Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Richard Wiens, Caleb Hartsfield and Chloe Fox. Opinions expressed by the editorial board reflect the group's consensus view.
Leave Papahanaumokuakea Protections In Place Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Leave Papahanaumokuakea Protections In Place

The marine monument is more important as an environmental preserve than it is as a commercial fishing ground.

Stripping Lifeguards Of Immunity Would Be A Perilous Mistake

Stripping Lifeguards Of Immunity Would Be A Perilous Mistake

The Hawaii Senate passed a bill to extend liability protection, but that was before a lawyers’ organization got ahold of it.

Honolulu Police Should Work With The Press, Not Hide From It Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Should Work With The Press, Not Hide From It

HPD doesn’t need a public relations consultant. It just needs to develop a better relationship with the local media.

Hawaii Should Inspect Care Homes As Carefully As It Does Restaurants Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Hawaii Should Inspect Care Homes As Carefully As It Does Restaurants

The Legislature voted to require unannounced care home inspections, but it delayed the potentially life-saving requirement until 2019.

Honolulu Rail: City Needs To Get It Together Or Give It Up

Honolulu Rail: City Needs To Get It Together Or Give It Up

If a viable plan doesn’t emerge soon, our political leaders should be open to pulling the plug before more billions of dollars are spent on a project of questionable value.

Vote-By-Mail: Make Hawaii’s Abysmal Elections Cheaper And Better Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Vote-By-Mail: Make Hawaii’s Abysmal Elections Cheaper And Better

The Legislature has the chance to increase turnout while streamlining the voting process and saving money.

Hawaii Learned Its Lesson On Discrimination 75 Years Ago Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Hawaii Learned Its Lesson On Discrimination 75 Years Ago

Our history with Japanese internment camps makes support for the travel ban all the more insulting.

It’s Long Past Time To Stop The Fistfights In Waianae Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

It’s Long Past Time To Stop The Fistfights In Waianae

The teenage fight culture needs a concerted community effort to fix — and quickly — for the sake of the students and the residents.

Why Hawaii Republicans Are Destined To Be Irrelevant Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Republicans Are Destined To Be Irrelevant

We need a viable opposition party, but state Republican leaders just showed again how out of touch they are with island voters.

With EPA Under Siege, Hawaii Must Protect Its Own Environment Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

With EPA Under Siege, Hawaii Must Protect Its Own Environment

The federal agency often took a lead role in helping the islands deal with pollution. That’s unlikely to continue with Scott Pruitt in charge.

Deedy Case: Time To Let Go Of A Case That’s Gone Nowhere

Deedy Case: Time To Let Go Of A Case That’s Gone Nowhere

The Hawaii Supreme Court should reject the prosecution’s efforts to try Christopher Deedy a third time.

Toddler Assault: Peyton Valiente Deserves Justice Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Toddler Assault: Peyton Valiente Deserves Justice

And the citizens of Honolulu deserve a police department that doesn’t allow special treatment for its own officers.

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