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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: Don’t Ban Campaign Fundraising During Legislative Sessions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Don’t Ban Campaign Fundraising During Legislative Sessions

Some people seem to equate holding fundraisers during sessions to accepting bribes, but there’s a free speech issue here.

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You

Federal indictments in the Honolulu police corruption case vindicate the former ethics director but raise questions about the Caldwell administration.

Ian Lind: The Empty Patriotism Of Trump’s National Anthem Fury Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Ian Lind: The Empty Patriotism Of Trump’s National Anthem Fury

The president’s attacks ignore how the right to protest — even against the flag — has long set the U.S. apart from other countries.

Ian Lind: Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels Steve Isaacs/Flickr.com

Ian Lind: Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels

When people were required to wait in line at the front desk to check into their own units, they started complaining.

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.