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.
It’s Time For Lawmakers To Stand With The Public Against Police Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Time For Lawmakers To Stand With The Public Against Police Misconduct

For too many years, lawmakers have turned aside efforts to allow public scrutiny of police misconduct. Now outrage over abuse of power should outweigh any pushback by the police union.

The Hawaii Legislature Should Not Delay Tough Calls

The Hawaii Legislature Should Not Delay Tough Calls

If the economy tanks further, it will be necessary to cut salaries, implement furloughs, skip pay raises and reduce payments to health plans and pensions.

Hawaii’s Legislature Must Find A Way To Get Back To Work

Hawaii’s Legislature Must Find A Way To Get Back To Work

Other governments and agencies are meeting using technology. Our lawmakers should too. There is just too much pressing business that demands attention.

Time For Hawaii To Ramp Up Contact Tracing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Time For Hawaii To Ramp Up Contact Tracing

But tracking the possible spread of COVID-19 will require resources, sensitivity and an openness to new ideas and technology.

Release Nonviolent Inmates. It’s The Humane Thing To Do Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Release Nonviolent Inmates. It’s The Humane Thing To Do

Hawaii officials must act now in light of the rising pandemic. It’s a matter of public safety.

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.