @ 11:33 AM :: 3918 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 7, 2008
Takamine, Schatz attack Hawai`i Free Press
By Andrew Walden @ 11:25 AM :: 6521 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 7, 2008
Urgent Care in Puna
By Andrew Walden @ 11:20 AM :: 4287 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 7, 2008
Banning freedom one ordinance at a time
By Andrew Walden @ 11:16 AM :: 3193 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 7, 2008
Letters to the Editor September 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:05 AM :: 3550 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 :: 36140 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 :: 3793 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 :: 3794 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 :: 13585 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, OHA, Politicians

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
Letters to the Editor August 21, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:04 AM :: 3570 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 7, 2008
Billy Kenoi helped Pali Shooter
By Andrew Walden @ 10:13 PM :: 31196 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 7, 2008
Death of a Bakery
By Andrew Walden @ 3:24 PM :: 4372 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 7, 2008
Puna CDP: Eliminate affordable housing
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 AM :: 8179 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 7, 2008
Six Million paper bags
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 10142 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 7, 2008
Letters to the Editor August 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:08 AM :: 4238 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 :: 10144 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
Council denounces depleted uranium
By Andrew Walden @ 3:38 AM :: 17630 Views :: Hawaii County , Military

Bananas are more radioactive than depleted uranium. Tobacco, marijuana, chocolate, cocaine, heroin, and the human body all emit higher levels of gamma and beta radiation—the most powerful types-- than depleted uranium. Rather than being a radiation source, depleted uranium is used as a radiation shield used to block emissions from nuclear reactors.

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Monday, July 21, 2008
Puna CDP: Planning to raise taxes and confiscate property
By Andrew Walden @ 2:30 AM :: 4822 Views

It is unfashionable to believe these actions are the result of ideology, but the arrogant prologue to the Puna CDP should put all doubts to rest.

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Monday, July 21, 2008
Hospital layoffs spread to Waimea
By Andrew Walden @ 12:26 AM :: 6573 Views

The same problems which are driving doctors out of Hawai`i are forcing cutbacks on services and staffing at the already under funded sister-island Hawai`i Health Services Corp hospitals and now the only privately-operated hospital in Hawai`i County—North Hawai`i Community Hospital.

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Monday, July 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor July 21, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:05 AM :: 4045 Views

Good factual information--Reading pleasure--Stopping School Closures--Political prostitutes--Where are the police when you need them?--Hele On the bus--A choice for Puna   

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Monday, July 7, 2008
Cut bureaucracy, not schools
By Andrew Walden @ 9:42 AM :: 3279 Views

The accountability-free DOE bureaucracy is “painfully aware” of nothing but its own perpetuation.

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Monday, July 7, 2008
Hospital layoffs: HMSA, lawyers profit
By Andrew Walden @ 7:37 AM :: 7987 Views

For two years in a row, hammered by demands for medical malpractice reform and demands to introduce more competition into the Hawaii medical insurance market, the Democratic caucus of the State legislature has delivered a flat “no!”

Now the chickens are coming home to roost.

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Monday, July 7, 2008
Lingle to veto school closures?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:58 AM :: 3415 Views

Governor Lingle said a May 22 letter from Ted Hong, requesting her to veto HB 2972 was one of the first opposition letters to the bill she received.

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Monday, July 7, 2008
Fred Blas launches ‘Campaign for Puna’
By Andrew Walden @ 1:44 AM :: 4716 Views

Over 250 Puna residents joined Fred Blas for a Maku`u Farmers Market June 21 kickoff rally launching his campaign for Puna’s House District 4 seat as a Republican.

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Monday, July 7, 2008
Letters to the Editor July 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 3256 Views

Kona CDP ‘Picayune’--Council gets garbage right--Throw the bums out!--Waiawi: Bananas safe--Imagine the Vog--No-Drill Network  

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Schools on “prime real estate” to close?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:46 AM :: 3324 Views

Instead of cutting bureaucracy, Senators Lorraine Inouye and Roz Baker have a different solution—close down rural schools and sell them to developers. 

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Kohala HS to lose $1832 per student
By Andrew Walden @ 4:43 AM :: 6384 Views :: Education K-12

Kohala is one of the few Big Island schools not deemed ‘failing’ under “No Child Left Behind” standards.  Under formulas used by the Board of Education under Act 51, successful schools are often punished by budget cuts. Kohala HS will be losing $500,000 in funding for the 2009-10 school year.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Journal Closes (maybe)
By Andrew Walden @ 2:38 AM :: 4914 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment

The Hawai`i Island Journal is closed.  Its last edition, published June 14, carried only a short notice of regret ...

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Helping our next Mayor communicate
By Andrew Walden @ 1:17 AM :: 3337 Views

Hawai`i Free Press assists four Big Island mayoral candidates with some suggestions for new campaign slogans:

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor June 21, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 4100 Views

Akaka Reservation for Corporations--Special rights for terrorists--Tossed from graduation--Raining on the poor--Suing for Smoking--Bush Lincoln--Hawaiians recognized in US Constitution

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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Overheard at a County Park:
By Andrew Walden @ 12:09 AM :: 3462 Views

Citizen--“But officer, officer, this is for my glaucoma.  I have a prescription!”
Officer—“Just because you put a few stems and seeds in there doesn’t make it legal.  I’d know the smell of tobacco anywhere.  Let’s go!  I’m taking you in.”

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Saturday, June 7, 2008
Council votes: Hands off drug pushers
By Andrew Walden @ 9:30 PM :: 9489 Views

Councilmember and Mayoral candidate Angel Pilago has found a cause great enough to risk his candidacy - dope.  With Pilago joined by Brenda Ford, Emily Naeole, and Dominic Yagong, the County Council voted 4-4 not to accept $441,000 in federal funds offered to the Hawaii County police for “Green Harvest” marijuana eradication work.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008
‘Clean Elections’ activist nailed by Campaign Spending Commission
By Andrew Walden @ 12:39 AM :: 12786 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics

Leading Hawai‘i County “clean elections” advocates are caught up in a web of campaign spending violations and campaign-related conflict-of-interest charges.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008
Letters to the Editor June 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:09 AM :: 2987 Views

‘Ohana banned from graduation--What Is A Veteran?--Jimmy Obama--“Change” -- Everywhere But Hawai`i--Surrender lies--Not voting this time

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