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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.
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.
A proposal to open the polls to younger voters is well-intentioned but far less important than thinking long-term.
Leaders need to offer a vision of the future that resonates with the day-to-day experiences of people.
Like Honolulu, San Francisco has struggled to provide public toilets, showers and hygiene centers. A public-private partnership there made the problem worse.
Just keep working. There are now fewer than three workers to support each retiree in the U.S.