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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: I’m Happy Being An Outsider In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: I’m Happy Being An Outsider In Hawaii

The term “local” is so overrated. I’ve spent decades contributing to the public well-being without embracing that culturally sensitive label.

Neal Milner: Beware The ‘Magic’ Of Public-Private Partnerships For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Beware The ‘Magic’ Of Public-Private Partnerships For Honolulu Rail

The use of a private partner is often marketed as a kind of silver bullet to inspire trust in big public projects. In truth, PPPs have a mixed record.

Neal Milner: White Political Identity Is An Emerging And Dangerous Force Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: White Political Identity Is An Emerging And Dangerous Force

A significant and fast-growing portion of white people now think of their white-people selves as a political group with cohesive interests.

Neal Milner: Why Oscar Mayer Won’t Let Me Drive Its Wienermobile Getty Images

Neal Milner: Why Oscar Mayer Won’t Let Me Drive Its Wienermobile

Even at my age, that is what I’d truly like to do. But the company, in an act of blatant discrimination, says I’m too old.

Neal Milner: Hawaii Needs To Rough Up Its Brain-Dead Politics Getty Images

Neal Milner: Hawaii Needs To Rough Up Its Brain-Dead Politics

Uncontested local elections have numbed our political process and stifled our ability to act decisively on many issues.

Neal Milner: Life Lessons From A New York City Coffee Shop Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: Life Lessons From A New York City Coffee Shop

Diversity can be defined as everyday people from different walks of life helping each other, even a drunk homeless man.

Neal Milner: All I Want For Hanukkah Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: All I Want For Hanukkah

It’s an eclectic list: more love for egrets, best wishes collecting money from new felon Louis Kealoha, a few words of substance from HART and someone to repave the streets.

Neal Milner: We Need Mister Rogers In Today’s Political House Of Mirrors George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Neal Milner: We Need Mister Rogers In Today’s Political House Of Mirrors

The contrived authenticity of politics is overshadowing our real lives. Fred Rogers knew what was genuine.

Neal Milner: Don’t Depersonalize The TMT Protests Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Don’t Depersonalize The TMT Protests

A law enforcement approach to resolving the Mauna Kea standoff would be misguided.

Neal Milner: Democrats Are Right — ‘God Talk’ Will Polarize Voters

Neal Milner: Democrats Are Right — ‘God Talk’ Will Polarize Voters

In 2020, religious talk is unlikely to transcend partisanship.

Neal Milner: We’re On The Road To National Dysfunction Getty Images

Neal Milner: We’re On The Road To National Dysfunction

We just have to figure out what to do about it. Let’s start by being neighborly.

Neal Milner: ‘Conventional Politics’ Offers No Solution On Mauna Kea Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: ‘Conventional Politics’ Offers No Solution On Mauna Kea

It’s likely too late for compromise. We now face two stark choices: force the protesters off the mountain or abandon building the telescope in Hawaii.