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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: 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.

Neal Milner: My Big Fat Jewish Wedding Courtesy: Neal Milner

Neal Milner: My Big Fat Jewish Wedding

From telegrams to telephones — rotary dial, please — technology has taken the fun out of weddings.

Neal Milner: The Mysterious Ways Neighborhoods Shape Our Lives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Mysterious Ways Neighborhoods Shape Our Lives

New research suggests that social mobility and economic success depend heavily on the very discrete community, practically down to the block level, where you grow up.

Neal Milner: How State Leaders Hung TMT Supporters Out To Dry Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: How State Leaders Hung TMT Supporters Out To Dry

Their botched handling of the Mauna Kea telescope project ought to make us all cynical about Hawaii’s ability to manage any big, new projects.