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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.