Exploring why are people homeless

On May 19-20, 20 people were moved from their encampments along Kuakini Highway in front of the Kailua-Kona Aquatic Center into Hope Services emergency shelters. The encampments were the result of a sweep earlier in the month of those sleeping in the bushes at Kona’s Old Airport Park.

Report sheds light on statewide care crisis

The Access to Care report was released last week — a unique health needs assessment study that looked at critical questions and key issues that impact local residents’ ability to access the care they need across our communities statewide.

Vin Scully and the meaning of voice

They will write about it — the sports commentators and the sports historians — and the fans, or the older ones at least, will talk about it when they talk of summer and baseball. I’ll write about Vin Scully’s voice too, that honeyed tenor voice.

What happens when TikTok is your main source of news and information

On TikTok you’re liable to find restaurant recommendations, lip-syncing snippets and false claims stating that COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal tissue and that crisis actors faked the Uvalde school shooting. TikTok, along with Instagram, is where Gen Z searches for information and entertainment. They often come up with a blurry mix between fact and fiction.

The Island Intelligencer: How to improve your media literacy (101)

Intelligence officers’ bread and butter is, among many things, the ability to assess information integrity — to sort real news from junk. This discipline is the cornerstone of important national security products that you have heard of in the news, like the president’s daily brief, in which I published pieces as a CIA analyst many moons ago.

Prosecutor shines new light on Manhattan DA’s Trump decision

As Attorney General Merrick Garland and Justice Department professionals ponder charging Donald Trump with felony charges for his apparent crimes related to his failed putsch at the Capitol during the electoral vote count as documented in detail by the Jan. 6 committee, the great grifter has no such fears about state charges from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who either chickened out or didn’t care enough to fight.

Putin won’t let OPEC help bring down oil prices

Oil producers from the OPEC+ group meet on Wednesday to agree to the next step in their market management. For the first time in a year, there is no clear policy for them to rubber stamp. That could make for an interesting (virtual) gathering.

Biden, Democrats are tempting fate by dragging their feet on judicial vacancies

Even as Democrats reel from draconian impact of Republicans’ success at stacking the U.S. Supreme Court, the Biden administration is in danger of leaving scores of lower-court federal judgeships vacant by the end of this year — at which point, a Republican Senate might be in place to continue pushing the bench far to the right of America.

Rainy Side View: Getting old

I was asked by a friend who lives here for half a year why I loudly and proudly revealed my decrepit old age in one of my columns. Why not? I responded. “Well, you know,” he replied.

New budget deal would be a big win

Rather unexpectedly, the 117th Congress is shaping up to be one of the most productive in recent memory. A new compromise reached by Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer could prove to be its most significant achievement yet.