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.
There Should Be No Secret Deal With Airbnb Cory Lum/Civil Beat

There Should Be No Secret Deal With Airbnb

Gov. David Ige should let the public see the details of his agreement with the vacation rental giant.

Rail Project Gets Some Much-Needed Money Management Help From State Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Gets Some Much-Needed Money Management Help From State

A little-noticed provision of the Legislature’s rail bailout bill could pay dividends as new members join the HART board.

Here’s Our Advice For Our New Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Our Advice For Our New Police Chief

If Susan Ballard wants to regain the public’s trust, she needs to start trusting the public.

Let’s Scrap The Police Chief Search And Start Over Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s Scrap The Police Chief Search And Start Over

The indictments of Louis Kealoha, his wife and five former or current officers changes the critical task before the Honolulu Police Commission.

Hawaii Judge Is Right To Keep Fighting Oppressive Travel Bans Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judge Is Right To Keep Fighting Oppressive Travel Bans

Judge Derrick Watson says the Trump administration continues to ignore requirements imposed by federal courts.

Safe Zones For The Homeless Are Worth A Try Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Safe Zones For The Homeless Are Worth A Try

The state and two counties are giving serious consideration to puuhonua facilities that could house and help the homeless.

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Should Just Resign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Should Just Resign

Max Sword did the right thing by recusing himself from the police chief selection, but he should take the next step to restore public confidence and that’s step down.

Congress Must ‘Get Off Its Ass’ And Move To Stop Gun Violence AP

Congress Must ‘Get Off Its Ass’ And Move To Stop Gun Violence

The White House says the day following the Las Vegas massacre is not the right time to talk about gun control but now is precisely the time.

Doing Away With The Jones Act May Help Puerto Rico — And Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Doing Away With The Jones Act May Help Puerto Rico — And Hawaii

Sometimes it takes a hurricane to understand that the outdated maritime shipping law deserves serious reconsideration in the 21st century.

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.