Bob Jones is a former newspaper reporter, NBC News foreign correpondent, and reporter-anchor-news manager at KGMB-TV. He has lived in Hawaii since 1963.


Just Thoughts Archive



2012 Archive

Not Much Changes In Waikiki - January 25, 2012
A Look At Possible Oscar Nominees - January 11, 2012
Time To Fix Embarrassing Schools - January 04, 2012


2011 Archive

Happy New Mad-As-Hell Year - December 28, 2011
Don’t You Dare Badmouth Santa - December 21, 2011
AG Steps In At Diamond Head - December 14, 2011
Two Who Knew Japan Would Attack - December 07, 2011
Is Any Coach Worth That Much? - November 30, 2011
APEC: Security Trumps Freedoms - November 23, 2011
Repeating Mistakes Of Vietnam - November 16, 2011
Questioning The Value Of APEC - November 09, 2011
Rail: An Ugly But Necessary Evil - November 02, 2011
Lahaina Halloween Parade Is Back - October 26, 2011
Where’s The Law Enforcement? - October 19, 2011
Returning To A Place He Once Fled - October 12, 2011
Our Leaders Lacking In Inspiration - October 05, 2011
Gender Identity; No Veils Allowed - September 28, 2011
Peddlers; Big Island Space Travel - September 21, 2011
Peddlers Busted; Gunning For Trouble - September 14, 2011
Bringing Back A Historical Jewel - September 07, 2011
Pesky Peddlers In Diamond Head - August 31, 2011
Meet Three Remarkable Ladies - August 24, 2011
It Gets Worse At Kaua‘i Food Bank - August 17, 2011
Kauai Food Bank Misuses $779,000 - August 10, 2011
An Appreciation Of The ‘Heartland’ - August 03, 2011
U.S. History Myths And Legends - July 27, 2011
Shedding Some Light On New Bulbs - July 20, 2011
The Quirks Of American Politics - July 13, 2011
Abercrombie’s Arrogant Attitude - July 06, 2011
Doing Disney Doesn’t Come Cheap - June 29, 2011
Obama, Gaddafi, War And The Law - June 22, 2011
A Less Toxic Alternative To Tenting - June 15, 2011
The U.S. Secret Bombing Of Laos - June 08, 2011
Should 911 Recordings Be Public? - June 01, 2011
Hooked, After All, By New Five-0 - May 25, 2011
The Elephant In The Closet - May 18, 2011
Hawaii’s Sleight-of-hand Taxes - May 11, 2011
The Origins Of Mother’s Day - May 04, 2011
Exploring The Other Vietnam, Laos - April 27, 2011
Yikes: China’s Starting To Act Like Us - April 20, 2011
Crazy Tax Code Serves Big Business - April 13, 2011
The Two Stupidest Slogans Ever - April 06, 2011
Shifting Travel Plans In Kiwiland - March 30, 2011
The Evolution Of Kapiolani Park - March 23, 2011
The Tough Task Of Educating Kids - March 16, 2011
Wild And Wonderful West Virginia - March 09, 2011
Welcome To My Dream Kingdom - March 02, 2011
Oh, Them Bones: A Cultural Divide - February 23, 2011
Sorry, Dan, It’s Time To Step Aside - February 16, 2011
A Reasonable Casino Suggestion - February 09, 2011
Cut Back Public Worker Benefits - February 02, 2011
Who Will (And Won’t) Win An Oscar - January 26, 2011
Looking Back At A Life Well Lived - January 19, 2011
The Evolving Modern Art Of Hula - January 12, 2011
Tougher Homeless Strategy Needed - January 05, 2011


