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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

Is “Degrowth” the Next Big Thing?

April 7th, 2014 · 22 Comments

The counterculture of the 1960s (which really dated between the 1950s and early 1970s) was in part a reaction to and rejection of the consumerist culture that emerged in western societies in the post-WWII decades. One thread in the counterculture embraced simpler styles of living, valuing nonconsumption and voluntary poverty over the glitz and glitter […]

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Tags: Blogs · Consumer issues · Economics

Friends in need of a long-term rental

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m passing on this plea from friends here in Kaaawa. After 14 years as stable renters just a couple of houses from us, they’ve suddenly been dumped back into the rental market after their landlords decided the house is due for a major remodel. So they have to find a new place. These folks are […]

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Tags: Cats · Consumer issues · Economics

Freecycle: A free market

January 30th, 2014 · 10 Comments

We’re nearing the very end of clearing stuff out of my parents’ house in Kahala. Well, it’s actually my parents’ former house. I’ve managed to go through all the papers and painfully sort out the “save” from the rest, learning an awful lot about my folks and their 70 year marriage in the process. Now […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Economics · environment

Hawaii’s minimum wage lags cost of living

January 26th, 2014 · 4 Comments

My column at Civil Beat this week looks at the issue of boosting the minimum wage (“Hawaii Monitor: Boost in Minimum Wage Is Only the First Step“). I learned a bit talking with Jenny Lee, staff attorney and a registered lobbyist for the Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. For the last several years, […]

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Tags: Economics · Legislature · Politics