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Entries Tagged as 'Consumer issues'

Do resales of “affordable” units undermine housing policy?

April 15th, 2015 · 31 Comments

“Something wrong here.” That was the subject line of an email from a reader earlier this week. He pointed to a story about the new condo at 801 South Street, on part of the site which formerly housed Honolulu’s two competing newspapers (“High-rise in Kakaako completed, owners set to move-in June“). The story quoted Marcus […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Planning · Politics

Consumer Reports on supermarket chains

April 13th, 2015 · 5 Comments

The latest issue of Consumer Reports includes an article reviewing supermarket chains, and the results are interesting. Wegmans ranked highest overall, as well as highest in freshness of its produce and meats, cleanliness, bakeries, and second in “cheapest for organics” behind Trader Joe’s. We’ve shopped in Wegmans and Trader Joe’s while on the mainland, and […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Food

Advice needed on choosing a refrigerator, washer/dryer

April 10th, 2015 · 27 Comments

We’re shopping for new appliances, and would welcome any advice on brands, models, or dealers that you would recommend, or that you would advise avoiding. First, we are looking for a refrigerator that needs to fit in a standard 36″ x 70″ space. Second, also shopping for a washer and dryer pair. The world has […]

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Tags: Consumer issues

Proxy materials detail Next Era takeover of Hawaiian Electric

April 9th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Hawaiian Electric Industries’ proxy statement covering the proposed merger with Next Era Energy, to be voted on at a special shareholders meeting scheduled in Honolulu on the morning of May 12, 2015. The proxy statement was mailed to shareholders “on or about March 30, 2015″ and is now available online. And shortly after the proxy […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Energy

“Science Babe” blasts “Food Babe” and it’s a good read

April 7th, 2015 · 11 Comments

I usually shy away from direct full-on attacks, but I couldn’t help enjoying this Gawker piece, “The ‘Food Babe’ Blogger Is Full of Shit.” It’s a frontal attack on Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, by an author who describes herself as “an analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology.” This will give […]

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Tags: Blogs · Consumer issues · environment