2010 Archive

A Hefty Hike In Medicare Costs - December 29, 2010
Not Religious, But Loving Christmas - December 22, 2010
What To Do About Carpetbaggers? - December 15, 2010
Some Questionable Cabinet Moves - December 08, 2010
The Unimpressive Lingle Years - December 01, 2010
Get Used To The Tighter Security - November 24, 2010
What’s Wrong With Five-0 - November 17, 2010
Time To Tear Down The Natatorium - November 10, 2010
ACLU Choosing Wrong Battles - November 03, 2010
Is Religious Right Anti-Constitution? - October 27, 2010
Eager To Join ‘The Machine’ - October 20, 2010
The Problem With Telephone Polls - October 13, 2010
What A Failed State Looks Like - October 06, 2010
Is Obama Too Smart To Lead? - September 29, 2010
The Firing Of Gen. Edwin A. Walker - September 22, 2010
Golden Gate Caused Grumbles Too - September 15, 2010
Dragging Jesus Into The Campaign - September 08, 2010
Prognosticating Primary Winners - September 01, 2010
The Shinto Shrine Near Pearl Harbor - August 25, 2010
Something To Watch For; Maui Deal - August 18, 2010
Too Many Doubts About Leonard - August 11, 2010
The Controversial Robocop Of Lanai - August 04, 2010
The Sous Counting On Friends In High Places - July 28, 2010
Mortgage Horror Stories Hit Home - July 21, 2010
Lingle’s Real Reasons For The Veto - July 14, 2010
Betting On A Civil Unions Veto By Lingle - July 07, 2010
Why We Must Leave Afghanistan - June 30, 2010
Celebrating Patriots, Purple Hearts - June 23, 2010
Making Sense Of Health Insurance - June 16, 2010
Security Cams Don’t Hurt Privacy - June 09, 2010
Djou Does D.C.; Kiss Off ‘Kaiulani’ - June 02, 2010
Rediscovering The Joys Of Maui - May 26, 2010
Three Good Candidates In The Race - May 19, 2010
Civil Union Hangup And Debates - May 12, 2010
Handicapping Races; Fishy Farms - May 05, 2010
A Better Way To Judge At Merrie Monarch - April 28, 2010
When Going Green Is Just A Ruse - April 21, 2010
Budget Cuts Hurt Kids In Gangs - April 14, 2010
Just Saying: Move Merrie Monarch - April 07, 2010
Neil Misses Out On Historic Vote - March 31, 2010
What A Dream Governor Would Do - March 24, 2010
Trade Center Suit A Sad Commentary - March 17, 2010
How To Deal With Sex Offenders? - March 10, 2010
Questioning Scouts On God, Gays - March 03, 2010
Odd Couple: Hamamoto, Saint Louis - February 24, 2010
Soldier On, Gen. Fred Weyand - February 17, 2010
Remembering Heftel’s Heady Days - February 10, 2010
Supreme Court’s Mythical Power - February 03, 2010
Age, Religion In Governor’s Race - January 27, 2010
To Raise Taxes Or Cut Programs? - January 20, 2010
Anticipating A Return To Vietnam - January 13, 2010
The Best Cinema Of The Year - January 06, 2010


2009 Archive

Imagining Our Hawaii In 2020 - December 30, 2009
Christmas And American Muslims - December 23, 2009
The Ingredients For A Good Meal - December 16, 2009
A Lifetime Adventure With China - December 09, 2009
To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate? - December 02, 2009
Recalling Thanksgiving In Vietnam - November 25, 2009
HPD Investigations Behind The Times - November 18, 2009
Wasting Money Fighting Pakalolo - November 11, 2009
Silly, Unscientific Shark Protests - November 04, 2009
A Tale Of Two Terrific Teachers - October 28, 2009
Criticize, OK, But Offer A Solution - October 21, 2009
We Need A Waikiki ‘French Quarter’ - October 14, 2009
Refusing To Be A Facebook Friend - October 07, 2009
Why The Lack Of Isle Political Legacy Clans? - September 30, 2009
Telling Kids About Evolution, Faith - September 23, 2009
An Eye-opening Island Ride - September 16, 2009
Train, News Merger, Funny Farm Biz - September 09, 2009
‘Basterds,’ Park Names And Frogs - September 02, 2009
Good For Business, Bad For News - August 26, 2009
Paving Over Our Last, Best Ag Land - August 19, 2009
Hawaii’s Contributions To Military - August 12, 2009
A Brief History Of Palaka Clothing - August 05, 2009
The Sad Legacy Of Lokelani Lindsey - July 29, 2009
1,092 Columns And Counting - July 22, 2009
Carlisle’s Run, Lingle’s Failures - July 15, 2009
It’s Time For Hamamoto To Go - July 08, 2009
A Brief History Of 4th Of July Traditions - July 01, 2009
Is It Time To Kill The Akaka Bill? - June 24, 2009
This Race Looks Like A Doozy - June 17, 2009
The Flaws In Our Legal System - June 10, 2009
The Case For National Healthcare - June 03, 2009
Idaho Charms - May 27, 2009
Taxing Rooms, Taxing Churches - May 20, 2009
Religious, Civil Ceremonies Not Alike - May 13, 2009
Kudos To GOP’s Caucus Idea - May 06, 2009
Merrie Monarch Needs Tweaking - April 29, 2009
Tax Tea-baggers Missing The Point - April 22, 2009
Out-of-the-way Big Island Finds - April 15, 2009
A Problem With Red-light Cameras - April 08, 2009
Handicapping The 2010 Races - April 01, 2009
Which Services Would You Cut? - March 25, 2009
The Real Che Is No Poster Boy - March 18, 2009
In Praise Of Mayo (Sorry, Charlie) - March 11, 2009
One Of The Shadier Land Deals - March 04, 2009
Public Parks Not For The Homeless - February 25, 2009
Okino’s ‘Illicit’ Remark An Insult - February 18, 2009
High Hopes For Hawaii’s Shinseki - February 11, 2009
Justice, Gambling And Barriers - February 04, 2009
Is Torture Ever Warranted? Maybe - January 28, 2009
Problems With Obama’s Policies - January 21, 2009
The 2009 Legislature: Do More - January 14, 2009
Best, And Worst, Of 2009 Cinema - January 07, 2009


