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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: 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.

Ian Lind: Could Leasing Bill Ease Way For Thirty Meter Telescope? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Could Leasing Bill Ease Way For Thirty Meter Telescope?

A House bill has morphed into a sweetheart deal to create perpetual leases for tenants on state land,  possibly including the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Ian Lind: Union Says Suspensions Shouldn’t Stop Prison Guard Promotions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Union Says Suspensions Shouldn’t Stop Prison Guard Promotions

The United Public Workers has fought a state promotion policy for years, and now the case is going to the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Ian Lind: Why Condo Associations Are Sweating After A Judge’s Ruling Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Why Condo Associations Are Sweating After A Judge’s Ruling

Improper foreclosure procedures were sometimes used, a federal judge found, and the stakes could be staggeringly high.

Ian Lind: Hawaiian Activist Was Right All Along, Supreme Court Rules PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Hawaiian Activist Was Right All Along, Supreme Court Rules

Laulani Teale persisted in proclaiming her innocence for nearly five years after her arrest for approaching the Honolulu mayor.

Ian Lind: There’s No Stopping The Big Money In Honolulu Politics Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: There’s No Stopping The Big Money In Honolulu Politics

The city’s Ethics Commission rightfully concluded that City Council members can legally take a lot of money from special interest groups.