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Sterling was raised in Nuuanu. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and later earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Sterling now works as a debate coach and lecturer at Hawaii Pacific University. By candlelight, he is finishing his Ph.D. in education at the University of Hawaii Manoa.
Sterling’s opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Civil Beat.
This won’t be our last crisis, so it’s time to take steps to counteract the global market’s shortcomings.
As Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has improved his crisis messaging, Ige fades into the background.
The governor needs to take charge and declare a state of emergency. He should order people to shelter in place and call up the National Guard.
The state should fund rental assistance and make emergency loans to prevent people from falling into homelessness in the first place.
Government should reform the permitting process, invest in new housing and strive for mixed-used development.
If elites continue to isolate themselves and ignore the needs of the masses, they will leave a poor state for their children after graduation.
As the city considers tougher plastic bag restrictions and a ban on Styrofoam food containers, they shouldn’t downplay the cost of the plan for small businesses.
The causes of rising property crime rates are less certain than the impact: it lowers the quality of life for everyone, particularly the poor.