Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair and Jessica Terrell. Opinions expressed by the editorial board reflect the group's consensus view. Chad Blair, the Politics and Opinion Editor, can be reached at cblair@civilbeat.org.
Hawaii Should Be First State To Require Student Swim Lessons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Should Be First State To Require Student Swim Lessons

This is a life-and-death issue in a state surrounded by ocean that has one of the country’s highest drowning rates.

Honolulu’s Proposed Beach Park Rules Are Long Overdue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Proposed Beach Park Rules Are Long Overdue

The city Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on new regulations that are a welcome step toward better park management.

Neither Of The Kealohas Deserve Leniency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neither Of The Kealohas Deserve Leniency

A letter-writing campaign praising the ex-police chief pins most of the blame on his wife. But there’s more than enough to go around.

Our DC Delegation Needs To Step Up To Save Honolulu’s Drinking Water Courtesy U.S. Navy

Our DC Delegation Needs To Step Up To Save Honolulu’s Drinking Water

The U.S. Navy is willing to go slow and cheap when it comes to averting an environmental catastrophe on Oahu.

Let’s Put A Muzzle On Those Awful Noise-Polluting Mopeds Nick Grube/Honolulu Civil Beat

Let’s Put A Muzzle On Those Awful Noise-Polluting Mopeds

The Honolulu City Council is rightly considering legislation that would require mufflers on revamped vehicles.

We Can’t Let Civil Disobedience Continue To Obstruct Our Legal Process Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

We Can’t Let Civil Disobedience Continue To Obstruct Our Legal Process

The protesters of TMT, Sherwoods and Kahuku have made their points. But it’s time to move forward.

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors

Hawaii’s 16 small boat harbors are in desperate need of better maintenance, and users need to pay more of the cost.

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill

Bill 37 offers unsupported justifications to favor organized labor over nonunion general contractors.

Want To ‘Keep Hawaii Hawaii’? That’s Going To Cost Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To ‘Keep Hawaii Hawaii’? That’s Going To Cost Money

Let’s have a serious discussion about levying “green fees” and “eco-taxes” on tourists to preserve the place we all love.

Find The Money Now To Fix Diamond Head’s Lookout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Find The Money Now To Fix Diamond Head’s Lookout

Let’s not wait until somebody is injured or dies at the crumbling summit structure. Are you listening, HTA?

Honolulu Must Reveal Why It Hired Mainland Attorneys Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Must Reveal Why It Hired Mainland Attorneys

Taxpayers have the right to know why and how their money is being spent on a mysterious federal criminal defense.

Legislative Leaders Need To Crack Down On Their HART Appointees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leaders Need To Crack Down On Their HART Appointees

The four members appointed by lawmakers rarely show up, weakening promised legislative oversight on a project that is wildly over budget.