HPR Commentators

Tony Oliver: Social Studies as Key to Good Citizenship

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The recent controversy over the teaching of social studies in public schools made playwright and commentator Tony Oliver wonder about something essential to all our lives.

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Hawaii's Unique Policial Blend

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Many parts of the country think of their politics as very local. But playwright and HPR commentator Tony Oliver believes that when it comes to personal politics we may have most places beat hands down.

(The opinions expressed are those of the commentator and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hawaii Public Radio.)

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New Group Wields Power Over Public Land

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One of the bills quietly approved by the legislature this year and already signed into law by the governor authorizes a broad strategy of privatizing Hawaii's public lands. It's a controversial move that has not received a lot of publicity. Blogger and HPR commentator Ian Lind looks at its implications.

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The Longevity of Marriage Licenses

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Recently, commentator Tony Oliver renewed his driver's license, which made him think about another type of license.

(The opinions expressed in commentaries are those of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hawaii Public Radio.)

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Ethics of Politicians Disclosing Personal Finances

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The intersection of money and politics is always a contentious one. In Hawaii, for more than three decades all elected officials and top appointees have been required to publicly disclose details of their personal finances and business interests. It's all part of the state ethics law. But blogger and HPR commentator Ian Lind has found flaws in the system.

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