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Danny de Gracia

Danny de Gracia is a resident of Waipahu, a political scientist 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: It’s Time To Drop The COVID-19 Tier System

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time To Drop The COVID-19 Tier System

It would be better to focus on encouraging vaccinations, rather than maintaining a system that was never meant to be permanent.

Danny De Gracia: Pandemic Lessons Should Prepare Us For The Next Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Pandemic Lessons Should Prepare Us For The Next Crisis

We need to select leaders who can build defenses against problems, and when a problem does occur, can “push the button” with quick action before it becomes a crisis.

Danny De Gracia: A Bill To Honor Juneteenth Is A Ripple In The Current Of Justice Getty Images/iStockphoto

Danny De Gracia: A Bill To Honor Juneteenth Is A Ripple In The Current Of Justice

Hawaii has a chance to rectify being one of only three states that does not honor the end of slavery in the United States.

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Make Hawaii Pono Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Make Hawaii Pono Again

When Hawaii is fair and works for everyone, there will be less temptation to cut corners or seek deceitful riches.

Danny De Gracia: We Urgently Need To Reopen Hawaii’s Capitol Building Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: We Urgently Need To Reopen Hawaii’s Capitol Building

Democracy is better served when citizens can interact more freely with lawmakers.

Danny De Gracia: Open Up Hawaii For Vaccinated People Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Open Up Hawaii For Vaccinated People

While waiting for the state to figure out the technical considerations of a vaccine passport, we ought to just let fully inoculated people with CDC cards engage in “old normal” activities.

Danny De Gracia: Homeless People Can Get Stimulus Payments But Need Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Homeless People Can Get Stimulus Payments But Need Help

Without permanent addresses or internet access, the many homeless people who are eligible will face barriers to claiming money that would make a difference.

Danny De Gracia: Go Get Vaccinated So We Can End This Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Go Get Vaccinated So We Can End This Pandemic

The Biden administration has remedied the biggest problems for the Aloha State. The rest of this pandemic recovery is up to us.

Danny De Gracia: The Hawaii Legislature Is Missing The Boat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Hawaii Legislature Is Missing The Boat

A session that should have been focused on big recovery and great hope has been squandered so far.