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Entries Tagged as 'Consumer issues'

Seeking advice on what to do with a vintage fir floor

August 31st, 2014 · 3 Comments

This is a purely personal post. No politics, no media, no criticism. We’re considering refinishing an old, 1940-era wood floor. Well, to be more precise, finding someone to refinish it. We’re told it’s vertical grain fir. It looks its age right now, with some areas of damage. One flooring installer advised just getting rid of […]

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Hawaiian Telcom disappoints again

August 25th, 2014 · 22 Comments

With the proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, parent of Hawaii’s Oceanic Cable, by Comcast, I’ve been reading online complaints about Comcast’s service and trying to get a sense of what this deal means for Hawaii. It’s clear from online discussions that cable bliss is hard to find. Two conclusions I’ve drawn are that almost […]

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Looking back: The housing crisis in 1991

August 17th, 2014 · 16 Comments

I noticed that the Star-Advertiser ran an editorial this morning urging more action to address the housing needs of the lowest income residents of our city (“Candidates need a plan for housing“). It draws on a recently issued report from the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice (“Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The High […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · environment · Politics

What we can learn from the people of Troy

August 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Here’s an amazingly wonderful contribution to the discussion of the “no new taxes” view of the world, stemming from a battle several years ago over funding for the community library in Troy, Michigan. It has nothing to do with Iselle or Julio, the storms bearing down on the state. A professor at Penn State described […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Economics · Politics

Two minutes at the Des Moines Farmers Market

July 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

When we were in Des Moines, Iowa, in mid-June, weather was making the news. There were a tornado or two, thunderstorms, the rivers were at flood stage, and they were just recovering from recent hail storms. But we were lucky to have a free Saturday, which translated into a visit to the Des Moines Farmers […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · environment · Travel