2008 Archive

Expecting A Wild Ride In ’09 - December 31, 2008
Nothing Like A Christmas Tree - December 24, 2008
Bob’s Top ‘08 Restaurant Picks - December 10, 2008
A U.S. History Of Provoking Wars - December 03, 2008
Is Thanksgiving For Jews Too? - November 26, 2008
Nothing Wrong With Being Elite - November 19, 2008
When Emotions Cost Us Money - November 12, 2008
Governor Lingle And The Liu Ruse - November 05, 2008
Here Come The Train, Mufi, Barack - October 29, 2008
Loans, Name Change And Disney - October 22, 2008
The Slow Suicide Of Molokai - October 15, 2008
Catching Up, Investment Advice - October 08, 2008
Catching Up, Investment Advice -
Spy On Your Kids: Right Or Wrong? - October 01, 2008
Death With Dignity - September 24, 2008
Kakaako Plan Blocks Isle Views - September 17, 2008
Saying Goodbye To Bob Sevey - September 10, 2008
Time To Change Drink-at-21 Law - September 03, 2008
Imagining No Political Parties - August 27, 2008
Judge Editorializes On Rail Vote - August 20, 2008
Some Really Bad Election Ideas - August 13, 2008
Predicting A Mufi Landslide - August 06, 2008
Finding Good Deals In West Maui - July 30, 2008
Kauai’s Perry, The Ancient Mariner - July 23, 2008
End Of The Car, McCain’s Planes - July 16, 2008
Running With The Pamplona Bulls - July 09, 2008
The Supremes’ Constitutional Tilt - July 02, 2008
Time To Consider Nuclear Power - June 25, 2008
Military Service And Our Presidents - June 18, 2008
Saluting Flag Day, Anti-Rail Folly - June 11, 2008
Mostly Cons Regarding ConCon2 - June 04, 2008
Big Business On Waikiki Sidewalks - May 28, 2008
The Antiquated Electoral College - May 21, 2008
KCC Cook School And UH Politics - May 14, 2008
Being Held Back By Victimhood - May 07, 2008
HPD’s Code Of Silence, More Mufi - April 30, 2008
Mysterious Merrie Monarch Judging - April 23, 2008
Deploying Guard, Reserves Again - April 16, 2008
Bhutan Sex Lesson, Anti-car Bias - April 09, 2008
Those Brash New Boys Of Hula - April 02, 2008
Beyond The Hydrogen-fuel Cars - March 26, 2008
Reasons Why Spitzer Cheated - March 19, 2008
Going Too Far To Protect Kids - March 12, 2008
Labor Union Lessons From Five-0 - March 05, 2008
Lessons From A Day In The ER - February 27, 2008
Springy Shoes, Aspartame Blues - February 20, 2008
Waiting For Lingle To Do Something - February 13, 2008
Vaccines And Autism; A Shield Law - February 06, 2008
Voting For Billary’s Experience - January 30, 2008
B&Bs, CFLs And McMackin Bucks - January 23, 2008
UH Academics Suffer For Sports - January 16, 2008
The Mark Of A Good Columnist - January 09, 2008
Movie Awards, PBS, Moped Law - January 02, 2008


