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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: 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.

Danny De Gracia: Let Hawaii Tourists Gamble And Smoke Pot — Then Tax Them More Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Let Hawaii Tourists Gamble And Smoke Pot — Then Tax Them More

Visitors come to the islands to escape, not to be micromanaged. The state should relax its laws and reap the economic benefits.

Danny De Gracia: Save The Barbers Point Naval Air Museum Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Save The Barbers Point Naval Air Museum

Military folks are not the type to stage protests like we’ve been seeing elsewhere in Hawaii. But the state plan for this museum needs public scrutiny.

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Police Need To Beef Up Presence in High-Crime Areas Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Police Need To Beef Up Presence in High-Crime Areas

Hotels, malls and other businesses should increase security as violent crime rises in the city.

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign

Local reelection campaign should get the president to visit Hawaii and speak to what he can do about the crisis in the islands.

Danny De Gracia: Time To Resurrect Plans For A Hawaii Ferry System Flickr: rust.bucket

Danny De Gracia: Time To Resurrect Plans For A Hawaii Ferry System

Since the Superferry demise a decade ago, there is skepticism about creating a new system. But it would be a boon to neighbor island residents, tourists and businesses alike.

Danny De Gracia: A ‘Jungle Primary’ Could Correct Political Polarization Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: A ‘Jungle Primary’ Could Correct Political Polarization

A top-two primary system avoids forcing voters to choose between candidates at the fringes of their parties.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Needs To Fix Itself Up Before It Hosts Big Events Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Needs To Fix Itself Up Before It Hosts Big Events

Our leaders need to take personal responsibility for getting and keeping Hawaii ready for global competitiveness.