A different COVID-19 vaccine debate: Do we need new ones?

COVID-19 vaccines are saving an untold number of lives, but they can’t stop the chaos when a hugely contagious new mutant bursts on the scene, leading people to wonder: Will we need boosters every few months? A new vaccine recipe? A new type of shot altogether?

As winter storm moves across US, ice becomes bigger concern

CHICAGO — About 350,000 homes and businesses lost power across the U.S. on Thursday as freezing rain and snow weighed down tree limbs and encrusted power lines, part of a winter storm that caused a deadly tornado in Alabama, dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest and brought rare measurable snowfall and hundreds of power outages to parts of Texas.

Biden in NYC: Nation must come together to end gun violence

NEW YORK — Running through a grim tally of recent gun deaths, President Joe Biden pledged to New Yorkers and the nation on Thursday that the federal government would step up its fight against gun violence by working more closely with police and communities to stop the surging bloodshed.

Obamacare has delivered, over GOP resistance. Voters should remember that

The Affordable Care Act, which not that long ago appeared doomed by Republican determination to kill it, has quietly become an integral and accepted part of America’s health care system. A record 14.5 million Americans this year have signed up to get their health insurance through the act’s insurance marketplaces, thanks in large part to the Biden administration’s efforts to reverse the sabotage of the Trump years and make the program work.

Whoopi Goldberg got it all wrong on the Holocaust. But if she can learn, we all can

Whoopi Goldberg blew it big time with her comment on “The View” on Monday that the Holocaust was not about race but “man’s inhumanity to man.” But even though she later doubled down on her misstatements during an interview with Stephen Colbert, it didn’t take her long to come out with a true apology: She had been wrong, downright inaccurate, but now she had learned.

Obituaries for February 4

Timothy Alan Begas, 65, of Ookala died Jan. 11. He worked for the Hamakua Sugar Plantation for 20 years and as a landscaper at the Four Seasons in Hualalai. Graveside services to be held 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Honokaa, with a celebration of life to follow at Laupahoehoe Point Park. Outdoor COVID precautions will be observed. Survived by wife Mareen Arcadia Begas, stepdaughter and family Carlyn Marie Sanchez, Isaiah Sanchez and Serafin Sanchez Garcia of Renton, Wash.; sisters Delma (William) Case of Waimea, Valerie (Roy) Begas of Kauai and Tammy (Calvin) Begas of Miss.; nieces Pua (Kalani) Case, Brenda (Saul) Case and Dina (Mike) Case, all of Waimea; nephew William (Susan) Case of Waimea; Trineen (Maka) Lopes of Kauai and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

‘Nani Moku’ glass exhibit on display at Volcano Art Center

Take in Hawaii Island’s magnificent colors through the glass works on display in the exhibition ‘Nani Moku’ at the Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The show continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Feb. 20. While admission to the exhibit is free, park entrance fees apply.

Free AARP tax preparation in Waimea

Waimea AARP Tax Aide, in conjunction with IRS, will provide free tax preparation services for 2021 tax returns on Fridays now through April 8 at the Waimea Community Center across Habitat for Humanity Restore.

‘The Unseen Hand’ opens Saturday at EHCC

Shape-shifters, Osiris, the Council of Nine, and other mythological beings will be on display in ‘The Unseen Hand’ exhibit at the East Hawaii Cultural Center during February. “I paint them to honor them, to ask if you’ve seen them,” said artist BT Bevell.