2007 Archive

Coke And The Creation Of Santa - December 26, 2007
A Close Look At Mitt’s Mormonism - December 19, 2007
Liberal Here, Conservative There - December 12, 2007
Vacation Rentals, The Zoo Fence - December 05, 2007
Bad Anti-Ferry Claim, Yes To Rail - November 28, 2007
The Truth About First Turkey Day - November 21, 2007
Lingle’s Judges, Training Journalists - November 14, 2007
Burial Grounds And Judging Lee - November 07, 2007
Book Ignores The 100th’s Bravery - October 31, 2007
Lebanon’s Chidiac’s Hawaii Ties - October 24, 2007
Ferry To Nowhere; Drug Searches - October 17, 2007
Boorish Behavior, Ads And Rail - October 10, 2007
O.D.s, RCP, T-groins And Casinos - October 03, 2007
Cultural Damage Is Already Done - September 26, 2007
Dream Treehouse In Waipio Valley - September 19, 2007
Why Kids Need Strong Arts Teaching - September 12, 2007
Coast Guard Useless On Kauai - September 05, 2007
Case, Allegations And Yen King - August 29, 2007
Storm Scare; Mortgage Schemes - August 22, 2007
When Activists Say Silly Things - August 15, 2007
Submarine Sonar And Whales - August 08, 2007
A Chinese Deal For Moped Man - August 01, 2007
Bet On It: Neil Runs For Governor - July 25, 2007
Ignoring UH-Manoa For UH-West - July 18, 2007
Doubting Human Role In Warming - July 11, 2007
Gen. Weyand Liberates The Army - July 04, 2007
Do We All Need To Hear 911 Calls? - June 27, 2007
A Bad Baby Bill, Our Mill Heritage - June 20, 2007
Fixing Immigration, Social Security - June 13, 2007
Saluting A Honolulu Legend - June 06, 2007
Brainwashing Kids In Religion - May 30, 2007
Tourism Lessons From Tasmania - May 23, 2007
An Honorable Military Profession - May 16, 2007
Getting Off The Fence: Leave Iraq - May 09, 2007
Filipino WWII Vets Deserve Honesty - May 02, 2007
The Power of Pictures In A War - April 25, 2007
So Much To Do In, Around Hilo - April 18, 2007
Taro Research, Gold, Mufi’s Future - April 11, 2007
Casino Of Dreams: If We Build It … - April 04, 2007
A Nuts Way To Choose Presidents - March 28, 2007
Seeking Property Tax Options - March 21, 2007
The Problem With ‘Clean’ Elections - March 14, 2007
Flashing X-walks; Waikele Beating - March 07, 2007
Foreign Lawyers, Lingle Bullying - February 28, 2007
45 Years Of Changes In Hawaii - February 21, 2007
Iraq Fixes, Taxes, Rent Controls - February 14, 2007
Why It’s Hard To Hear On TheBus - February 07, 2007
Crazy Taxes, Silly Spelling Bees - January 31, 2007
The Annual Oscar Picks And Pans - January 24, 2007
Planned Parenthood Carries On - January 17, 2007
Our Lousy Waterfront, Obama, Etc. - January 10, 2007
Resolving To Get Hawaiian Right - January 03, 2007


