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Ian Lind

Ian Lind is an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist who has been blogging daily for 15 years. He has also worked as a newsletter publisher, public interest advocate and lobbyist for Common Cause in Hawaii, peace educator, and legislative staffer. Lind is a lifelong resident of the islands. Read his blog here.
Ian Lind: It’s Time To End The Secrecy Surrounding Police Officers Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Ian Lind: It’s Time To End The Secrecy Surrounding Police Officers

As prior court cases have shown, there’s no evidence that airing complaints against the police department result in any kind of harm to officers or the agency.

Ian Lind: Going The Distance With A Sick Pet Ian Lind

Ian Lind: Going The Distance With A Sick Pet

Warning: You may need a tissue to get through this one.

Ian Lind: No One Has Won The Fight Over Fixing This Waikiki Seawall Annabelle Le Jeune/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: No One Has Won The Fight Over Fixing This Waikiki Seawall

Both sides claim victory in the legal battle between landowners and the state over who should maintain the “Gold Coast” barrier.

Ian Lind: Don’t Be Fooled By ‘Friends Of Rail’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Don’t Be Fooled By ‘Friends Of Rail’

While billing itself as a grassroots organization, the group represents business and labor interests that benefit from the project.

Ian Lind: A Judge’s Findings Leave TMT Opponents Few Options Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: A Judge’s Findings Leave TMT Opponents Few Options

The decision to let the Thirty Meter Telescope move forward closely tracks reasoning in an earlier case involving a Maui telescope.

Ian Lind: Hawaii’s Nuclear Preparedness Is Same Old Fear Mongering Flickr.com

Ian Lind: Hawaii’s Nuclear Preparedness Is Same Old Fear Mongering

We should be pushing for rational diplomacy rather than returning to a Cold War mentality.

Ian Lind: Does The Risk Justify The Cost Of Sprinklers In Older High-Rises? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Does The Risk Justify The Cost Of Sprinklers In Older High-Rises?

Until now, the answer has been “no.” But the tragic fire in the Marco Polo condominiums could change the equation.

Ian Lind: Lawmakers Got Ethics Awards For Not Breaking The Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Lawmakers Got Ethics Awards For Not Breaking The Law

Sorry, but simply getting legally required paperwork filed on time isn’t enough to justify a special award for ethics.

Ian Lind: An Uneasy Final Goodbye To My Mother And My Sister Ian Lind

Ian Lind: An Uneasy Final Goodbye To My Mother And My Sister

I followed their wishes to scatter their ashes at sea after they were cremated, but now I find myself wondering why they made that decision.

Ian Lind: The Kahala Hotel’s New Shoreline Plan Could Reduce Public Beach Access Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: The Kahala Hotel’s New Shoreline Plan Could Reduce Public Beach Access

The high-end resort wants a long-term easement allowing it to hold more weddings and other events that could take up more of the public beach.

Ian Lind: Here’s Why Hawaii Judges Are Not ‘War Criminals’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Here’s Why Hawaii Judges Are Not ‘War Criminals’

A well-known Native Hawaiian attorney said it would be a war crime to evict his client. The state Supreme Court disagreed.

Ian Lind: Installing A Missile Defense System Is A Bad Idea U.S. Missile Defense Agency/Flickr

Ian Lind: Installing A Missile Defense System Is A Bad Idea

Pushing ahead with a missile defense system in Hawaii wouldn’t make us any safer, and could signal to North Korea and others that we aren’t interested in diffusing tensions.