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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.
Danny De Gracia: How To Get What You Want From The Legislature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: How To Get What You Want From The Legislature

You really can affect what happens at the Capitol. Here are some of the “secrets to the temple.”

Danny De Gracia: Why Hawaii Will Never Solve The Housing Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Why Hawaii Will Never Solve The Housing Crisis

Normal supply and demand conditions don’t apply in a place where so many wealthy outsiders are willing to enter the market.

Danny De Gracia: As I Lay Dying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: As I Lay Dying

Life in Hawaii is slipping into irrelevance. Let’s not let that happen.

Danny De Gracia: A Path Out Of Oblivion For Hawaii Republicans Anthony Quintano

Danny De Gracia: A Path Out Of Oblivion For Hawaii Republicans

Hawaii may be the bluest of states, but residents’ cultural values are often in synch with conservative Republican positions.

Danny De Gracia: Remembering Hawaii’s Long Line Of Heroes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Remembering Hawaii’s Long Line Of Heroes

On the heels of last week’s election, Veterans Day was an ideal time for elected officials to re-dedicate themselves to duty, honor, country, and service before self.

Danny De Gracia: We Should Be Angry About Rail’s Broken Promises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: We Should Be Angry About Rail’s Broken Promises

The real surprise isn’t that it’s costing way more than we were told — it’s that we believed the promises in the first place.

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Waste This Chance To Make Your Life Better Flickr.com

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Waste This Chance To Make Your Life Better

We need to stop letting the ruling class demoralize an entire electorate.

Danny De Gracia: This Election Doesn’t Have To Be Business As Usual Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: This Election Doesn’t Have To Be Business As Usual

You can do what the experts say you’ll do, or you can give Hawaii a much-needed jolt this election.

Danny De Gracia: Resist This Political War Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Resist This Political War

At a time when technology makes the Earth seem so small, modern politics somehow makes us feel worlds apart.

Danny De Gracia: Want To Pay Teachers More? Let Private Donors Pitch In Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Want To Pay Teachers More? Let Private Donors Pitch In

Raising taxes isn’t the only way to pay teachers better and generate more money for public education in Hawaii.

Danny De Gracia: We Don’t Need Our Political Leaders Hovering Over Us Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: We Don’t Need Our Political Leaders Hovering Over Us

Opponents of a constitutional convention want you to believe that empowering the people would be scary.

What Has Happened To The American Dream? Courtesy of Alexander & Baldwin

What Has Happened To The American Dream?

We have become accustomed to things sucking so bad in Hawaii that we have come to accept these things as normal.