It’s ironic that the uproar over Ray Rice’s brutal beating of his now-wife and the NFL’s shamefully lenient response is occurring exactly 20 years after Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation was designed in part to bring public recognition and more government resources to the problem of domestic violence.
President Barack Obama promised Wednesday night to meet the terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria “with strength and resolve.” His commitment to “ultimately destroy” the Islamic State was bold and necessary. But it was also incomplete.
For the first time since Russia annexed Crimea six months ago, the European Union has surprised President Vladimir Putin instead of the other way around. Despite a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, and despite Russia’s apparent withdrawal of troops from the region, the EU decided Thursday morning to impose new sanctions on Russia, starting Friday.
The police can take your car and everything in it — including the cash you are transporting to buy a used truck, a fixer-upper house or equipment for your restaurant — even if you’re not guilty of any crime. Getting your property back can take months and cost thousands. Sometimes authorities will offer to give those who complain half their money back, which makes little sense if the cash is free from association with a serious crime — or if it isn’t.
The Ebola epidemic now sweeping West Africa is a public health catastrophe, yet the world’s response has been to treat it like a faraway monsoon or volcano, perhaps frightening but not something that much can be done about. This complacency is wrong-headed and dangerous. The catastrophe is worsening by the day because of the actions and inactions of people, those on the ground and those far away.
One of the chief arguments for making health insurance, and therefore health care, accessible to more Americans is so that routine treatment can be obtained in the doctor’s office rather than in the more specialized, more costly emergency room.
The recent disclosures that hackers had made off with nude celebrity photos stored on Apple’s iCloud and credit card information collected by Home Depot were just the latest in a seemingly endless series of headline-grabbing data thefts. But the timing was propitious, given that the Senate is resuming work on a long-overdue bill to protect online data and corporate networks by letting government and the private sector share more information about cyberthreats. Sadly, this year’s version and the House’s counterpart have at least as many problems as their predecessors, putting far too much trust in the government and the private sector to do the right thing.
President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been insisting for months that there is no military solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not agree with them. When Ukraine’s army appeared on the verge of recapturing the last cities held by “rebel” forces marshalled and supplied by Russia, the Kremlin chief dispatched several thousand Russian regulars and hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles across the border, according to NATO officials. By Thursday, the Russian forces were on the outskirts of the key southern city of Mariupol, threatening to open a land corridor to the occupied province of Crimea.
As he offered to the nation his prescription for the most recent Middle East crisis, President Barack Obama reminded me of Michael Corleone in “The Godfather: Part III.” “Just when I thought I was out,” sighed the young mob boss about his efforts to leave the family business, “they pull me back in.”
WASHINGTON — Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom.
WASHINGTON — The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Barack Obama’s Islamic State speech — his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them “safe haven,” his moral clarity on their “acts of barbarism” — also sounded least like Obama. Everyone — and I mean just about everyone on the planet — knows that he was more comfortable declaring that America had moved “off a permanent war footing” and that the war on terrorism, “like all wars, must end.”
WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation’s power or a catastrophic mistake.
WASHINGTON — Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered liberty — is rare. This week, however, extremism stained the Senate.
WASHINGTON — The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem.
Flora Agliam Cabreros, 91, of Paauilo died Sept. 5 at her caregiver’s home in Hilo. Born in Ninole, she was a homemaker and retired as a farm worker for the Kawano farms in Waimea. She was a member of the Paauilo/Honokaa Catholic Church. Funeral services to be Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary, 570 Kinoole St., Hilo. Visitation at 9 a.m. Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at noon at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Phillip (Sharon) Cabreros of Michigan, Timmy (Jo Ann) Cabreros of Paauilo; daughter, Paulette (Doug) Ward of Kona; daughter-in-law, Cy Cabreros of Honokaa; brother-in-law, Hildo Mercado of Pahala; sisters, Olivia Satomba of Pepeekeo, Jane (Leo) Holsen of Washington, sisters-in-law, Gaylynn Agliam of Mountain View, Fanny Agliam of Molokai, Nina Agliam of Pepeekeo; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary, Hilo (formerly known as Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo).
Ulrich “Uli” Kimmich, 48, of Kailua-Kona died Sept. 11 at his residence. Born in Schramberg, Germany, he was a media designer. He was a member of the film institute and a missionary with the University of the Nations. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Living Stones Church on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona for a memorial service. Casual attire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University of the Nations, towards the Lokahi Transmedia &Arts Studio. Survived by wife, Becky Kimmich of Kailua-Kona; son, Nicolas Kimmich of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Jana Kimmich of Kailua-Kona; parents, Guido and Rita Kimmich of Schramberg, Germany; sisters, Beate (Karl) Missel and Nicole (Silas) Grafe-Heppner, all of Germany. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Lester W. Ah San, 65, of Honokaa died Aug. 6 at Straub Clinic &Hospital in Honolulu. He was born in Honokaa. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Honokaa Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honokaa. Mass at 10 a.m. Graveside committal service 1 p.m. at Homelani Memorial Park in Hilo. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by sister, Sharon Marie Rogers of Moline, Ill.; one niece, one nephew, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Abigail Kailipanio Pahia Gutcher, 90, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 18 in the care of Hospice of Kona. Born in Honolulu, she was a retired switchboard operator for the former Kaneohe Naval Station and Liberty House department stores. Interment at a later date in Kaneohe Veterans Cemetery, Oahu. Survived by son, Gary (Karen Gutcher of Richmond, Va.; daughter, Sandra Decker of Waimea; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Hazel Leinaala Hayakawa, 88, of Kealakekua died Sept. 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealia, she was a retired cocktail waitress at the former King Kamehameha Hotel, member of Christ Church Episcopal, former member of Lea Lea Women’s Golf Club, Na Alii Hawaiian Civic Club and former Boy Scouts den mother. Visitation 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua. Memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by sons, Calvert Hose of Honolulu, Harvey Martin of Kealakekua and Clayton Martin of Ocean View; daughter, Sandra Momohara of Pearl City, Oahu; stepson, Larry Hayakawa of California; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
William Thomas Bell Jr., 73, of Clarksville, Tenn., formerly of Hilo, died Sept. 4 at home. Born in St. Louis, he was a former LPN at Hilo Medical Center, U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and member of Faith Outreach Church. Visitation 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapel, Clarksville. Services with full military honors at 1 p.m. Survived by sons, William (Sonya) Robb of Anchorage, Alaska, Darryl (Rachel) Bell, Reginald Bell, Dwayne (Beverly) Bell of Virginia, and William (Kristen) Bell of Nevada; daughters, Denise Freeman and Barbara (Ronald) Gunter of Clarksville, Vanessa (Juan) Sapp and Corinna Kanaina of Anchorage, Alaska, Michelle (Albert) Robb of Hilo, Patralynn (Scott) Turner of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Shandra Bell; brother, Rickey (Barbara) Bell of Omaha, Neb.; 39 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home.
