Civil Beat Editorial Board

Public Utilities Commission: Don’t Short-Circuit Energy Regulation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Utilities Commission: Don’t Short-Circuit Energy Regulation

The PUC has too long been short-staffed and underfunded. This is the year to make that situation significantly better.
Tax Credits and Fairness: Squeezed Hawaii Renters Need Relief

Tax Credits and Fairness: Squeezed Hawaii Renters Need Relief

The tax credit for low-income renters hasn't been adjusted in more than three decades. Legislators should raise it now, and make more people eligible.
Prison Guard Absenteeism: Get Set for More No-Shows on Sunday Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Prison Guard Absenteeism: Get Set for More No-Shows on Sunday

In a "climate of corruption," dozens of Hawaii prison guards regularly abuse their sick leave, making their workplaces more expensive — and more dangerous.
The Army in Hawaii: Fight to Save It, Prepare to Lose It U.S. Army

The Army in Hawaii: Fight to Save It, Prepare to Lose It

Business leaders are right to pull out all the stops to preserve the Army's Hawaii presence at its current level, but we also need to start thinking about what comes next if major cuts are made.
Marijuana Legalization: It’s Time to End Hawaii’s Prohibition Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Marijuana Legalization: It’s Time to End Hawaii’s Prohibition

After taking far too long to implement medical dispensaries, the state should start collecting tax revenue instead of wasting money on enforcement.
GMO Labeling: Congress Should Settle Issue, Require Transparency

GMO Labeling: Congress Should Settle Issue, Require Transparency

People want to know what they're eating, and that's a right that shouldn't be established on a state-by-state basis.
Obama Presidential Library: Homelessness and Hawaii’s Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Obama Presidential Library: Homelessness and Hawaii’s Campaign

Authorities need to remedy the situation on the streets of Kakaako if Honolulu hopes to secure a portion of the presidential legacy.
City Response to Police Chief Case Doesn’t Work, on So Many Levels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Response to Police Chief Case Doesn’t Work, on So Many Levels

The police commission. The police union. The mayor. Why is everybody averting their eyes from serious allegations against Louis Kealoha?
Honolulu Bike Lane: If You Build It, They Will Come City and County of Honolulu

Honolulu Bike Lane: If You Build It, They Will Come

The King Street protected lane is a great start. But the city needs to work quickly to beef up its bike-friendly projects.