HPR Commentators

Tuesday, October 16 2012

Investigations will continue this week into the failed Stevie Wonder concert at the University of Hawaii.  While lawmakers and other pursue answers, there are also some lessons to be learned for Hawaii residents.  HPR Commentator Ian  Lind shares his thoughts on the topic.

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Monday, December 26 2011

After five and a half years, HPR commentator Tony Oliver has decided to hang up his headphones and step away from the microphone.  But first, he has some final thoughts to share.

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Monday, December 19 2011

Year end is a time for reflection and looking back. Blogger and HPR commentator Ian Lind uses the opportunity for a moment of self-reflection.

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Monday, December 12 2011

Modern life can be tough---and sometimes difficult to understand. Albert Einstein searched for a unified field theory---a “theory of everything.” That was in physics, but in the realm of human behavior, playwright and commentator Tony Oliver thinks he's found one word that explains much of what is wrong with modern life.

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Monday, November 28 2011

It’s been nearly 300 years since the English poet Alexander Pope wrote that “Hope springs eternal.” But playwright and HPR commentator Tony Oliver isn’t feeling very hopeful about certain aspects of our language.

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

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Monday, November 14 2011

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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Monday, July 18 2011

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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Monday, July 11 2011

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.

(The views expressed by commentators are their personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hawaii Public Radio.)

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Monday, June 20 2011

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

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Monday, June 13 2011

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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Tuesday, May 24 2011

From Hawaii to the shores of the mainland, there is something called "The American Question." Commentator Tony Oliver has been thinking about how that question relates to education.

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Tuesday, May 10 2011

Authorities all over the world understand the power of language. HPR commentator Tony Oliver understands this, too, and he thinks there's one area of daily life that could use a lot more words.

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Monday, April 25 2011

Budget negotiations are underway in Congress, as well as at the state level here in Hawaii. When it comes to the federal government, commentator Tony Oliver has one specific idea about where to cut spending.

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Monday, April 4 2011

HPR Commentator Tony Oliver has some ideas about self-reliance. He's usually a "do-it-yourself" guy. But lately he's been having some second thoughts.

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Monday, March 28 2011

Ethics and politics are often an uncomfortable mix. And in the current legislative session, a proposal to lift the limit on gifts to state officials and employees has become extremely contentious. Blogger and HPR Commentator Ian Lind looks at what's behind the issue.

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Monday, March 21 2011

HPR Commentator Tony Oliver has been feeling guilty lately. And he’d like to share a bit of an explanation.

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Monday, March 14 2011

While public attention has been on the Legislature's efforts to get the projected budget shortfall under control, several bills affecting government ethics have been moving along in the background. Blogger and HPR commentator Ian Lind looks at one of them.

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Tuesday, March 8 2011

If music played a role in your distant past, but you haven't picked up an instrument for a while, you're not alone. Honolulu's Emily Nye shares some thoughts in today's guest commentary.

 You can learn more about the free concert of the Honolulu Community Concert Band, at their website: hcband.org.

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Monday, February 28 2011

According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, despite the lingering impact of the "Great Recession," California's Silicon Valley is booming. Guest commentator David Watumull shares his thoughts on the future of Hawaii's own version of Silicon Valley.

David Watumull is the CEO of Cardax Pharmaceuticals, a Honolulu-based life sciences company. Commentaries broadcast on this program reflect the views of the presenter, and are not necessarily the views of Hawaii Public Radio.

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Monday, February 21 2011

On this holiday, HPR Commentator Tony Oliver reflects on the 44 men, both past and present, who have been elected to lead this country.

Tony Oliver is a librarian turned playwright. He lives in Kailua. Commentaries broadcast on this program reflect the views of the presenter, and are not necessarily the views of Hawaii Public Radio.

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