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Guest Post: Prepping for 2020

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

This comment from a reader who uses the name “Compare & Decide” seems worth sharing. It’s clear that the water woes of the U.S. west are going to have spillover impacts far beyond the boundaries of the states directly impacted by extreme drought. Compare & Decide writes: I am wondering how we can prep for […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · environment · Politics

Teachers union election turmoil bad for HSTA, bad for labor

May 22nd, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is melting down as it’s board of directors trumps up vague reasons to reject the results of its statewide elections. And there’s a rotten smell emanating from the meltdown. A slate of activist teachers challenged the union’s current leadership this year, attempting to build on their success in rallying teachers […]

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Tags: Education · Labor · Politics

Another depressing arrival at HNL

May 20th, 2015 · 16 Comments

Arriving back at Honolulu International Airport late yesterday afternoon was, once again, a rather sobering experience. We were on a United Airlines flight, so a caveat is in order. Honolulu Airport offers two different airport experiences. When we flew to New Zealand earlier this year, the flight left from a gate on the far ewa […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

Hawaiian Electric: “A collection of small utilities”

May 17th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Following last Tuesday’s special meeting of Hawaiian Electric Industries to vote on the proposed merger with NextEra Energy, several company officials met informally with groups of shareholders to answer questions. Some of those present were unhappy that the questions weren’t addressed during the meeting so that everyone in attendance could hear the answers. Jeff Watanabe, […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · Politics

Is GOP pushing us towards the economic cliff for political gain?

May 13th, 2015 · 8 Comments

I spotted an interesting column at MarketWatch that combines political and financial analysis (“Paul B. Farrell, Countdown to the stock-market Crash of 2016 is ticking louder“). The author’s bottom line? A fiscal policy that includes public infrastructure development could stave off a collapse in economic growth, but Republican politicians will never go for it as […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics