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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: 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.

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.