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Ian Lind

Ian Lind: Why Did News Media Ignore Native Hawaiian Convention? www.aha2016.com

Ian Lind: Why Did News Media Ignore Native Hawaiian Convention?

Reporters were not allowed to attend the month-long event, but they still could have ferreted out a lot more details.
Ian Lind: Why Is This Unpopular Idea Still Alive At The Legislature?

Ian Lind: Why Is This Unpopular Idea Still Alive At The Legislature?

The proposal to elect judges has received total opposition across the board. Yet it moves on.
Ian Lind: Hawaii Fights Against Regulating The Catching Of Reef Fish Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Hawaii Fights Against Regulating The Catching Of Reef Fish

State officials seek in court to avoid limiting the collection of fish and other reef creatures for aquariums.
Ian Lind: Falling Short Again On Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Falling Short Again On Prisons

In the 1970s, Hawaii's shiny vision of having the country's most modern, humane prison system collapsed. Can we do better now?
Ian Lind: Legislators Propose Gutting State Ethics Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Legislators Propose Gutting State Ethics Law

Identical bills in the House and Senate would weaken the State Ethics Commission and make it far easier for state officials to accept gifts.
Ian Lind: Don’t Be Steered Astray — You Do Need A Driver’s License

Ian Lind: Don’t Be Steered Astray — You Do Need A Driver’s License

Some quick fact-checking shows that claims of an inherent right to drive without the permission of the government are based on bogus legal references.
Ian Lind: Ethics Violation By Nonprofit Group Raises Questions Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ethics Violation By Nonprofit Group Raises Questions

The case of PHOCUSED points to flaws in the oversight of lobbying laws, including how clear the rules are and whether protecting the identity of violators is a good idea.
Ian Lind: Kahoolawe 40 Years Later Ian Lind

Ian Lind: Kahoolawe 40 Years Later

Protests over using the island as a military bombing range galvanized the modern Hawaiian movement.
Ian Lind: Has UH Adequately Addressed Cancer Center’s Sticky Issues?

Ian Lind: Has UH Adequately Addressed Cancer Center’s Sticky Issues?

Former director Michele Carbone was often an expert defense witness in asbestos cases and sought UH grants from a frequently sued company. Conflict of interest?
Ian Lind: Is Anyone Paying Attention To the Honolulu Charter Commission? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Is Anyone Paying Attention To the Honolulu Charter Commission?

Police oversight. Land-use rules. Ethics laws. A lot is on the table, but the board is mostly flying under the radar as it decides what will go on next year's ballot.
Ian Lind: What The Supreme Court’s TMT Decision Didn’t Say Cory Lum

Ian Lind: What The Supreme Court’s TMT Decision Didn’t Say

The ruling didn't get into whether traditional Native Hawaiian practices and rights should be protected. That's likely to come in the next round of legal wrangling.
Ian Lind: Hawaii Gets A Gold Star For Consumer Complaints John Pritchett/Civil beat

Ian Lind: Hawaii Gets A Gold Star For Consumer Complaints

Hawaii has two online databases that consumers can turn to if they want to find out about a company or contractor. Still, it's not perfect.