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.
Ige Needs To Bring The Public’s Business Back Into The Open — Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Needs To Bring The Public’s Business Back Into The Open — Now

Hawaii Gov. David Ige needs to immediately lift his blanket suspension of the state’s public records and open meetings laws.

Don’t Keep The Public From Participating In Public Policy During A Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Keep The Public From Participating In Public Policy During A Crisis

Senate Bill 2038 would exempt boards from Hawaii’s Sunshine Law on meetings when emergencies like COVID-19 are in effect.

Fear Of Fluoridation Ignores Science And Common Sense PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Fear Of Fluoridation Ignores Science And Common Sense

Our children have the highest prevalence of tooth decay in America. Citizens should demand that the Legislature mandate fluoride in the public water supply.

Make Lead Poisoning Testing Mandatory For Hawaii’s Kids Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Make Lead Poisoning Testing Mandatory For Hawaii’s Kids

Lawmakers need to find the money to continue paying for the state’s prevention program, too.

Why Is The Hawaii Legislature Still Protecting Bad Cops? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Is The Hawaii Legislature Still Protecting Bad Cops?

Enough already. A bill to allow public disclosure of the names of misbehaving police officers should be passed this session.

The Ongoing TMT Crisis Cries Out For Collective Hawaii Leadership Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Ongoing TMT Crisis Cries Out For Collective Hawaii Leadership

A reconciliation process being offered by legislative leaders is a way forward. But lawmakers need to act decisively and soon.

Want To Really Diversify Hawaii Ag? Cultivate Hemp Office of Gov. David Ige

Want To Really Diversify Hawaii Ag? Cultivate Hemp

It will require the Hawaii Legislature and especially the Ige administration to act decisively in the new year.

Public Officials Who Commit Job-Related Felonies Should Lose Pensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Officials Who Commit Job-Related Felonies Should Lose Pensions

Hawaii needs to send a strong message that betrayal of the public trust will not be tolerated.

Playground’s Move To Kakaako A Big Win For Compromise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Playground’s Move To Kakaako A Big Win For Compromise

But there is much to be done to ensure the planning and permitting process remains satisfactory to all stakeholders.

Renegotiate Treaties With Micronesia To Help Micronesia US Embassy Kolonia/White House

Renegotiate Treaties With Micronesia To Help Micronesia

The U.S. should move now to amend and extend funding through the Compacts of Free Association with three island nations.

Find Creative Ways To Help Renters Pay Crippling Security Deposits Getty Images/iStockphoto

Find Creative Ways To Help Renters Pay Crippling Security Deposits

Hawaii’s high rents also means paying hefty damage deposits before moving in. Public and private solutions are needed.

Support The Disabled: Make Honolulu’s Handi-Van Truly Handy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Support The Disabled: Make Honolulu’s Handi-Van Truly Handy

City officials must move quickly to modernize this essential service, particularly the reservation system, for thousands of residents in need.