Wright On: Four who floored us in 2018

There never seems to be the right time to thank everyone who allows me to intrude on their lives for a day or two of research that produces a column on the sports page each Monday, so let’s make this that time, just because we can.

Boy that died in US custody mourned

YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala — White flowers and flickering candles sat atop a low table inside the simple wooden home in remote, rural Guatemala. Nearby was a small pair of rubber boots, sized to fit an 8-year-old.

A harsh plan for food stamps

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, provides crucial financial aid to nearly 40 million impoverished Americans. The subsidy comes with strings attached, however, including the requirement that able-bodied adults without dependents work or train for employment at least part time if jobs are reasonably easy to find.

The pause between no-longer and not-yet

“It’s very important to be one’s age,” poet W. H. Auden reminds us. “You get ideas you have to turn down – ‘I’m sorry, no longer’; ‘I’m sorry, not yet.’”

Supreme Court’s low-profile approach to be tested

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals.

On ‘Surrendering to One’

We are 17 years into the war on terrorism. During that time, hundreds of thousands of our American brothers and sisters have faced the horrors of war. Many are in desperate need of spiritual healing.

Obituaries for December 30

Saturnina “Nina” Mesiona Bolos, 86, of Keaau died Nov. 22 at home. Born in Waipahu, Oahu, she was a former field and cannery worker for Del Monte and homemaker. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 5) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. Survived by children, Zola (Leonard) Labrador of Keaau, Alexander (Jann) Bolos of Oahu, Steven Bolos of Keaau, Warren Bolos of Greenville, S.C., Louisa Cobb-Adams, Gerlyn (Elson, Sr.) Kalawe of Pahoa and Dean Bolos of Keaau; daughters-in-law, Ronda Bolos and Desiree Bolos of Keaau; brothers, Don (Winona) Mesiona, Patrick Mesiona and David (Paulette) Mesiona of Oahu; sisters, Rosie (Bonifacio) Taneca of Philippines, Linda (Colin) China of Mililani, Oahu, Laura (Leonard) Tangonan of Waipahu, Sharyn (James) Starr of Oahu, Renona (Jorge) Morales of Florida, Cheryl Drew of Ohio and Roberta (Phil) Larry of Oahu; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

At botanical garden in Mexico, natural species blossom again

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico — Imagine a botanical garden, and acres of carefully designed, highly manicured, delicately pruned “zoos for plants” might come to mind. But at El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden and natural protected area in central Mexico, the sprawling scrubland has been allowed to return to its unencumbered, wilder roots.