Credit to the state and homeless providers, the number of people in shelters is up 8.2 percent, while the total number of homeless is up only 1 percent. That means more homeless are being taken care of.
In the end, it was business that caused the Hawaii Business Roundtable executive committee to cut its losses after angering customers and colleagues with its letter to the governor opposing House Bill 444.
Bowing to pressure from the community and its own membership, the Hawaii Business Roundtable has sent Gov. Lingle a letter clarifying its position on civil unions. The letter says it opposes discrimination, but still wants her to veto House Bill 444 because of technical and legal concerns.