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Danny de Gracia

Danny de Gracia is a resident of Waipahu, a political scientist, a proud union shop steward, and an ordained minister. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views. You can reach him by email at dgracia@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @ddg2cb.
Danny De Gracia: Splitting Oahu Into More Counties Might Not Be A Bad Idea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Splitting Oahu Into More Counties Might Not Be A Bad Idea

Community concerns vary widely on different parts of the island, and Honolulu Hale’s one-size-fits-all approach isn’t working.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Look To Hawaii To Solve Hawaii Problems Courtesy: NASA

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Look To Hawaii To Solve Hawaii Problems

We’re treated like subjects of a colony that must find all its answers elsewhere. This keeps outside special interests and multinational corporations in charge.

Danny De Gracia: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland

Young people in Hawaii need to graduate from high school or college with better prospects for a future in the islands.

Danny De Gracia: Here’s How Local Government Can Stop Crashing And Burning PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Here’s How Local Government Can Stop Crashing And Burning

The folks who run Hawaii need a new organizational culture. The aviation industry actually provides a good model.

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Gov. David Ige need to take a bus loaded with staff and visit every street, public park and public bathroom with notepads in hand.

Danny De Gracia: Maybe Hirono Should Be A ‘Badass’ On Local Issues Too Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Maybe Hirono Should Be A ‘Badass’ On Local Issues Too

Emerging as one of President Trump’s most vocal critics plays well with the senator’s political base, but what about all those federal investigations in her own backyard?

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year

The people of Hawaii got lip service this session when it came to helping them in their time of need.

Danny De Gracia: Teen Suicide Is A Big Problem In Hawaii Getty Images/iStockphoto

Danny De Gracia: Teen Suicide Is A Big Problem In Hawaii

Teachers, counselors and health professionals can be trained to deter teen suicide, but prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

Danny De Gracia: Reining In The Untamed World Of Online Gaming Getty Images

Danny De Gracia: Reining In The Untamed World Of Online Gaming

The video game industry is bigger than movies and music combined. Hawaii legislators are right to consider regulating it.

Danny De Gracia: The Unintended Hazards Of Red-Light Cameras Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Unintended Hazards Of Red-Light Cameras

Ticketing drivers caught on camera removes the human element of a police officer considering the circumstances. Ready for more rear-enders?

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Must Stop New Tax Increases Flickr.com

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Must Stop New Tax Increases

The exodus of young people will continue unless Hawaii lessens their tax burden rather than making it worse.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control

A state senator’s resolutions targeting the Second Amendment are among several firearms measures in the Legislature.