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Neal Milner

Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years. He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation." His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants.
Neal Milner: Aging In Place — In Hawaii There’s Often No Other Choice Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Aging In Place — In Hawaii There’s Often No Other Choice

In high-priced Hawaii, growing old at home is often not the best choice, but rather a default option because there is no alternative.

Neal Milner: The Dark Side Of Teen Activism Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Dark Side Of Teen Activism

School-shooting survivors turned activists are headed for their own special kind of burnout.

Neal Milner: Don’t Let Your Illusions About Democracy Get The Best Of You PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Don’t Let Your Illusions About Democracy Get The Best Of You

The idea that elections hold officials accountable and produce better government is so overrated.

Neal Milner: There’s Change Afoot In America And We Don’t See It Coming DonkeyHotey via Flickr

Neal Milner: There’s Change Afoot In America And We Don’t See It Coming

It’s not a flashy movement and the experts have barely begun to notice. But it could change democracy in fundamental ways.

Neal Milner: Why Hawaii Needs To Be More Like Kansas City Kevin Harber/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Why Hawaii Needs To Be More Like Kansas City

Enough with the can’t-do criticism of how we run things in the islands. It’s time to adopted goals and strategies we agree on.

Neal Milner: Racial Issues Erode Our Democracy More Than Trump Does Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Racial Issues Erode Our Democracy More Than Trump Does

Since 1960 two forces have driven American politics: the civil rights movement and opposition to what it accomplished.

Neal Milner: Don’t Call Honolulu Rail A ‘Work in Progress’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Don’t Call Honolulu Rail A ‘Work in Progress’

True, the project isn't finished. But here are some other ways to describe government debacles such as this one.
Neal Milner: ‘Ordinary Schmoes’ Can Save Us From Trump Obsession Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: ‘Ordinary Schmoes’ Can Save Us From Trump Obsession

It's easy to get caught up in a 24-7 focus on the freak show in Washington, but that won't make us better.
Neal Milner: Three Oahu Attractions That Might Brighten Your Holidays Neal Milner/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Three Oahu Attractions That Might Brighten Your Holidays

If you know where to look, you can sometimes find extraordinary ways to appreciate the ordinary things that life in Hawaii offers.

Neal Milner: Sorry, But This Is No Watershed Moment For Sexual Harassment Scott via Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Sorry, But This Is No Watershed Moment For Sexual Harassment

Some well-known men are getting their comeuppance, but it’ll take far more than that to help the victims in more commonplace cases.

Neal Milner: Inner-Party Squabbles Could Shake Up Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Inner-Party Squabbles Could Shake Up Governor’s Race

If power struggles within the Democratic and Republican parties nationally are transplanted to the islands, all bets are off.

Neal Milner: Here’s What It Really Takes To Survive In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Here’s What It Really Takes To Survive In Hawaii

Hate them if you must, but homelessness, vacation rentals and unlicensed care homes are natural responses to problems plaguing the islands.