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Neal Milner

Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years. He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation." His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
Neal Milner: Honolulu’s Rail Is More About Incompetence Than Corruption Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Honolulu’s Rail Is More About Incompetence Than Corruption

Officials through the years urged patience, but the problems facing the project in 1992 are still elusive.

Neal Milner: We Should Rethink Our Housing Priorities While Waiting For The World To Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: We Should Rethink Our Housing Priorities While Waiting For The World To Change

What to consider when criminalizing homelessness is unjust and policymaking is unrealistic.
Neal Milner: We Still Need Sidewalks And Shopping Centers Where We Can Linger Joe Wolf/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: We Still Need Sidewalks And Shopping Centers Where We Can Linger

The ability to casually hang out at places like Starbucks and Costco is integral to a sense of community and our democracy.
Neal Milner: Beware Of Public Officials Wielding Pristine Ceremonial Shovels Mayor's Office

Neal Milner: Beware Of Public Officials Wielding Pristine Ceremonial Shovels

Groundbreaking ceremonies may not answer all prayers, but they are intended to renew our faith in government.
Neal Milner: Mike McCartney Might Just Have A Career In Stand-Up Comedy Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat /2019

Neal Milner: Mike McCartney Might Just Have A Career In Stand-Up Comedy

Silvia Luke's inauguration jokes and McCartney's zinger were rare displays of genuine comedic talent from public officials.
Neal Milner: Why I Don’t Mind Being Uncomfortable At Christmastime Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Why I Don’t Mind Being Uncomfortable At Christmastime

Discomfort allows me to feel part of this place while still keeping my eyes wide open.
Neal Milner: Will Our New Governor Be A Truth-Teller Or A Truth-Skater? David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Will Our New Governor Be A Truth-Teller Or A Truth-Skater?

So many projects go off the rails in Hawaii, we need leaders who are brutally honest even if the news is bad.
Neal Milner: Forget About The Elections. This Endangered Butterfly Is A Much Better Story US Fish & Wildlife Service

Neal Milner: Forget About The Elections. This Endangered Butterfly Is A Much Better Story

Scientists, landowners and the government worked together to save this rare creature.
Neal Milner: Honolulu Needs To Be More Than Just A Lot Of People Living Together Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Neal Milner: Honolulu Needs To Be More Than Just A Lot Of People Living Together

Describing Hawaii as a special place and a unique bubble of niceness and ohana is often more of a defense and rationalization than a vision.