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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: Say Good-Bye To Chili And Rice Campaign Events Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Say Good-Bye To Chili And Rice Campaign Events

Political campaigning in the face of the coronavirus will be a whole different thing.

Danny De Gracia: Coronavirus Could Be Hawaii’s Final Straw Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Coronavirus Could Be Hawaii’s Final Straw

Our economy is on the verge of collapse and the virus is pushing us closer to the edge. Hawaii lawmakers need to put the brakes on big, ambitious spending proposals.

Danny De Gracia: Give 16-Year-Olds The Right To Vote Young Progressives Demanding Action

Danny De Gracia: Give 16-Year-Olds The Right To Vote

People need to start voting younger in 2020 because there is so much more at stake that impacts them much earlier.

Danny De Gracia: Forget The Blue-Ribbon Commission. Just Fix The Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Forget The Blue-Ribbon Commission. Just Fix The Problems

Hearing Native Hawaiians oppose major projects over ancient graves, cultural artifacts and environmental concerns is not only predictable, it is inevitable under poor economic conditions.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Struggling Teachers Deserve Some Tax Relief Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Struggling Teachers Deserve Some Tax Relief

Passing a proposed $500 tax credit for buying classroom supplies would be a small step by the Legislature to provide teachers the help they deserve.

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Need To Tighten Controls On Asset Forfeiture Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Need To Tighten Controls On Asset Forfeiture

Government property seizures are especially oppressive in Hawaii where people are already overburdened by so many other economic and regulatory factors.

Danny De Gracia: ‘Congestion Pricing’ Is Another Of Honolulu’s Bad Ideas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: ‘Congestion Pricing’ Is Another Of Honolulu’s Bad Ideas

Local leaders need to learn to use their existing authority to lower traffic in a way that isn’t costing already strapped residents.

Danny de Gracia: Hawaii Should Welcome New Defense Radar Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny de Gracia: Hawaii Should Welcome New Defense Radar

The state needs to stop rejecting everything and start looking for wins.

Danny De Gracia: We Must Get Ready For The Climate Change ‘Storm’ Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: We Must Get Ready For The Climate Change ‘Storm’

Lawmakers and public officials need to do a better job educating Hawaii residents about the effects of sea level rise and changing weather patterns.

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Settle For Mediocrity In Hawaii PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Settle For Mediocrity In Hawaii

The people who vote — Democrats — get the government they vote for. We really should make an effort to do better.

Danny De Gracia: Time To Stop Kicking Honolulu’s Problems Down The Road Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Time To Stop Kicking Honolulu’s Problems Down The Road

When voting for local leaders in 2020, Oahu residents should ask if they’re better off today than they were 10 years ago.

Danny De Gracia: Governor Needs To Make A Decision On Mauna Kea Office of the Governor

Danny De Gracia: Governor Needs To Make A Decision On Mauna Kea

Ige has wasted time, money and the patience of Hawaii residents.