2006 Archive

Did Truth Cost Case The Election? - December 27, 2006
Merry Christmas Despite History - December 20, 2006
The Natatorium And Beach Noise - December 13, 2006
Our Original Crusader President - December 06, 2006
Revisiting The Old Hanoi Hilton - November 29, 2006
The Late News On Kim Iwamoto - November 22, 2006
Funding The Right Rail System - November 15, 2006
Eyeing Eastwood’s ‘Flags’ Film - November 08, 2006
Suggestions For Amendment Votes - November 01, 2006
Our Earthquake Hyper-reaction - October 25, 2006
Second Thoughts On A New Knee - October 18, 2006
The Latest In Termite Controls - October 11, 2006
Lingle’s Chance For Greatness - October 04, 2006
Making A Difference In Vietnam - September 27, 2006
TV Film Censors, Doggone Pleased - September 20, 2006
Poor Akaka Advice, Say’s House - September 13, 2006
GOP, Cat Stranglers, Tilting Djou - September 06, 2006
No Real Lingle Foes, Palace Moons - August 30, 2006
The Wrong Way To Investigate Crashes - August 23, 2006
Dying For An Illusion Of Paradise - August 16, 2006
9 Lives Well Lived, Harris Spouts - August 09, 2006
Fasi Shocker, Political Fatalities - August 02, 2006
Jewel Heist, Observatory Ugliness - July 26, 2006
An Easy Call In Judging Watada - July 19, 2006
The Visual Blight On Mauna Kea - July 12, 2006
Making This Great Country Better - July 05, 2006
Hawaii, Military Need Each Other - June 28, 2006
Taro: It’s Not Just A Hawaiian Thing - June 21, 2006
Dropped Off A Cliff By The Bank - June 14, 2006
A Foodie’s Duty To Share Finds - June 07, 2006
Dems’ Tough Pick: Akaka Or Case? - May 31, 2006
The Core Curriculum Law Debate - May 24, 2006
Lingering Agent Orange Questions - May 17, 2006
A Voice From The Past Rings Out - May 10, 2006
First Samoan Governor Questions - May 03, 2006
Hawaii’s ‘Culture Of Corruption’ - April 26, 2006
A Question Of Coed Restrooms - April 12, 2006
Foodbank Reality; Invitation To Rob - April 05, 2006
Suddenly, Fasi Looks Pretty Good - March 29, 2006
A Question Of Confidential Sources - March 22, 2006
Definitely Not A Book Review - March 15, 2006
Clean Elections; Moore Questions - March 08, 2006
Healthcare, Vets And Sentencing - March 01, 2006
The Cigarette-Cancer Connection - February 22, 2006
Taking The Sensitivity Thing Too Far - February 15, 2006
Changing The Channel At KHON - February 08, 2006
Oscar Picks From A Year Of Films - February 01, 2006
Why Dods Must Rescue The Dems - January 25, 2006
Troubling Times For Journalists - January 18, 2006
Traffic, Transportation And A Trip - January 11, 2006
Invading Privacy And Liberal Profs - January 04, 2006


2005 Archive

Education, Higher And Way Lower - December 28, 2005
Getting To The Meat Of The Matter - December 21, 2005
It’s A Slam-bang News Season - December 14, 2005
Still Awaiting Pearl Harbor Holiday - December 07, 2005
Developers And Tax Lunacy - November 30, 2005
Specials Needs, Street Performers - November 23, 2005
The Definition Of A True Patriot - November 16, 2005
No Avoiding Pain In An Upgrade - November 09, 2005
The End Of Collegiality At UH - November 02, 2005
Our Odd Relationship With Booze - October 26, 2005
America’s Lost Years Under Bush - October 19, 2005
On Creationists And Convicts - October 12, 2005
How Harbin Helps Dems in 2006 - October 05, 2005
Finding Waikiki On The Mainland - September 28, 2005
Striking A Blow For Army Strykers - September 21, 2005
An 1800s Haole Teacher’s View - September 14, 2005
Overwhelmed With The F-word - September 07, 2005
Wal-Mart Benefits, Fear Mongers - August 31, 2005
The Sad 442nd vs. 100th Rivalry - August 24, 2005
Heaven, Homeschool And Rail On - August 17, 2005
Sharks, A Ticket, Diets And Taxes - August 10, 2005
Home Schooling And Government - August 03, 2005
The Real Story Of David Schutter - July 27, 2005
Why ‘Akaka’ Should Become Law - July 20, 2005
Hats Off To Soldiers Of The 25th - July 06, 2005
Traffic Fix, Hanauma Problems - June 28, 2005
The Looming Battle Over B&Bs - June 22, 2005
How Dobelle Fleeced UH Regents - June 15, 2005
Mail, Ticketing Mrs. Mufi, Zoom - June 08, 2005
Note To Naifs, Annual Tax Topic - June 01, 2005
Symphony, Teacher And Tax Woes - May 25, 2005
A Chance To Cut Ties With Dobelle - May 18, 2005
The Dems Ignore Working Folks - May 11, 2005
Trying To Justify Beating A Child?! - May 04, 2005
Nakamura, Kanno And The Guard - April 27, 2005
Rail, Home Rule And Daily Bread - April 20, 2005
All The Local Happenings In Hilo - April 13, 2005
Shopping Where Service Is Sincere - April 06, 2005
Living, Breathing Things Hawaiian - March 30, 2005
The Religious Divide In America - March 23, 2005
Symphony, PBS: Worth The Cost? - March 10, 2005


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