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.
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.

Sanctuary State: Hawaii Must Stand Up For Its Values

Sanctuary State: Hawaii Must Stand Up For Its Values

Hawaii should go a step beyond the administrations commendable pushback on Trump’s travel ban and declare itself to be a sanctuary state.

Gabbard Crossed The Line With Secret Trip To Syria

Gabbard Crossed The Line With Secret Trip To Syria

The congresswoman has legitimate concerns about regime change, but her Assad-friendly stance on the Syria conflict puts her in an unfavorable light.

Be Like Seattle: Services Not Jail For Minor Offenders Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Be Like Seattle: Services Not Jail For Minor Offenders

The Legislature should support Gov. Ige’s $200,000 request for a pilot program that provides low-level offenders with services instead of jail time.

Let The Terminally Ill Exercise Personal Freedom

Let The Terminally Ill Exercise Personal Freedom

Hawaii has been grappling with this issue for 20 years. It’s time to lay it to rest.

HPD Chief’s Secret Payoff: It’s The Principle That Should Count Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

HPD Chief’s Secret Payoff: It’s The Principle That Should Count

Retire, fire or keep Chief Louis Kealoha on leave. But don’t reward him for what could turn out to be very serious criminal wrongdoing.

48 States Have An Airport Authority — Why Not Hawaii? Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

48 States Have An Airport Authority — Why Not Hawaii?

Everyday operations are hampered by our archaic management of 15 airports that are the lifeblood of the tourism industry.

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