Cartoon for August 5

The Big Island as seen by Hawaii Tribune-Herald cartoonist Gary Hoff. (Hoff’s cartoons run on Sundays)

Trump is winning his crusade against asylum seekers

Here’s the cold, hard, disheartening reality about the Trump administration’s policies toward those arriving at the nation’s borders seeking asylum: Many more people with legitimate claims are likely being sent home to perilous conditions despite federal and international laws recognizing the right of the persecuted to seek sanctuary in other countries. That is unconscionable.

A California election could catalyze K-12 improvements — and perhaps end the state’s ‘dance of the lemons’

LOS ANGELES — November’s congressional elections will decide which party will control a narcoleptic institution that is uninterested in performing fundamental functions: Only 43 of the 535 House and Senate seats — 10 in the Senate, 33 in the House — are occupied by legislators who were serving in 1996, the last time Congress obeyed the law requiring it to pass all appropriations bills before the Oct. 1 beginning of the fiscal year.