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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: Let’s Raise Taxes On Things Other Than Property Or Income Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Raise Taxes On Things Other Than Property Or Income

The Legislature should look for ways to increase revenue while minimizing the impact on people’s quality of life.

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For Hawaii To Officially Recognize Juneteenth Getty Images/iStockphoto

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For Hawaii To Officially Recognize Juneteenth

Hawaii is one of only three states that don’t yet officially commemorate Juneteenth, the day that marks the historic end of slavery in the United States.

Danny De Gracia: Ige Needs To Deliver A Better State Of The State Speech This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Ige Needs To Deliver A Better State Of The State Speech This Year

The governor needs to lay out what’s really wrong with Hawaii and what he intends to do about it.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Rise Up While ‘The Stars Are Aligned’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Rise Up While ‘The Stars Are Aligned’

With Democrats in control, the Legislature needs to capitalize on the potential to pull in more federal money to rebuild.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Republicans Should Follow Up On Tardy Stand Against Violence Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Republicans Should Follow Up On Tardy Stand Against Violence

Despite condemning the attack on the U.S. Capitol, local Republicans had earlier been busy fueling conspiracy theories.

Danny De Gracia: Stimulus Checks Are On The Way, But Don’t Call Them Handouts Flickr: frankieleon

Danny De Gracia: Stimulus Checks Are On The Way, But Don’t Call Them Handouts

The rebate you’re being paid is money that already exists, was already taken from you, is still in circulation, and can be returned to you by your government.

Danny De Gracia: A Casino Won’t Resolve Hawaii’s Broken Promises To Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: A Casino Won’t Resolve Hawaii’s Broken Promises To Hawaiians

The state needs to do more to address the systemic challenges facing Native Hawaiians.

Danny De Gracia: More People Are Going Hungry And It’s Only Going To Get Worse Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: More People Are Going Hungry And It’s Only Going To Get Worse

Hawaii is expected to go from 19th in the nation two years ago in lacking enough healthy food to sixth by the end of this year.

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Let The Virus Cause Us To Forget This Day Of Infamy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Let The Virus Cause Us To Forget This Day Of Infamy

One of the things that COVID-19 restrictions should not stop is our study of history and our commemoration of the past.