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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: Ride With The Police And Discover How Much They’re Like Us Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Ride With The Police And Discover How Much They’re Like Us

The author of a new book became a volunteer officer in Washington, D.C. and was struck by how big picture thinking is discouraged and race downplayed.

Neal Milner: All Sides In Auditor Dispute Need To Start Acting Like Grown-Ups Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: All Sides In Auditor Dispute Need To Start Acting Like Grown-Ups

The office is too important to good government to go down in a morass of name-calling and self-important rectitude.

Neal Milner: UH Football Is Stuck Between Big Time And Small Time Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Neal Milner: UH Football Is Stuck Between Big Time And Small Time

The UH football team for now will play on a quaint venue at the Manoa campus, but it’s nowhere near what’s needed for survival in NCAA Division 1.

Neal Milner: Why The Latest Alzheimer’s ‘Breakthrough’ May Offer False Hope Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: Why The Latest Alzheimer’s ‘Breakthrough’ May Offer False Hope

Nearly 30,000 people in Hawaii suffer from Alzheimer’s. A new treatment for the disease is causing significant protest in the scientific community.

Neal Milner: Eighty, Schmeighty. Spare Me The Story Of Your Perfect Life Flickr: TIGER500

Neal Milner: Eighty, Schmeighty. Spare Me The Story Of Your Perfect Life

Do like Bob Dylan and I did when you turn 80, and enjoy the birthday without pontificating.

Neal Milner: In Preparing For A Pandemic, The US Was A Failed State Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: In Preparing For A Pandemic, The US Was A Failed State

A new book shows that when COVID-19 hit, no one agency had the know-how and authority to coordinate a response.

Neal Milner: Our Moral Compass Is Lost In The Political Wilderness Courtesy: Hawaii Modernism Library

Neal Milner: Our Moral Compass Is Lost In The Political Wilderness

So many people are distancing themselves from mainline religion that churches have lost their power to sway the public.

Neal Milner: Looking For A Model Of Accountability? Try The Honolulu Police Commission

Neal Milner: Looking For A Model Of Accountability? Try The Honolulu Police Commission

The process the commission used in its recent evaluation of Chief Susan Ballard is something to be admired.

 

Neal Milner: The Peril Of Loving Hawaii Is Accepting Its Flaws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Peril Of Loving Hawaii Is Accepting Its Flaws

Readers’ views of Hawaii’s future go beyond optimism and pessimism to something deeper.