High costs here will drive too many out

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - INSIGHT -

Do any of our lo­cal politi­cians have a clue about how dif­fi­cult it is for the aver­age per­son or fam­ily to make a com­fort­able life for them­selves here in par­adise? There was an ar­ti­cle on MSN re­cently show­ing ev­ery states’ cost of liv­ing com­pared to every­one else’s. The ar­ti­cle said Hawaii’s cost of liv­ing com­pared to the U.S. aver­age is an as­tro­nom­i­cal 67.4 per­cent higher! Hous­ing is 130.3 per­cent higher, util­i­ties are 106.3 per­cent higher, gro­ceries are 55 per­cent higher, etc. Our mayor at­tends these outof-state may­oral con­ven­tions and learns what other ci­ties do and comes back and im­ple­ments their rev­enue-rais­ing ideas here. But maybe what works in Toledo isn’t such a good idea here. Keep on tax­ing and you’ll have no one left to ride the rail. Par­adise no longer.

Tom Richard­son Waikiki

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