FROM Butch Gima
Oracle Chief to buy Lanai Larry Ellison, the billionaire founder of Oracle, plans to pay cash for the Hawaiian island of Lanai — 88,000 acres of land with two resorts, two golf courses, a stable and no traffic lights. What will it mean for 3200 people who live there? Part of the county of Maui, 98 percent of the Lanai is owned by David Murdoch's company Castle and Cook. Locals say Murdoch was disappointed he couldn't develop Lanai more. Murdoch says he's been looking for a buyer with, "the right enthusiasm, commitment and respect for the island's residents." Butch Gima is the president of Lanaians for Sensible Growth.
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.