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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: Rail’s Public-Private Partnership Idea Is A Desperate Cry For Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Rail’s Public-Private Partnership Idea Is A Desperate Cry For Help

The city is in a lousy bargaining position in its search for a partner to finish construction and operate the system.

Neal Milner: Let’s Face It, We Are Way Past The Middle Of The Road Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Neal Milner: Let’s Face It, We Are Way Past The Middle Of The Road

The truth is, most Americans are fine with the idea of finding common ground — as long as it involves the other side coming to its senses.

Neal Milner: Thinking About Leaving Hawaii Can Be Exhausting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Thinking About Leaving Hawaii Can Be Exhausting

How the approach of a potentially devastating storm provided an almost welcome distraction to this 40-year resident watching from afar.

Neal Milner: Time-Travel To 2020, And The Hawaii GOP Is Still Toast Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Time-Travel To 2020, And The Hawaii GOP Is Still Toast

Whether Donald Trump wins, loses or does not run, the islands’ Republicans will likely be even worse off than they are now.

Neal Milner: The Risky Business Of Changing Your Mind Politically Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Risky Business Of Changing Your Mind Politically

A former leader of the religious right who turned away from fundamentalism provides a rare case study of how to leave polarization behind.

Neal Milner: Nationalism Trumps Local Values, And That Hurts Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Nationalism Trumps Local Values, And That Hurts Hawaii

People know that what their mayor or governor does has more impact on their lives, but they are still fixated on Washington.

Neal Milner: Treat Hawaii’s Housing Shortage Like The Disaster It Is Courtesy: Aaron Yoshino

Neal Milner: Treat Hawaii’s Housing Shortage Like The Disaster It Is

There is no evidence either here or nationally that business-as-usual affordable housing policies are working.

Neal Milner: After Trump’s Win We’d Be Crazy To Write Off David Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: After Trump’s Win We’d Be Crazy To Write Off David Ige

The pundits tell you Colleen Hanabusa has a good chance of being Hawaii’s next governor. But you probably misunderstand the probabilities.

Neal Milner: Hawaii’s Lure For Ex-Residents Is Not As Strong As You Think Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Hawaii’s Lure For Ex-Residents Is Not As Strong As You Think

Our isolation can hurt in ways that have nothing to do with being located in the middle of the ocean.

Neal Milner: Stop Talking About The Homeless As If They’re Not Like Us Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Stop Talking About The Homeless As If They’re Not Like Us

Sweeps and bans and even safe zones do nothing to bring “deviant” homeless people back into the norms of our existence.

Neal Milner: Why So Many Kupuna Live In This Mainland Retirement Center Neal Milner

Neal Milner: Why So Many Kupuna Live In This Mainland Retirement Center

From school rivalries to aloha attire, these aging transplants from Hawaii keep their roots alive — in Medford, Oregon.

Neal Milner: Aging In Place — In Hawaii There’s Often No Other Choice Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Aging In Place — In Hawaii There’s Often No Other Choice

In high-priced Hawaii, growing old at home is often not the best choice, but rather a default option because there is no alternative.