Editorial | /2008/05/18/
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#1 May 18, 2008
MIKULINA HAS BEEN ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH
While I may agree with Mikulina's rant re important ag lands, I am amused by his "held hostage" rhetoric re his "popular solar roofs measure." Every home, business, public building and street light in Hawaii should have long-ago been solar equipped. Mikulina's too-little-too-late solar legislation for expensive new homes will do nothing to alleviate the crisis faced by the average citizen every month with their electric bills. HECO remains in full control of the state's solar program, is already permitted to build another $mega-million generating plant (to be paid for by we hapless "rate-payers"), and there's not one damn thing I can do -- other than turn off everything except the refrigerator, my computer, and enough light to locate the bathroom at night. We all know that 30-40% of a home electric bill is for hot water. Where's the legislation to help people like me to retrofit my old house without the major investment I cannot afford to make that's required to meet HECO's rules? Tax credits help only those who earn enough money to use them. With the end of "cheap energy" obviously now here, the majority of us have no such options.
#2 May 18, 2008
Mikulina is right, and the biggest sell out was Sen. Jill Tokuda. shame!
#3 May 18, 2008
I see no farmers among the signatories. Stop using agriculture an an anti development tool. I bet all of you own your own homes and so don't care about everyone else.. You say you support farmers but are any of you dependent on farm income for your livelihood? Farmers are struggling to keep ag going ..None of you have come up with a true way to help farmers. Stop criticizing those who have.
#4 May 19, 2008
Easily done! Long leases. But don't hold your breath. Some of us have worked for years to see this happen in Hawai`i. Can you guess why it has not happened. Can you say "election campaign contributions"?
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