October 2017


Is the Trump administration in its last days? Interesting question. While it is true that every day seems to bring us new news of this gang's transgressions it is also true that there is still a chance that the scandals will not reach high enough to bring the President down. In fact, at the rate that administration officials and cabinet members are biting the dust, it seems that soon the President will be the loneliest guy in Washington.

One of the main reasons for this isolation is the fact that the President has not been able to ... MORE

September 2017


Mother Nature has been on a rampage lately. For those of us not personally affected it may be hard to keep up with all the hurricanes, storm surges, and earthquakes. This year has been unprecedented in terms of natural events that have destroyed our built environment. Perhaps worst of all, we have not been able to generate the political will to attack the root causes of these catastrophes. This despite the fact that climate scientists, environmentalists and others have been reporting for decades that one of the effects of climate change is MORE ...

August 2017


Hawaii is the only state in the US that is composed only of islands. We have no physical connection to the US mainland, or any other land, and we are farther away from any place else than any place else. Therefore it comes as no surprise that Hawaii's citizens and leaders are acutely aware of the importance of local and global marine environments. Virtually every facet of life in Hawaii is touched by the ocean. Many people in Hawaii fish for food and have access to fresh fish in local markets, often just hours from the time the fish was caught. Also, large game fish inhabit Hawaii's waters, along with all the other organisms that support the ocean's "apex predators." The ocean helps moderate our climate, assists in creating the trade winds that moderate our tropical weather and us with resources too MORE ...