For pres­i­dent-elect, re­al­ity is sec­ondary

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

Watch­ing Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s tran­si­tion to the White House re­minds me of the story of The Em­peror’s New Clothes.

El­dred Ka­gawa Moili­ili re­ports.

I have no clue how a $9 bil­lion to $10 bil­lion rail sys­tem com­pares to Honolulu’s to­tal bud­get and rev­enues. I have no clue how a $12 bil­l­lion pen­sion deficit com­pares to the state’s to­tal bud­get and rev­enues.

I have no un­der­stand­ing of these rel­a­tive costs and no un­der­stand­ing of my own per­sonal share of those rail and pen­sion costs, un­less you tell me.

Please tell me. Or shall I flee this state be­fore the fi­nal bills ar­rive?

Pamela T. Gar­ri­son Kailua

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