Brenda Louise Wilcox, 61, of Waimea died Aug. 14 at home. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she was a homemaker, caregiver and member of Honokaa Methodist Church and Holualoa Chapel. Services at a later date. She is survived by husband, Allen Wilcox of Waimea; sons, Nathan (Jessica) Waldon of Tennessee, Elias Waldon of Kailua-Kona, Zachary (Camille) Waldon of Honolulu and Luke (Sandra) Waldon of Sweden; stepmother, Peggy Buchholz of Iowa; stepdaughter, Kauikeolani Wilcox of Hilo; stepson, Christopher Wilcox of Waimea, half-sister Amy (Kevin) Burpee of Iowa; brothers Joe (Jane) Buchholz of Volcano, Tim (Cheri) Buchholz and Rick Buchholz of Arizona, Jeff (Wang) Buchholz of Kailua-Kona; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
William Ahyou “Papa Akau” Akau, 87, of Kawaihae died Aug. 20 at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born in Waimea, he was a retired harbor master of Kawaihae Harbor, pilot boat operator, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimea 1st Ward, Hawaii Rifle Association, Former Aloha Week mo‘i, ‘ihilani and former ali‘i ‘aimoku of Ke ‘Alo Ali‘i and of Na Papa Kanaka o Pu‘ukohola Heiau. Visitation 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Waimea. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial to follow at Waimea County Cemetery, Mormon section. Casual attire. Survived by brothers, Edward “Ala” Akau Sr. of Pearl City, Oahu, and Solomon Akau of Kawaihae; sisters, Annie “Lani” Akau and Elizabeth “Rosie” Akau-Wilkins of Kawaihae, Wilma Nance of Galveston, Texas; nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Ronny Lynn Slaughter, 54, of Pahoa died Aug. 17. Born in Coalinga, Calif., he was a cook. Services held. Survived by daughter, Teri Kumre of Gulfport, Miss.; son, Anthony Thomas of Gulfport, Miss.; parents, Marvin and Patsy Slaughter of Clovis, Calif.; sisters, Rhonda Slaughter and Robin Dozier of Sacramento, Calif.; hanai brother, Greg Rodenbaugh of Pahoa; two grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, aunts, uncles, and hanai family. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Raymond “Spike” Cordeiro Sr., 92, of Kaneohe, Oahu, formerly of Pahoa, died Aug. 25 in Kaneohe. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired aircraft mechanic for the former Aloha Airlines. Visitation 10 a.m. Thursday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel, 2162 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu. Service at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. Burial at 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery, Kaneohe. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Online condolences at: www.oahumortuary.com . Survived by sons, Raymond Cordeiro Jr. and Anthony Cordeiro; daughter, Theresa Schlemmer; stepson, Delbert Paulo; stepdaughters, Roberta Uyemura and Rita Avila; brother, George Garcia; sisters, Lucille Bills, Flora Rodrigues and Angeline Cornielsen; 24 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. Arrangements by Oahu Mortuary.
The cooler climate and soils of the Willamette Valley of Portland, Ore., are perfect for growing pinot grapes and the late David "Papa Pinot" Lett of Eryrie Vineyards has been credited as the pioneer of this very viable crop. Many towns were suffering a slow death as small farms were shutting down at an incredible rate of two per day around the country.
The health of Hawaii's coral reef system is threatened by human impact and factors such as pollution and climate change. To develop a better understanding of coral reefs, Bradda Skibs and the Pakalove Crew recently headed to the Wai'opae Tide Pools for a hands-on learning adventure led by graduate research assistant John Burns.
The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai'i (CTFH) will hold its second annual fundraising event -- "Deadly in Pink," a champagne brunch -- to raise awareness of tobacco industry marketing strategies to reach women and girls.
U of Portland School of Ed honors Uchima The University of Portland School of Education honored Hilo native Kristen Uchima with its annual Dean's Award for outstanding leadership, service and academic achievement. Uchima graduated May 8 with a degree in elementary education.
In May 1922, the scene at Halema'uma'u Crater in Kilauea Caldera was spectacular. The level of lava within the crater had been rising since November 1921. Six months later, upwelling lava and fountains from up to 20 different centers in Halema'uma'u created lava lakes that reached within 50 feet of the crater rim.