Hard questions to ask

On Tuesday the 22nd, a gut-wrenching “get real about life” piece came out on Honolulu Civil Beat asking one simple question, “When And How Does The Pandemic End?” It’s been a question that I feel we as a society have been avoiding or fooling ourselves to think “oh, it’ll end pretty soon, see the lockdown will end on the 23rd (of September) and we’ll all be okay”. Or “the vaccine ...
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In their own words

During the examination of the WARN letters from the Department of Labor last weekend, published here, an interesting tidbit was discovered. Along with the list of positions that were being eliminated, along with the number of people for each position, the companies also wrote letters explaining the reductions. They also, in some cases, made it very clear what their feelings were of state leadership and how they see the COVID ...
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It’s probably higher than this

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988 is a US labor law that protects employees, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 calendar-day advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs of employees. Typically you hear about these notices being filed on the mainland, by large companies looking to downsize. Here in Hawaii, a WARN notice is an ...
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Dr. Green, check what you are saying STAT

An open letter to Hawaii's Lt. Governor Josh Green Dear Lt. Governor Green: I write this letter to you in the hopes that you will find some of the insight by people like me beneficial in moving the state forward during the COVID-19 crisis. I bring to your attention the actions that people would take upon the words that you say on television, almost every night. For about a month, ...
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Could our outcomes be different?

So here is a theoretical question for everyone in Hawai‘i: If we had political leaders that were not career politicians, would we be seeing the same outcomes from the COVID saga in Hawai‘i? PC: "Founding Fathers labor over the declaration of independence" by mharrsch is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Let’s explain further. In the beginnings of the American Republic, there was a tussle between Federalists and Non-Federalists on the structure of the government ...
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