Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair, Jessica Terrell, Landess Kearns and Caleb Hartsfield. Opinions expressed by the editorial board reflect the group's consensus view. Chad Blair, the Politics and Opinion Editor, can be reached at cblair@civilbeat.org.
Hawaii Must Prepare As Trump And Kim Continue Their Dangerous Game http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/

Hawaii Must Prepare As Trump And Kim Continue Their Dangerous Game

It’s hard to take Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un seriously. Still, the state is right to add a nuclear attack to the lists of disasters we must plan for.

Make It Easier, Not Harder, To Access Hawaii’s Public Records

Make It Easier, Not Harder, To Access Hawaii’s Public Records

Gov. David Ige and his Office of Information Practices are sending very different messages about openness and accountability in state government.

Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan Deserves Serious Consideration Flickr: DonkeyHotey

Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan Deserves Serious Consideration

Republicans keep trying to reduce government-funded health care, but reversing the progress made under Obamacare would be a moral failure.

Honolulu Rail: Hawaii Lawmakers Deserve Credit For Doing Their Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail: Hawaii Lawmakers Deserve Credit For Doing Their Job

Whether you support rail or not, it’s OK to applaud the Legislature for finding the best solution possible to a very sticky political problem.

Congress Must Act To Undo A Massive Injustice To ‘Dreamers’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Congress Must Act To Undo A Massive Injustice To ‘Dreamers’

President Trump called them “terrific.” Then he rescinded protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

Any Bailout Of Honolulu Rail Must Include Tough State Oversight Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Any Bailout Of Honolulu Rail Must Include Tough State Oversight

While we’d prefer no more money go to the mismanaged project, it’s heartening that proposed tax increases include closer scrutiny of HART.

Let’s Preserve And Perpetuate Art In Public Places Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s Preserve And Perpetuate Art In Public Places

An artist’s refusal to see his work demolished offers a lesson in shared space.

UH Should Save Ka Leo — And Bring It Into The Digital Age

UH Should Save Ka Leo — And Bring It Into The Digital Age

The university should raise fees to keep the near-broke student newspaper afloat, but find a new business model.

Marco Polo Fire: Taxpayers Should Help Pay For High-Rise Sprinklers Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Marco Polo Fire: Taxpayers Should Help Pay For High-Rise Sprinklers

Retrofitting old buildings with sprinklers and other vital safety measures is clearly in the best interest of all of us.

Biki Is A Good Start But Honolulu Must Do A Lot More To Be Bike-Friendly

Biki Is A Good Start But Honolulu Must Do A Lot More To Be Bike-Friendly

A new bike-sharing system demonstrates that we might become a place where people can safely bike for work and pleasure — someday.

Mayor Caldwell Needs To Act Now To Strengthen The Police Commission Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Mayor Caldwell Needs To Act Now To Strengthen The Police Commission

The Honolulu mayor has taken some steps to make the commission more professional. Now he needs to finish the job.

Don’t Drown The Aquarium Bill

Don’t Drown The Aquarium Bill

Gov. Ige should let Senate Bill 1240, which would eventually phase out aquarium fishing, become law so that it can be improved upon next session.