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                                Heather Ferguson
Column: Support public financing for elections

Senate Bill 1543 is the most significant public financing bill currently being considered throughout the nation. There are only a few days left in the legislative session for it to be scheduled for a hearing in the House Finance Committee. Read more

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Ramona Hussey is a homebirth mother, former attorney and lifelong women’s rights advocate.
Column: Legislature unfairly restricts midwives

The front page of Thursday’s Star-Advertiser featured the signing of a law, Senate Bill 1 (Act 2), which will protect Hawaii health care workers who provide abortions (“New laws protect abortion providers, restore ways of charging defendants”). This is fantastic news! Read more

                                Youths at Kupa ‘Aina on the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center grounds.
Column: What youth need to succeed (it’s not what you might think)

Discipline and a college degree are adult ideas of what students need to succeed. For youth who have a roof over their head and social support, no doubt that’s at least partially true. As policy interns with Opportunity Youth Action Hawai‘i (OYAH), however, we now know that a significant number of Hawaii youth lack both a home and a supportive family. Read more

Bertha Scammon is the mother of two young girls who would be affected by the tennis-court changes.
Column: Rules would cut access to tennis lessons

The Kilauea tennis program, as well as many other USTA (U.S. Tennis Association) programs here, are being severely threatened by new rules proposed by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Read more

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