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August 5, 2008

Hannemann's Ace Up His Sleeve—The Race Card!

There was time when Mufi Hannemann used to assail then Mayor Jeremy Harris for spending money on parks and neighborhood markers beyond the city’s means. If Harris had said, “Well, you’re just criticizing me because I’m haole,” we would have all joined Hannemann in laughing Harris out of office. Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 5, 2008

Who Pays for Rail?

While the city and county of Honolulu pushes on with its plan for taxpayer-funded rail, it’s worth noting that other countries, with rail systems we’re told we’re ought to admire and emulate, have found other ways to pay for it. Namely, private investment. Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 30, 2008

Zipped Up

The state just announced it will now ration the H-1 freeway zipper lanes to cars with three or more occupants, instead of two. The zipper lane, apparently, is too popular, because the stated goal of this move is to get about 300 cars a day out of the zipper lane, so that people who do carpool can get back their superfast commute to town.

I have an idea. A wild, crazy idea. How about we open the zipper lane to everyone who paid for it? Like, you know, taxpayers.

If you paid $50 in advance Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in General | Permalink | Comments (0)

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A. Kam Napier has been editor of the magazine since 2005, and a writer with the magazine since 1994. He blogs on the magazine and its contents, as well as events and issues around Honolulu.

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