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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: Living In Hawaii Drives Me Nuts But You Can’t Beat The Neighbors Randy Kashka/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Living In Hawaii Drives Me Nuts But You Can’t Beat The Neighbors

The internal dialogue kicked in big-time when we started searching for a new comfort zone, which we may find in Portland.

Neal Milner: Gabbard Lost Her Political Acumen At Just The Wrong Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Gabbard Lost Her Political Acumen At Just The Wrong Time

The Hawaii congresswoman is still surprisingly outspoken and non-PC at times, but she’s also become closed-off, managed and overly defensive.

Neal Milner: Why Is Hawaii Afraid To Recount Votes In Close Races? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Why Is Hawaii Afraid To Recount Votes In Close Races?

The law governing challenges to election results is as worthless as a new telephone book. Both should be thrown out.

Neal Milner: Why This Great Idea To Make Hawaii More Efficient Probably Won’t Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Why This Great Idea To Make Hawaii More Efficient Probably Won’t Work

Sylvia Luke’s logical call for zero-based budgeting is far from a cure-all for a Legislature so set in its dysfunctional ways.

Neal Milner: Kaneshiro Misuses Immense Power Of The Prosecutor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Kaneshiro Misuses Immense Power Of The Prosecutor

No public official enjoys more discretionary sway, but in this case it’s not being used for the public good.

Neal Milner: We Need To Be More Like Coyotes To Survive Climate Change Victoria Earl/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: We Need To Be More Like Coyotes To Survive Climate Change

This animal actually thrives on stress, and that’s only one of its coping mechanisms that humans would do well to emulate.

Neal Milner: Hanukkah Wish List And Airing Of Grievances Joe Wolf/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Hanukkah Wish List And Airing Of Grievances

From Starbucks bathrooms to Hawaii’s recount law, the columnist has a lot on his mind this holiday season.

Neal Milner: Ignorance Is Commonplace, But Trump Makes It A Federal Policy Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Ignorance Is Commonplace, But Trump Makes It A Federal Policy

Government agencies conduct important research that helps businesses and individuals assess risks. This administration imperils that research.

Neal Milner: I’m Old Not ‘Cute’ iStock.com

Neal Milner: I’m Old Not ‘Cute’

Words have meaning especially as you age.

Neal Milner: It’s Amazing Turnouts Are This High For Hawaii’s No-Drama Elections Eugene Tanner

Neal Milner: It’s Amazing Turnouts Are This High For Hawaii’s No-Drama Elections

If voting is the cornerstone of democracy, it’s on rickety footing.

Neal Milner: To Survive A Disaster, Get To Know Your Neighbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: To Survive A Disaster, Get To Know Your Neighbor

Emergency preparedness isn’t just about shoring up Honolulu’s infrastructure. It also depends on our social infrastructure — the vitality of our neighborhoods.

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.