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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: 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.

Neal Milner: Time To Get Real About Why Young People Leave Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Time To Get Real About Why Young People Leave Hawaii

Those who grew up in Hawaii and want to leave aren’t just cultural outliers or victims of the economy.

Neal Milner: This Business Genius Will Bomb As A Presidential Contender Gage Skidmore/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: This Business Genius Will Bomb As A Presidential Contender

Howard Schultz has done an amazing job branding Starbucks. But few people will buy his “centrist independent” pitch in these polarized times.

Neal Milner: HART’s ‘Bump In The Road’ Is Code For ‘We’re In Deep S#%* Here’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: HART’s ‘Bump In The Road’ Is Code For ‘We’re In Deep S#%* Here’

Slacktivism has taken over for transparency when it comes to important yet troubling public issues.

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.