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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.

July 2020

Monday, July 6

Danny De Gracia: Why A Visitor Fee Isn’t A Bad Thing

June 2020

Monday, June 29

Danny De Gracia: Should We Trust The Governor With Health Decisions?

Monday, June 22

Danny De Gracia: It’s Not Just Tourists We Need To Be Concerned About

Monday, June 15

Danny De Gracia: 2020 Election Is A Vote On Hawaii’s Post-Pandemic Future

Monday, June 8

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Use The COVID-19 Crisis To Improve Hawaii’s Schools

Monday, June 1

Danny De Gracia: Go Ahead And Shop, You’ll Be Fine

May 2020

Monday, May 18

Danny De Gracia: Maximize Federal Aid Before We Chop Up The State Budget

Monday, May 11

Danny De Gracia: Let’s Keep The Pandemic’s Positive Changes

Monday, May 4

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Let COVID-19 Destroy The Upcoming Election

April 2020

Monday, April 27

Danny De Gracia: Viral Misinformation Aids The Spread Of COVID-19

Monday, April 20

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Should Gavel Back In This Week — Online

Monday, April 13

Danny De Gracia: Long-Term Economic Health Demands Waiting Out COVID-19

Monday, April 6

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time To Envision Hawaii’s Future

March 2020

Monday, March 30

Danny De Gracia: $1,200 Stimulus Check Won’t Go Very Far In Hawaii

Monday, March 23

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

Monday, March 9

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

February 2020

Monday, February 24

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

Wednesday, February 19

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

Monday, February 10

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

Monday, February 3

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

January 2020

Monday, January 27

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

Wednesday, January 22

Danny de Gracia: Hawaii Should Welcome New Defense Radar

Monday, January 13

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

Monday, January 6

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

December 2019

Monday, December 30

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

Monday, December 23

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

Saturday, December 14

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

Monday, December 9

Danny De Gracia: Save The Barbers Point Naval Air Museum

Monday, December 2

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

November 2019

Monday, November 18

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

Tuesday, November 12

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

Monday, November 4

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

October 2019

Monday, October 28

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

Monday, October 21

Danny De Gracia: Here’s Why You’ll Want To Work For The Hawaii Legislature

Monday, October 14

Danny De Gracia: The Bipartisan Political Legacy Of Cynthia Thielen

September 2019

Monday, September 30

Danny De Gracia: Impeachment More About Politics Than Justice

Monday, September 16

Danny De Gracia: Growing Homeless Population Demands Our Attention

Monday, September 9

Danny De Gracia: One Option For Bringing Down Insulin Prices In Hawaii

Tuesday, September 3

Danny De Gracia: CBD Sales Would Be Good For Hawaii

August 2019

Monday, August 26

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For A Convention Of States

Monday, August 19

Danny De Gracia: A Guaranteed Income Is One Idea To Keep Hawaii From Destitution

Tuesday, August 13

Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control?

Monday, August 5

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Should Try Harder To Get More Cops On The Job

July 2019

Monday, July 29

Danny De Gracia: There’s No Excuse For Not Protecting Our Tourists

Monday, July 15

Danny De Gracia: Welcome To Honolulu, Where There’s No Place To Park

Monday, July 8

Danny De Gracia: Have The Guts To Use Hawaii’s ‘Whistleblower Law’

June 2019

Monday, June 24

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Scapegoat Airbnbs For Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

Monday, June 17

Danny De Gracia: Splitting Oahu Into More Counties Might Not Be A Bad Idea

Monday, June 10

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Look To Hawaii To Solve Hawaii Problems

Monday, June 3

Danny De Gracia: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland

May 2019

Tuesday, May 28

Danny De Gracia: Here’s How Local Government Can Stop Crashing And Burning

Monday, May 20

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing

Monday, May 13

Danny De Gracia: Maybe Hirono Should Be A ‘Badass’ On Local Issues Too

Monday, May 6

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year

April 2019

Monday, April 29

Danny De Gracia: Teen Suicide Is A Big Problem In Hawaii

Monday, April 22

Danny De Gracia: Reining In The Untamed World Of Online Gaming

Monday, April 15

Danny De Gracia: The Unintended Hazards Of Red-Light Cameras

March 2019

Monday, March 25

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Must Stop New Tax Increases

Monday, March 18

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control

Monday, March 11

Danny De Gracia: When Reforming Primaries, Make Sure Voters Understand

Monday, March 4

Danny De Gracia: When Are City Leaders Going To Talk To Us About Corruption?

February 2019

Monday, February 25

Danny De Gracia: Quit Scalping Hawaii Taxpayers — Legalize Gambling

Tuesday, February 19

Danny De Gracia: Not So Fast On Massive New Green Movement

Monday, February 11

Danny De Gracia: Why A Social Conservative Like Me Wants To Legalize Pot

January 2019

Monday, January 28

Danny De Gracia: Ige’s Affordable Housing Plan Could Easily Backfire

Tuesday, January 22

Danny De Gracia: Confessions Of A Bill Hijacker

Monday, January 14

Danny De Gracia: Raising Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Is No Quick Fix

Wednesday, January 2

Danny De Gracia: How You Can Make A Difference In 2019

December 2018

Wednesday, December 26

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Needs To Prepare For Hard Times Ahead

Monday, December 17

Danny De Gracia: 10 Annoying Things About Living In Honolulu

Monday, December 10

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

Monday, December 3

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

November 2018

Monday, November 26

Danny De Gracia: As I Lay Dying

Monday, November 19

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

Tuesday, November 13

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

Monday, November 5

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

October 2018

Monday, October 29

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

Monday, October 22

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

Monday, October 15

Danny De Gracia: Resist This Political War

Monday, October 8

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

Monday, October 1

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

September 2018

Thursday, September 13

What Has Happened To The American Dream?