||Brighter fiscal picture no huge breakthrough
The 2001 legislative session should be a season of further government reform, further streamlining and modernization of our regulatory and tax structure and further exploration of new, sustainable economic options for Hawai'i. If, in the end, there is a little extra cash, the place to put it is obvious: Education.
Fireworks law requires united enforcement
If we must ban private use of fireworks, it must be statewide. We have already learned that island-to-island regulation of fireworks does not work; it simply contributes to an increase in illegal and dangerous traffic in these items between islands.
A new era to be at peace with yourself
In a sea of major changes, there are still things that remain constant and can serve as strong guiding stars for each of us. By Poka Laenui, executive director of Hale Na'au Pono, the Wai'anae Coast Community Mental Health Center.