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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: 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.

Neal Milner: The Doomsday Scenario On Mauna Kea Won’t Ever Happen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Doomsday Scenario On Mauna Kea Won’t Ever Happen

Mass arrests and mass incarceration of protestors is just not realistic as protestors grow stronger and the state grows weaker.

Neal Milner: Why Some Of Hawaii’s Leaders Are Out-Of-This-World Stupid Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Why Some Of Hawaii’s Leaders Are Out-Of-This-World Stupid

There’s only one plausible explanation: We’re all part of a computer simulation created by higher beings with a wicked sense of humor.

Neal Milner: Reach An Accord In The TMT Dispute? Forget About It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Reach An Accord In The TMT Dispute? Forget About It

Like many Native Hawaiian controversies of the past, this is a problem that must be managed but cannot be resolved.

Neal Milner: What Would Happen If The Homeless Showed Up In Hawaii Kai? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: What Would Happen If The Homeless Showed Up In Hawaii Kai?

Too often the stories we tell ourselves about the homeless — even sympathetic stories — serve to separate “Them” from “Us.”

Neal Milner: Hawaii’s Scholars Ought To Be Making Sense Of Its Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Hawaii’s Scholars Ought To Be Making Sense Of Its Politics

In a place that fixates on culture and tradition, you’d think we’d have some academics willing to do deep-dives into how this place is run.

Neal Milner: Why Is Every Legislative Session Shrouded In Political Mystery? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Why Is Every Legislative Session Shrouded In Political Mystery?

The much ballyhooed effort to raise the minimum wage was just one bill that died with no vote or announcement. Lawmakers didn’t want you to even ask, much less know.

Neal Milner: Confessions Of A Long-Distance Grandparent Courtesy of Neal Milner

Neal Milner: Confessions Of A Long-Distance Grandparent

It takes practice to cruise successfully with the little ones. No-distance grandparents get that, while long-distance ones are always relearning.

Neal Milner: We Are Caught In The Crossfire Surrounding The Mueller Report Wikimedia

Neal Milner: We Are Caught In The Crossfire Surrounding The Mueller Report

If you think the legal process is going to sort out the sniping in the aftermath of the special counsel’s report, think again.

Neal Milner: All This Partisan Bickering May Get Bloody Stephen Shepard/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: All This Partisan Bickering May Get Bloody

Do you wish your political opponents ill will? America’s public policy arena is growing increasingly volatile.