Civil Beat Editorial Board

Don’t Blow This Chance To Get Oahu’s Virus Under Control

Don’t Blow This Chance To Get Oahu’s Virus Under Control

The new stay-at-home order must be accompanied by greater disclosure from government and more responsibility from all of us.

The House COVID-19 Panel Has A Good Plan. Let’s Do It — Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The House COVID-19 Panel Has A Good Plan. Let’s Do It — Now

Sharing more detailed data with the public, improving communications and providing more oversight of the state’s coronavirus response are long overdue.

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe

The public needs to have complete confidence that city business, including the virus response, is being handled with absolute integrity. 

Hawaii Needs A Better COVID-19 Communications Strategy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs A Better COVID-19 Communications Strategy

After nearly five months of the pandemic, Gov. David Ige and his top health officials have yet to articulate an effective response strategy that gets the public behind them.

Ige Should Block Union Pay Raises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Should Block Union Pay Raises

With the state’s economic health in severe decline, now is not the time to give public employees more money and the governor should veto that bill.

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.