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.
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.

The Only Cure For Our Police Blues: Put Chief On Permanent Leave Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

The Only Cure For Our Police Blues: Put Chief On Permanent Leave

The alleged conspiracy involving Louis Kealoha’s stolen mailbox is only one reason he should not be allowed back on the job.

Navy Should Think Twice Before Dropping Bombs On Pagan Dan Lin/Civil Beat

Navy Should Think Twice Before Dropping Bombs On Pagan

As it looks to expand in the Marianas, the U.S. military owes the affected residents a full and accurate assessment of the possible impacts.

Don’t Like The Homeless In Our Backyards? Then Fix The Problem Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Don’t Like The Homeless In Our Backyards? Then Fix The Problem

The concerns of Chinatown business owners are understandable, but we can’t keep forcing our homeless citizens elsewhere.

Hawaii Needs To Act Now On New Day Care Rules Ashley Webb/Flickr.com

Hawaii Needs To Act Now On New Day Care Rules

The state needs to push through on requirements for safe sleeping practices at day cares more quickly.