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Stene: State legislators tepid response to HDOT project deferment

I’m very disappointed with our Big Island state legislators. They haven’t responded to any of my emails, which expressed concern about the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s decision to defer all new state highway projects. State Senator Josh Green was the only legislator that truly acknowledged my concerns about the HDOT’s shortsighted decision.

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I don't think it would be wise to split Hawaii County into two counties. Yes, West Hawaii does pay 70%  of the property taxes. However, this disparity is due in part to the value of the homes being higher on the west side versus the east side. In other words, West Hawaii homeowners are subsidizing the lower property taxes paid from East Hawaii residents.

Stene: Splitting Hawaii Island into two counties is unwise

I don’t think it would be wise to split Hawaii County into two counties. Yes, West Hawaii does pay 70% of the property taxes. However, this disparity is due in part to the value of the homes being higher on the west side versus the east side. In other words, West Hawaii homeowners are subsidizing […]

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Stene: Shocked by TMT protesters’ acquittal

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Stene: Union’s status quo is unsustainable

I am very annoyed by the United Public Worker’s (UPW’s) slickly produced ads that state health care is people. Yes, health care is people, I get it. However, the overhead cost of these same people is strangling the hospitals to death. I don’t see the unions, such as the UPW, helping matters by reducing that […]

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Stene: TMT debate is extremely divisive for our community

The debate over the Thirty Meter Telescope has become extremely divisive for our community. These protests segued from protecting Mauna Kea to a debate over the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom and questioning the legitimacy of the State of Hawaii. The lack of enforcement by Hawaii County and the State of Hawaii isn’t helping matters.

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Hara: Night access on Maunakea

I am very proud that we are known throughout the world as the best place on Earth to study the universe. My concerns regarding access are not only personal, but socioeconomic. Aside from my own portfolio aspirations to have continued access to the summit in the evening, the ramifications of preventing star gazers and astro […]

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Governor Ige's administration, and to a lesser extent, the County of Hawaii, are doing a poor job handling the ongoing Thirty Meter Telescope protests on Mauna Kea. The governor's proposed changes to the stewardship of Mauna Kea offended both the protesters and the individuals who've helped preserve this sensitive area.

Stene: Thirty Meter Telescope Protests

Governor Ige’s administration, and to a lesser extent, the County of Hawaii, are doing a poor job handling the ongoing Thirty Meter Telescope protests on Mauna Kea. The governor’s proposed changes to the stewardship of Mauna Kea offended both the protesters and the individuals who’ve helped preserve this sensitive area.

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Stene: Parallels between TMT, Hokulia

Stene: Parallels between TMT, Hokulia

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Albertini: Money Trumps the Sacred!

Despite Hawai’i Governor, David Ige, speaking on 5/26/15 of the state’s failings to preserve and protect Mauna Kea and the need for change, he has given the green light for further destruction and desecration of Hawai’i’s most sacred temple. The Governor expressed his approval to construct the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna […]

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Stene: Fiber-optic redundancy desperately needed

Stene: Fiber-optic redundancy desperately needed

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Stene: Inouye Highway before Kawaihae bypass

Stene: Inouye Highway before Kawaihae bypass

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Stene: Palamanui road woes

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Sep 27, 2016 / 5:15 pm