Hospitals face more pain

“Catastrophic cuts to services” are on the horizon if legislators don’t provide more funding this year, says the head of East Hawaii’s public health care system.

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Hospitals face more pain

“Catastrophic cuts to services” are on the horizon if legislators don’t provide more funding this year, says the head of East Hawaii’s public health care system.

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Keaau Library marks 40 years

Keaau Public and School Library will celebrate its 40th anniversary at 5 p.m. today with a special performance featuring the Puna Taiko Group in the library’s humanities room at 16-571 Keaau-Pahoa Road on the Keaau Middle School campus,

Local artists recognized

The Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting the 38th annual Fall Arts Festival until Saturday in downtown Hilo.

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The art of the deal

It has been a tumultuous November for the American political system. The Republican party swept to victory in the midterm elections, ousting the Democrats from control of the Senate in a result widely interpreted as voter repudiation of President Obama.

A nonpartisan director: Elmendorf is the type of CBO leader Congress needs

By its nature, the legislative process in Washington is political and partisan, and hence prone to error, bias and outright propaganda. The antidote is a common set of facts and objective analysis, provided by a source that everyone in Congress recognizes as an honest broker of information. For the past 40 years, that honest broker has been the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which is required by law to provide lawmakers with cost estimates and forecasts of government programs. The CBO’s budgetary impact “scores” are the gold standard against which politicians’ fiscal promises are measured.

Air bag safety delays

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is widening its crackdown on air bags at risk of exploding — potentially killing or maiming the people they are supposed to protect. This is another case in which it has taken years for the government and car companies to come to grips with the full scale of a deadly automotive defect, demonstrating again that the nation’s vehicle safety monitors aren’t doing a good enough job.

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Cars vandalized, gunshots heard in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Officers in armored vehicles lobbed canisters of irritants that made people’s eyes and lungs burn, dispersing crowds in Ferguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and gunshots rang in the streets.

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