Even as a young man, Tom wrote political and social commentaries for major daily newspapers whenever events moved him to do so. Opinion page editors published virtually all of them.
In Honolulu, his commentaries have appeared in the Star-Advertiser, Star-Bulletin, Advertiser and Civil Beat; in California in the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee; and in Minnesota in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.
A number of Tom’s commentaries illuminate the longstanding controversy over telescope development on Mauna Kea. In 1989, at the request of Sky and Telescope editors, Tom wrote a Focal Point commentary about the intensifying controversy, the first national and international article published about the cultural clash.
Tom has also occasionally written magazine and newspaper articles on various topics.