A positive daily newspaper

Since the merge of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser, our state has one major daily newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and its companion newspaper, MidWeek. There are alternative publications – The Hawaii Reporter, HawaiiFreePress (online), and Civil Beat (online).

But I am tired of newspapers that lead with accidents, violence, and natural disasters. I’d like a newspaper that focuses on constructive actions and accomplishments in our community.

In addition to local, national, and world news, I’d like a newspaper that will focus on positive events and inspirational people.

There would be three dedicated columns, so that inspiring news does not get buried within larger sections:

* School Academics: Reports academic achievements, test scores, academic competitions, student and teacher awards, scholarship winners, and student successes.

* Everyday Heroes: Profiles whistleblowers, people helping others, and people who are standing up for what’s right, as well asHawaii’s community leaders and ordinary people who are making a difference in Hawaii.

* Volunteer Calendar: Lists community service opportunities, including clean-ups, fundraising, calls for donations, and nonprofit organizations that need volunteers.

In addition, there would be two dedicated sections about politics, to help us get involved and be informed.

* Political Calendar:  Lists legislative meetings and agendas, information about public testimony, town hall meetings, and public meetings.

* Fact Check: Independently investigates claims, accusations, campaign advertisements, and budgets by government representatives and candidates, with in-depth coverage during election years. It would also summarize proposed and approved bills, researching assumptions, checking cost projections, and highlighting any unintended consequences.

Maybe it’s too much for one newspaper to do, but it shouldn’t be hard to learn about the positive things that are going on in our community on a daily basis. What do you think?

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