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Stene: Lack of communication with Mayor’s Kim’s administration is discouraging

Mayor Harry Kim’s administration has been in office roughly six months.The way I’ve been treated over this period of time has been nothing short of abysmal, and made me very discouraged about interacting with his administration about transportation issues. It isn’t very appealing to get a phone call from the mayor directly, who proceeds to […]

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Stene: Public communications with DPW staff stymied

Mayor Harry Kim ran on a platform of transparency, and restoring trust in county government. Nonetheless, his administration has taken action against me, which goes against those campaign promises. The problems started on February 6th, 2017 when the Department of Public Works director Frank DeMarco sent me an official e-mail stating that I cannot communicate […]

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Zellner: Hawaii’s citizens won’t wait 132 extra years for renewable transportation

Although we are currently relying on fossil fuels that are bad for the economy, the environment, and our health, senator Inouye’s original Senate Bill 1580 lays out a plan that will allow Hawai’i eliminate our use of fossil fuels used for transportation by the year 2045. However, the bill was altered by the House. The […]

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Stene: Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) Safety Issues

There are serious roadway safety issues on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) between Kuakini Highway/Queen Kaahumanu Highway Extension intersection and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. First and foremost, the asphalt pavement is in dire need of being resurfaced for most of this highway. Both the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and Hawaii County are responsible for maintenance, […]

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Stene: Ane Keohokālole Highway Phase III should be a top priority for Hawaii County

Ane Keohokālole Highway Phase III should be top transportation project for Hawaii County in North Kona. This segment will connect Hina-Lani Street to Kaminani Drive, so we’ll be able to drive from Henry Street to Kona Palisades without having to use Mamalahoa or Queen Kaahumanu highways.

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Op-Ed by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – Giving Voice to Millions of Americans: End U.S. Wars of Intervention

I recently met with President-elect Donald Trump to give voice to the millions of Americans, including my fellow veterans, who desperately want to end our country’s illegal, counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government. We had an hour-long, meaningful, back-and-forth discussion about the problems with current U.S. policy in Syria and where to go from […]

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Dr. Cliff Kopp: A Remembrance

Cliff loved puzzles and was a puzzle himself. He was challenging; running you through a series of innocuous questions inevitably leading to a conclusion he hand-picked for you. Cliff had many confusing personas; the unassailable hero dentist, the community builder, the mischief-prone Rotarian, and the relentless, obnoxious contrarian. He remarked that his favorite compliment came […]

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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

(Reader Opinions Disclaimer: This column allows members of the community to share their opinions and views, which do not necessarily reflect those of Hawaii 24/7, its staff, sponsors or anyone other than the writer. Hawaii 24/7 reserves the right to refuse any column deemed to be misinformation, of an unethical nature, a personal attack, or […]

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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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Aug 22, 2017 / 4:33 pm